“He cleared out the broken teeth with his fingers, and then – what almost no one else on the planet and even few doctors would have known to do – he tugged the boy’s shattered jaw forward,” writes Michael Vitez, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Road Back – A journey of Grace and Grit.
The cycling world has lost a true pioneer and I have lost a friend and mentor with the passing of Jerry Casale. Casale, Promoter of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA and co-founder of the TD Bank Philadelphia International Championships, commonly referred to in Philly and within the cycling community as “Corestates” since 1985 leaves behind a saddened family but also a family of friends and cyclists with deep connections to him.
Valentin Scherz led the Cyfac-Champion System Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks to victory in the 2010 MAC-Mid Atlantic Cross, stood on the podium with the best U.S. racers, and was ranked the number 1 U23 Cross racer in the World. While Valentin’s talents would surely have come out, his influence on national and local crossers, his Philadelphia host family, and a 2nd host family for his Swiss teammate Anthony Grand, was a direct result of this PEZ writer’s own cultural immersion program in Germany, Belgium, and Holland in 1991.
The Univest Grand Prix is a UCI 2.2 stage race with a newly added Team Time Trial in Allentown, Pennsylvania and a European styled road race in Souderton, Pennsylvania. Univest has long been one of the top races on American soil each year. PEZ's man in the Mid-Atlantic, Dave Berson, was on hand to take in the festivities as Amore e Vita dominated the proceedings.
The 25th annual TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship was held Sunday June 7, 2009. This reporter hosted the Danish National Cycling the week leading up to the race. It’s over now but we have great memories, that will last a lifetime. Let's take a look at the unique experience of hosting some of the world's best.
The smoldering heat at the 24th edition of the Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship almost melted the pavement on Sunday, June 8th, but that didn’t stop the racing – nor our own eye witness look at the day…
The 172km Univest Grand Prix in Souderton PA was by all accounts a huge success – great racing & great fans say this one will be back. PEZ was there for the all-day action, from the Cyclosportif ride, through the race, and chats with Floyd landis, Slipstream’s boss JV, winner Will Frischkorn - and a cast of thousands!
“Dearly beloved. We are gathered together in the sight of Scotts, Cannondales, Cervelos, Orbeas, and others to celebrate the joining of this man, Rob Brothers, and this woman, Julie Davis, in tandem.” This is the kind of story we love here at PEZ…
The 23rd edition of the “Philly Race,” now known as the Philadelphia International Championship and part of the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling, was for this reporter the most excitable and enjoyable of all.
Giant Bicycles invited Pez to joint a select group for dinner and the opportunity to meet the T-Mobile Men’s and Women’s pro cycling teams racing this weekend’s Philadelphia International Championship. Judging by the menu we knew it would be another great evening. Did I mention that there were Maglia Rosa and TDF stage winners in the room, and a few World Champions?
The Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship comes to Philly on Sunday, and although the event has changed names and sponsors more than a few times, one thing to count on is the spirit of the host city. This event brings 23 consecutive years of top notch racing to Philadelphia, and PEZ hit the streets to see what’s so special about this town.
Cadence Cycling, home of everything bling in cycling and known for service to match, holds a lecture series on the first Saturday of every month. The guys from ZIPP Speed Weaponry were featured recently, and presented some pretty interesting stuff on what they do to make wheels fast, and riders faster.
Colavita-Sutter Pro Cyclist Tyler Wren is set for a “breakthrough” year according to his CTS coach Jim Lehman. Wren is known on the domestic circuit as “Wrenegade,” a name given to Wren by Health Net Pro and soon to be Jelly Belly rider Mike Jones. A veteran like Jones wouldn’t give Tyler such a tough name if he didn’t deserve it. Let’s find out what makes this Princeton Graduate and Economist tick.
The International Cycling Center of Allentown, PA and The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, together with Greg LeMond teamed up October 7th for an evening of awards, old memories, and to talk about the future of our sport at the US Bicycling Hall Of Fame dinner.
Greg LeMond returned to the Lehigh Valley as the keynote speaker for the International Cycling Center and U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame 2006 awards. Ten years after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame Greg looks great and had lots to say as we hooked up for this PEZ-Clusive interview…
The 2006 Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship and Liberty Classic benefiting Fox Chase Cancer Center were held on Sunday, June 11, in front of large crowds and under the best racing conditions one could ask for. “In 22 years we have always had excellent weather. We’re really gifted. This year is a new look, a new sponsor, and we intend to wow the City of Philadelphia,” said Jerry Casale, COO of Pro Cycling Tour, LLC.
The second leg of the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling, the Reading Classic, was won by Greg Henderson of the Health Net – Maxxis team in what was an exciting race and fast finish.
The TIAA-CREF Pro Cycling Team visited Conshohocken Elementary School Tuesday, June 6th, to speak to the students and faculty about professional bike racing, teamwork, nutrition, and even geography. Pez went along for the ride as the team won some new fans…
Credit Agricole pro Saul Raisin suffered a serious head injury after a crash in last week's Circuit de la Sarthe, requiring a medically induced coma to get through the following days. It's good news that he's getting better, even responding to questions by squeezing hands. A young rider with a big future, our interview with Saul from last year is worth another look...
The 5th Annual Nicole L. Reinhart Memorial Fund Dinner Dance and Silent Auction was held October 29th in Fogelsville, PA. Nicole died tragically on September 17th, 2000, following a crash at the BMC Tour of Arlington. Nicole’s life and death affected many people, and the foundation bearing her name is making a difference to young cyclists.