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  • Tuesday October 11, 2011

    If you are like me, the month of July is all about the Tour de France. This year, four American teams and ten American cyclists participated in the Tour, and an American team won it. Much of the growth and success of American racing in the European peloton over the last 20 years can be attributed to one man: Jim Ochowicz.

  • Wednesday December 22, 2010

    By now most PEZ-fans should be familiar with Joe Parkin – maybe not so much for his career as a journeyman pro cyclist, but more likely for his entertaining and refreshing memoirs of his racing days – both of which have been reviewed on PEZ. Matt Wood talked with Joe after the release of his latest book: Come & Gone.

  • Thursday October 22, 2009

    As if coaching the biggest comeback in modern cycling isn’t enough to fill your plate, Chris Carmichael just launched a tour to support his new book “The Time Crunched Cyclist”. But he still found time to talk about it all with PEZ…

  • Thursday June 25, 2009

    Sean Yates was old school to me. He began his career with Peugeot: think Charly Gaul, Bernard Thevenet, Tom Simpson, Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle, and Eddy Merckx. And ever since he has been connected with America’s team: 7-Eleven and Motorola as a rider, and then Discovery Channel and Astana as a Director Sportif. PEZ takes a moment to catch up with one of the greats.

  • Thursday April 9, 2009

    The Queen of the Classics is just days away, the perfect time to watch Masterlink Film’s latest production – “Road To Roubaix”. Made by documentarians and cycling fans Dave Cooper and David Deal, it’s not your typical ‘race’ movie. We talked with both about the film…

  • Wednesday November 26, 2008

    Joe was among the first wave of American riders to make the huge leap across the pond and into the deep end of pro bike racing in the mid 1980’s. As an outsider from all aspects, he made his way, made friends, and made a living. His tale is now published as A Dog In A Hat, and we talked to the man who lived it all…

  • Friday August 8, 2008

    You may not know Jean-Paul Vespini, but he knows cycling, and likely a lot more about pro racing than you ever will. He's covered 19 Tours (so far), and as a reknowned cycling historian in France, he's got some storiesпїЅ We asked him for six...

  • Sunday December 30, 2007

    Sure, Interbike 2007 had beautiful showgirls, cool products, wild parties, and big name cyclists. But I went to Vegas to drink a Fat Tire Amber Ale with Bob Roll. VeloPress has just published “Paris Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell”, and as Bob was a 7-time Paris Roubaix rider, it seemed reasonable that he write the forward to the book. I spoke with Bob about Paris Roubaix, Lance Armstrong, the legacy of the 7-11 team and the scars.

  • Tuesday March 13, 2007

    Who will be the next Lance Armstrong? Well, there is a good chance he will come from the USA Cycling National Development Team program. Cycylists like David Zabriskie, Saul Raisin, Jason McCartney, Tyler Farrar, Tom Danielson, Mike Creed and Aaron Olson have graduated from the national U23 program into the Eurpoean Pro Peloton. John Devine is the latest National U23 cyclist to join The Discovery Channel Pro Team.

  • Tuesday February 6, 2007

    Dirk Demol of The Discovery Channel Bicycle Racing Team has the greatest job in the world. He is the Assistant Director Sportif for the Spring Classics. Dirk won the 1988 edition of Paris Roubaix in the longest breakaway to date. He also won the Circuit of the Flemish Ardennes, and came in second to Stephen Roche in the 1980 Amateur Paris Roubaix. PEZ talks with Dirk about his Roubaix winning ride, preparation, and the desire to get out of the factory.

  • Sunday December 17, 2006

    Remember the legendary Red Zinger/ Coors Classic stage race? For those among us whose brains refuse to recall the big-hair, neon-colored, Cold War 1980's: this was the biggest pro men's race in North America and arguably the hardest and most prestigious women's race in the world. Now it's on DVD and we talked with the race’s long time promoter Michael Aisner.

  • Monday December 19, 2005

    Anyone watching OLN’s Tour de France coverage last summer heard about a new children’s book called “Mike And The Bike”. It’s certainly not your average cycling book, but exactly the kind of story we love to cover, so we called up the author and famous rock guitarist Michael Ward for a PEZ-Clusive interview…

  • Wednesday December 7, 2005

    PEZ caught up with consummate American professional Mark McCormack recently, as McCormack battles through the wintry nastiness that is Cyclocross. Lest we forget, McCormack recently finished yet another superb road season, the man just can't get enough, and reminds us that being a bike racer involves RACING.

  • Friday October 21, 2005

    Gord Fraser has over 200 career wins to his credit over the course of his 23 years in racing, 11 of which as a professional - both in North America and in Europe. The 2004 Canadian National Champion talked with PEZ's Matt Wood and provided some quality insight into racing.

  • Thursday May 5, 2005

    Just before the Redlands race, we met with long-time US Euro-pro Jonathan Vaughters. Today, as part of management for Team TIAA-CREF, he mentors their select group of young racers and future stars. We talked about his role in developmental cycling, his career, and how he’s contributing to the future of the sport as part of this “team with a difference.”

  • Wednesday February 23, 2005

    The Health Net Pro Cycling team presented by Maxxis, is the current powerhouse of domestic US racing. The results speak for themselves – wins and podiums in most events they entered last year, plus top NRC team honors. At their training camp in Solvang, we talked with Scott Moninger about his thoughts on 14 years as a pro…

  • Friday September 10, 2004

    Brett Horton is the curator of one of the largest known collections of historic cycling memorablia in the world. PEZ recently hooked up with Brett for fascinating interview and tour of his amazing artifacts. If it happened in cycling, Brett probably has something related to it…

  • Thursday June 10, 2004

    Brett Horton is the curator of one of the largest known collections of historic cycling memorablia in the world. PEZ recently hooked up with Brett for fascinating interview and tour of his amazing artifacts. If it happened in cycling, Brett probably has something related to it…

  • Friday April 23, 2004

    We scored another PEZ-Clusive at Sea Otter last week – our own Matt Wood was the only photographer in a vehicle, on the course for the men’s road race! “I was the only one who had access to the road course during the entire race.” Matt takes us along for the ride…

  • Monday January 26, 2004

    Last Friday the PEZ-Crew was in full force at the US Postal Service/Berry Floor’s 2004 team presentation. The day started with the team’s training ride in the California hills, followed by the presentation & press conference, and then some time alone with Lance. Here’s how the day got started…