Retro Interview: Roche, Kelly, Kimmage and Early were all top Irish road men in the 80s, but there was two pioneer riders from the Emerald Isle who burst onto the continental scene before them - Shay Elliott and Peter Crinnion were battling in the pro peloton when 'Anglos' were a novelty. Ed Hood caught up with Peter to hear his tale.
Interview: The sad passing of track star Dieter Kemper put Ed Hood in contact his son, Christian who has published a biography on his father's career, in their native German tongue. Christian runs through his father's race statistics and translates part of his book, just for our enjoyment.
Last week we lost six day Great, Germany’s Dieter Kemper. It was Brit now resident in Canada, Norman Hill who passed the sad news to us. Norman was himself a professional track and road contemporary of Kemper in the 60’s and 70’s; but rather than surfing the nostalgia wave that many of us ‘old guys’ do, he’s a pragmatist and his views make interesting reading.
Retro Interview: With the announcement that Andrea Tafi is hoping ride the 2019 Paris-Roubaix at 52 years of age, we thought it a good idea to hear what the Italian three Monument winner had to say on the eve of his final season in the pro peloton back in 2005.
Retro Rider Interview: Rolf Golz might not be a name that readily comes to mind, but from 1983 to 1993 the man from West Germany filled his palmarès with Olympic and World medals, National championships, Tour stage wins, Classics and a list of other race wins. Ed Hood caught up with Rolf for a chat over old times.
Retro Rider Interview: As the 2018/19 cyclo-cross season is kicking off in the US with the World Cup in Wisconsin, Ed Hood catches up with a British cross legend - Steve Douce. Seven times British National champion in the mud and a very experienced man on the road, Steve's career was brought to a premature end in a mountain bike race crash. Here is his story.
Retro Interview: The SEG Racing Team has brought quite a quite few young riders up through the ranks to sign for WorldTour teams and one of the men responsible for passing on his experience as a rider and DS is Michel Cornelisse. Ed Hood spoke to the Dutchman about his career and his important work with the SEG Racing Team.
Retro Interview: Rik Evans continues telling his story to Ed Hood, from giving away a Worlds title to Commonwealth Gold medal, top club 34 Nomads and his slide out of cycling and into depression. Evans has now settled in Australia and cycling has come back into his life.
Retro Interview: You students of track cycling out there, which was the year the mighty GB squad won their first team pursuit world title. 2005? You’d be wrong. The GB squad won the event some 30 years earlier, in 1973 but ‘gave away’ the title. This is the story of one of the team and that huge decision to let a world title go; from the precocious talent that was Rik Evans.