The Amstel Gold Race normally signals the start of the Ardennes Classics and the climbers come out of the woodwork. Raced over the hills, dales, and forests of south eastern Holland, the course selects its own worthy winner. Twenty-seven years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.
We were sad to hear the news of the passing of one of Australia's top track and road men, Dean Woods, on March the 3rd at the age of 55. He’ll be missed by everybody whose lives he touched. Admired, loved and respected by all. A truly iconic legend. Ed Hood spoke to Dean back in 2019.
The 80's and the 90's were one of the golden times of cycle racing with Hinault, Fignon, Indurain, Lemond and many more. Bruno Cornillet was no big hitter, but he worked for some of the biggest names and built up a fine palmarès in a difficult time to take wins. Ed Hood caught up with the now pilot for this PEZ-Clusive interview.
On Tuesday we heard the sad news of the death of Edward ‘Eddie B’ Borysewicz. Ed Hood spoke to 'Eddie B' back in 2017. Borysewicz brought US cycling to the pinnacle of success at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics with a boat load of medals. Award winning coach, but with a dark cloud of blood doping over his head.
No '6 Days' action this year, but there is still some cyclo-cross. Ed Hood has gone back to Britain in the 60s and 70s to talk to multi-champion John Atkins. Life was different in those days and the cyclo-cross racing was hard, there was no carbon and electric gears back then!
Continuing with Ed Hood's series of 'English speaking' Tour de France pioneers, Ed moves onto Derek Harrison. Sadly Harrison died in May, 2018 in his adopted home of France, but his pro career spanned the 60s and 70s and include many top wins and two appearances in the French Grand Tour.
As the 2020 Tour de France congregates in Nice for the Grand Départ, there is one man missing from the biggest bike race in the World - Paul Sherwen. The Tour will not be the same without him. Most years we managed to have a chat with Paul during the build-up to the start of the Tour - Here is a selection of Paul's best memories.
In the 70s there were a few riders from 'Down Under'. Australians were not so rare, but New Zealanders? No. Tino Tabak was born in Holland, but was brought up a Kiwi; he returned to The Netherlands to build a pro career to be proud of. Ed Hood found out more.