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ARTICLES BY Nick O'Brien
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  • Wednesday February 13, 2008

    Italy just can't get enough World Champions - As I look down the 2008 Calendar, one event to savour is the Worlds this September in Varese, Italy - cycling’s spiritual home and with Bettini defending "his" title, this is going to be one race not to miss.

  • Monday September 22, 2008

    Cycling has always had its fair share of "heartlands." One area that has a well earned reputation, as a true heartland, is Varese in Italy's Lombardy region. Situated between Lake Como & Lake Maggiore in the beautiful area northwest of Milan, it has been home to some of the sport's greatest riders alongside some of its classiest races for the best part of a century.

  • Friday March 3, 2006

    From the heart of London's theatre land came the long awaited presentation of the Brand New Plowman Craven Racing team for 2006. The glittering event showcased the Elite squad which is strongly tipped to make a huge impression on the UK domestic calendar on both the road and track this season.

  • Tuesday April 26, 2005

    Talk about a sweet cycling assignment – a week in San Remo on the Mediterranean, riding the azure coast and climbs that make la Primavera so famous, on board a new Team Barloworld King XL by De Rosa – topped off with a factory visit and interview with the famous Ugo De Rosa himself!

  • Sunday July 8, 2007

    It’s not everyday you get the freedom of your city but today was a great chance to pretty much get anywhere I wanted thanks to the ‘PEZ-Effect’: a little green sticker in my windscreen that was our green-light drive along the first stage on course down into the Garden of England - Kent.

  • Saturday July 7, 2007

    Occasionally you witness something that will stick with you forever, today for all the right reasons was just such a day for me, as the worlds biggest sporting event unfolded slap bang in the middle of London. The only superlative I can find for the occasion really is 'mental' in the nicest sense of the word.

  • Thursday July 5, 2007

    It’s not often you get to race the prologue course for a Grand Tour – let alone le Grand Boucle. But that’s just what we did a few days ahead to the race itself. Small problem – the roads were ‘open’, and that London traffic can be a bitch. But neither crazed London cabbies nor bendy buses could keep us from our appointed rounds of the most ‘regal’ prologue course in history.

  • Wednesday June 20, 2007

    With just over two weeks to go before the Tour de France Grand Depart the only other central London based cycling event in advance of the Tour takes place this Saturday. The Rapha Condor sponsored Smithfield Nocturne brings criterium racing to the streets of the capital.

  • Friday July 6, 2007

    London promised the biggest opening party the Tour had ever seen and judging by the size of the crowds packed into Trafalgar Square on Friday night they might just have been right. The introduction of the riders and teams brought the capital to a stand still and the racing doesn't even start till tomorrow afternoon.

  • Wednesday June 22, 2011

    London’s SOHO district is bulging with restaurants and bars that all claim “iconic” status as the next big thing – usually closing six months later. But one establishment that puts its money where its mouth is, and has for 60 years, truly claim to be a SOHO landmark is Bar Italia -coffee stop to rogues and Royalty alike. This morning it played host to a cyclist who fits all these descriptions, HTC’s Mark Cavendish.

  • Wednesday October 4, 2006

    There are some requests in life that you simply can't refuse, and the text message I got last week from a cycling buddy was one of them - how would I like to get into the Tour de France Peloton, was all it said, so it took me all of 2 seconds to reply of course I would - no questions... already sensing a wind up.

  • Friday March 16, 2012

    Riding pro cycling’s roads of glory is something special, and can only be truly appreciated upon reflection of having turned your own pedals over the same tracks as our sports’ greatest heros. And as Nick O’Brien recounts a day on the slopes of the Poggio, it’s even sweeter when battling your own worthy adversary…

  • Tuesday March 18, 2014

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    PEZ's Nick O’Brien was live and in-color at the 96th la Primavera in 2005. Now over 100 years old, the race has changed with modern times, but as Nick discovered while riding the final “capi” that make it famous, the corsa is as tough and exciting as ever. Here's a worthy look back as we prep for this weekend's Primavera...

  • Friday March 20, 2009

    No Sanremo coverage would be complete without a cockpit-view of riding the Capi, and especially the final charge off the Poggio to the finish. Nick O'Brien lived the dream in 2005, and we proudly submit for your Friday enjoyment, and replay of his thrilling ride.

  • Tuesday March 18, 2008

    Milan-San Remo is one of the oldest Classics - this weekend will mark the 99th edition - but the race has changed with modern times, as our Nick O'Brien discovered while riding the final “capi” that make it famous, the corsa is as tough and exciting as ever…

  • Thursday March 20, 2008

    We last saw our hero Nick on the lower slopes of the Poggio as he rode the final capi of Milan-San Remo. But as Nick blubbers and gasps his way over the climb, a worthy adversary awaits to pounce, and the plunge to San Remo becomes a duel to the death! (of egos at least...) Fasten your seatbelts and read on...

  • Wednesday March 17, 2010

    We last saw our hero Nick on the lower slopes of the Poggio as he rode the final capi of Milan-San Remo. But as Nick blubbers and gasps his way over the climb, a worthy adversary awaits to pounce, and the plunge to San Remo becomes a duel to the death! (of egos at least...) Fasten your seatbelts and read on...

  • Monday April 14, 2008

    Paris-Roubaix is a race I've always wanted to see live, ever since I saw a mud splattered Sean Kelly on the pages of 'Mirroir Du Cyclisme' as a teenager, however it’s never been on the cards until my presence was requested on this top assignment from PEZ HQ.

  • Thursday August 17, 2006

    Like a lot of bike fans the last couple of weeks have stretched my passion for our sport a little thinly, and whilst I№ve never been under any illusions about doping - the extent to which it appears to go on and at the very top level has seriously pissed me off. So PEZ-Man in the UK, Nick O'Brien, went local to see where the heart of bike racing is and always will be.

  • Wednesday May 11, 2005

    When I first mentioned at my local bike shop that I was doing a road test on a Team Barloworld De Rosa King Xlight and meet the great Ugo De Rosa himself, the instant reaction was that I was getting in “cycling terms” an audience with the Pope.

ARTICLES BY Nick O'Brien
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