Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne Preview: It must be spring at last as the first weekend of Classics crash onto the cobbles of the 2017 season. Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, followed by Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. Ed Hood clues us in with the course and running for the opening Flemish Classics.
Alejandro Valverde reflects on feelings after making the select group of active riders with more than hundred pro victories: fourth within current generation, second-ever Spaniard to reach the milestone.
Race Report: The 54th edition of Italy's Trofeo Laigueglia ended in triumph for the host nation, as Fabio Felline took his first success of the season. Wearing the white jersey of the Italian national team, Felline rode to victory after launching an astonishing attack in the hilly finale and resisting the return of his rivals.
Trofeo Laigueglia Preview: As the season and the weather starts to warm up in Europe, the race calendar hits the Italian Mediterranean coast for the Trofeo Laigueglia. Daniel Thévenon takes a look at the History, course and favorites for Sunday's Italian Semi-Classic.
6 Day Special: Now the that the '6 Day' season is over and Ed Hood is looking forward to the Classics, he has time to consider the condition of the winter track scene. Ed has been working the boards, below stairs, for many a season and is in the perfect position to get the lay of the land and sum up the failures and successes of the Six Day circus.
The final three days of the Copenhagen '6 Day' saw a home win for the Danish, a happy crowd and a tired Ed Hood in the bowels of the Ballerup Super Arena. Tempers frayed to the point of hand guns being perused on the internet. Ed's Danish big finalé:
Ed Hood has moved on from the 'lackluster' Berlin '6 Day' to Copenhagen and some hotter action, even if it's cold outside. The atmosphere, music and racing is all part of the '6 Day' fun and Ed captures the first three days in his idiosyncratic words and photos.
TDU Photo Special: The Santos Tour Down Under, 2017's first WorldTour event of the year was won by BMC-TAG Heuer's Richie Porte, it wasn't a big surprise as the man from Launceston was race favorite before the start. Six stages, but only two winners; Porte took two stage wins and the little Orica-Scott rocket, Caleb Ewan won four. Yes, it was repetitive, but boring it was not.
Winter 2016/17 '6 Day' Round Up: Ed Hood is at this moment in Berlin working with 'The Squirrels' of the boards at the '6 Day'. Before he gives us the inside line on the German race he has managed to write up the 2016/17 winter season, between running after his riders. London, Gent, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bremen and now Berlin - Ed's '6 Day' round up.
Vuelta First Look: The Vuelta a España has the reputation for serving up a hard menu and this year is no different. Mountain stages, summit finishes, a long individual time trial and l'Angliru, could it be much worse? Yes, they could forego the five flat stages. Ed Hood ran his expert Grand Tour eye over the Vuelta '17 route to give us his 'first look' impressions.
Gent '6 Day' and Hasselt Cross: Callum and Dave have had a full Belgian weekend, first they hit the Gent track on Friday night to soak up the atmosphere, then it was the mud of Hasselt on Saturday before the big finale on the velodrome on Sunday night. It was a fan-pleaser as Cav and Wiggo came out on top for the big farewell to Bradley... Or is it?
Race News: The Brits are coming! Ed Hood, our main man for the 6 Days, can't make it to the big event of the winter track season in Gent this year. If he's not there working in the pits, he would be sampling a beer with the cycling intelligentsia track side... but not this year. Not to worry, his usual traveling companions; Callum and Dave are there for the fun. Callum takes up the story on day 4.
November arrives as the halfway point for the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), the highest level of professional cyclo-cross racing in the United States. This year’s Pro CX calendar features 44 scoring events, with a total of 23 races completed since September.
The fifth edition of the Taiwan KOM Challenge left the coastal town of Hualien, Taiwan on October 29th for the leg, and lung busting ride to the Wuling summit 3,275 meters above, and brought a big dose of action along for the ride.
2017 signals the 100th edition of what's generally the favorite race around PEZ-HQ, and the organizers hatched an ambitious plan to cover as much of the country as possible in the allotted 21 stages from May 5 - 28, 2017. Here's what the PEZ Crew think is cool about it, and maybe some things you didn't know...
Worlds Photo Book: Our PEZ photographer, Chenthil Mohan, was at the big race of the World championships on Sunday to take the sights of Doha and the elite men's race. The championships may have been low on excitement, but Chenthil captures the action in Qatar and the top class finish.
Race Report: Two years in a row for the man himself, Slovakia's Peter Sagan. The Men's World road race was blown to pieces by the Belgian team on the wind-swept desert of Qatar, the group of strongmen were never seen again as the hammer went down. At the finish it was a sprinter's battle royal between Sagan, Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen - the Slovak had the speed and the agility to take his second rainbow jersey.
Amalie Dideriksen spoiled Kirsten Wild’s birthday party in the women’s Road Race at the UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016. The twenty-year-old Danish prodigy came from behind to edge out Wild on the line for the world title. Take a look at the PEZ Photo book...