World Road Championships Retro: It’s hard to keep track of the events that Ed Hood has attended – easier to count those he has missed. His first Worlds for PEZ was in Salzburg back in 2006, no team time trial in those days, the event didn’t return until 2012, but Ed was there for all the other road action, here is his stroll down memory lane. It was way back in 1983 when I attended my first Worlds Goodwood in the south of England, but it wasn’t till 2006 before I covered the Worlds for PEZ. The series that year was in beautiful Salzburg, Austria. Here are a few memories from what was a great Championship more than a decade ago to put you in the mood for the 2018 Worlds as they return to Austria, this time in Innsbruck.There were not many sofas beside the roadside at the 2016 Worlds in Doha the clich is that the riders make the race. But so do the fans and particularly the Belgians at the Worlds… with pils.Salzburg is pretty central in Europe and the French, Italian and Belgian fans were all there complete with life size cut-outs of Tommeke munching on a sandwich.I spoke to a couple of totally wasted Belgian guys late on the Sunday night after the Elite race; “do you get a coach home now?” says me. “Oh no! We drive the car home now, directly!”And those Dutch fans do like their oompah band once youd had a…
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