Lowdown: A slightly different Lowdown from Lee Rodgers today, no doping, his thoughts on Taiwan as a cycling holiday destination... Good and bad! The island the Portuguese called Formosa - ‘beautiful island’ - might not be on your bucket list yet, so let Lee change your mind.
Monday in Gent, the morning after the night before - The Six is over. But the adventure for Callum and Dave goes on: No, not a cyclocross or another pub, but a church! A church in praise of the sport of cycling. The Wielermuseum in Roeslare is no shinny display, like the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen, Roeslare is more for the hardened Flandrien of the cobbled road.
Wild Rock Travel has been hosting and guiding cycling trips around Europe's best roads for almost 25 years, and while other tour operators have grown their businesses based on a global reach of clients, Wild Rock's focus on Canadian customers offers lower priced trips often overlooked by higher priced competitors. But with their trips all priced in Canadian bucks, they makes sense for anyone who loves riding, eating and drinking in Europe - no matter what country you're from.
Travel: Once again the Taiwan KOM Challenge has come and gone and riders from around the World are looking back to their climb through Taroko Gorge and up to the 3275 meter Wuling Summit, but there is much more to cycling in Taiwan than just one magical climb. Matt McNamara took a tour of Formosa recently to see for himself.
Cycling has seen tremendous growth in the last decade, whether through an appreciation of fitness, or making cities more liveable, or by new technologies including carbon fibre, disc brakes, and electronic shifting at ever-lower price points, and through interesting and exciting new events.
Lowdown: They say a change is as good as a rest, well Lee Rodgers has taken it to the next level to tackle the Mongolia Challenge for the fourth time. This week's Lowdown is not the normal Lowdown, but you have to try something different from time to time and Mongolia looks pretty good.
During the Tour de France Lee Rodgers took himself to Japan for a sad event, but that visit re-kindled his love for the roads and scenery of Japan. It's not all crowded neon lit Tokyo, geisha girls and sushi, there is so much more to the land of the rising sun; climbing the mountains of southern Japan, rolling through the rice fields or sprint action on the Keiren track.
“Eighteen and a half kilometers to enter the myth,” reported RCS Sport, describing this year’s return of the Gran Fondo La Marmotte–Sestriere–Colle delle Finistre cyclo sportive ride on July 24th, the second edition. Over 1,000 riders set out and PEZ talked to two of them for a riders' perspective on a Top Ride.
Whether travelling internationally for work, vacation or athletic competition, it’s important to prepare ahead. Medical and health aspects to consider when travelling include: travel and health advisories, immunizations, medications, and jet lag.
Tour Stage Preview: The ASO certainly knows how to put on a spectacle. Each year, the Grand Depart is feted and celebrated, usually more for its cultural iconography than its significance for the actual race itself. So if setting the table at Mont St Michel, then it is only fitting to conclude the world’s most popular bike race in the shadow of Europe’s most iconic mountain, Mont Blanc.
TDF Stage 12 PREVIEW: Thursday the Tour de France will climb Mt. Ventoux, it's a mythical place, steeped in history and the site of many great battles. Remember Armstrong vs Pantani in 2000? Or Eros Poli in 1994 when he lost 15 minutes on the mountain but still won the stage. In 2013 we added another battle to the history books as PEZ's Chris Selden took on 30 other journos from around the world in climbing Mt. Ventoux.
Congratulations to Bill Buckton of Port Elgin ON - winner of the one week cycling holiday for two with Bici Amore Mio at Italy's best bike hotels. As a loyal PEZ-Fan, Bill is duly excited to start planning one of the best riding weeks of his life.
The 2016 Giro d'Italia comes to its grand finalé in the northern City of Turin on Sunday, but there is much more to the Piedmont region than big mountain climbs. Peter Easton of VeloClassic Tours takes us on a culinary and cultural journey through Torino as the peloton readies its self for the last battles.
Going further and bringing less stuff is the goal of this inaugural Portland Brevet - not an easy task for most cyclists. But riding self-supported can be an adventure unto itself, that frees the mind and body to fully immerse in the pleasures of going somewhere on your bike.
TRAVEL: France From Inside Tours' "Conquer the Pyrenees" trip cycles 1000 miles and climbs over 100,000 feet from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean - and back. Stage 2 tackles the Col d'Aubisque as a warm up to a 110 mile day riding backroads across the Pyrennean foothills and is just one of 12 amazing days of riding.
Travel: Climbing is one of the most polarizing aspects of cycling - both mentally and physically challenging, it’s one of the hardest parts of riding your bike. Peter Thomson, owner of Thomson Bike Tours, offers three spectacular climbing trips to test your boundaries, push you a little harder, and ultimately, redefine what you thought were your limits.
Seeing, riding, and experiencing the Spring Classics is something every true fan counts on his bucket list. Peter Thomson, owner of Thomson Bike Tours, knows how it's done, and shares some insider tips on how to make the most of this trip to Belgium.
The ErgVideo team not only builds great software, but they travel to famous cycling destinations with a whole team to create their unique content. Here they share the story of their trip to some of cycling’s monumental climbs in the French Alps. It resulted in some of their best-ever ErgVideo editions.
The Canary Islands, more specifically Gran Canaria and Tenerife, are the hottest winter training destination for cycling's pro peloton. Peter Thomson, owner of Thomson Bike Tours, reveals how to emulate the pros with a spring-training week in the sun.
France From Inside Tours' signature trip is the epic Conquer the Pyrenees: 12 days riding 1000 miles and climbing over 100,000 feet from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and back. The company owner and lead guide, Allan Reeves, explains why this trip is so popular, it's back for the 10th year.
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