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!
We all know that Cycling Йlan means understanding the subtle balance between tradition and technology. Sometimes the hazy boundaries need to be explored. Sometimes one has to ask a dumb question like, "can 25 year old rims be better than new ones?" PezGambler, Corey Sar Fox, wagers that they can be. He enlists an Italian master mechanic, Marco Balduzzi, to prove it. Along the way, Marco shares some of his special wheel building tips.
The Wounded Warrior Projects Soldier Ride provides rehabilitative cycling events for severely injured service members. Soldier Ride is not about politics. It's not about the war. It's simply about men and women who are recovering from serious injuries and overcoming extreme adversity.
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?
I drank a lot of negronis this year – and what better way to relive the hilights than looking back through an ice filled glass of the capricious cocktail to some of the best moments - a satisfying mix of exotic locales, good friends, and even new tastes. May I present to you, some of my Top Negronis in 2012.
Out of 88 Giro’s, 62 have had an Italian winner whereas the Tour has seen just 36 French wins out of 92 races. Every now and again the Giro organizers have tried to encourage great champions from other countries. Coming as it does just one month before Le Tour this has always been a difficult proposition.
14 February 2004. Marco Pantani dies alone in Rimini. In a motel, after three days spent in a small room without seeing anybody. Pantani was still a Pro rider. During the previous year, during the Giro, he was able to show great moments and I remember, all over the winter, many people wondering about Il Pirata’s plans for the 2004. Then it all ended.
Roadside Report: We arrived in Europe the day before the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - the first major classic of the Classics season. Two months later, we were there for one last big day out to draw the Spring Classics season to a close: Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Let's take a look back at the day that was.
Being strong is one thing, but knowing how to ride is quite another. Knowing how to ride in a group will increase your own riding enjoyment as well as that of the people you ride with. Above all it is a matter of safety. There are a series of basic rules to follow in order to ride properly in a group, and yet it is often surprising how few people know these rules.
The sensible is often undervalued in bike reviews because very few dream of buying reasonable, we want spectacular. We want to be admired for our insightful consumerism and matching kit. Yet more often than not, a practical racing bike is a great racing bike. For over 20 years, Werner Pichler aka Rewel has been making un-fabulous custom made titanium bikes in a tiny studio near Bolzano, Italy. PEZ discovers a refreshingly different bike builder.
It is said that a cat burglar designs the best security system and for this reason, Bike Pure sought the reformed doper, Joe Papp, to help us to talk about his checkered past and define solutions for the problem our wonderful sport has with drugs. Read on!
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.
While many know that the Madonna di Ghisallo is a special shrine to cyclists, only a few realize that another extraordinary place is located just 200 meters away: Cerchi Ghisallo. The Cermenati family has been crafting wheels, fenders and other wooden creations for three generations in the town of Magreglio. PEZ takes a tour and tries their whe
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!
My eyes are half shut, my hair is all over the place and I look like a fashion deprived wannabe British pop star as I open the door of my hotel room and head for the elevator. A few months before he'd win the 2009 Tour Down Under, Allan Davis has beaten me to it and already pushed the button...
Another hot ticket at Interbike this year was the launch of Scott Coady’s (The Tour, Baby!) latest filmed adventure – “Cobbles, Baby!” Scott’s growing legions of fans will no doubt be impressed, as we join Scott for a wild ride chasing the 2004 Paris-Roubaix in his now trade-mark style.
With a morning to spare before 'The Lance Show,' on Friday, we decided to PEZ Milano! Just a ten minute walk from our hotel there's a place of cycling legend; the Vel Vigorelli. The Vigorelli is part of cycling's rich history, world hour records were set here and the Tour of Lombardy used to finish on it's hallowed boards; until Milano's traffic went super nova.
It was the week that was - 3 major classics jammed into 7 days and PEZ was there to bring you all of it. Step inside for a look at the B-Sides and rarities, the unreleased deep cuts of the album that was the Ardennes week - PEZ style!
By now most PEZ-fans should be familiar with Joe Parkin – maybe not so much for his career as a journeyman pro cyclist, but more likely for his entertaining and refreshing memoirs of his racing days – both of which have been reviewed on PEZ. Matt Wood talked with Joe after the release of his latest book: Come & Gone.