Expensive Readers & PEZ-Followers… I write this publish with a heavy coronary heart, and to humbly ask in your assist to assist our expensive good friend and beloved colleague Ed Hood. Ed suffered a devastating stroke in February of this 12 months, and faces an unsure future.
“I’m by no means happier than once I’m writing.”
~ Ed Hood, as spoken to Martin Williamson from the passenger seat, driving alongside a stage route on the Tour de France.
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Because of the stroke, Ed has misplaced his capacity to talk, and misplaced motion on the suitable aspect of his physique. He’s working with speech and bodily therapists on rehabilitation, however all strokes are totally different and every affected person responds in another way, so sadly restoration is at some point at a time. Ed ran his personal enterprise putting in home windows, and can in all probability not have the ability to work once more.
Ed with Hendrik Redant
Ed started writing for PEZ in 2006, when he approached me with an concept to supply some protection of the Tour of Britain. He delivered on his phrase, and we by no means seemed again. His tales chasing the Giro, Tour, Vuelta, Classics and Worlds, and in winter the Sixes, are legendary, by no means the identical twice, and gave us one thing the opposite biking media retailers might by no means duplicate or problem.
Ed on the Copenhagen Sixes taking care of Michael Morkov
His capacity to suppose up inventive story concepts – rider interviews, previews, rants, and common musings about cycle sport was uncanny and matchless. He was an editor’s dream, even when we by no means knew what his subsequent story can be about, we at all times knew it could be entertaining, considerate, and crammed with nuggets of knowledge solely somebody along with his pedigree might deliver.
His well mannered and respectful method earned him a rolodex of professional biking’s illuminati that may be the envy of any journalist. I might solely guess as to its measurement, as a result of Ed’s modesty ensured he by no means bragged, title dropped about any of it. I wasn’t even positive he’d give his permission to arrange this GoFundMe web page.
In fact he’s way more than the journalist I’ve described above, however as a member of the PEZ-Crew, and the world’s biking media, Ed is irreplaceable. There may be actually no different author in biking who did, or might do what Ed did.
So after 18+ years of giving us a lot leisure and perception, the very least we are able to do is attain out to what I do know are legions of Ed Hood followers, and if you happen to’re studying this you’re amongst them. Ed’s monetary future is unsure, so please think about becoming a member of us to make a contribution to this GoFundMe web page to assist stabilize and safe the weeks and months forward for him.
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Learn Ed’s 17+ years physique of labor creating biking tales:
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Richard Pestes (on behalf of the PEZ-Crew)