Australia has, over the years, been characterized by a lively cycling culture. In addition to its unique domestic scene, the Lucky Country has done well internationally since the first Aussies went to the Tour de France in 1914. “Wheel Life 2” is a fascinating look at Australian cycling in the 1970s and 1980s, as it was poised for success.
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.
When Ed Hood listed the track riders who turned successfully to the road, it caused a landslide of suggestion of the riders Ed had missed. So, here is part 2 and even more 'Trackies turned Roadies'.
Ed Hood is suffering terribly from the covid-cancelled '6 Day' scene, but he can't turn his back on the wooden circle. Today he interviews a man who builds velodromes - Sander Douma, a Dutch architect who has been behind some of the best tracks all over the world.
Dave Chauner was one of the USA's leading road riders in the 60s and 70s; an Olympian that raced all over the World. He is the man behind 'Team Trak' and his new ambassador is sprinter 'Super Star' Nelson Vails. Ed Hood got them together to find out more.
Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree may have grabbed the headlines in the pursuit world during the 90s, but Shaun Wallace was at the cutting edge from the early 80s and through the 90s, taking medals at National, Commonwealth and World level. Ed Hood caught up with Shaun to hear his story.