Book Review: Sometimes a party is so good you don’t want it to end. For those of us who love the Giro d’Italia, the final day always come too soon and then we have the palate-cleansing races like the Dauphinй Libйrй and the Tour de Suisse and then the Tour comes and pink is replaced by yellow. But thanks to “Maglia Rosa: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia” by British author/Italian resident Herbie Sykes we have not only an English-language history of the Giro d’Italia, which is in itself distressingly rare, but an extraordinarily entertaining book that will take us through until the tifosi migrate to Italian roadsides again in May.
The Official 2015 Richmond World Championship artist, Greig Leach, recorded last year's Tour de France as the action unfolded. His post-card sized, watercolor and ink drawings are now available in book form worthy of gracing any coffee table. Leslie Reissner, relives the 2015 Tour through the eyes of the artist.
Our literary editor, Leslie Reissner, doesn't just read books, he also rides his bike as much as he can. In honour of the first cobbled Classics last week, Leslie has relived his ride on the Rik van Steenbergen Classic in deepest Belgium. Bring on Flanders and Roubaix!
The aging process is something none of us can avoid, but with the help of Joe Friel and his book 'Faster After 50' we might be able to fight off the degeneration or at least understand the process. There is good news; Friel advises on strength training to stop age-related loss of muscle mass, overtraining and the importance of rest and recovery.
It is said that Tour de France cyclists consume quantities of food during the event second only to sumo wrestlers in training. But while sumos are famous for their vats of greasy soup, an innovative new book suggests that pro cyclists are in reality a pretty sophisticated bunch when it comes to noshing.
With the vast flood of books reaching the Pez library, it was a pleasant surprise to receive Peter Joffre Nye's latest book. It is, to date, the only biography of an extraordinarily interesting individual who made his mark in the boom time when cycling gave way to the mad fashion of motoring, his feet firmly in both worlds.
Unlike other sports; bicycle road racing is open to the elements and events take place before a diverse backdrop featuring geographic highlights of many countries. Add to this ever-changing weather, different road surfaces, colourful jerseys and colourful personalities and the rolling circus atmosphere provides the photographer with limitless opportunity.
As it's the end of the year we take our usual look back at our favourite stories. When the PEZ literary Editor isn't reading books for reviews, he's adding to his collection of bikes. Here is the background on his new 'made-to-measure' Tommasini from earlier this year.
The usual books stacked next to the comfortable wingback chair in the PezCyclingNews oak-panelled library for review lean towards accounts of great races, great athletes, training methods, diets, irresistible tourism ideas and road-going technology. But occasionally a book comes to us that does not fit into any of these categories.
Today's book review is a tale of sporting glory, love, espionage, politics and more as Herbie Sykes recounts the fascinating life of East german cyclist Dieter Wiedemann in 'The Race Against the Stasi'. A cycling hero in the East, Dieter defected to the west in the name of love as detailed in this truly unique book.
The world of cycling is truly diverse, encompassing sports, transportation, technology and social history. Set at a human scale, many of its stories and artifacts have been lost over the last century but much too has been saved.
PEZ's Literary Editor Leslie Reissner is continuing his look at books that aren't your everyday, run of the mill standard cycling publications this week with a review of 'Rebour - The Bicycle Illustrations of Daniel Rebour'. From 1945 until the early 1980s Daniel Rebour made hundreds of meticulous drawings of any and all interesting developments in the realm of bicycles and they're detailed in this unique book.
The latest book from Velopress/Rouleur - Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop is an all-access pass to cycling’s back stage: the team truck, the service course, and the workshop. Through gritty photographs and striking interviews, Bike Mechanic explores the daily lives of the bicycle technicians who keep the pro peloton rolling, no matter the weather, no matter the hour.
With Pez being a roadie only site and proud of it our Literary Editor Leslie normally only gets to review road based books but every once in a while a book comes along that is perhaps not in the genre of Pez but is a compelling read anyway. That book is today's review, 'Fat Tire Flyer', a detailed insider's account of the birth of the mountain bike which proved to be a very interesting read indeed.
HALF THE ROAD is a film that explores the world of women’s professional cycling focusing on both the love of sport and the issues of inequality that female riders face. With footage from some of the world’s best races to interviews with Olympians, World Champs, rookies, officials and more, HALF THE ROAD offers a unique insight to the drive, dedication, and passion it takes for a female cyclist to thrive.
Racing ahead of Mark Cavendish's two autobiographies, American/St.Kitts and Nevis pro cyclist Kathryn Bertine, 37 years old, recently launched her third book. “The Road Less Taken” is a series of episodes in her life as a professional cyclist and journalist. In it she travels not just a road less taken but one that leads in surprising directions.
Men's professional cycling: it's all about glamour. Jaguar team cars; on-demand massages; garages full of the latest super-light carbon wonderbikes; worshipful fans; exotic locales with breathtaking scenery; breathtaking podium girls; the big bucks and global recognition. But then again perhaps not as Phil Gaimon details in “Pro Cycling on $10 a Day” .
Drawn from the one of the world’s finest collections of cycling artifacts, the latest cycling book from Velopress, 'Goggles & Dust' collects over 100 stunning photographs from competitive cycling’s heyday in the 1920s and ’30s. PEZ's Literary Editor Leslie Reissner goes back in time to review this book of truly classic images from Europe’s most hallowed races.
Well known for his large collection of classic bicycles our Literary Editor Leslie couldn't resist adding one more bike to his stable in the form of a brand new, custom made Tommasini. First up though was a visit to the factory in Tuscany and a meeting with Irio Tommasini himself to get measured up.
Book review: A hundred years ago today on Sunday, June 28, 1914, 145 cyclists rolled out of Paris for the 12th edition of the Tour de France, while that same day across Europe in Sarajevo, the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated - triggering the events that began the Great War. Graham Healy explores the impact of World War 1 on professional racing in his new book 'The Shattered Peloton'.