With the vast flood of books reaching the Pez library, it was a pleasant surprise to receive Peter Joffre Nye's latest book. It is, to date, the only biography of an extraordinarily interesting individual who made his mark in the boom time when cycling gave way to the mad fashion of motoring, his feet firmly in both worlds.
War drives technology, as evidenced by the device I’m using to write this article on and the one you are using to read it by, as well as by the internet that has delivered these words to you. These technologies were of course first utilised by the military-industrial complex before being repackaged for use by the wider society.
It strikes me as peculiar how such a disarmingly simple machine can be the fulcrum for such complex issues, of compelling tales that stir the deepest emotions and of such resounding devotion, yet this is what the humble bicycle is.
New jerseys and new name, but the team is much the same as one of the best. Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, joined the Etixx – Quick-Step media day in Calpe for an up close and personal look. Was it the same as last year? No, but lot's of fun chasing the stars of the Etixx - Quick-Step team around Spain.
Unlike other sports; bicycle road racing is open to the elements and events take place before a diverse backdrop featuring geographic highlights of many countries. Add to this ever-changing weather, different road surfaces, colourful jerseys and colourful personalities and the rolling circus atmosphere provides the photographer with limitless opportunity.
The life of a pro cyclist is not all plain sailing, unless you're on the top rung of the WorldTour ladder. Lee Rodgers gives us the lowdown on some of the pitfalls of signing a contract with just about any team, be it national, Continental or with the professionals. Always read the small print!
Looking back through the virtual library of 2014 adventures it's hard to choose which ones to relive, but when it comes to the Giro we have to go for one from Alessandro. Our man in Italy know's his country and where to find the best points of interest. Enjoy!
As it's the end of the year we take our usual look back at our favourite stories. When the PEZ literary Editor isn't reading books for reviews, he's adding to his collection of bikes. Here is the background on his new 'made-to-measure' Tommasini from earlier this year.
Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, was lucky enough to receive an invitation to the presentation of the Katusha team and new clothing for 2015. He didn't just go for the free food and drink, but spent the day with the team for a ride (in the car) and some interviews. Here is his day with the Russians.
In 2015 the Milan-San Remo Classic will go back to its traditions to set up a spectacular finale on the classic Via Roma finish line, which has played a key role in the history of this monumental race. So what better time to take a look back at 'The Pez' trip to 'La Primavera'.
Photo Special: It’s not ‘Good-Bye Cannondale’ but more of a ‘See you next year in the US’ for the famous frame maker. After nearly 20 years of sponsoring and supplying bikes to Italian based Pro teams, Cannondale will become a US WorldTour team with Garmin in 2015. We take a look at 'Cannondale: The Italian Years.'
The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are starting to plummet. It must be time to release my yearly cycling calendar. Every year the selection process gets a little more difficult as I seem to be able to fill up my 32GB memory cards quite quickly these days. Join me as I share my thoughts on how I narrowed thousands of images down to a 12 month calendar of my favorites.
Photo Special: Cadel Evans' career has been long, very long, so there are even more photos of the Tour and World championship winner to chose from. He had the class to change from mountain biker to road rider and carry on winning. We have tried to cover Cadel's life on two wheels, but it could fill PEZ for months!
Giro Reload: Stage 16 of the 2015 Giro d'Italia will revisit the horrendous climb of the Mortirolo, back in 2008 Ale Federico made his own ascent on the penultimate stage of that years Italian Grand Tour. We relive Ale's pain, suffering and hunger as he discovers his 'mazzo' on the Mortirolo.
Photo Special: Thor Hushovd hung his wheels up in September after illness made him stop short of the World championship road race which was to be his last race. Double World champ, Yellow jersey holder, stage winner and hard man on the cobbles. We celebrate his full career in pictures.
Tequila is an awesome drink – it means “party on!” in every language, has a mystique that attracts the ladies, it makes you look like a bad boy, while delivering a taste, tingle and buzz of sophisticated flavors that are best appreciated with some age – it’s the perfect drink for guys like us.
The Outer Line: A Roadmap to Repair Professional Cycling is an ambitious and intensive 4-point plan to heal cycling’s image, make the sport economically viable and establish effective long term governance prepared by two Colorado business analysts turned cycling advocates. Is it the answer to the sport's problems?
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!
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – I’m pleased to congratulate Glen Copus of Spokane WA as the winner of the biggest and coolest prize we’ve ever offered here on PEZ – two Weeks Riding In Italy!
Photo Special: The Philadelphia International Cycling Championship was reborn as the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic this year and although the course has changed somewhat the action and the atmosphere on the Manayunk wall hasn't changed a bit. PEZ's ace shooter Darrell Parks was there to capture all the best moments - here's the story of his day.