Roadside St.21: The rain fell heavily on the Champs Élesées on Sunday, but that didn't dampen Ed and Callum's enthusiasm to get their unique view on the final stage in Paris. Both of them spread themselves round the circuit for the best photos and catch-ups with the characters of the 2015 Tour de France. The big Paris finalé.
Roadside St.20: There's only one thing crazier than Alp d'Huez at the Tour de France - and that's the Dutch Corner on Alp d'Huez at the Tour de France. Ed & Callum were up the road, roadside, and inside the madness that is one of pro sport's maddest moments. Here's the full photo report.
Roadside St.19: On such big day in the Alps, not all the action was on the roads... Ed Hood made a strategic move to the start village and caught up men who aren't afraid to speak their minds: photog John Pierce, & former pros Leon Van Bon, Tim Harris, Malcolm Elliott, Dag Otto Lauritzen.
In-between eating mussels and drinking beer on the Tour de France rest day, Ed Hood managed to also get some work done. Mark Cavendish's right-hand-man in the sprints is Mark Renshaw, he's been a lead-out man and a sprinter in his own right. So here is the story from the pointy, fast end of the peloton.
Roadside Stage 18: Two days in the Alps down and two to go and, as can be expected, Ed and Callum had to go against the power of the law to sneak onto the Lacets de Montvernier climb to bring you exclusive photos. A crazy climb on a crazy day at the Tour de France. PEZ Roadside:
Roadside Stage 17: The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley.. and that's the same for Tour de France journalists if they want to drive over the Col d'Allos on stage 17. Never to be out done, Ed always has a 'Plan B' at his finger tips. Where there is a bike race there is a story to tell pictures to take.
Roadside Rest Day: Every Tour de France Ed Hood picks the week that takes in the last rest day and we know why: The Quick-Step 'Mussel Party' is something he will not miss. In fact I've heard they won't have it if Ed isn't coming. He also visited the MTN-Qhubeka and Lampre-Merida teams on his Tour 'rest day'.
Roadside Stage 16: Froome stays in yellow, that man Sagan is second on the stage, again. It's just a typical day at the 2015 Grande Boucle and we're delighted to be part of it. We expected a break, we got one, we expected a solo winner and we got one. And another chapter in the Col de Manse's contribution to the story of Le Tour is writ.
Roadside Stage 15: The final week of the Tour de France is always the best and this year we have the Alps to make that last shake of the dice that bit more exciting. Our most experienced Grand Tour follower, Ed Hood, has taken over the Tour reins for the third week. Here is his Grand Entrance.
For once our man Ed Hood's holidays didn't involve bicycles - but they did involve bars. When the Pezmeister first heard Ed was off to parts foreign he thought it would be a good opportunity for our intrepid journo to sample Negronis across the globe - but. . .
Race Report: BMC do the hugging – but only by the narrowest of margins from Sky - Froome keeps yellow – he looks like the overall winner already - Quintana, Contador and Nibali all lose time to the world’s skinniest chrono man on a short but savage day in North West France.
With two yellow jersey riders abandoning in this year's Tour de France it's apt that Ed Hood takes a look at the career of Luis Ocaña who famously crashed out of the 1971 Tour. Anyone who can scare Merckx into thinking he was not invincible has to be given a lot of kudos. The Ocaña story is of great talent and a lot of "what if's".
Race Report: On a day of tricky cobbled parcours which promised much - and did not disappoint - Quick-Step’s former World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin grabbed not just the stage but the yellow jersey too, having narrowly missed it for three days on the trot.
Saturday is the big day, the 2015 Tour de France launches its self down the start ramp in Utrecht for the stage 1 individual time trial and the first yellow jersey. Our most experienced Tour follower, Ed Hood, has run his eye over the past Tour stats, the parcours and the main contenders. Here comes the biggest race of the year... Vive le Tour!
Some say the Tour isn't the Tour without the l'Alpe d'Huez, and anyone who's been there will tell you it's the ONLY place to be when the race comes through. L'Alpe returns again this year and PEZ's Ed Hood knows the 21 bends better than most - here's what race fans should expect...
The 2015 Tour de France will not be crossing the Col du Galibier, normally the highest point of the French Grand Tour, on its way to l'Alpe d'Huez on stage 20. All this due to a landslide which has damaged the Chambon tunnel. So what better time to have a look back at one of Ed Hood's many Alpe visits.
Gordon Singleton came up through the ranks, first riding the track at 17 years old in Canada before jumping over to England to learn his trade in the 'dog-eat-dog' hotbed of cycling in Liverpool. A rainbow jersey was his aim and in 1982 he grabbed one, but it could/should have been two. Ed Hood gets the inside story.
The 2015 Tour de France is a matter of only 20 days away, but Ed Hood, our most experienced Grand Tour follower, is thinking back to the first of his ten 'accredited' Tours. The 2006 Tour was an up and down affair, it was scandal riddled and the Landis Tour of '06 will go down in history as one of the worst.
Ed Hood has a ride down memory lane with Canadian ground breaker, Ron Hayman. The man from British Columbia (via Scotland) made the bold step of moving to Belgium to fight amongst the hardest men in cycle sport on the hardest roads. From there he cut a fine career in the top US teams in the 80's.
When looking back at the 2015 Giro d'Italia it's hard to think of any negatives. The only 'what if' would be Landa being told to wait for Fabio Aru in a Froome/Wiggins sort of way. Ed and Martin are back home in Scotland and 'happy' to be at their day jobs, so we asked them for the 'Top 12' best things Giro.