Now in its 5th year, the USA Pro Challenge has become a main event on the US racing calendar. This year’s edition was full of exciting racing and beautiful Colorado scenery. Here's a little insight into some of the images I captured during my week in the mountains of Colorado!
Racing in Belgium is something many try, riders come from all over to partake in the unique World of daily battering from the cobbles, wind, rain and multi-talented riders. But it's a surprise to see riders from Bangalore, India lining up in a Flemish kermess. Ed Hood spoke to Naveen John to get the lowdown:
Lee Rodgers has raced hard, trained hard and put his body through the mill for his cycling and then did it again for a comeback. In that time he couldn't understand how people could ride a bike and not want to race, or not ride a bike at all! Now he gets it and explains his 'road to Damascus' and seeing the light of cycling just for the fun of it.
Tom Danielson's out of competition positive drug test has to be the topic of the day for Lee Rodgers. The Lowdown examines the hypocrisy of the Anglo favouritism - we are the good guys and they are the bad guys. Is this the end of the Slipstream Sports road? The Lowdown asks the question.
Roadside: Now that Ed Hood and Callum MacGregor are back in Sunny Scotland and the final week of the 2015 Tour de France is becoming a distant memory, we asked Ed to give us his thoughts on the French Grand Tour before they are lost. Was it a good Tour Ed?
Book Review: The best books of all are about great climbs, the roads that hurt so much while providing unforgettable vistas and a sense of accomplishment. Into this category falls an unusual new book by Hank Barlow entitled “Switchbacks,” with a hopeful indication of Vol. 1.
Tour'15 is in its final week and the Alps are on the horizon, all is not over for this French Grand Tour, or is it? Lee Rodgers casts his eye over the other side of the Tour: Sagan the new eternal second, Ex-dopers on TV should be careful what they say and what will happen in the Alps? All in Lee's Tour Lowdown.
For once our man Ed Hood's holidays didn't involve bicycles - but they did involve bars. When the Pezmeister first heard Ed was off to parts foreign he thought it would be a good opportunity for our intrepid journo to sample Negronis across the globe - but. . .
The second week and the Pyrenees are nearly behind us, so Lee Rodgers has taken his microscope to the last few day's of the Tour and the domination of Mr. Froome and his 'super team' of Sky men. Shocking, surprising and unbelievable are all words we have heard and used these last two days. Here is the lowdown.
With two yellow jersey riders abandoning in this year's Tour de France it's apt that Ed Hood takes a look at the career of Luis Ocaña who famously crashed out of the 1971 Tour. Anyone who can scare Merckx into thinking he was not invincible has to be given a lot of kudos. The Ocaña story is of great talent and a lot of "what if's".
The first five days of the 2015 Tour de France are behind us. Lee Rodgers has been keeping a keen eye on all the happenings so far: Why so many crashes, is there a boss of the peloton and who is looking good for the final overall prize? Those and many other questions answered. Here is the first Tour Lowdown of the year.
Book Review: There are very few Novels with a cycle sport theme and fewer that can handle the scrutiny of anyone who knows their two wheeled sport inside out. But 'High Road Chasing the Yellow Jersey' by ex-International rider Dave Chauner, really does cut the mustard. John Howard gives us his thoughts on this true to life adventure.
At last it's Tour time baby! So it is also time for Lee Rodgers to give us his lowdown on the up and coming French Grand Tour and look back at how the Tour inspired him to get out on a bike in his local mountains. The dream of a Tour win will have got most of us into bike riding. Lee's Tour Lowdown.
Some say the Tour isn't the Tour without the l'Alpe d'Huez, and anyone who's been there will tell you it's the ONLY place to be when the race comes through. L'Alpe returns again this year and PEZ's Ed Hood knows the 21 bends better than most - here's what race fans should expect...
The 2015 Tour de France will not be crossing the Col du Galibier, normally the highest point of the French Grand Tour, on its way to l'Alpe d'Huez on stage 20. All this due to a landslide which has damaged the Chambon tunnel. So what better time to have a look back at one of Ed Hood's many Alpe visits.
All the European National championships are this Sunday and one of the hardest fought will be in the UK. This year the course is based around the famous cobbled climb of Michaelgate up to the Lincoln Cathedral. Sam Larner took his bike and camera to check-out the 'parcours' for the champs.
Ride Mount Everest? That sounds crazy, but think about it; find a local hill and ride up it so many times to equal the height of the Worlds highest peak. Lee Rodgers is about to tackle 'Everesting' and gives us the Lowdown on the daunting task of climbing 8,848 meters in one day.
Photographer, Darrell Parks, stayed on after the Air Force Association Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup for the next days Crystal Cup in Arlington, Virginia. More excitement, more heat, but thankfully less crashes on the Sunday.
Leslie Reissner, knows the bonk first hand, so who better to run his eye over “Feed Zone Portables” by Dr. Allen Lim and Chef Biju Thomas. This specialist cookbook is packed full of recipes for food to be eaten during activity and explains the science behind eating when training and competing.
Every year our man in Virginia, Darrell Parks, is road-side in Arlington for the Air Force Association Cycling Classic and this year is no different. As always he gets the best pic from the race course and is always in the right place at the right moment for the best action shots.