Tour Rider Interview: As the 2019 Tour de France hots up, Ed Hood talks to the first North American to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey - Canada's Alex Stieda. The coveted Maillot Jaune wasn't on his shoulders for long, but that claim is set in the stone of cycling history for ever.
Rider Interview: There have been many tough riders that have come up from 'Down Under' to battle on the roads and velodromes of the Northern Hemisphere, but Dean Woods has one of the best and varied palmarés. Ed Hood caught up with the man from Wangaratta recently for a 'long' chat.
Retro Giro Rider Interview: As the 2019 Giro d'Italia gets ready for the final mountains and Sunday's time trial in Verona, Ed Hood looks back at the Giro d'Italia of the 70s with New Zealand's first Giro d'Italia rider - Bruce Biddle. He liked it so much he's still in 'La Bella Italia'.
Past Champ Interview: Weather and road clearing allowing, we should see the 2019 Giro d'Italia peloton climb the mystical slopes of the Gavia on Tuesday's stage 16, before finishing in Ponte di Legno. Andy Hampsten was the hero of the 1988 Giro as he battled through a Gavia snow storm to take the eventual final overall victory. Ed Hood gets the full story in this Andy Hampsten interview.
Past Champ Interview: Great Dane, Alex Rasmussen is a star rider from not that long ago, who rode his last Pro road race in September 2016, so no 'dinosaur'. Ed Hood caught up with his old '6 Day' compadre to talk of his career and his new venture into the possible future of cycling as the Scandinavian rep for the Zwift cycling platform.
Star of the Past: if you are of a certain age, the name Bert Oosterbosch will conjure up memories of a smooth and powerful fast-man who could win time trials, Tour stages and could tow the Raleigh squad to team time trial victories. Bert was taken from us way too early, but his memory lives on. Ed Hood caught up with Bert's nephew Erwin Oosterbosch to hear more about his life.
Past Champ Interview: Cyclo-cross riders making an impression on the road isn't anything new. Back in the 70s, German 'cross champion Klaus Peter Thaler jumped into the road scene and rode with honour in the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and the one-day races. Ed Hood managed to have a word with the near 70 year-old star of mud and tarmac.
It's Gent - Wevelgem 1974; you've made it over the savage Kemmel climb twice with the lead group and survived hanging on the back of an Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck driven purge on the run-in; there are 17 guys left, so maybe you would settle for a top ten? Not if your name is Barry Hoban and you feel that the 'over-drive' is in your legs.
In 2005, Nico Mattan grabbed victory in one of the most controversial editions of Gent - Wevelgem ever held. The newspapers ran and ran with it, but Sean Kelly saw, "no problems" with the result. Ed Hood caught-up with the charismatic Belgian to hear Mattan's version of that still-debated day.