Talking with Cadel Evans

Cadel.jpgI’ve interviewed dozens of ‘famous’ people but today’s chat with Cadel Evans was certainly one of the highlights of my radio career.

I’m a cyclist but Cadel is cycling royalty.

He started cycling when he was 2 on a 16” BMX bike. Began riding competitively in 1991 on a cross country mountain bike. In 1994 he started competing in criteriums and road races to help with his mountain biking. Since then he has become one of Australia’s greatest ever road racing cyclists.

He was the first Aussie to ever reach the podium in Paris in the Tour de France, coming runner up in 2007 and 2008 and he recently became Australia’s first world road race champion.

His book which describes his journey so far – Close to Flying – was released just days ago and it’s already being reprinted. Cadel Evans joined me live in the studio this morning at 98.5 Sonshine FM. You can hear our conversation by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

We spoke about the Tour de France, his move to BMC, his involvement in the 2010 Tour Down Under, the new book, Lance Armstrong and a few other bits and pieces.

Cadel was generous with his time and his answers were honest and informative. I only wish that I could have sat down with him for a couple of hours over a coffee rather than just conducting a quick radio interview in the middle of a very busy promotional schedule.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • will def be listening to this Rod. Cadel is a legend, love watching him race, and I don’t even own a bike. Well done on a coup like that.

  • Hi Rodney – I hadn’t heard of Cadel until yesterday when the kids and I met my husband for lunch in the CBD. I noticed a couple guys with a video camera and microphone from a local news station. Then as we sat eating our lunch near Boffins bookstore a huge queue materialised, each of them carrying a copy of Close to Flying! Then you commented on my blog post and I saw his name again. How cool! Glad you had a nice talk!

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