Vuelta First Look: The Vuelta a España has the reputation for serving up a hard menu and this year is no different. Mountain stages, summit finishes, a long individual time trial and l'Angliru, could it be much worse? Yes, they could forego the five flat stages. Ed Hood ran his expert Grand Tour eye over the Vuelta '17 route to give us his 'first look' impressions.
Lowdown: If you are a cyclist there is a very good chance that you love a cup of coffee and, for sure, you love to meet up with your ride pals in the cafe to dissect the recent race/sportive/training ride. Lee Rodgers looks at the wonderful bean, the roasted dark liquid that gets us out on the bike... or just out of bed in the morning.
Vuelta Look Back: The 2017 Vuelta a España will climb the mythical slope of the Alto de l’Angliru on the penultimate stage 20 on Saturday, September 9th, 120 kilometers after the start in Corvera. Our Grand Tour expert, Ed Hood, was on l'Angliru back in 2008 - we relive his day on the monstrously steep Asturian climb.
Lowdown: The New Year of cycling beckons us out onto the tarmac, but for one reason or another we can't go and grumpiness takes over. Resident PEZ psychologist (aka: pundit), Lee Rodgers, dissects the whole problem of addiction and the suffering it can cause when you don't get your regular fix of the two-wheel habit.
Best Of 2016: The love of negroni by 'The Pez' is well known and he shares that liking with Chuck Peña. One of Chuck's favorite places for a meal and a negroni in Washington is Coppi's Organic Restaurant; the food, drink and atmosphere is great... and there is that big cycling connection.
Sir Bradley Wiggins announced his retirement at the end of the Gent 6 Day, and it was for sure this time, or was it? Ed Hood has followed the career of the multi-champion through thick and thin; from pursuiter to time trial specialist to Tour de France winner and back to track supremo again. Is Ed a fan, or his biggest critic? You decide.
The curtain has come down on 2016 and so the 'PEZ Crew' review the past season, the high points of yet another fun packed year. But this is a running Chris Froome free area (mostly). Peter Sagan gets the vote of rider of the year, Matt Hayman does the ride of the year, Steven Kruijswijk the big loser and Esteban Chaves the man to watch. Season '16 in a nut shell.
Suspicions and rumors have followed the sportsmen from the other side of the 'Iron Curtain' but there are two sides to every story. Has anyone asked a Russian rider from that time? Ed Hood got the word from the horses mouth, Russian ex-World champion Nikolai Razouvaev has a story to tell from the '70s that has resonance to today.
As many of you will be finishing work on Friday for the holidays, we thought it would be the best idea to pass on our best regards for the 2016 season today, before the party begins! Everyone here at the PEZ Global HQ wish you and your families all the best for 2017 and thanks for reading and making it, yet again, a cycling season to remember.
The email from PEZ-Fan Mike C. was a good reminder as he asked when this year's Negroni Report was coming. So may I present three different negroni experiences in three different places - Milan, the French hamlet of Saint-Pierre-d'Albigny, and Geneva, that mark some standout moments of imbibing.
Lowdown: Is technology the way forward? Ex-rider and coach Lee Rodgers thinks not and, surprisingly, he agrees with Taylor Phinney's latest stance on the World of pro cycling that is becoming "analytical and a wattage-based sport". Power meters are a tool not a rule!
It's Denia in December, so the BMC team are training in Spain for the 2017 season. Our local PEZman, Alastair Hamilton, was invited to spend the day with the team for photos, chat and to find out more about the future of the team in 2017... Not forgetting a great lunch!
Ever thought of visiting Japan and taking your bike along for the trip? If so, Lee Rodgers has the lowdown on the land of the Rising Sun... on two wheels. Japan has everything for the discerning cyclist, climbs, flat valleys, quiet roads and all with a picturesque back drop. Only one problem; it's too cold in December for Lee coming from a humid Taiwan.
The Cycliste Professionnels Associés (CPA) was formed in 1999, to better coordinate professional cycling’s pre-existing national rider associations, to “act as a reference point” in the case of issues which went beyond national borders, and more generally to protect the rights and interests of riders. The Outer Line takes a close look at the CPA.
Now that we’re into the holiday season, it's time to start thinking of the cycling fan on your gift list. Photographer Darrell Parks’ 2017 Cycling calendar is packed with his breathtaking photography we feature here on PEZ throughout the year. This year’s calendar features the two biggest stage races in the US: The Amgen Tour of California and The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
In late 2015, Team Novo Nordisk’s men's professional squad and staff headed to Rosarita, Mexico to build houses for two families tragically impacted by diabetes and poverty. This unique training camp resonated throughout the season and everyone agreed it was essential to continue giving back.
The best gifts are often great books, and with over 50 cycling books reviewed in the PEZ archives, it's a small step to humbly suggest some of my personal favorites. Here's 10 of the best cycling books to make your holiday reading and shopping a little easier.
The euphemism “to kick the bucket” for dying dates back to around 1785 but the “Bucket List” is a term of more recent derivation, seeming to have been coined with the release of the 2006 movie of the same name. The Cyclist's Bucket List by Ian Dille is a book that shows us just how deep that bucket might be and how varied its contents when it comes to the passionate pastime of cycling.
The Peter Sagan VIP Charity ride raised over $54,000, took in some great riding around Malibu CA, and gave us a chance to get to know a bit more about the World Champ and most popular ride in the pro peloton.
Lowdown: As WADA now has new powers to sanction anti-doping organizations that fail to comply with the code, it looked like things were getting brighter on the doping front. But, as always, someone comes along and ruins it all: Ivan Basso gets a new job, Father dopes son, George Hincapie rides the Cape Epic and Tramadol just refuses to be banned.
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