The PezCyclingNews Features section is where you’ll find some of our best stories, the kind that make us want to ride our bikes, and remind us why we love cycling and cycle sport so much. With over 1000 original articles posted so far, there’s plenty of great reading here to entertain, whether you’ve got 5 minutes or 5 hours. Or let us serve up a tasty dish of random stories – just click the Randomizer for a completely random selection of stories pulled from our entire database – just click the ‘infinity’ button in the header, and enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
Photog David Pearce is on the ground for the Tour Down Under, and as an accomplished travel and wine journo, was keen to visit the McLaren Vale region to ride and have a look at some of the roads that will be ridden on stage 4, with the requisite stops for food & drink along the way.
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.
New jerseys and new name, but the team is much the same as one of the best. Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, joined the Etixx – Quick-Step media day in Calpe for an up close and personal look. Was it the same as last year? No, but lot's of fun chasing the stars of the Etixx - Quick-Step team around Spain.
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.
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!
2014 was a sad year for many cycling fans as their favorite rider, Jens Voigt finally decided to hang up the wheels and retire from professional bike racing. Over a long career highlighted by GrandTour stage victories, crazy breakaways, even crazier quotes & dedicated teamwork we've put together some of our favorite photos of that period to bring you this special, Jens Voigt in pictures.
Congratulations to long-time PEZ-Fan Clint Underwood of Kennesaw GA - as WINNER of the Polar V800 Multisport GPS Watch and Bluetooth Smart Speed & Cadence Sensors. His 2015 training year just got off to a fantastic start!
The PEZ Welcomes 2015 with an inspired look ahead, and some helpful insight from his 8 year-old daughter.
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.
Looking back through the virtual library of 2014 adventures it's hard to choose which ones to relive, but when it comes to the Giro we have to go for one from Alessandro. Our man in Italy know's his country and where to find the best points of interest. Enjoy!
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.
Merry Christmas everyone - and happy holidays too. With any luck you're spending time with people who matter, and maybe even getting a little bonus time on the bike. Before the PEZ-Crew settles in for a long winter's nap, I asked the guys for a few words on the year past, and the time present.
The pre-Christmas training camp/team presentation/media day in Spain is getting very popular. This will be my third in a couple of weeks. BMC know how to look after you though, top hotel, top food and top riders to interview. An all-round top day on the road.
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.
Every negroni has a story - some begin the moment the orange elixer touches my lips, others connect me to another point in time. And while mixing and drinking at home affords the luxury to adjust the recipe to perfection, sometimes it's the location that pins a memory to my mental cork board. A recent trip to Italy set the ideal backdrop for my best negronis of 2014.
Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, was lucky enough to receive an invitation to the presentation of the Katusha team and new clothing for 2015. He didn't just go for the free food and drink, but spent the day with the team for a ride (in the car) and some interviews. Here is his day with the Russians.
A recent autopsy review has indicated that the death of Marco Pantani was due to a heart attack brought on by an overdose of cocaine and anti-depressant medication. In 1998, Il Pirata took a Giro/Tour double and Ale Federico headed off on his new moto from Genoa to see the Tour for himself, this is his personal diary...