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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!


Sunday February 26, 2017
Graeme Obree was undoubtably one of the sports icons in the 90s, but he was also inventive. His two riding positions changed the World, but Obree has not stopped, he has turned his hand to human powered speed records. Leslie Reissner reviews the feature-length DVD exploring Obree's work process and philosophy.
Sunday February 19, 2017
A legacy of abuse and sexism unfortunately continues to simmer just beneath the surface of women’s professional cycling – and particularly within the smaller and more thinly-supported teams. Steve Maxwell and Joe Harris from the Outerline talk to riders and suggest how to 'strengthen all of global pro cycling'.
Sunday February 12, 2017
Italian book “Bicycles: Past, Present and Future” by Roberto Gurian, with graphic design by Maria Cucchi, has been translated by Robert Bethel into English, but marvelous bike photos speak in all languages. PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, gives us his thoughts on this wonderful bike book.
Saturday February 11, 2017
The spring classics are considered the most exciting single day races on the cycling calendar. From the cobbles and bergs of Flanders, to the pave of northern France to the hills of the Ardennes, these races have come to define the image of the hard men -and women- of cycling.
Sunday February 5, 2017
We've had the good fortune to review books about do-it-yourself tours, cycling history, great races and impressive mountains but it's seldom that all of this can be packaged into such an attractive offering. “Ultimate Étapes” is subtitled “Ride Europe's Greatest Cycling Stages” and it delivers much on this promise.
Saturday February 4, 2017
Roadside PEZ: The rain in Spain does not stay on the plain, it is usually on the hills, especially near the coast in February if there is a bike race. Stage 2 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana made its wet way from Alicante to Denia, finishing with a circuit taking in the climb of Montgó. Al Hamilton was roadside for the finalé.
Friday February 3, 2017
Roadside PEZ: Stage racing hit the roads of mainland Europe this week in the Spanish region of Valencia on Wednesday. Our man in Iberia, Alastair Hamilton, was there at the opening stage 1 team time trial to soak up the ambiance and take in the action. Bikes, riders, beards and all the other fun of the race. 2017 is GO!
Wednesday January 25, 2017
Lowdown: The big question has reared its ugly head again and Belgium's No. 1 son, Tom Boonen, has put his self behind the use of disc brakes in pro cycle sport. Lee Rodgers has ridden both and has the Lowdown on the best stopping system and has the argument to back it up. Agree or disagree, the facts according to Rodgers are quite persuasive.
Wednesday January 18, 2017
Lowdown: If you are a cyclist there is a very good chance that you love a cup of coffee and, for sure, you love to meet up with your ride pals in the cafe to dissect the recent race/sportive/training ride. Lee Rodgers looks at the wonderful bean, the roasted dark liquid that gets us out on the bike... or just out of bed in the morning.
Sunday January 15, 2017
Vuelta Look Back: The 2017 Vuelta a España will climb the mythical slope of the Alto de l’Angliru on the penultimate stage 20 on Saturday, September 9th, 120 kilometers after the start in Corvera. Our Grand Tour expert, Ed Hood, was on l'Angliru back in 2008 - we relive his day on the monstrously steep Asturian climb.
Wednesday January 11, 2017
Lowdown: The New Year of cycling beckons us out onto the tarmac, but for one reason or another we can't go and grumpiness takes over. Resident PEZ psychologist (aka: pundit), Lee Rodgers, dissects the whole problem of addiction and the suffering it can cause when you don't get your regular fix of the two-wheel habit.
Monday January 9, 2017
Best of 2016 Vuelta Roadside: The 2016 Vuelta a España is in the Comunidad Valenciana and so we had to send our 'local' to see what was going on. This will be Alastair Hamilton's 15th Spanish Grand Tour and it sounds like he has not lost any love for the race in the sun.
Sunday January 8, 2017
Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer by Guy Andrews
Book Review: Greg LeMond is America's most successful cyclist, ignoring the dubious results of Mr. Armstrong, and he is also held in high regard through-out the World of cycling. Leslie Reissner takes a look at a new book by Guy Andrews on the career of the multi-champion, LeMond. From a young boy dreaming of his future, to a rider who revolutionized many aspects of the sport. Greg LeMond - Yellow Jersey Racer.
Saturday January 7, 2017
Best Of 2016: 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.
Thursday January 5, 2017
Sir Bradley Wiggins announced his retirement at the end of the Gent 6 Day, and it was for sure this time, or was it? Ed Hood has followed the career of the multi-champion through thick and thin; from pursuiter to time trial specialist to Tour de France winner and back to track supremo again. Is Ed a fan, or his biggest critic? You decide.
Tuesday January 3, 2017
The curtain has come down on 2016 and so the 'PEZ Crew' review the past season, the high points of yet another fun packed year. But this is a running Chris Froome free area (mostly). Peter Sagan gets the vote of rider of the year, Matt Hayman does the ride of the year, Steven Kruijswijk the big loser and Esteban Chaves the man to watch. Season '16 in a nut shell.
Thursday December 29, 2016
Suspicions and rumors have followed the sportsmen from the other side of the 'Iron Curtain' but there are two sides to every story. Has anyone asked a Russian rider from that time? Ed Hood got the word from the horses mouth, Russian ex-World champion Nikolai Razouvaev has a story to tell from the '70s that has resonance to today.
Wednesday December 28, 2016
Lowdown: When asked for their favorite articles of the year, this 'Lowdown' from Lee Rodgers got the vote from our North American photographer, Darrell Parks. Lee sums up the all-encompassing pleasure and pain of this sport we love so much.
Sunday December 25, 2016
Christmas morning, the kids have laid waste to their presents and now it's time for the food to be devoured and the feeling of regret as we dose in a chair in front of the TV. Well, thank goodness it's only once a year. Tomorrow; back on the bike for many of us, including the Pro teams, but first some Christmas greetings from around the World of cycling. Roll on 2017!
Friday December 23, 2016
As many of you will be finishing work on Friday for the holidays, we thought it would be the best idea to pass on our best regards for the 2016 season today, before the party begins! Everyone here at the PEZ Global HQ wish you and your families all the best for 2017 and thanks for reading and making it, yet again, a cycling season to remember.