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Lee has been keeping his eye on the happenings in Australia and Spain and we are sorry to say carnage and injury are involved. The outcome for the Giant-Alpecin team was not good, but could have been much worse. Simon Gerrans crashed but came out on top Down Under. Phil Liggett has also been in Australia, his crash was due to a very different fall, one from grace.
The ASO's recent 'withdrawal' of its races from the World Tour calendar could very clearly set pro cycling on a path to an even worse economic state than already exists. This analysis from TheOuterLine.com explains the dangers that lie ahead.
Book Review: All new inventions are a product of evolution, with many missteps and dead-ends before reaching acceptable levels of practicality, affordability and aesthetics. Nowhere is this more obvious that in “Bicycle Design,” a remarkable cabinet of curiosities from the MIT Press.
Congratulations to long time PEZ-Reader Ron Leong of San Fransisco CA, who remarked :"This is the best thing that's happened to me today!" upon hearing the news he'd won Castelli's Tempesta Rain Gear package.
Young gun Caleb Ewan has been showing that his sprinting promise is the real thing as he whopped the peloton in the People's Choice crit and stage 1 of the WorldTour race; the Santos Tour Down Under. Lee turns his eye on the rocket from Sydney for a sprint Lowdown down under.
Lee's Lowdown looks at the draw of the Classics and who better to express an opinion, but Tom Boonen, the Classic King of Belgium when it comes to those battles of the Northern Hell. The Tour de France might be the boss of all races, but Lee makes a case for why the Classics are better races. The Season cometh.
Etixx - Quick-Step, the most 'winningest' team in the pro peloton for 2015 was in Spain for their January training camp and PEZ-man, Alastair Hamilton, received his invitation for another fun day. Chasing WorldTour riders for photos and interviews is always enjoyable, throw in a top class lunch and Al will be there.
It is undoubtedly one of the great joys of cycling to admire the passing landscape, whether discovering unknown byways, observing the Tour de France on television or noting the change of season on your commute. A recent scholarly book from the MIT Press is the result of a great deal of digging in the archives to produce a picture of a cyclists' world far different from ours yet we face many of the same issues today.
The end of the year in here and so it's awards time. The World of Lowdown is proud to announce the 'Lee's Alternative Awards for 2015' as always judged by the head of Lowdown - Lee Rodgers. As you might imagine they are not all for good works, but they are all apt. So we roll out the virtual red carpet for our recipients (good and bad).
Like people everywhere, I always feel a sense of renewed optimism as the calendar turns over to a new year. 2016 will be our 14th year as PezCyclingNews.com, and it's time for our collective wisdom, ramblings, and cocktail making as we mark the passage of another great year and look forward to what's ahead. - Pez
This is one video I've been wanting to make for a long time - and ringing in the New Year seemed like as good an excuse as any to dig out the handycam and add my own two cents to the 'more popular than ever' ongoing narrative about my favorite cocktail - the negroni.
At this time of year there's always a discussion in the 'virtual' PEZ office about the past season and which rider or race was the best of the year. Finding consensus was impossible, but when PEZ said "make up your own category"... things got interesting.
Roadside PEZ: It's December and it's Denia in Spain so it must be the BMC team's media day. Our man on the Spanish coast, Alastair Hamilton, was as usual ready for a morning drive in a team car, an afternoon interviewing some of the World's top riders and of course a very, very nice lunch prepared by the BMC chefs.
Are you slightly baffled by what is going on between the UCI and the Amaury Sports Organization, owners of the Tour de France and a whopping 40% of the races that currently make up the WorldTour? You needn't be as Lee Rodgers explains the top level machinations.
Book Review: The phenomena that is the bicycle quickly spread around the world as the first practical machines appeared in the 19th Century and from its origins in Europe moved quickly first to the United States and then to the frontiers of civilization.
The US pro cycling season gets the full calendar treatment from photographer Darrell Parks, who takes us through his 2016 edition, month by month, with a behind the scenes look at the details of the images he chose.
Roadside PEZ: The Alicante region of Spain is rammed full of professional cyclists at this time of year and our man down there, Alastair Hamilton, has been receiving his annual invitations to team press days and presentations. First up was the Russian Katusha team presentation in Calpe.
‘I read the news today, oh boy…’ sang John Lennon a good while back, and the echo of his words came to me these past two weeks or so as I scanned my eye over the offerings from the usual websites, most of the interesting stuff was enough to have my eyebrows lifting up.
Lee's Lowdown: Will we ever wake up from the doping nightmare? Just when we were looking forward a quiet Holiday period, the shadow of Lance has casts itself across the World again and all the old feelings of doubt have returned. Lee Rodgers gets his doping rake out to till the rotten soil... just one more time.
Book Review: Some say “to travel is better than to arrive” but planning the trip can be more fun than anything else. Mapping le Tour by Ellis Bacon maps the journey taken from the first Tour to 2014 when the French race hit the roads of Yorkshire.