Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, was lucky enough to receive an invitation to the presentation of the Katusha team and new clothing for 2015. He didn't just go for the free food and drink, but spent the day with the team for a ride (in the car) and some interviews. Here is his day with the Russians.
In 2015 the Milan-San Remo Classic will go back to its traditions to set up a spectacular finale on the classic Via Roma finish line, which has played a key role in the history of this monumental race. So what better time to take a look back at 'The Pez' trip to 'La Primavera'.
Photo Special: It’s not ‘Good-Bye Cannondale’ but more of a ‘See you next year in the US’ for the famous frame maker. After nearly 20 years of sponsoring and supplying bikes to Italian based Pro teams, Cannondale will become a US WorldTour team with Garmin in 2015. We take a look at 'Cannondale: The Italian Years.'
The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are starting to plummet. It must be time to release my yearly cycling calendar. Every year the selection process gets a little more difficult as I seem to be able to fill up my 32GB memory cards quite quickly these days. Join me as I share my thoughts on how I narrowed thousands of images down to a 12 month calendar of my favorites.
Photo Special: Cadel Evans' career has been long, very long, so there are even more photos of the Tour and World championship winner to chose from. He had the class to change from mountain biker to road rider and carry on winning. We have tried to cover Cadel's life on two wheels, but it could fill PEZ for months!
Giro Reload: Stage 16 of the 2015 Giro d'Italia will revisit the horrendous climb of the Mortirolo, back in 2008 Ale Federico made his own ascent on the penultimate stage of that years Italian Grand Tour. We relive Ale's pain, suffering and hunger as he discovers his 'mazzo' on the Mortirolo.
Photo Special: Thor Hushovd hung his wheels up in September after illness made him stop short of the World championship road race which was to be his last race. Double World champ, Yellow jersey holder, stage winner and hard man on the cobbles. We celebrate his full career in pictures.
Tequila is an awesome drink – it means “party on!” in every language, has a mystique that attracts the ladies, it makes you look like a bad boy, while delivering a taste, tingle and buzz of sophisticated flavors that are best appreciated with some age – it’s the perfect drink for guys like us.
The Outer Line: A Roadmap to Repair Professional Cycling is an ambitious and intensive 4-point plan to heal cycling’s image, make the sport economically viable and establish effective long term governance prepared by two Colorado business analysts turned cycling advocates. Is it the answer to the sport's problems?
Roadside Report: Alpe d'Huez is a mythical mountain, a grand beast that conjures up images of battles past with its 21 hairpin bends and its leg sapping slopes. I've been roadside on the Alpe during the Tour de France on a few occasions including the famous mountain time trial in 2004 but I'd never seen the mountain roadside in the Dauphiné. That had to change!
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – I’m pleased to congratulate Glen Copus of Spokane WA as the winner of the biggest and coolest prize we’ve ever offered here on PEZ – two Weeks Riding In Italy!
Photo Special: The Philadelphia International Cycling Championship was reborn as the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic this year and although the course has changed somewhat the action and the atmosphere on the Manayunk wall hasn't changed a bit. PEZ's ace shooter Darrell Parks was there to capture all the best moments - here's the story of his day.
Well there it is, we did it. Finally launched this thing. Outda door. Gonzo. The all new PEZ site is live, baby.
I drank a lot of negronis this year – and what better way to relive the hilights than looking back through an ice filled glass of the capricious cocktail to some of the best moments - a satisfying mix of exotic locales, good friends, and even new tastes. May I present to you, some of my Top Negronis in 2012.
Racing in France. These three words bring forward childhood dreams or perhaps adulthood ones to any cycling fan, including the PEZ team! Nothing screams a cycling adventure quite like racing through the French mountains and our very own man in France, Chris Selden lived a racing experience there recently. Here's his story.
When PEZ fan Tom Staniford contacted us about his friend competing in the Deaf European Cycling Championships we were intrigued. Firstly we didn't know it existed but then when we were impressed by his story and the high level of competition on offer. Here's the story of the UK's Tom Smith took on the big nations with bug funding at the recent Deaf European Cycling Championships!
Here's a selection of Reader emails and messages that offer up some real world commentary on how well we do our jobs. Thanks to everyone who took time to drop us a line. - Pez
Roadside Report: We arrived in Europe the day before the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - the first major classic of the Classics season. Two months later, we were there for one last big day out to draw the Spring Classics season to a close: Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Let's take a look back at the day that was.
PEZ sits down with an industry insider who wishes to remain anonymous that offers some unexpected insight, contentious opinions and certain provocations on visual design in cycling.