Great scenery, a spectacular climb and a twice as long descent, the Col de la Madone climb along France’s cote d’Azur is must do for any fan of great rides. The capper was meeting up with a PEZ-Fan who lives nearby for a great day on the bike.
France From Inside Tours specializes in cycling holidays for small groups in southern France, like their epic 'Conquer the Pyrenees' trip. 1000 miles, 100,000 feet climbing, 12 days of riding across the Pyrenees, coast to coast and back. The company owner and lead guide, Allan Reeves, explains how next year’s 8th presentation of this marathon ride unfolds.
Paris, France - the city of love, the Eiffel Tower, le Louvre and... traffic jams. Could Paris really be a destination for a PEZ 'Top Ride'? Well, yes as just 35km South-West of the capital is the gorgeous Vallée de Chevreuse where the cows, sheep and forest replace the hustle and bustle of the big city making it an ideal playground for cyclists.
With the runaway success of l'Eroica in Italy retro-rides continue to blossom. Having participated in the 6th Retro-Ronde in Flanders in May, Pezcyclingnews was bound to give our faithful readers news about another Belgian retro-ride and we were present for the inaugural edition of “La Savoureuse” in French-speaking Wallonia.
Race Preview: With the 2013 Giro di Lombardia taking place this Sunday we thought it was worth a closer look at the circuit of the 'Climber's Classic' with the three legendary climbs: the Valcava, Sormano, and Ghisallo all capped off by one, small, beast of a final ramp: Villa Vergano.
The Col de la Madeleine at 2000m altitude and over 19 km long with an average gradient of 8% is one of the gnarliest climbs in the French Alps but is also one of the prettiest. Earlier this year PEZ took on the southern approach from La Chambre to explore this beautiful mountain that has been climbed 25 times in the Tour de France.
Almost 18 months ago our editor in France Chris Selden moved from the cold and flat of the North East of France to the warmer climates of the South and in particular the Hérault Valley. With the warmer weather also came more hills and some simply spectacular riding. Here's Seldo's look at his new region from the best seat possible - on the bike!
Earlier this year our roving reporter Gordan returned to Belgium to ride the feared Kemmelberg where he had some unfinished business to attend to. Here's Gord's story of a special ride through the Belgian heartland.
This year's Tour de France will for the very first time take on the mythical Alpe d'Huez twice in the one day by descending and then ascending the little known Col de Sarenne. Before the Dauphiné tests out the roads this Saturday, PEZ man in France, Chris Selden hit the mountains on his own bike to check out the route on a simply epic 150km and 4800m elevation day.
Almost one year ago to the day, PEZ fan Kelly from Canada was on holiday in Italy when he had the ultimate experience - a run in ride with cycling hero Super Mario. Here's his tale.
I’ve wanted to write this story for a long time, and now my mid-winter longing for a great ride finally got me off the pot and on the keyboard. I love riding in Italy, and I’ve been lucky to see most corners of the country in my travels there over the past 25 years, but one of my very favorite places to ride and be, in Italy, is the Ligurian Coast.
Pez-Fan Bret Dunbar turns a 'work' trip in Europe into an ultimate 2 day escape as he catches the Giro one day and then goes and climbs the 'Rodney Dangerfield' of Italian climbs, the Gran Sasso the next. I get no respect, I tell ya!
Pez 10th: Like most things in Italy, what you get is not always what is promised. But when the opposite happens, the Italians can over-deliver like nobody else. We figured our final ride at the GF Damiano Cunego would be another fine day on the bike with some buds, but in the end it was more than any of us expected.
We think that the Sella Ronda, which encompasses Passo Sella, Pordoi, Campolongo and Gardena, is one of the finest 55km loops in the world. UNESCO agrees, proclaiming this region in Northern Italy to be a World Heritage Site. Once (now twice) a year they allow only bikes on these roads, PEZ and 18,000 other cyclists were there.
Generally, the word stereotype conjures up negative images. Fair enough, but on the flip side, there are those happy stereotypes - like the Italian grandmother for instance (or German, American, whatever) - here, eat more, you're all skin and bones - have some more sugary deliciousness. It's the stereotype we all love to roll our eyes to, but on a hot Sunday in July, it was the stereotype that saved the day.
It was a startling realization at the end of a long day and an even longer week that we didn't have a home in Innsbruck anymore. Ashley and I had spent thirteen months calling the throbbing heart of the Alps our place of residence, but a year on, we were just visitors, tourists even, heading to a friend's house to sleep on a curiously rigged lawn chair.
Ashley and I had visited the heart-shaped peninsula that juts into the Adriatic Sea across the water from Venice at one point: it's called Istria. We loved it as we loved all of the beautiful places we visited, but we probably would have never returned due to its relative distance from our home in Austria. Then, from nowhere, we got an email from our now close friends, Michael and Marijana...
On an unseasonably warm November day, I had the opportunity to join one of the top time triallists in America: Tom Zirbel, on one of the legendary Boulder rides – the Gold Hill Loop. We headed up into the mountains above Boulder for a fantastic day on the bike...Read On!
Fan enthusiasm, fan pride, fan support—there is momentum and power to be tapped, especially when it comes to cycling, a sport so accessible to young and old, professional and amateur. What better way to celebrate the cycling fan than to ride a GranFondo?
We just can't help it. La Primavera is such a magnificent race - she deserves some loving in the run-in to the big day. Here's one final look at the course.