It’s not often we fans get to descend a Grand Tour mountain pass with the pros, even rarer that we almost take out a pro while descending said pass, and completely unheard of that we share the tale of our own reckless riding with fans the world over. Until now…
Lee Rodgers has been out for a 'get lost' bike ride and what better way to sharpen the mind. Lee's musings wander from the lost joy of childhood cycling through to the snobbery and the new 'cliquishness' that has appeared in the world of the bike. The Lowdown on the cycling dress-code (if there is one):
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
Jelly Belly cycling team neo pro Jordan Cheyne took a ride down memory lane last week in the Canadian stage race; the Tour de Beauce. This was his fourth Beauce, but his first as a professional and that pro contract was probably won on those Canadian roads in 2015. A return visit that was also a confirmation of his progress as a rider.
TOUR'16 Build Up: Ed Hood asks the big question of the summer, no not who will win, but who's The Coolest rider in the peloton. To illustrate his thoughts, our PEZ Grand Tour expert reflects on his 2015 Tour de France and those cooler than cool riders. As Ed would say 'never sacrifice style for speed...'
Rider Obituary: Germany's Rudi Altig was one of the dominant riders of the 60's, he could win all year round; from the indoor boards of the '6 Days' to the Grand Tours and Classics on the road. Ed Hood looks back at the career of one of the coolest riders to ever straddle a racing bike. Good-bye Rudi Altig.
This week Lee Rodgers has more controversy to have a go at than you can shake a stick at. The UCI, Brian Cookson, bike doping, dodgy team managers, questionable team owners and... yes, that man Lance Armstrong yet again. Where to start? Lee goes for 'Public Enemy No.1' as a starting point, what's new Mr. Armstrong.
Two recent news flashes in professional cycling have underlined some key uncertainties about the future of the sport. First, it was reported that Peter Sagan was in talks with Team Astana about a contract for 2017, after Tinkoff Bank ceases its cycling sponsorship at the end of this year. More recently, it was confirmed that the IAM Cycling WorldTour Team will be folding at the end of the year, as its management was unable to secure a successor sponsor.
The 2016 Tour de France is only round the next corner and as part of the PEZ-Tour build-up, our most experienced Tour follower, Ed Hood, takes a walk down memory boulevard to revisit his first Tour as an accredited journalist in 2006. It was strange race with a less than ideal outcome, but Ed didn't know that at the time.
Lee Rodgers has been off his bike for a few weeks due to back pain, this has allowed him time to turn his eagle eye on a different problem - Urban Cycling. The Canadian City of Toronto is facing up to the dilemma of cyclists putting their lives in danger on the roads and have plans for 525 kilometers of cycle lanes.
Photog's View: PEZ-photographer at large, Darrell Parks, was in Philadelphia on Sunday for the International Cycling Classic and dodged the storms to take in all the action from both races all around the circuit. Darrell captures the iconic views of the Old Rock Bridge, the Manayunk Wall, Lemon Hill, Kelly Drive and those cobbles.
It’s with much sadness that PEZ reports the passing of Canadian Cycling Legend, Jocelyn Lovell on June 3rd at 65 years of age. Always immaculate, slim and long limbed; astride a track bike with that beautiful pale blue with white sleeves and maple leaves Canadian national jersey on his back he looked like he’d been born to perform the role.
Giro Best Moments: The first Grand Tour of 2016 is behind us and maybe the 99th Giro d'Italia lacked some excitement, but it certainly has thrown up many talking points. The guys in the virtual PEZ office always have different views, thank goodness, so who better to sum up the battle for Italian pink.
The curtain has closed on the 2016 Giro d'Italia with an ‘unbelievable’ performance in the last stages by Vincenzo Nibali. They way the Italian champion went from sick to champion was 'incredible' and yes I think you know where Lee will be heading in this Final Giro Lowdown. But, are we wrong to question every performance?
PEZ Roadside: After pizza, grappa and good night sleep, Ed Hood has moved a stage closer to the final of the Giro d'Italia in Turin. Today he takes in the sights at the start and on the those crazy cobbles of Pinerolo all surrounded by those 'Tifosi'.
PEZ Roadside: The final week of the Giro d'Italia is here and Ed Hood hit the ground running on his first day on the road Giro chasing. Stage 16 may have been short, but it wasn't short on excitement as the GC men turned the screw for a wild-fire of action. Take it away Ed:
Ahead of the final hard week of the Giro d'Italia the peloton take their third rest day in north Italy and Lee Rodgers gives us his thoughts on the acton so far. Who's hot and who's not: Steven Kruijswijk looks like a Grand Tour champion, has Vincenzo Nibali lost all chance and is the battle over for Alejandro Valverde? All this and more in Lee's Giro Lowdown.
The Shane Sutton controversy rumbles on. Since last week, the out-spoken Australian has resigned from British Cycling under the cloud of accusations. But there has been some riders speaking up for the results gained and Sutton's motivational style. Lee Rodgers weighs-up the situation and gives us his usual unique lowdown on the Sutton case.
Sam Larner has had his crystal ball out and had a look at the future stars of the peloton. There is a big list of the 'coming' riders, but Sam has picked the stand-out riders for his 'six of the best' for the podium in the next years.
The US national calendar gets into full swing at the always sold out Redlands Bicycling Classic - and for neo pro Jordan Cheyne of the Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis team, it was his first time racing for a team win - until it all changed on the last stage.
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