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ARTICLES BY Richard Pestes
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  • Friday October 24, 2014

    I'm always inspired when a new Grand Tour route is presented to dig into the vast PEZ archives looking for lost gems of content. In 1990, I went to my first Tour de France, and stumbled upon the grand master of pro cycling commentators - Phil Liggett - filming his recap for delayed broadcast in the USA on the lower slopes Mt. Blanc.

  • Saturday October 18, 2014

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    Go ahead...make my Saturday. Or in this case it was Thursday - when I reached the winner of the Elite Hydro-Mag Trainer - Matt Whetton of Clovis California - another long time PEZ-Fan, and a darn happy one when I told him the news.

  • Friday October 17, 2014

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    Stage 20 of the 2015 Giro d'Italia serves up the 2148m high Colle della Finestre as its final battle ground. I logged one of my all time Top Rides here in 2005 as Il Falco swooped to a 28 second GC victory from Gilberto Simoni. Here's how the day played out...

  • Tuesday October 14, 2014

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    The 2015 Giro d'Italia starts in Liguria - one of my favorite regions of la bell'Italia. I've spent some quality time here and can attest the area is filled with excellent rides along the coast and into the mountains that define it. This ride from Levanto to Sestri Levante is a classic.

  • Tuesday October 7, 2014

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    'Goodbye from Bergamo' - seems a fitting title for the last race of the 2014 ProTour "proper". As riders and fans enjoyed the last-day-of-school atmosphere, I was living out a wish that's been in the making for almost 10 years - to chase Il Lombardia myself.

  • Friday October 3, 2014

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    The signature climb of the Giro di Lombardia summits at the famous Madonna del Ghisallo church, high above Lake Como in Northern Italy. This tiny 'chiesa' is home to the Patron Saint of Cyclists, and is a must see on any trip to the region...

  • Thursday October 2, 2014

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    Lombardia Preview: Utter confusion was the look on my face when Alessandro handed me the old newspaper and said it was a gift. Upon closer inspection, I realized I was holding the official program of the 1952 Giro di Lombardia – in mint condition! Once I got over the shock that such a treasure still existed – I couldn’t wait to share it with PEZ-Fans…

  • Tuesday September 30, 2014

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    With the World's dust settling after days of rain in Spain, it time to crack open the tech vault once again with lot's more from the floor in Vegas. Here's a closer look at Ale Bike Wear's top kits, Elite's new Real Turbo Muin trainer, and Easton's latest E100 carbon tubular wheels.

  • Wednesday September 17, 2014

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    The PEZ Interbike 2014 coverage kicks off as the dust settles on another show season - but we've got lots to come, starting with helmets & shoes from Scott, socks from Defeet, and a brand new bike from Devinci Cycles.

  • Monday September 8, 2014

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    Some hot wax just burned by the Crafty Codgers, and band fronted by DeFeet socks honch Shane Cooper, and penned by former pro Dave Zabriskie about the Three Feet to Pass law.

  • Friday August 22, 2014

    The guys at Global Cycling Network scored a rare on bike interview with Alberto Contador as the team settles into Jerez for the start of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana. Alberto says he's ready to go for it, and his knee is only giving him a little bit of pain at 'full gas'. Check it out...

  • Monday August 18, 2014

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    We saw the brand new DIVO marque at Sea Otter this Spring, and it impressed enough to warrant ink time in our report. While very few of the bikes actually exist I was lucky enough to ride one for several days while at the Tour de France's middle week in the Vosges and Alps mountains stages.

  • Thursday August 14, 2014

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    Almost a decade of chasing the Grand Tours from the Roadside POV has led me to one undeniable conclusion - everything goes better with sausages. Nothing says good times like a smoking grill and that mouth-watering aroma of sizzling spices, seasoning, fat and mixed meat bits - mmm mmm good.

  • Wednesday August 13, 2014

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    The world - and cycling - lost one of the greats with Robin William's passing this week. The comedic giant was also a big cyclist, who often turned up under unexpected circumstances at cycling events to ride along with the crowd. We scored a rare interview with him at the one such event in 2006.

  • Friday August 1, 2014

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    I knew it was a good Tour when only a couple days in I'd already lost track of the days, and by the end of the week I actually couldn't remember what I'd done just three days earlier. It was my first Tour in 11 years, and this was our final day on the race - destination Briancon, via the Col du Lautaret.

  • Tuesday July 29, 2014

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    Devinci Cycles' LEO SL is built for fast gran fondo style riding, has proven itself on the UCI pro circuit, and has been under some long term scrutiny at PEZ HQ - truth is I was having so much fun riding this bike, I was in no hurry to send it back. Here's a closer look.

  • Tuesday July 29, 2014

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    I was deep in the Vosges mountains at the 2014 Tour when the winner's bell rang for the set of American Classic's C58 carbon clincher wheels... Congratulations to Ty Brewer of Texas - long time PEZ-fan but first time winner!

  • Thursday July 17, 2014

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    Tour de PEZ St.12: The climb to HC category ski station at Chamrousse is the capper on the Tour de France's first day in the Alps. I saddled up for a closer look on two wheels at the stage 13 finish, and find out who's already set up camp.

  • Wednesday July 16, 2014

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    Roadside St.11: 'Bus driver' might not be up there on most people's list of exciting jobs, but in the world of pro cycling, it’s something only a few people are qualified to do. PEZ-Pal Danny In ‘t Ven invited us inside for a tour of the Trek Factory Racing team bus.

  • Tuesday July 15, 2014

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    Roadside Rest Day: A day at the Tour presents hundreds of options for Roadside adventures, and sometimes it’s tough choosing which path to follow. One story I was determined to get on my trek through the Vosges and Alps, was an interview with one of the Tour’s Podium Girls.

ARTICLES BY Richard Pestes
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