The 'Wielermuseum' in Roeselare in Belgium is the second Belgian Cycling Museum that our man Leslie has visited in recent months and once again the Belgians have come through with a worthy offering of quality displays dedicated to two wheels. From the general history of the bicycle to a sharp focus on racing it's all covered in this charming museum.
Travel: Warm weather cycling in the dead of winter is not nearly as far away as you might think. The Caribbean isle of Guadulpe offers up excellent roads, laid back hospitality, and sunny days. Chris Gutowsky of VéloSport Vacations knows it well...
Better known as the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling museum, a few hours spent here is a must for any true cycling fan visiting Belgium. Add in riding the famous cobbled bergs of the Tour of Flanders route, some fine Belgian beer, and meeting a Belgian legend and you've got a perfect weekend.
Our Literary editor Leslie traded his books for a lot of cool events this year: joining the vintage bike ride craze around Europe, covering various pro races and even EuroBike. But when you combine good times, beautiful countryside and the great wine of France, his day at the Anjou Velo Vintage Ride was his top pick.
For the very first time, the 2013 Tour de France took on the mythical Alpe d'Huez twice in one day by descending and then ascending the little known Col de Sarenne. In June, before the Dauphiné tested out the roads and much needed roadworks were completed, PEZ's man in France, Chris Selden cycled the route on a simply epic 150km and 4800m elevation day.
Our lover of all things vélo, Leslie has managed to find another gem in his broad European travels, the small, yet charming Rhenish Hesse Bicycle Museum in the wine district of the Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. The perfect excuse to enjoy a day out in the beautiful German countryside and take a look back at some pretty amazing bicycles at the same time.
Mt. Ventoux, it's a mythical place, steeped in Tour de France history and the site of many great battles over the years. Remember Armstrong vs Pantani in 2000? Or Eros Poli in 1994 when he lost 15 minutes on the mountain but still won the stage. For 2013 we added another battle to the history books as PEZ's own Chris Selden took on 30 other journos from around the world in climbing Mt. Ventoux.
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.
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.
Italy: land of sunshine, pasta, Fausto Coppi and home of the ultimate retro-ride. L’Eroica, “the Heroic,” saw its 17th running on October 6, 2013 and of course Pezcyclingnews was there joining the lucky participants enjoying some fine weather, some great food and some truly terrible roads on heavy bicycles with inappropriate gearing and lousy brakes. What could be better?
The 2014 Tour de France stage 14 parcours to the summit finish at Risoul promises to be a cracker - of both fireworks and nuts - taking in the Col du Lautaret and Col d'Izoard before the final 13km throw down to the day's 3rd hors category climb. PEZ saddled up for a closer look...
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!
Roadside Report: Roadside this past weekend at the celebrated Basque Clasica San Sebastian was Peter Easton who not only caught up with this race but also immersed himself in the Basque culture for 2 ½ unforgettable weeks of riding, food and great times.
The Basque Country is characterized by two simple facts: remarkably beautiful landscape and incredibly delicious food. With the San Sebastian Classic on this Saturday what better time than now to take a closer look at the region and the parcours of this spectacular race.
Roadside Report: Alpe d'Huez is a mythical mountain, a grand beast that conjures up images of battles past with its 21 hairpin bends and its leg sapping slopes. I've been roadside on the Alpe during the Tour de France on a few occasions including the famous mountain time trial in 2004 but I'd never seen the mountain roadside in the Dauphiné. That had to change!
I first wrote about the Hotel Funivia a few months back when piecing together a week of riding for the PEZ-Crew to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. After a fantastic few days in Bormio, I can report first hand on the experience. This is an easy one to write because they really have it dialed for cyclists wanting a high level of riding and attention, and a low level of distractions.
As part of our PEZ 10th Anniversary celebration – some of the PEZ-Crew & I spent a week riding our bikes in Italy – and a few unforgettable days on Lago di Garda at the Enjoy Garda Hotel. It’s a bike hotel in the very best ways, and one you should know if you’re planning to visit the area.
The first week of the 2013 Giro gave me a chance to see a lot of new parts of Italy, I covered over 1800km, and after the stage 8 TT I was just a 45 minutes drive to Riccione - another part I'd not seen before, and a chance for a short stay (and ride) at another fantastic bike hotel - the Hotel Dory.