Roadside Report: After the cold and rain of Saturday's 'Flanders Classics' Het Nieuwsblad, Sunday dawned clear and sunny for a perfect day of racing action roadside in Belgium at the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
Roadside Report: Out there in the rain and cold at the Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday was our battle hardened reporter Ed Hood who wouldn't have dreamed of being anywhere else. With the hard man ingredients of cold & cobbles with perhaps the odd Belgian beer to warm him up, it was the perfect start to the Classics campaign.
February 14th takes on a very different meaning for fans of pro cycling with this year marking ten years since Marco Pantani’s tragic death. But in 1998, Il Pirata was at the top – winning the rare Giro – Tour double. Ale Federico set out from Genoa on his new moto to see the race for himself, and recorded the odyssey in his personal diary…
Roadside Report: The Old Willunga Hill marks the Queen stage of the 2014 Tour Down Under and with the GC battle between Cadel Evans & Simon Gerrans just 7 seconds apart, today's hilltop finish would be crucial. PEZ was in the thick of the roadside action.
Roadside: Stage 4 of the Santos Tour Down Under was expected to be a day for the sprinters and André Greipel proved it true taking his first 2014 TDU stage win and his 15th TDU win of his career. Stage 4 was also the occasion where amateur riders could ride the exact stage on the same day as the Pros. PEZ's man Down Under, Steve VeloRoo was there on the bike for the entire 148.5 kilometers and survived.
ROADSIDE Down Under: Between catching up with the stars of the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under Team's Presentation and watching people run around in their underwear (true story), Steve also managed to ride with a legend, go front row at the People's Choice Classic and more. It's been a hot and hectic first few days in Adelaide this year.
PEZ's Tour Of Down Under to the Tour Down Under. Getting to Adelaide was no simple plan, as Steve chose to drive 2000km across the outback through 100+ degree heat, crossing bushfires, desert plains and native wildlife to make it to his cycling nirvana, the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under. Here's his trip.
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.
ROADSIDE Giro '13, St.2: How fast fortunes change when chasing a Grand Tour: one minute you’ve missed the boat to the TTT start, and the next minute you’re in the cockpit of the high speed ferry with il Capitano’s blessing. It’s day 2 of the Giro and the PEZ himself is just warming up to the action in Italy.
The 2013 Grote Scheldeprijs was a hard fought battle through the fields of Belgium with their mix of cobbles and wind that always makes for some classic racing. Our own Gordan Cameron was inside ropes for sign on and the VIP tribune at the finishline - it's little wonder this was one of his favorite stories of the year.
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...
The snow stopped the 2013 Milan-San Remo in Ovada, just before the too dangerous to ride Passo Turchino. The timeclock halted, and the entire proceeding transferred by bus and cars to Cogoleto to restart where thankfully the weather conditions had upgraded from atrocious to just plain terrible. It's La Primavera and there's nothing quite like it - no matter what the conditions!
ROADSIDE: One of the most impressive performances of the season was that of the 135 riders who survived the rain, snow and extreme cold at the 2013 Milan-San Remo. Kudos also to the officials, journos and spectators who braved the horrendous conditions like our man Alessandro who was there roadside to capture all the action of this crazy day.
Over a lifetime of cycling the roads of our sport, a few stand out: the fun ones, the beautiful ones, and the brutal ones - where you suffer like you never knew possible. Riding your bike up the Mortirolo in Northern Italy is all three...
There's been a lot of chatter about the Tour of Flanders this past week since the organizers have again changed the parcours of the great event after supposedly listening to fans' input. Nothing beats the old parcours though, as PEZ-Man Gord Cameron saw in the best possible way earlier this year - from the saddle.
A big part of the Tour de France's energy and atmosphere comes from the guys and girls that work in the massive publicity caravan. Earlier this year PEZ went backstage to check out what their job entails and we even managed to catch up with 5 time tour winner, Bernard Hinault.
Roadside report: It's a challenge unlike any other. There may be races to higher altitudes, but for eye-watering gradients and morale-sapping length the Taiwan KOM Challenge trumps them all. World Tour riders have come here and had meltdowns – 87 kilometers of climbing can do that to you!
Taiwan KOM Challenge Roadside: Taiwan really is a stunning place, and I've barely seen any of the island. Today's press event was a photo and video call held by the seaside in Hualien. The sun's heat and light was benevolent rather than oppressive as the riders' minds turned to tomorrow's torture.
Chasing Paris-Roubaix is always an adventure, but one that requires a plan. We'd set out to catch Paris-Roubaix with a four-stop strategy, under the experienced guidance of Velo Classic Tours. But lucky for us, these best-laid plans went awry in the most incredible way. This is the story of how we reached the velodrome on race day.
Giro Roadside St. 5: “Sempre Dritto” – ‘always forward’ makes a good translation. When used correctly, it’s a sign of confidence, direction, and success, but these same watchwords can also lead you to places you never expected.