Photog's Veiw: I hope all the PEZ fans enjoyed viewing my images posted in Pelo Pics throughout this year’s UCI World Championships. I had big expectations for the venue and the caliber of racing I was likely to experience, and Richmond did not disappoint!
Race Preview: It can't be the end of the season already! The Giro di Lombardia seems to come round faster every year. 'The Classic of the Falling Leaves' is this Sunday and our Lombardy expert, Ed Hood, has a good look at the history, course and who he thinks is not too tired to win the last Monument of the season.
Photog's View: Normally when photographer David Gill goes to a bike race he is working and has a specific plan of action for the best possible photos. But at this years World road race championships in Richmond, David was there as a fan. No pressure, but a different view form the other side of the barriers from the 'credited' lens-men. David does Richmond:
The Richmond World Championships have been voted as a success with worthy winners all of whom took their victories with panache and élan. Lee Rodgers is in total agreement, but he also sees the importance of Peter Sagan using the opportunity of his win to talk of the World outside the bubble of professional sport. The World of Lowdown.
Race Preview: The BIG day of the year is here. Yes, the World road race championship, the only race that allows the winner to wear a nice multicoloured jersey for a year. Ed Hood takes a look at the history, the course and who is going to win on Sunday. A nobody ever wins the Worlds!
To say I was disappointed to hear of the demise of the Bucks County Classic Road Race is a huge understatement. I really loved capturing the grandeur of a bike race on the roads I grew up on. John Eustace came through with a great replacement, the Reading 120. The course was a grand showcase for the country roads of eastern Pennsylvania.
Lee Rodgers has changed his mind on the excitement of the Vuelta, due to the efforts of the young riders who have been battling over the final red jersey. But all is not well in the wider World - Actor Ben Foster has admitted to taking PED's to emulate Lance Armstrong in the film 'The Program'. The old and the new face of cycling.
Now in its 5th year, the USA Pro Challenge has become a main event on the US racing calendar. This year’s edition was full of exciting racing and beautiful Colorado scenery. Here's a little insight into some of the images I captured during my week in the mountains of Colorado!
Racing in Belgium is something many try, riders come from all over to partake in the unique World of daily battering from the cobbles, wind, rain and multi-talented riders. But it's a surprise to see riders from Bangalore, India lining up in a Flemish kermess. Ed Hood spoke to Naveen John to get the lowdown:
Lee Rodgers has raced hard, trained hard and put his body through the mill for his cycling and then did it again for a comeback. In that time he couldn't understand how people could ride a bike and not want to race, or not ride a bike at all! Now he gets it and explains his 'road to Damascus' and seeing the light of cycling just for the fun of it.
Tom Danielson's out of competition positive drug test has to be the topic of the day for Lee Rodgers. The Lowdown examines the hypocrisy of the Anglo favouritism - we are the good guys and they are the bad guys. Is this the end of the Slipstream Sports road? The Lowdown asks the question.
Roadside: Now that Ed Hood and Callum MacGregor are back in Sunny Scotland and the final week of the 2015 Tour de France is becoming a distant memory, we asked Ed to give us his thoughts on the French Grand Tour before they are lost. Was it a good Tour Ed?
Book Review: The best books of all are about great climbs, the roads that hurt so much while providing unforgettable vistas and a sense of accomplishment. Into this category falls an unusual new book by Hank Barlow entitled “Switchbacks,” with a hopeful indication of Vol. 1.
Tour'15 is in its final week and the Alps are on the horizon, all is not over for this French Grand Tour, or is it? Lee Rodgers casts his eye over the other side of the Tour: Sagan the new eternal second, Ex-dopers on TV should be careful what they say and what will happen in the Alps? All in Lee's Tour Lowdown.
For once our man Ed Hood's holidays didn't involve bicycles - but they did involve bars. When the Pezmeister first heard Ed was off to parts foreign he thought it would be a good opportunity for our intrepid journo to sample Negronis across the globe - but. . .
The second week and the Pyrenees are nearly behind us, so Lee Rodgers has taken his microscope to the last few day's of the Tour and the domination of Mr. Froome and his 'super team' of Sky men. Shocking, surprising and unbelievable are all words we have heard and used these last two days. Here is the lowdown.
With two yellow jersey riders abandoning in this year's Tour de France it's apt that Ed Hood takes a look at the career of Luis Ocaña who famously crashed out of the 1971 Tour. Anyone who can scare Merckx into thinking he was not invincible has to be given a lot of kudos. The Ocaña story is of great talent and a lot of "what if's".
The first five days of the 2015 Tour de France are behind us. Lee Rodgers has been keeping a keen eye on all the happenings so far: Why so many crashes, is there a boss of the peloton and who is looking good for the final overall prize? Those and many other questions answered. Here is the first Tour Lowdown of the year.
Book Review: There are very few Novels with a cycle sport theme and fewer that can handle the scrutiny of anyone who knows their two wheeled sport inside out. But 'High Road Chasing the Yellow Jersey' by ex-International rider Dave Chauner, really does cut the mustard. John Howard gives us his thoughts on this true to life adventure.
At last it's Tour time baby! So it is also time for Lee Rodgers to give us his lowdown on the up and coming French Grand Tour and look back at how the Tour inspired him to get out on a bike in his local mountains. The dream of a Tour win will have got most of us into bike riding. Lee's Tour Lowdown.