Book review: A hundred years ago today on Sunday, June 28, 1914, 145 cyclists rolled out of Paris for the 12th edition of the Tour de France, while that same day across Europe in Sarajevo, the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated - triggering the events that began the Great War. Graham Healy explores the impact of World War 1 on professional racing in his new book 'The Shattered Peloton'.
Our man in Germany Leslie recently pulled out one of his many vintage bikes, crossed over the border to Austria and particpated in one of the best retro/vintage mass rides going around, the In Velo Veritas. Superb organisation, atmosphere, food and wine led to a perfect weekend of retro riding.
The day before Paris-Roubaix amateurs had an opportunity to ride the storied cobbles themselves during the Paris-Roubaix Sportive. For those not willing to publicly display their pavé riding ineptitude, on the same day to the east another sportive mirroring a pro course provided an opportunity to publicly display one’s climbing ineptitude instead. We sent our man Leslie to try the 2014 Brabanste Pijl.
Book review: In 'Tour de France 100', award-winning journalist Richard Moore celebrates all that is great, fantastic, amusing, outrageous, and overwhelming in the Tour through illuminating text and a cascade of defining images from the race’s extraordinary history.
The 'Wielermuseum' in Roeselare in Belgium is the second Belgian Cycling Museum that our man Leslie has visited in recent months and once again the Belgians have come through with a worthy offering of quality displays dedicated to two wheels. From the general history of the bicycle to a sharp focus on racing it's all covered in this charming museum.
First held back in 1936 the Rotterdam Six Day is a classic in the six day cycling scene in more ways than one. The tradition, the hard racing & the entertainment create an atmosphere like no other. PEZ was there trackside to take it all in.
Better known as the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling museum, a few hours spent here is a must for any true cycling fan visiting Belgium. Add in riding the famous cobbled bergs of the Tour of Flanders route, some fine Belgian beer, and meeting a Belgian legend and you've got a perfect weekend.
Our Literary editor Leslie traded his books for a lot of cool events this year: joining the vintage bike ride craze around Europe, covering various pro races and even EuroBike. But when you combine good times, beautiful countryside and the great wine of France, his day at the Anjou Velo Vintage Ride was his top pick.
William Fotheringham has been at the forefront of British cycling journalism since the late 80's and in his latest book, 'Racing Hard' he reflects on the events of the last twenty-three years - the triumphs, the tragedies and the scandals that have engulfed the world's most demanding sport. PEZ's Literary editor Leslie Reissner had a read and gives us his thoughts on Fotheringham's collection.
The latest book from Velopress, 'The Elite Bicycle' brings together intimate portraits of the world’s greatest bicycle artisans, examining the philosophies, the meticulous workmanship, and the eccentric personalities behind cycling’s most prestigious brands.
Our lover of all things vélo, Leslie has managed to find another gem in his broad European travels, the small, yet charming Rhenish Hesse Bicycle Museum in the wine district of the Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. The perfect excuse to enjoy a day out in the beautiful German countryside and take a look back at some pretty amazing bicycles at the same time.
PezCycling News' lover of vintage vélos, Leslie was boardside at the European track championships in the Netherlands for a spot of modern day racing and machines at Apeldoorn's impressive velodrome. The field was strong, the atmosphere electric and there was even some vintage vélos on display in between races to make it a perfect weekend getaway for Leslie - and Pez-Fans.
Can a book about old bikes built in tiny workshops in Vienna and written 100% in German really be a good read? 'Ja' according to our reviewer Leslie, 'A really wonderful book that everyone should have if they like old bikes.'
Italy: land of sunshine, pasta, Fausto Coppi and home of the ultimate retro-ride. L’Eroica, “the Heroic,” saw its 17th running on October 6, 2013 and of course Pezcyclingnews was there joining the lucky participants enjoying some fine weather, some great food and some truly terrible roads on heavy bicycles with inappropriate gearing and lousy brakes. What could be better?
With the runaway success of l'Eroica in Italy retro-rides continue to blossom. Having participated in the 6th Retro-Ronde in Flanders in May, Pezcyclingnews was bound to give our faithful readers news about another Belgian retro-ride and we were present for the inaugural edition of “La Savoureuse” in French-speaking Wallonia.
We've already seen the most beautiful bikes and some of the best new accessories and bits from Eurobike but what about the weird stuff? The innovative, futuristic or just plain bizarre is also a big part of this show as our German resident and Classic Bike enthusiast Leslie Reissner recently found out.
Normally knee deep in book reviews and cycling DVDs we let our Literary Editor Leslie loose at the recent Eurobike Demo Day in beautiful Ratzenried, Germany for a day full of testing all the latest bikes and gear. A classic bike junkie with almost a dozen retro machines in his collection, Leslie got to experience disc brakes,electronic gearing and more for the very first time.
The Retro-rides march onwards from beginnings in Italy to now include Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the land of the Tour, la Belle France! PEZ goes backwards in time to bring you yesterday's best from la France profonde.
Book Review: The cobbled climbs of Belgium are a mythical place and a mecca for any cycling nut to visit. “Hellingen: A Road Cyclist's Guide to Belgium's Greatest Climbs” is a book that explores these very climbs so famous, so beautiful and yet so very, very difficult. PEZ simply had to check this book out.
With the combination of Belgium beer, classic bikes, cobbles and some sewing - yes, sewing we thought of only one person to send on assignment, our Literary Editor Leslie Reissner. Leslie recently took on the Retro Ronde aboard a classic Belgian bike and here's his story of the day: