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PEZ Talk: Garmin-Transitions’ Steven Cozza

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 Wednesday, February 03, 2010  10:51:06 PM PT

by Edmond Hood

  The last time we spoke to Garmin’s Steve Cozza was after the 2008 Paris – Tours; where he produced another solid performance from a consistent and promising year. But the 2009 season wasn’t a good one for the Californian; we caught up with him at his Girona summer base, just after he had returned from the Garmin camp in Calpe, to discuss his hopes for 2010.

PEZ: How was the winter?
Steve: The winter was good, I was training in California and the weather was fine. October I mostly rested, but during November and December I built up the miles. My girlfriend, Jen moved from Georgia to be with me, so that was pretty cool.

PEZ: Have you thought about spending the winter in Girona?
Steve: I’ve thought about it and I think I probably will, in the future. I had health problems last year; after the Tour of Missouri we decided to end the season early, rest, then start to train sooner, rather than later. I had stomach problems which turned out to be irritable bowel syndrome – so no more dairy or wheat products for me.


Cozza is back to 100% and ready to go in 2010.

PEZ: Did you do any of that shark fishing over the winter?
Steve: Yeah, I took some friends out shark fishing and we went trout fishing in the Sierras, that was cool.

I did a few charity rides over the winter, too – it’s fun to give your time and help.

PEZ: Were there any high spots in 2009?
Steve: Not really, it was a quiet year, I was pretty sick for the whole season and couldn’t develop any power. But every year is a new year and I learned some lessons in 2009 – never give up, keep training, keep trying. I’ll be taking that new mental strength with me into 2010.


A healthy Cozza is a force in any bike race: a big, powerful engine.

PEZ: Did Bradley jumping ship affect team morale?
Steve: It’s tough because he was a good team mate and we’ll miss him; but it was his decision – I can’t judge him on what he did, I haven’t been in that position.

Morale in the team is great, we have a strong roster; we have GC riders, classics guys, climbers, time triallists and sprinters – we’re not a one sided squad.

PEZ: Will there be a Garmin v. Sky niggle?
Steve: I don’t think so, we’re going out to win, so it’s not just Sky we have to worry about – we have to be competitive against all of the rival teams.

PEZ: How was the training camp?
Steve: We had a two week camp at Calpe. We good some good rides in – it was excellent training. We also met up with our new sponsors, Transitions – they told us all about their lenses and glasses. Their lenses react to the conditions; they’ll change with the weather – you only need one set of lenses, that’s so cool!


A happy Cozza back in the early days of Slipstream. That wasn’t all that long ago.

PEZ: How’s Tyler Farrar?
Steve: He’s definitely in good form already; he’s looking for a stage win at Qatar. There’s an opening team time trial there, so if we can put up a strong ride in that, we can set him up for the overall, if he gets stage wins.

PEZ: Will Christian Vandevelde ride the Giro as Tour prep?
Steve: I don’t think that Christian will ride the Giro, it clashes with the Tour of California and that’s a big objective for us.

PEZ: What’s your programme like?
Steve: Qatar, Oman, Het Volk – then the Italian stuff; Eroika, Tirreno, Milan – San Remo. Then I’m back to Belgium for all the major Northern Classics.


Cozza is a fast man on a TT bike.

PEZ: New Felt TT bikes, I hear?
Steve: They’re really nice; Felt have always been one of the most aero TT bikes around and this year we have Mavic as a sponsor so they’re even better. We tried them out at Calpe but I’m looking forward to racing on mine.

PEZ: What are you looking forward to most about 2010?
Steve: The Belgian classics, particularly Paris – Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders – they’re my favourite races. We have Martijn Maaskant and Johan Van Summeren, I want to be good for them, but also able to take my own opportunities if they arise.

I’m also looking forward to seeing how my new website stevencozza.com works out – my dad has done a pile of work on it. Fans can sign up, make a donation and they’ll get an autographed card from me – but they’ll also put themselves in line to win cool prizes; autographed team jerseys and stuff like that. All the proceeds from the site go to disadvantaged kids.

PEZ: 2010 will be a success, if . . .
Steve: If I’m consistent, like I was in 2008. I have big ambitions, I want to be a top rider and play a strong supporting role for teammates like Martijn. But I want at least one pro win, this year – and I want to be good in the Eroica, I love racing over those dirt roads!

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The man sounds ‘full of it’ as we say in Scotland (that’s a positive comment in Scotland, not like in America) – we wish him all the best for 2010 and we’ll try not to leave it for a year until we catch up with him next time.

Tales from the Peloton or The Flying Moustaches

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January 7, 2010
Interview by
Jacob, Cat 4 racer on the cusp of greatness!

It had been a few weeks off for our intrepid hero, and during that time he had grown a moustache, befriended the entirety of the Garmin-Slipstream team, and also convinced them to get a masters in Sports Science, so they can stop paying for doping testing and just do it themselves. This curious bunch expressed their thanks in an endless supply of Chipotle burritos, and Jacob had had nothing else to eat for the past two weeks. He felt like this would be his key to victory. And also having Dave Zabriskie and Steven Cozza working for him couldn’t hurt.

