After Ed Hood's look at his home Scottish Tour riders, he has tuned his eye on to the Irish pros who tackled the race around France. The men from the Emerald Isle have been very successful with stage, overall and points wins.
Sports fans love comparisons. Baseball is famous for its obsession with statistics (“The most successful left-handed pitcher throwing against a Chicago team on a Tuesday evening...”) and certainly all sports have record-holders. Pro cycling defies easy comparison of its stars. Can we figure out who was truly The Greatest of All Time?
Sean Kelly was the 'King of the Classics' for many years, but the man from Carrick-on-Suir also won the Vuelta a España and many shorter stage races. His record at Liège-Bastogne-Liège is incomparable and so Ed Hood caught up with Irishman for his thoughts on the 'Old Lady' of the road.
PeloPics: PEZ photographer, John Thomson, has been going through his old photo files again, this time to put together his GP of the Americas gallery. The Grand Prix des Amériques was a one-day race in Montreal and was part of the UCI Road World Cup with a fine list of winners.
Ed's Style Council: Ed Hood has been ruminating over the falling standards of the style seen on the roads the last few years. There are some rules that must be followed, even the normally trend setting Belgians have started to pull their socks over their leg-warmers/tights, just NO! Ed tackles the style faux pas, the right and the absolutely wrong.
Rider Interview: Ronan McLaughlin became the first rider since a teenage Sean Kelly to win back-to-back Shay Elliott Memorial races, all this after six years with the AN-Post team plying his trade on the roads of Belgium. Ed Hood caught up with him after a chance meeting at the recent Yorkshire World championships.
Tour Rider Interview: There was quite a few successful Australian professionals in the peloton in the 70’s; Michael Wilson, Gary Clively and Don Allan to name three - but the man who really set the ball rolling was Melbourne’s Phil Anderson. The first ever non-European maillot jaune talks to Ed Hood about the Tour de France, the Classics and his career.
It was the Giro that made Austin Walsh do it - Invest so much time and money into his collection of cycling memorabilia which now threatens to overwhelm his bike shop. The Italian race started on the Emerald Isle in 2014 and Austin was so smitten by ‘The Pink Race’ that he decided to turn the bike shop, which he’s run since 1995, into a bike racing shrine.