Every negroni has a story - some begin the moment the orange elixer touches my lips, others connect me to another point in time. And while mixing and drinking at home affords the luxury to adjust the recipe to perfection, sometimes it's the location that pins a memory to my mental cork board. A recent trip to Italy set the ideal backdrop for my best negronis of 2014.
After freezing his way through Milan-Sanremo earlier in the year our roadside expert Alessandro thought he'd seen the last of snowy bike races for 2013 - was he ever wrong! We sent him out again into the snow and rain on stage 14 of that years Giro d'Itala. It's a springtime snowy roadside special!
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.
ROADSIDE Giro'13 St.3: Yesterday’s scenic boat ride to the even more scenic island of Ischia, served as the perfect appertivo for today’s 222km haul from Sorrento to Marina di Ascea. Today we drove what is possibly the most scenic corsa I’ve seen. Ever.
When asked for his favorite story of the year, our experienced GrandTour man Ed Hood didn't hesitate to nominate his Roadside Report from deep inside the blizzard at the 2013 Giro d'Italia stage 20 to Tre Cime di Laveredo. There's something about the worst weather that brings on the best memories...
In a land of amazing food, and even more amazing people, there’s always one meal that stands out when I chase the Giro. These moments materialize when least expected, but remain stuck in my mind as one of life's truly 'good times'. This one involved a smoking grill, homemade wine, and being held against my will...
The Giro is over but never far from our minds or hearts. We filed so many stories this year that a couple still haven't been posted. Here's Alessandro's report from his day chasing the tough stage to Pescara that saw Adam Hansen light up the break at the start.
The Giro and Italy are one and the same – beautiful, chaotic, colourful, dramatic, frenetic, simpatico, heroes, villains . . . Always the contrasts. Ed Hood looks back at his week roadside at the Giro and recaps the sights, sounds and stories experienced.
ROADSIDE St.21: Sunny skies and a 5.5 hour jaunt out of the mountains made for a perfect final day on this 2013 Giro d'Italia, and our roving scribe was there to bring it all home as the race rode its last leg into Brescia.
Roadside St.20: On a simply epic day at the Giro, PEZ was there roadside in the blizzard to soak up the atmosphere on a day where Vincenzo Nibali rode himself into the history books and most of the other riders just rode into a freezing hell. It's a PEZ roadside in the blizzard!
Giro St. 19: A day with no racing opens the possibilities – and PEZ scored a rare double interview with two of Cadel Evans loyal lieutenants Adam Blythe & Steve Cummings.
Roadside St.18: The final three days of climbing and the last chances for GC riders started today with the uphill test in Mori. Pez’s Ed Hood was on the ground, on the corsa, and in the bar.
Roadside Report: For Ed's second day on the Giro he managed to find a great viewing spot on top of the last climb as Visconti and co. came screaming past, upset the local tifosi and even find a bar with no beer. It's time for another roadside adventure with our travelling Scot.
GIRO Analysis: Lee Rodgers looks at yesterday's exciting stage where the attacks were flying left, right and center with Vincenzo Nibali right in the middle and not backing down.
Roadside Giro St.16: We've finally let Ed Hood out of the dog house and loose on the streets of Italy as he takes over our roadside duties at the Giro. Direction pressroom, bar and the final climb of the day!
Roadside Report: Today at the Giro sees the PEZ roadside crew transition from the Italian stylings of Alessandro and Angelo to the Scottish wit of Ed Hood. Before Ed takes the reins though lets take a look at some more great photos that Angelo took during his time roadside for PEZ.
ROADSIDE St.15: We can’t stay without bad weather at the Giro 2013, so a storm of snow just hit us when the race passed at 3km to the finish where me and my friend Salvo waited for the maglia rosa. But a part of that the day has been fantastic with perfect weather and the snow moment just added an epic touch.
Roadside St.14: After freezing his way through Milan San Remo earlier in the year our roadside expert Alessandro thought he'd seen the last of snowy bike races for the year - was he ever wrong! We sent him out again into the snow and rain today and he'll be out there again tomorrow for the shortened stage into France - It's a springtime snowy roadside special!
ROADSIDE St.9: Sunday's difficult stage in the rain was time for our two Italian roadside photographers to part ways until next time but before they did there was a stage to cover -and what a stage it was! Hills, rain, GC changes and a superb solo break.
ROADSIDE St.9: As a follower of pro races for some 20 years now, our Italian reporter Alessandro Federico has seen a lot of racing all over the world. Nothing quite feels the same though as when his favorite GrandTour of the year comes right through his home region! It's time for a special backyard edition of Alessandro's Giro di Pez.