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ARTICLES BY Nick O'Brien
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  • 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...

  • Monday July 30, 2012

    Sometimes the stars just align and everything falls into place – and right now the cosmic cycling gods are queuing up over Great Britain. Let's get down on the road to see how it looked for GrupettoItalia’s Nick O'Brien on Saturday.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Saturday September 25, 2010

    Say what you like about Marco Pantani: he was a fantastic bike rider when the road went uphill, he was a true 'great' and still leaves a lasting impression on our sport and all those that witnessed his exploits. One such occasion that I was privileged to witness 'alla strada' as they say in Italy, was prophetically the last time Pantani climbed a mountain in his beloved Giro and sadly the last time anyone saw a true "acceleration" from il Pirata.

  • Wednesday April 28, 2010

    Say what you like about Marco Pantani: he was a fantastic bike rider when the road went uphill, he was a true 'great' and still leaves a lasting impression on our sport and all those that witnessed his exploits. One such occasion that I was privileged to witness 'alla strada' as they say in Italy, was prophetically the last time Pantani climbed a mountain in his beloved Giro and sadly the last time anyone saw a true "acceleration" from il Pirata.

  • 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 March 15, 2010

    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.

  • 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.

  • Wednesday April 30, 2008

    Say what you like about Marco Pantani, he was a fantastic bike rider when the road went uphill, he was a true 'great' and still leaves a lasting impression on our sport and all those that witnessed his exploits. One such occasion that I was privileged to witness 'alla strada' as they say in Italy, was prophetically the last time Pantani climbed a mountain in his beloved Giro and sadly the last time anyone saw a true "acceleration" from il Pirata.

  • 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 March 27, 2008

    Your long suffering other half is adamant she's not going near another bike race …ever again. So how do you convince her that going to check out the Podium girls presentation for the next World Championships is beneficial for the whole family - of course you tell her 'it’s all for Pez '... !

  • 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...

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Tuesday December 18, 2007

    PEZ was on hand for the recent launch of CycleFit’s Professional Bike Fitting service in London’s hip Covent Garden. But even better than the free cocktails & eats was our man’s actual bike fitting a few weeks later. Nick O’Brien reports on discovering his new position on the bike.

  • 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.

  • 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.

ARTICLES BY Nick O'Brien
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