The cirque du Six Days was in Gent for the 74th running of this 'race to nowhere', and PEZ was right there in the middle of it... Ed Hood takes us inside the boards for a unique look at Cav's almost win, rising star Jasper de Buysts convincing win, and everything in between.
PEZ's Ed Hood spent the weekend in Belgium - taking in the best of winter cycling at the Gent Six Days & the Kokside Cross races. Click in for a trackside photo report of the boards, the bikes and the boys who pedal through anything - including axle deep sand.
From rider to journalist to organiser - Lee Rodgers has seen all sides of the majestically beautiful yet spectacularly cruel race that is the Taiwan KOM Challenge. Today he looks back at his experiences from this truly unique climbing race which is gaining every year in stature and prestige.
After his charges had some success in the first half of the race in Amsterdam Ed Hood was hoping for more of the same in the back half but instead most of the spoils went to Paris-Roubaix champion, Niki Terpstra. Here's Ed's inside look at the all the goings on from the six day in Amsterdam from the final nights.
Working as a runner for the stars at the Amsterdam Six Day race our journalist Ed Hood is once again embedded deep inside the race. Here's his story from the first half of the race at the velodrome in Amsterdam as we pick up the action on Day 3.
The organisers of the biggest bike race in the World have announced the route of the 2015 French Grand Tour. It's a tough parcours with a lot of climbing and very little time trialing, but the sprinters do get their opportunities. Our first thoughts; tough but fair.
The route of the 2015 Giro d'Italia was announced last week and who better to run his eye over the course than our most experienced Grand Tour reporter; Ed Hood. This year's Italian tour is mostly in the north, but in Ed's own words: 'There’s something for everyone in the 2015 Giro!'
Roadside Report: The last race chase of the year was this past weekend in Italy for our race chaser Alessandro at the beautiful semi-classic, Giro dell'Emilia. The iconic arches in Bologna and the difficult finishing circuit with its demanding climb always make for a great race and a very crowd friendly event where this year Davide Rebellin at 43 years old turned back the hands of time to take the victory.
The third Taiwan KOM Challenge is on the 15th of November, 2014 and as PEZ reporter Gordan Cameron found out last year it is one amazing race. The KOM Challenge is the high point of the Taiwan government-supported 'Taiwan Cycling Festival' and is a true high mountain challenge. It's brutal, but has a beauty all of its own.
'Goodbye from Bergamo' - seems a fitting title for the last race of the 2014 ProTour "proper". As riders and fans enjoyed the last-day-of-school atmosphere, I was living out a wish that's been in the making for almost 10 years - to chase Il Lombardia myself.
Race Analysis: With Dan Martin taking a well deserved victory in the Giro di Lombardia yesterday Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the action and studies that rare breed of rider - an attacker who took a chance and won!
Race Report: Il Lombardia was wide open this year as there were so many top riders on the start line in Como. The course change was also an unknown entity, but in the end the route was perfect and the win was perfectly taken by Dan Martin.
Roadside Retro: Today on PEZ our superfan in Italy, Alessandro of AlbumCiclismo looks back at some of his best times chasing the Giro di Lombardia and also looks ahead to this Sunday's big race that he'll be chasing once again.
Race Preview: The race of the falling leaves, or in Italian ‘la classica delle fog lie morte’. The Tour of Lombardy has a new course this year, but it will still have the top riders fighting it out on a tough profile. Ed Hood takes a look at the runners and riders for Sundays big end of season race.
Race report: Poland got everything right today, with Michal Kwiatkowski putting the rainbow-colored gloss on a perfect team performance. Kwiatkowski soloed across to, and away from, a late escape group, and flew to a perfect solo Worlds victory.
Race Report: A high quality field led to some high quality racing but the Women's Road race wasn't without its surprises. Rain, crashes and some questionable tactics saw the race coming down to a select group sprint won in a photo finish by France's Pauline Ferrand-Prevot.
Race Report: With the Australians sticking to their game-plan, and controlling the race throughout, the one thing they hadn’t considered was a well-timed attack from the Norwegian powerhouse Sven Erik Bystrom. He timed his uphill attack to perfection and flew down to Ponferrada to take the best win of his young career.
Race Preview: The biggest one-day race of the year is on Sunday in Ponferrada. The winner will wear the Rainbow jersey for a year and put his name in the record books for eternity. Ed Hood gives us the Worlds low-down on his way to Spain.
Race Report: There was a right royal battle for the 2014 time trial crown and in the end it came down to the two top men against the watch; Bradley Wiggins and Tony Martin. Martin was the early leader, but Wiggins put the pressure on for the final win.
Race Report: Lennard Kamna in the morning and Lisa Brennauer in the afternoon made for a German double in today’s World championship time trials in Ponferrada. Brennauer was one of the late starters, but she built up her speed to storm force for the win, just like the weather at the finish.