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!
Lowdown: Britain's Mark Cavendish has won the Olympic medal he so wanted, although it is not the color of metal he so desired it is still a medal, but at what cost? Lee Rodgers takes a look at the Olympic omnium and the general deportment of Mr. Cavendish. Not so much of a race analysis, but more of a closer inspection of the Manx Missile's psychology.
Jelly Belly p/b MAXXIS NeoPro Jordan Cheyne had the best week of his career so far in Utah as part of the team that put Lachlan Morton in the final leaders yellow jersey. His Tour didn't start too well, but he soon got into the swing of things. Here is how the Tour of Utah went down for Jordan.
The Olympic Games are well and truly underway, how can we tell? There is a cart load of controversy, accusations and sniping... Lee Rodgers, not a man to walk away from that kind of thing, has his two-penneth worth on the backstage events to clarify some points and stir the pot of Olympic shambolism.
Future Stars: In Part 2 of Sam Larner's 'Youth In Revolt' series, the riders of the future, he compares the young climbers of the peloton. In Part 1 Sam had a more general look at the young hopefuls, now it's the turn of the anti-gravity boys.
The love of negroni by 'The Pez' is well known and he shares that liking with Chuck Peña. One of Chuck's favorite places for a meal and a negroni in Washington is Coppi's Organic Restaurant; the food, drink and atmosphere is great... and there is that big cycling connection.
With the mega sporting festival that is the Olympics upon us, it is an unfortunate reality that doping stories are fighting for equal time with actual sporting stories. "Spitting in the Soup" is a hard-hitting, comprehensive, and highly readable analysis of the varying societal and historical forces driving our love-hate relationship with sports and doping.
During the Tour de France Lee Rodgers took himself to Japan for a sad event, but that visit re-kindled his love for the roads and scenery of Japan. It's not all crowded neon lit Tokyo, geisha girls and sushi, there is so much more to the land of the rising sun; climbing the mountains of southern Japan, rolling through the rice fields or sprint action on the Keiren track.
RideLondon'16 Roadside: Callum MacGregor had only just returned home from driving Ed Hood round the 2016 Tour de France and found himself in central London on Sunday for the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic. The English capital opened its doors to Tour winner Chris Froome and a star studded start sheet and Callum was there to take in the atmosphere.
TDF'16 Roadside: For every Batman there is a Robin and Callum MacGregor is the Robin to Ed Hood's Batman. Callum is the PEZ Tour de France chauffeur; yes, he sees the French Grand Tour close up, rub shoulders with the stars, photograph the distractions and drive on those closed roads, but he does have a lot to put up with. Driving Miss Eddy.
The Tour de France dust has settled and the PEZ team have had time to digest the three weeks of the French Grand Tour. Was it a good Tour? Who were the heroes of the road? The high points and the low points... Here is what we think:
It’s not often we fans get to descend a Grand Tour mountain pass with the pros, even rarer that we almost take out a pro while descending said pass, and completely unheard of that we share the tale of our own reckless riding with fans the world over. Until now…
Lee Rodgers has been out for a 'get lost' bike ride and what better way to sharpen the mind. Lee's musings wander from the lost joy of childhood cycling through to the snobbery and the new 'cliquishness' that has appeared in the world of the bike. The Lowdown on the cycling dress-code (if there is one):
Here's a selection of Reader emails and messages that offer up some real world commentary on how well we do our jobs. Thanks to everyone who took time to drop us a line. - Pez
Jelly Belly cycling team neo pro Jordan Cheyne took a ride down memory lane last week in the Canadian stage race; the Tour de Beauce. This was his fourth Beauce, but his first as a professional and that pro contract was probably won on those Canadian roads in 2015. A return visit that was also a confirmation of his progress as a rider.
TOUR'16 Build Up: Ed Hood asks the big question of the summer, no not who will win, but who's The Coolest rider in the peloton. To illustrate his thoughts, our PEZ Grand Tour expert reflects on his 2015 Tour de France and those cooler than cool riders. As Ed would say 'never sacrifice style for speed...'
Rider Obituary: Germany's Rudi Altig was one of the dominant riders of the 60's, he could win all year round; from the indoor boards of the '6 Days' to the Grand Tours and Classics on the road. Ed Hood looks back at the career of one of the coolest riders to ever straddle a racing bike. Good-bye Rudi Altig.
This week Lee Rodgers has more controversy to have a go at than you can shake a stick at. The UCI, Brian Cookson, bike doping, dodgy team managers, questionable team owners and... yes, that man Lance Armstrong yet again. Where to start? Lee goes for 'Public Enemy No.1' as a starting point, what's new Mr. Armstrong.
Two recent news flashes in professional cycling have underlined some key uncertainties about the future of the sport. First, it was reported that Peter Sagan was in talks with Team Astana about a contract for 2017, after Tinkoff Bank ceases its cycling sponsorship at the end of this year. More recently, it was confirmed that the IAM Cycling WorldTour Team will be folding at the end of the year, as its management was unable to secure a successor sponsor.
The 2016 Tour de France is only round the next corner and as part of the PEZ-Tour build-up, our most experienced Tour follower, Ed Hood, takes a walk down memory boulevard to revisit his first Tour as an accredited journalist in 2006. It was strange race with a less than ideal outcome, but Ed didn't know that at the time.
Lee Rodgers has been off his bike for a few weeks due to back pain, this has allowed him time to turn his eagle eye on a different problem - Urban Cycling. The Canadian City of Toronto is facing up to the dilemma of cyclists putting their lives in danger on the roads and have plans for 525 kilometers of cycle lanes.