Jacob: So Dave, what’s our plan for today?
Dave: Jacob, having a moustache means having no plan.
Steven: It does the work for you. It’s like a robot butler that creates cycling strategy for you.
Dave: Like a DS and domestique riding above your lip.
Steven: It is the essence of excellence.
Jacob: Wow…
Dave: The essence of comfort is in DZ Nuts. We’re not just chamois cream, we’ve got a whole line of accessories.

Jacob: Wait, how did you just place a hyperlink into our conversation?
Dave: It’s the power of the moustache.
Steven: You’d be balls crazy not to ride with DZ Nuts protecting your junk.
Dave: Well put Steven, well put.
Jacob: Whoa, what’s going on here?

Steven: Looks like two large moose-
Dave: Meese?
Jacob: Mooses?

Steven: Moosi’i? Uh…One moose is bucking horns with another.
Jacob: Well if they wanted a pissing contest, they could’ve pulled off to the side of the road.
Dave: Perhaps they’re trying to impress the ladies?
Steven: Interestingly, most of them are gone.
Jacob: Ironic.
Dave: Perhaps their crotches are enflamed?
Jacob: I’d prefer not to consider that option.
Dave: Jacob, alls I see are opportunities…
Jacob: Perhaps you can give me a free sample so I can endorse it to my friends?

Dave: No can do.
Steven: Would you like a free burrito though?
Jacob: No thanks, it’s the last lap, I can’t be fumbling with a burrito.
Dave: We better set ourselves up nicely for the sprint.
Jacob: I’m nominally a crappy climber, but I’ll do what I can.
Steven: We can help, right Dave?
Dave: Right Steven. Moustaches, flying V!!

Dave: I’ll use my sexy TT legs to get you to the finish Jacob!
Steven: I’ll hold down the right side so that you don’t get boxed out!
Dave & Steven: Flying V! Huzzah!
Dave: Go Jacob! Unleash those thunderthighs of yours!
Jacob: Raaah!

Jacob: 4th!

Dave: Oh yeah…just like big Z planned…

Jen Collects Fan’s Questions and Interviews Steven November 2009

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November 23, 2009

After another year of racing with his team Garmin – Slipstream, Steven has settled into a fresh training routine for the upcoming 2010 season and is enjoying showing his newly relocated girlfriend, Jen, around northern California. She had some time to compile several questions that Steven’s fans have submitted. Below, she gets the answers in an interview with Steven himself.

Jen: What is it like living in Spain for part of the year? Do you speak Spanish? What do you do during your free time over there?

Steven: Living in Spain for my job is a dream come true. The people and the culture of Spain are incredible. By now, yes, I should be able to speak fluent Spanish but not quite there yet. I sure am learning though from my Spanish friends.
When we’re not training on the awesome roads of the Catalun region, I sometimes head out to the Costa Brava for fishing, snorkeling and just laying on the beach.It’s also nice just strolling the 1000 year old streets of downtown Girona.
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Jen: How many bicycles do you have?

Steven: The team gives us one training bike in the USA and one in Spain. We have a Felt F1 and a Felt AR race bike to choose from while at races along with time trial bikes as well. My own personal collection includes a few Felt cruiser bikes, a cross bike and a mountain bike.
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Jen: What was your favorite moment of racing this year?

Steven: Well I guess it would have to be riding in the break all day at Paris Roubaix. I love that race and am totally hooked.
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Jen: What is the tattoo that sticks out from the sleeve of your jersey?

Steven: The tattoo on my left shoulder is two huge Koi fish. For me, it’s a symbol of perseverance and fortitude. I also like fish and the water.
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Jen: Do you get to ride first class on planes when you fly?

Steven: No way, haha. Definitely don’t get to ride first class on the plane. Our sponsors do and some of the top riders have it negotiated in their contract, but I personally think first class is a waste of space that they could be using to fit more people on a plane. It’s also ridiculously expensive. One time I did get to fly from the Tour of California to Girona (Spain) on Doug Ellis’s private jet. I have to say that was one cool experience that I’ll probably never have the chance to do again.
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Jen: What is your favorite snack to take on training days? (if not Clif bars, which are one of your sponsors)

Steven: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are my favorite.
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Jen: What sort of music are you listening to these days?

Steven: I always love Nirvana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tonic, Emerson Hart, Def Leppard and The Offspring.
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Jen: Is the mustache going to make a comeback?

Steven: Of course. I hope my fans print off the stache I have on my web site and wear it at the races I’m in. That would be cool and a lot of fun.
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Jen: Do you guys train as a team or do you train on your own?

Steven: A little bit of both. Since just about the whole team lives in Girona, it makes training as a team very easy.
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Jen: What is the average length of a training ride at this point during the season? And how many days a week do you train?

