PezCycling News - What's Cool In Road Cycling : Features

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!

Wednesday May 23, 2018
The first Euro Cycle Festival took place last weekend in France with plenty of goodtimes and superb roads on the menu. The festival itself is a weekend of cycling celebrations that involved a bike show with new products, test days, a gravel ride, a hill climb TT and a cyclosportive in the snow! Chris Selden was on hand to check it out for Pez...
Monday May 14, 2018
It's a sad time for Ed Hood, 2018 is the first time he's not in Italy for the Giro since... well, a long time. So for the second rest day, Ed got his Giro photo album out to compile his personal 'Alternative A to Z' of the Italian Grand Tour.
Sunday May 13, 2018
Film Review: In the film “North of Nightfall” a group of four freeride mountain bikers mount an expedition to the High Arctic and enjoy some of the most dramatic scenery and challenging riding anywhere. On June 1, you can go to selected cinemas across Canada and be amazed.
Friday May 11, 2018
Retro Roadside Giro'11 Stage 9: The 2018 Giro d'Italia has moved on from Israel and is now on the Island of Sicily, Yesterday's stage 6 saw the peloton attacked monster climb of Mount Etna. Back in 2011 Ed Hood was roadside to see Alberto Contador finish the day as the volcano victor.
Monday May 7, 2018
Ed's Opinion: Ed Hood has been keeping his rants in check, but the sight of a 22 grand bike has got his blood boiling and don't mention 1x11 and disk brakes! Bikes need to be sold and new 'fashions' or 'technologies' need to be found to keep the cycling World turning. Rant time!
Sunday May 6, 2018
Film Review: On May 23, 2018, selected cinemas in Canada will be showing another Demand Films presentation with Australian overtones. Yes, they come from a Land Down Under: Orica-GreenEDGE arrived on the pro cycling scene in 2012 determined to make a splash and wave the flag. And, strewth!, so they have.
Wednesday May 2, 2018
VIDEO: Fresh outta the can - legendary American racer Tom Schuler talked with me recently about what's cool about the 2018 Tour of America's Dairyland p/b KwikTrip. The 11-stage omnium style criterium series runs June 21 - July 1st, 2018, and attracts several thousand riders who participate in some or all of the stages.
Sunday April 29, 2018
In the wake of 23-year-old Michael Goolaerts’ tragic death during the recent Paris-Roubaix, the general topic of sudden cardiac death is on the minds of a lot of cycling fans – and probably more than a few professional riders as well. Although extremely rare, events like this do happen. We try to put this issue into clearer scientific context.
Saturday April 28, 2018
When you think of a cyclosportif in France most people think of racing in the Alps or the Pyrenees but this year there's a new event in the region of Occitanie in the South of France that is set to rival the other big cyclos. Chris Selden will be racing in the 150km, 3000m+ elevation event so we thought it was time to check in with him and hear more about the event and his preparations...
Sunday April 22, 2018
Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
Sunday April 15, 2018
Amstel '17: The cobbles are behind us and the hills of the Ardennes are rearing up on the WorldTour horizon. Peter Easton has been guiding rides over the bergs of the Amstel Gold Race for years with VeloClassic Tours, here are his strongest memories from the not so low-country.
Tuesday April 10, 2018
Roadside PEZ: The 2018 edition of Paris-Roubaix is only hours away but onlookers in the small northern town of Templeuve-en-Plévèle could be forgiven for thinking that they have stepped back in time to 1896. A curious cyclist who looks like he might have been roommates with Maurice Garin pedals down the street.
Sunday April 8, 2018
As we count down to Sunday and the Hell of the North, Ed Hood looks back at the 2007 Paris Roubaix and how the underdog, Stuart O'Grady, left the top riders in his dust. As a regular to the Queen Classic, Ed and his pals inspect the cobbles of Arenberg, the mechanics at work, the Roubaix velodrome and, of course, a local bar.
Friday April 6, 2018
The 116th edition of the always much-anticipated Paris-Roubaix is about to take place. Its attraction might be summed up by Theo de Rooij: “It’s a bollocks, this race, it’s a pile of shit - it’s the most beautiful race in the world!” If you watch the film “A Sunday in Hell,” the story of which is told in William Fotheringham's new book “Sunday in Hell”, you might actually believe him.
Saturday March 31, 2018
While many of our cycling heroes – such as Peter Sagan – spent much of their winter preparing for a shot at glory winning one of the spring season Monuments, my winter training consisted of riding and reading The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling’s Greatest One-Day Races by Peter Cossins.
Saturday March 24, 2018
There is a very special jersey that, once you win it at a one day event, it is yours for a year wherever you race. This jersey, is of course, the glorious rainbow-striped confection first donned by Alfredo Binda in 1927. Its fascinating history is the subject of “Chasing the Rainbow: The Story of Road Cycling's World Championships” by Giles Belbin.
Thursday March 22, 2018
Gent-Wevelgem is a hard race to love. It’s in a state of constant change, searching for an identity as the ugly West Flandrian sister of the cobbled monuments. PEZ met the locals at the De Robot Cafe in Gent for some insights to a race that's taken 82 years to find itself.
Thursday March 15, 2018
PEZ's Nick O’Brien was live and in-color at the 96th la Primavera - Milan-Sanremo 2005.  Now over 100 years old, the race has changed with modern times, but as Nick discovered while riding the final “capi”, dueling mano-a-mano for sprint-line glory with a roadside adversary never gets old.  
Sunday March 11, 2018
Sanremo Primer: There's no better way to spend race day in San Remo than on the Poggio - and going by bike ahead of the race is a must for any self-respecting fan. Back in March 2010, the 'Pez' himself took to his bike on the road to Sanremo. Here's the best way to see the race...
Saturday March 10, 2018
Roadside Preview: Milano-Sanremo, the Classica di Primavera, Italy's biggest one day Classic will roll out of the Northern City next Saturday (March 17th) and Ale Federico will have his gang together for the 'Race Chase'. But the day isn't all about a bike race, there is so much more to take in.