A superb setting with top class food, wine, beer and more it was easy to see why our experienced Tour reporter Ed Hood headed to the OmegaPharma-Quickstep media gig in Carcassonne on the Tour's rest day. Mussels to eat and some tired muscled cyclists to interview were the menu of the day.
Tour de PEZ St.12: The climb to HC category ski station at Chamrousse is the capper on the Tour de France's first day in the Alps. I saddled up for a closer look on two wheels at the stage 13 finish, and find out who's already set up camp.
Roadside St.11: 'Bus driver' might not be up there on most people's list of exciting jobs, but in the world of pro cycling, it’s something only a few people are qualified to do. PEZ-Pal Danny In ‘t Ven invited us inside for a tour of the Trek Factory Racing team bus.
Roadside Rest Day: A day at the Tour presents hundreds of options for Roadside adventures, and sometimes it’s tough choosing which path to follow. One story I was determined to get on my trek through the Vosges and Alps, was an interview with one of the Tour’s Podium Girls.
Roadside. St.10: What a day – 752 photos, 200+km in the car, 6 of 7 tough climbs, 1 major Tour abandon, and a handful of great stories – here’s what it was like at the Tour de France’s stage 10 on Bastille Day in the Vosges mountains.
Roadside St.8: As an opener for the next three days in the Vosges mountains, I saddled up for a ride over stage 8’s final climbs to see how tough these slopes really are. And while the road might set the stage, it’s the fans who make the day…
Roadside St.7: My starting point for the Vosges & Alps stages of our Tour de France Roadside coverage was the point closest to the Paris airport - today's stage 7 run from Epernay to Nancy. Here's what the stage looked like on the ground...
Roadside St.3: Three days of record Tour de France crowds in the UK came to a close with a thundering sprint outside Buckingham Palace today Gord was roadside in Cambridge - and now you are too...
Roadside St.2: Our PEZ-Clusive roadside coverage lands our man Gord on the Côte d'Oxenhope Moor as stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France ducks and dives across the English countryside from York to Sheffield. Here's what today's stage was like on the road...
Roadside Leeds: I know that the Team Tinkoff-Saxo team press conference has finished – a human swarm of backwards-jogging cameramen scuttles drunkenly across the carpark. One mass, sixty-legged, clusters around king bee Contador as he makes for safety in the team car.
Roadside: Seven long years ago, the Tour rolled into London to huge acclaim. The ASO always had it in mind to return to the UK, but when? Not until one of the country's most cycling-mad regions emerged as a possible Grand Depart venue, and now the biggest show in the sport has made it's furtherest journey north. The Tour explodes onto the roads of Yorkshire!
Roadside Report: For Ed's first day roadside at last year's Tour he went straight to where it all happens - the finishline to get all the latest. Tired cyclists, happy cyclists, angry directors and hungry for news journos, the finishline is always an interesting mix of riders, teamstaff, family, girlfriends and hangers on.
With this year's Tour de France less than 2 weeks away, today we take a look back at our 2013 Tour de Pez as seen through the eyes of PEZ photog Dave Lipnowsky. A professional photographer by trade this was Dave's first Tour de France and was an eye opening and memorable experience in every way.
Roadside: The Giro's Grande Partenza was more than just a bike race swishing past. For Northern Ireland, it was a game changer, a chance to advertise a different side of a country. For Belfast especially, its reputation is like the scar-tissue covered legs of a crash-prone racer. Not pretty …
Top Ride: Cycling the climb of Alpe d'Huez is a mythical experience, a grand beast that conjures images of epic battles on its 21 hairpin bends and leg sapping slopes. The 2013 Dauphiné took on the Alpe before heading down the new Col de Sarenne descent and Pez's editor Chris rode the climbs and descent. On the eve of this year's Dauphiné, here's a look back at one of the French Alps' Top Rides!
Roadside Report: The Monte Zoncolan was first used in the Giro in 2003 but it's quickly become one of the true legendary climbs in professional cycling. Today our man in Italy Steve took on the sights, the sounds, the spectators and the super steep slopes of the Zoncolan just before the race came through to get a feel for this beast of a climb. Heaven or hell?
Roadside Report: The mountain time trial was a tough test for both riders and our Roadside reporter Steve, who took on the climb and the Italian security guards before descending to the start village to mix with the riders and tech on display.
Roadside Report: Today it wasn't Julian Arredondo first over the finish line but PEZ's own Steve Prokop who took off early on his bike to ride the last climb and take in the atmosphere of the beautiful Rifugio Panarotta. He then descended to the cobbled streets off Levico-Terme and its steep gradients to watch the pros come through where they made it look all too easy. A perfect day roadside at the Giro.
Roadside Stage 17: After suffering through the snow and freezing temperatures yesterday, Wednesday's day to Vittorio Veneto dawned with beautiful weather and the promise of a perfect day race chasing. As our man Steve quickly found out though - race chasing doesn't always go as planned but it is always an adventure!
Giro'14 Roadside: PEZ-Man Alessandro wraps his final day on the our Roadside coverage chasing the race across Lombardia to the summit of Monetcampione. Hours in the car and only seconds to see the race - we wouldn't have it any other way at another special day on the Giro.