This week Lee Rodgers casts his eye over the opening classics of the season and looks into just what makes these great old races so special. Lee also runs into a special old rider who has been up and maybe too close to the 'Campionissimo' Fausto Coppi himself. Life on the cobbles!
This week Lee Rodgers turns his attention to something that we all have: Ego. In most people it is held under control, but there are those who's ego has taken over their life, we can all think of someone. Ego, a necessity, good or bad... discuss.
Lee Rodgers takes us into his desert dreams as 'The World’s Oldest Neo-Pro on his Arabian Adventure'. With the top riders of the WorldTour currently racing in the Tour of Qatar, Lee recalls his own adventures, rubbing shoulders with the stars, in the Arab races (Qatar & Oman) back in 2012.
I’ve been sat here mulling over potential topics for this week’s Lowdown with my bike in the back yard looking at me like a jilted lover. She’s practically bleating at me like an orphaned lamb. Those hang dog eyes. She must have been a Labrador in a previous life.
Today Lee Rodgers looks at a problem close to his heart, or more so his lungs. The pollution levels in the Far East, where he lives, are at an all time high. So, Lee takes us through Chinese transport history and how a bicycle centric country has changed to the most smoggy in the World.
War drives technology, as evidenced by the device I’m using to write this article on and the one you are using to read it by, as well as by the internet that has delivered these words to you. These technologies were of course first utilised by the military-industrial complex before being repackaged for use by the wider society.
It strikes me as peculiar how such a disarmingly simple machine can be the fulcrum for such complex issues, of compelling tales that stir the deepest emotions and of such resounding devotion, yet this is what the humble bicycle is.
The life of a pro cyclist is not all plain sailing, unless you're on the top rung of the WorldTour ladder. Lee Rodgers gives us the lowdown on some of the pitfalls of signing a contract with just about any team, be it national, Continental or with the professionals. Always read the small print!
PEZ's resident pundit Lee Rodgers picks his 5 stand-out moments from the 2014 pro peloton. Vino, Spartacus, Nibali, the Stelvio and an unexpected World champion all get the nod. The highs, the lows, the ups and the downs, this is the 2014 Lee's Lowdown Look Back.
From rider to journalist to organiser - Lee Rodgers has seen all sides of the majestically beautiful yet spectacularly cruel race that is the Taiwan KOM Challenge. Today he looks back at his experiences from this truly unique climbing race which is gaining every year in stature and prestige.
Race Analysis: With Dan Martin taking a well deserved victory in the Giro di Lombardia yesterday Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the action and studies that rare breed of rider - an attacker who took a chance and won!
Race Analysis: With the last of the Grand Tours behind us for another year Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the race and analyzes the events, the stages, the crashes and the controversy of Alberto Contador's win over Chris Froome at the 2014 Vuelta a España.
Lee Rodgers casts his eye over the 2014 Tour de France's stars & action, the good, the bad and the ugly. It turned out to be a very different Tour from the one predicted three weeks ago – was it an exciting Tour?
Race Analysis: After the trilogy of Vosges stages there's a lot to analyze as Lee Rodgers looks back at the action so far - the attacks, the performances and of course the crashes. Froome's abandon, Contador's out and it's Nibali in control - this is certainly not the Tour de France that was predicted.
Tour Analysis: Stage 5 was a crazy day at the office for everyone on the Tour de France; Lee Rogers has just about calmed down enough to give us his insight on the chaos. Froome gone, Contador struggles and Nibali dominates.
Tour Analysis: With the Tour headed across the Channel for its proper start on French soil, Lee Rodgers casts an eye over the opening three days of an awesome Tour start that's even caused reaction from the inimitable Bernard Hinault.
Race Analysis: The Tour de Suisse finished with a bang yesterday as the GC got turned inside out on the very last stage. Attacking riding, a brave GC defense and some simply spectacular scenery - the 2014 Tour de Suisse sure put on a good show. Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the action.
Race Analysis: After the fireworks of the GC battle at the Dauphiné of last week the Tour de Suisse has so far been dominated by the sprinters. It's been a far from boring affair though as Lee Rodgers explains in his latest look at the action before the expected GC showdown this weekend.
Race Analysis: With more action than most GrandTours squeeze into 3 weeks this year's Dauphiné was an absolute cracker. Lee Rodgers looks back at the big events of Froome imploding, the resurgence of Alberto Contador and the simply superb performance of Andrew Talansky. What a race!
Race Analysis: Light shows, beautiful scenery and great weather can't hide the fact that Chris Froome is simply flying in France and after three stages in the Dauphiné he appears already in control. A time trial, a summit finish and a sprinters' stage - the Dauphiné really is a perfect Tour de France condensed down into a small package. Lee Rodgers analyzes the action so far...