Interview: Astana’s Levi Leipheimer

The current leader of the Amgen Tour of California American Levi Leipheimer (Astana) is hoping to make it a three-peat as he goes into the decisive stage, the 15-mile (24-km) time trial in Solvang. Last year, Leipheimer put in a blazing result beating second placed David Millar by 20 seconds. I had a chance to…

Andy Jacques-Maynes

Interview: Andy Jacques-Maynes (part 2)

In the first part of the interview, Bissell’s Andy Jacques-Maynes talked about his return to the pro ranks after years of a 9-5 job, a horrendous racing accident in 2007 and his return to full-time, albeit amateur, racing in 2008. The conclusion of our conversation covers many topics from the 2008  cross season,  to his…

Interview: Andy Jacques-Maynes (part 1)

The name Jacques-Maynes is well known to the North American cycling scene with  30-year old Ben Jacques-Maynes being a force to be reckoned with, but twin brother Andy took a different road to the pro ranks. Andy followed on the weekend warrior working a ‘desk’ job as a product manager with Specialized and racing with…

U23 Czech Road Champion Ondřej Zelinka

Holder of multiple Czech cross titles and current U23 Czech Road Champion Ondřej Zelinka has set some clear goals. The 20-year old wants to do well at the 2010 Cyclocross World Championship which will be held in his hometown of Tábor where he “has an opportunity from Richard Sachs and I want to be on…

Meet Alex Howes of the U23 Slipstream squad

After a year of racing as part of one of the best amateur teams in France, Alex Howes is returning to his roots, rejoining the Slipstream organization, as he will be racing with the U23 team VMG/Felt for the 2009 season. Through it all, Alex has chronicled his adventures through his blog sharing his ups…

Interview – the creed of Creed

At just 27 years of age, American Mike Creed of the Rock Racing team finished up his ninth year as a professional with his last road race of the season, the Tour of Missouri back in September. While coming through the ranks, Creed was crowned U.S. national champion 20 times and was a member of…

Dominique Rollin Interview – it was a good year

Quite a year for Canadian Dominique Rollin. On his first year with the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team and his second year racing on the North American circuit, he caught everyone’s attention after the fourth stage at the Tour of California, the 135-mile (217 km) slog from Monterey to San Luis Obispo. In horrendous weather conditions,…

Most Aggressive rider David Veilleux

The three-time U23 Canadian Time Trial champion and two-time U23 Canadian Road Champion 20-year old David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit/Medifast) was named Most Aggressive Rider after stage 5 at the Tour of Missouri. Not a surprise for those that follow Canadian Cycling. Earlier this year, he also won the U25 Tour of Pennsylvania race. He also…

Catching up with BMC riders

I caught up with the BMC team at the start of the 2008 Tour of Missouri stage 5, in St James where the riders were getting ready for another aggressive stage in high humidity. Mike Sayers announced his retirement earlier this year, and is racing his last big race at the Tour of Missouri. Going…