Steven: At this time of the year, I’m doing anywhere from 15 – 20 hours a week. 5 – 6 days of training a week. It’s a mix between mountain biking and road biking. Right now, I really prefer to ride with people too, but I usually train alone since we spend a lot of time in Guerneville, CA.

Nathaniel Brewster Interviews Steven

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Interview September 2009

Nathaniel Brewster’s cycling blog is mylanternrouge.blogspot.com

The Interview

Nathaniel Brewster- “Congratulations on Zabriskie’s win in Missouri. How was it defending the yellow jersey those last couple days? Any close calls?”

Steven Cozza- “Helping to defend DZ’s Yellow Jersey was very tough. I haven’t had to dig that deep in a long time and I loved every little bit of it. I was so tired the day after the race was over we did a ride with our Garmin sponsor. There were 200 people on the ride and I had to get in the car half way thru the ride. I left every last drop of energy I had in the race to help protect Zabriskie’s lead.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “When does the ‘off season’ start?”

Steven Cozza- “Its different for everyone. My off season started the day the Tour of Missouri ended.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “Do you use rollers,trainer or both?”

Steven Cozza- “Only use them when I have a broken bone and can’t ride outside. Otherwise won’t touch them. I enjoy the great outdoors.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “Do you own a tandem? And who would you like to ride one with?”

Steven Cozza- “No I don’t own a tandem, but they are great bikes for the blind to use to enjoy cycling. I helped raise money for the Earle Baum Center of the Blind, in Santa Rosa, California
(www.earlebaum.org) to purchase 5 tandem bikes a few years ago. I loved taking a great rider named Sean who was blind out on the tandem whenever I could.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “Have you witnessed changes in the domestic scene with the advent of races like the Tour of Missouri and Tour of California?

Steven Cozza- “I think having more races like the TOC or the TOM in the US is a great idea. The fans are awsome here in the US and it would be great for the domestic scene to get a boost with races like these.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “Those Garmin Edge computers are pretty snazzy. Do you find yourself lost without one?”

Steven Cozza- “I’m an Eagle Scout. One of my favorite off season things to do every year is to walk into the mountains with food and just a sleeping back. Bishop, California is my favorite place to start hikes out of. I dont even bring a map. Having a “Garmin edge” is a great tool to train with. I am so so so glad they are my team’s sponsor. Awsome company and an awsome product line.”

Nathanieal Brewster- “Garmin’s training philosophy seems pretty progressive. Do you have a personal coach and program? Or is your training more team-centric?”

Steven Cozza- “Yes Dario Fredrick (www.Wholeathlete.com) is my personal coach. He’s help get me through the “ups and downs” of professional cycling. I reccommend him to any serious cyclist and or weekend warrior.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “Ever use those ‘Space Legs’? Do they work?”

Steven Cozza- “I do use them when I can. Do they work? Who knows. I think they help. If anything they look cool and funny to wear.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “Are you a DZ Nuts convert?”

Steven Cozza- “I use DZ Nuts for Shaving Cream. It actually works great.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “In the day’s break at Roubaix ’09. Certainly an accomplishment. Was it as difficult as you imagined?”

Steven Cozza- “I love the Roubaix race. I am addicted and its definetily in my eye for the next ten years. I love the cobbles and feel so at home on them. It was a real pleasure to race in the break all day at my first Paris Roubaix. The fans kick major ass.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “Will you do it again in ’10?”

Steven Cozza- “Yes. I’ll be there in ’10. I know I can be strong in the final for Martijn our classics leader. I want to save myself for the last 80 kilometers to help him win. When my opportunity comes I’ll be ready.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “What’s your favorite ‘hometown’ race?”

Steven Cozza- “Our old Tuesday night crits in Santa Rosa. I sure hope they bring them back.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “How long do you live in Europe each year? Do you speak any foreign languages?”

Steven Cozza- “I only spend the winters months back home. November thru December usually. The rest of the time I am in Spain working on my Spanish.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “How often do you replace your cycling shoes?”

Steven Cozza- “Once every 3-6 months of racing.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “You’ve had your share of injuries as a pro. What’s your advice for those who hit the deck and break something?”

Steven Cozza- “Enjoy your time off. Everytime I break something I always come back stronger and have the best races of my life.”

Nathaniel Brewster- “Does the mustache have performance enhancing qualities?

Steven Cozza- “Yes the mustache gives me “super powers”, ha ha. I cant wait to grow it back for the 2010 season. If you go to my web site www.stevencozza.com on the home page you can print the “stache” to wear at the races I’m in. Hope to see my fans wearing the “stache”.”

Podium Hostesses Play Important Role In The History Of Professional Cycling

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Steven Interviews Missouri Podium Hostesses from scott cozza on Vimeo.

Steven rode the 2009 Tour of Missouri in support of Dave Zabriskie, who was the eventual winner. Steven had a special supporter throughout the week – his girlfriend Jen, who just happened to be a podium hostess at the race.

Here, Steven interviews Jen and Erin, fellow podium hostesses, to ask them more in depth questions about their role in the race.

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~Steven

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