Sectors of gravel road, dust and hills define the Strade Bianche, but it's so much more. The rolling green hills of Tuscany, the ancient towns of Gaiole and Siena, the passion of the tifosi ooze atmosphere and excitement. Ahead of Saturday's race let's take a look at some of our favorite images from years past.
Today's Readers' Rig is a track and Cannondale inspired custom aluminium ride from San Francisco that embodies all that Readers' Rigs is about - cool machines that bring their owners fun every day of the year - It's Readers' Rigs time!
Dr. Stephen Cheung is our resident sports scientist and a man that we're all jealous of with his worldwide 'work' trips as he continues his scientific journey through life. Combining travel with transporting a bicycle made his choice of rig easy - a steel Ritchey Break-Away that's travelled with Steve on some amazing experiences. Here's their tale...
The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under was a thrilling race as Simon Gerrans dueled Cadel Evans to an overall win by just seconds. We picked the best photos for a stage by stage summary and look back at the race with full results.
The State of California is home to an impressive 1 out of every 8 Americans but an even more impressive - 2 out of 2 readers in today's Readers' Rigs! These two readers have two very different bikes but one very big thing in common - a pure love for their machine.
When deciding our favorite stories for 2013, we couldn't pass up all the gorgeous bikes we saw at Eurobike. The combination of new technology and latest designs in cycling all under the one roof is a bike lover's paradise. Let's take another look at some very drool worthy machines.
For the very first time, the 2013 Tour de France took on the mythical Alpe d'Huez twice in one day by descending and then ascending the little known Col de Sarenne. In June, before the Dauphiné tested out the roads and much needed roadworks were completed, PEZ's man in France, Chris Selden cycled the route on a simply epic 150km and 4800m elevation day.
Mt. Ventoux, it's a mythical place, steeped in Tour de France history and the site of many great battles over the years. Remember Armstrong vs Pantani in 2000? Or Eros Poli in 1994 when he lost 15 minutes on the mountain but still won the stage. For 2013 we added another battle to the history books as PEZ's own Chris Selden took on 30 other journos from around the world in climbing Mt. Ventoux.
Today's Readers' Rigs are a mixed pair from opposite sides of the world and completely different, but special, machines. First up: a completely unique Baum from Down Under that's custom in every way, and secondly a nice and light Scott climber from the States. It's Readers' Rigs time!
2013 has been a big year for retirements with many big and little names calling it a day at the end of the season. Some retired of their own desire, some were forced out through injury, lack of contract or doping related problems but all marked cycling in some way. Let's take a look back at some of the names to leave our great sport this year with some great images captured of their careers.
Paris, France - the city of love, the Eiffel Tower, le Louvre and... traffic jams. Could Paris really be a destination for a PEZ 'Top Ride'? Well, yes as just 35km South-West of the capital is the gorgeous Vallée de Chevreuse where the cows, sheep and forest replace the hustle and bustle of the big city making it an ideal playground for cyclists.
Like it or loathe it, indoor training is an ideal way to train through the colder months or just work on your specific fitness goals. Despite the fact that I am definitely in the 'loathe it' category the PEZ still thought that I would be the ideal man to review CycleOps' Fluid 2 trainer.
For our latest installment of cool cycling gear doing the rounds we've got the important areas of bum, eyes and hands covered with some interesting products from Ass-Savers, BBB and Lizard Skins.
Readers' Rigs has been one of our most popular columns of the year but it begged the question - what do the PEZ crew ride? Well our Literary Editor in Germany Leslie has enough bikes for almost the whole PEZ crew in fact that range from a 1962 track bike to a modern day Specialized. Here's a look at Leslie's collection which has a strong emphasis on Classic builds.
Tubeless wheels are a standard in mountain biking but despite availability for several years now, tubeless tech for smoother road surfaces hasn't caught on as quickly, despite claimed weight and puncture resistance advantages. Enter American Classic's Argent tubeless wheel - their new take on tubeless.
Interbike is in full swing in Vegas at the moment and the PEZ himself is there front and center but before he puts down those gambling chips and Vegas style Negronis there's time for another look at some of the beautiful machines that were on display back in Germany at Eurobike.
The amount of latest and greatest new gear at Eurobike is simply too much to contain in just one article, or two or even three so here's a look at some more new bits from Shimano, Powertap, Prologo, FSA and more.
The Eurobike show isn't just about beautiful bikes, there was also thousands of new products on display with wheels, pedals, handlebars, lights, clothing and more. Here's a look at some of the latest gear that caught our eye in Germany.
Disc brakes, 11 speed rigs and custom carbon were the trends that were expected at Eurobike this year but you never know just what you will get until you walk through the doors of the massive salon in Germany. Here's PEZ's look at the best bikes that Eurobike had to offer.
Bike Review: What's a Mathot I hear you ask? It's a boutique brand from Luxembourg and the Pallium is their flagship model, an aero styled, light and well equipped bike - but is it any good? PEZ hit the roads of France for 1 month aboard the Pallium to find out.