Race Report: On a day when we waited, waited & waited some more for the big guns to make their move it came down to the man that had won here before to show the others how to ride the Cauberg and take the win in the Amstel Gold.
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.
A Readers' Rig could be anything from a modern classic to a vintage steely, a lightweight carbon or more - but why not all of the above? Canadian PEZ fan, Jim has 4 bikes that easily qualify as Readers' Rigs so we decided to feature all four - a Trek 5200, a Colnago C50, a 1988 Marinoni Special and a Guru Photon.
Roadside Report: Amongst the thousands of crazies roadside in the dust at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday was our own Lee Rodgers who was chasing the race with Velo Classic Tours. Seeing the Hell of the North live is a once in a lifetime experience and just like Lee's ride across these hellish roads a couple days prior, this day was nothing short of ‘epic’.
Everyone remembers their first time - the foreign road signs, different shop hours, chasing about countryside like idiots - all to catch a glimpse of cycling's most feared one-day Classic. David Pearce did all that and more at Paris-Roubaix, and lucky for us - he recorded the day on his camera.
Apr 17, 2014 - BMC’s Philippe Gilbert is showing he is on form for the Ardennes Classics with a win in Brabantse and Bryan Coquard wins in Camembert; results, quotes and video. Other cycling news: Amstel teams’ low-down, Robert Gesinks' heart problem, Arnaud Demare extends, Giro news and a backstage pass to Roubaix. Thursday EuroTrash coffee time.
The Amstel Gold Race is on this Sunday around the hills and traffic furniture laden streets of Holland's Limburg province and it's a brutal race of attrition defined by more than 30 hills. With more twists and turns than a good detective novel the winner is often decided only in the closing kilometers. Ed Hood takes a look at the course and contenders for 2014.
PEZ-Clusive: From the start in Compiègne to the cobbles of the Arenberg Forest and on to the mythical velodrome in Roubaix, photographer Patrick Verhoest was there alongside the riders. Here's a look you'll only see on PEZ at his day following the Queen of the Classics, Paris-Roubaix'14.
The Amstel Gold Race signals the start of the Ardennes Classics, and the first signs of who's looking good for the Giro. Raced over the hills, dales, and forests of south eastern Holland, the course selects its own worthy winner. Almost 20 years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.
Confidence is the single most important mental factor in cycling. I define it as how strongly you believe in your ability to achieve your cycling goals. Confidence is so important because you may have the fitness to ride well, but if you don’t believe in that fitness, then you won’t ride up to your capabilities.
On the Friday before the big race Lee Rodgers and the Velo Classic crew hit the cobbles for their own Paris Roubaix for 124 kilometers of torture over the famous Roubaix stones. 18 pavé sections in total and memories to last a lifetime.
Apr14, 2014 - That’s the Hell of the North done and dusted for another year and we have everything you need to know here in EuroTrash Monday. Rider quotes and video action from Roubaix, plus we catch up with the Vuelta al País Vasco, Circuit de la Sarthe, GP Pino Cerami, Chris Horner and Europcar. Maybe a cappuccino with a dusting of chocolate?
Race Report: Crashes, attacks, punctures - it was the beautiful mayhem that we love about Paris-Roubaix as Patrick Lefevre's OmegaPharma-Quickstep squad again showed their strength in numbers and tactics as Niki Terpstra surged clear in a late solo move to take the biggest win of his career.
He scored 139 professional wins, including the Three days of De Panne an amazing five times, Ghent-Wevelgem, The Tour of Flanders and, in 1987, Paris-Roubaix. It was one of the most savage editions of the race, ever with only 47 finishers from 192 starters. Ed Hood caught up with Eric to talk about that day and his other career highlights.
One of the best parts of travel is eating, and drinking, the different and delicious tastes from another part of the world. Pez's Lee Rodgers just had the best meal of his life in a Belgium, but it should be no surprise as exquisite dining is also part of Velo Classic Tours' raison d'etre. Prepare to drool...
Best Of PEZ:The culmination of my visit to Holy Week was the long anticipated, much feared, and never completed ride across the parcours of Paris-Roubaix. Finally I learned what it was like to battle the toughest roads in northern France and earn my own lap of honour at the Roubaix velodrome.
Roadside Report: Joking with a former Paris-Roubaix winner, chatting with current stars of the sport and mixing in the VIP area with podium girls and other lucky fans - Lee Rodgers certainly had a great day out at Wednesday's Scheldeprijs. For the race end Lee was at the finishline under sunny skies sipping a cool drink and munching on free food. Could life as a bike fan get any better than this?
Apr 10, 2014 - Its Paris-Roubaix time and we give you the run down on ‘The Hell of the North’ plus race reports from País Vasco, Circuit de la Sarthe and the Scheldeprijs with results and video. In other cycling news: Agostini retires, Giro d’Italia, Richie Porte, BC Superweek, Amgen Tour of California Women’s Races and video from 3M. A cobbled sized EuroTrash Thursday.
The third monument of the season is always a special race. It's the Hell Of The North, the race that puts man and machine over ancient cobbled tracks steeped in history, tragedy and more. Today Ed Hood takes an indepth look at the 2014 race that will once again make the cobbles of Northern France the centre of the cycling world on Sunday.
Even for long time roadside aficionados, finding your way through thousands of fans trying to see the tour of Flanders as many times as possible can be a challenge. My first time chasing de Ronde didn’t go exactly as planned, but that adventure made a great day, and some pretty cool photos too…