A Must-Read Interview With Michael Creed

Sep 21 2009

creedDomestic riders don’t come much better than Mike Creed. He’s been a pro for ten years, ridden for the biggest teams, scored some of the best wins, and man—does he ever know how to deliver an interview.

At Podium Insight this past Friday he unleashed an epic, covering topics as broad-ranging as the ever-unfolding disaster that is Rock Racing, the fickle and patronizing nature of cycling fans (especially on the Internet), and the future of public relations in sports. An excerpt:

Creed: I’m early break kryptonite.

Podium Insight: Everybody should just sit up, Creed’s here…

Creed: Yeah, they should just ‘Creed’s here, lets go back’. Or pay me off to go back to the pack by myself, they just carry twenty dollar bills in their pocket.

Podium Insight: Is that all it takes?

Creed: Yeah, I’m cheap man. You sign mid-year, you can’t get a big contract, you have to be willing to wheel and deal, you have to be willing to cut down a little on your price.

It’s time-consuming and a little tricky to read at points, but well worth the effort, both in terms of entertainment value, and insight into the business side of making things work as professional cyclist.

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4 Responses to “A Must-Read Interview With Michael Creed”

  1. lyne 21 September 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    thanks. I tried to edit as little as possible to keep Creed as is, but it does make it sometimes tricky to read.

  2. Rob 21 September 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    Nice to find this blog Cosmo. It’ entertaining and it makes me miss bike racing. I hope you’re doing well. Rob Dapice

  3. Lauren G. 23 September 2009 at 10:47 am #

    Is that Death Wish Dapice, the legend?

  4. cosmo 24 September 2009 at 8:09 am #

    @lyne, I think you did a great job moderating between the madness of Creed and readability. Hope to hear more from him on your site in the future.

    Rob Dapice! How’s it going? I’m psyched you like the blog—in a way you built the foundation that got me into this bike racing thing in the first place.

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