Interviews

Enjoy a collection of interviews conducted by Always Riding with bike industry peeps across the spectrum of the bike world, from race organisers to bike makers.

  1. Open House: Nightclubs And Dropped Trousers With Eurosport's Ashley House

    Open House: Nightclubs And Dropped Trousers With Eurosport's Ashley House
      Ashley House: British Eurosport’s Grand Tour coverage’s Johnny-On-The-Spot when it comes to grabbing a candid word with riders and sports directors as the pre-stage espressi are sunk and the finish line carnage and elation erupts. Armed with a microphone, an easy charm and his boyish yet playfully rakish smile, it’s Ashley’s voice, smooth with a pleasing hint of Sloan-ish...
  2. In Conversation With... Sir Richard Branson

    In Conversation With... Sir Richard Branson
      Entrepreneur, philanthropist, adventurer, cyclist. Richard Branson needs no introduction as one of the best known and best loved entrepreneurs in the world. As well as being the founder of the Virgin Group of Companies (now standing at over 400 since growing rapidly from the Virgin Record days of the 1970s), Branson includes a keen love of cycling in his...
  3. Passion, Pace and Peanut Butter... the ELF fixed crit racing team

    Passion, Pace and Peanut Butter... the ELF fixed crit racing team
      The Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn this weekend marks the start of the international fixed gear crit racing season for 2018. Now in its 11th year, the event brings together over 450 riders from over 40 countries to race against each other on a closed circuit course on fixed-gear, brake-less track bikes. If you're lucky enough to be able...
  4. Christian Wolmar - Why We Need To Start Taking Cycling Seriously

    Christian Wolmar - Why We Need To Start Taking Cycling Seriously
    Cycling provides a cheap form of transport; protects people against illness and makes them healthier; is good for the environment; and is a fantastic way of encouraging kids to take exercise. What is there not to like? Christian Wolmar - politician, cyclist, author, broadcaster and journalist   I’ve been a cyclist virtually all my life. I started cycling the two...
  5. Discovering Columbus: Inside Cinelli

    Discovering Columbus: Inside Cinelli
    Downing our espressi, we hop on a passing yellow tram at Porta Ticinese and rattle down Via Torino towards the city’s dead-centre. Through the morning Milanese rush hour rain, the iconic old streetcar’s dinging bell gently nudges through the commuters as they weave in and out of cafes and tabacs. Our tram lurches to a stop, and for a moment...
  6. Lisa Paarvio: Learning to fly

    Lisa Paarvio: Learning to fly
    A few clicks, a chirp of a connection made, and a pixelated screen slowly sharpens to reveal an animated Lisa Paarvio waving at me from the other side. “Hey, you made it!”, she exclaims. Clearly the internet is better in rural Catalonia than in London, as my first words emerge short and staccato. But Lisa picks up the thread and...
  7. Gerard Vroomen on bike design, cycling & taking over the reins at 3T

    Gerard Vroomen on bike design, cycling & taking over the reins at 3T
    There are some bike brands that, whether by plan or happy chance, become more than the sum of their parts, fanning out as part of a wider popular bike culture; reference points for stellar design and engineering. Arguably, Cervélo is one of these brands, and with Gerard Vroomen at the helm as co-founder and designer for 15 years, this road...
  8. Meet the Maker: Bamboo Werk Arts

    Meet the Maker: Bamboo Werk Arts
    When woodworker Barret Werk looks at the thousands of acres of native bamboo growing around his home city of Honolulu, he sees bike frames. Lots of them. That’s because he’s worked out a way to skip man-made frame materials and make an aesthetically pleasing, bump-absorbing bike frame out of a single shoot of Hawaii-grown bamboo. The resulting bike is lightweight...
  9. In Conversation With... Eliza Southwood

    In Conversation With... Eliza Southwood
    At the time that we speak to Eliza Southwood about her cycling artwork, she has been busy creating a fun action-packed week for a work experience girl she has taken on for the week. “Well that sure beats working at Coventry University Library!” I think, cursing my fifteen-year-old self for not having the wherewithal at the time to arrange a...
  10. The Welder of Verona: Dario Pegoretti

    The Welder of Verona: Dario Pegoretti
    Dario Pegoretti steps out of his door, characteristic long hair pulled back in a workmanlike ponytail, stretching out a hand with a twinkle in his eye, “Welcome Pete, Dario.” Wearing a paint-spotted t-shirt and pocket-heavy 3/4 length shorts, he stops to pat his shuffling 13-year old German Shepherd Jack as we step out of the fierce heat of Verona’s midday...
  11. Breaking away: Paul Budnitz and the quest for perfection

    Breaking away: Paul Budnitz and the quest for perfection
    Paul Budnitz blames the film Breaking Away for ruining the bike industry. Sure, the 1979 cult-classic about a teenager in Indiana obsessed with Italian bike racing inspired many to dust off their two-wheelers — but according to Budnitz, it also prompted a new obsession with drop-handlebar race bikes. Which meant he could no longer find a comfortable, upright bike to...
  12. Shot from the saddle: We asked 5 pros for their top cycling photography tips and kit advice

    Shot from the saddle: We asked 5 pros for their top cycling photography tips and kit advice
    Taking photos from the saddle is a pretty popular pastime these days. With the opportunities for snap-worthy scenery that being on the bike affords the rider, and the fact that nearly all of us are riding with a pretty sweet camera holstered somewhere or other, there's never been a better time to record your ride and share it with...
  13. 5 Road Bike Holiday Destinations to Give You The Jimmy Legs

    5 Road Bike Holiday Destinations to Give You The Jimmy Legs
    If you have to spend the night phantom pedalling, then you might as well have earned it riding luxuriously sinewy switchbacks, tapping out granny-ring gradients, and hustling the valley-floor home with only one end in sight: that of the rider in front of you. Or rather, a bed so downy plump it could be made of marshmallow, heady wine, ice...

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