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.
Today's Lowdown starts with Chris Froome's ride in the Dauphiné, but in Lee's unique style he moves from Froome watts to the psychology of the power of the yellow jersey and 'maximal strength'. Lee thinks it's a good job Hillary and Tenzing were not wired for watts on Mount Everest.
The 2015 Tour de France is a matter of only 20 days away, but Ed Hood, our most experienced Grand Tour follower, is thinking back to the first of his ten 'accredited' Tours. The 2006 Tour was an up and down affair, it was scandal riddled and the Landis Tour of '06 will go down in history as one of the worst.
Without doubt the fastest growing facet of cycling has to be the Grand Fondo. They cater for all categories, age groups and levels of fitness, just look at how many people they have been brought into cycling. Joshua Liberles and Greg Lee recently savored the Oregon Triple Crown based in Cottage Grove.
Photographer Darrell Parks is becoming part of the furniture at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic and this year was no different. This time around the woman's race was the main event and is part of the UCI World Cup series, but there was no change to the exciting racing and Darrell's great photographs.
The Winston-Salem race week-end is becoming one of the most important events in the US, so we sent photographer David Gill down to snap the best shots in the top races. David gets behind the scenes and amongst the action for his unique view of all things Winston-Salem.
Lee Rodgers moves his sights from the Giro d'Italia to Bradley Wiggins' World Hour Record and its legitimacy and the wider question of the 'what use is the UCI?' Have the rules been bent or just flexed ever so slightly. The World of cycling administration though the eye's of Lee:
The best or craziest Grand Tour of the year (so far) has finished and just like previous stages; it had a rabbit up its sleeve. Lee Rodgers take a good look at the final week and gives us his usual unique view on the 2015 Giro d'Italia. The Roundup of the lowdown.
Two weeks of the Giro d'Italia are behind us and so Lee Rodgers has a good dig into the background stories from Italy. Porte's demise, shiny legs, controversy and domination from Astana and the lack of rider personalities. All deeply important subjects for the sport of cycling.
At last it's the Giro d'Italia rest day, there were many looking forward to it, not just the riders. This lull in the action gives Lee Rodgers his chance to impart his thoughts on the battle so far from Italy. As usual it's his special brew of opinions.
As the 2015 Giro d'Italia heads into stage 4 later today; Lee Rodgers gives us his lowdown on the race so far. Fast action, caravans, crashes, Pink jerseys and fixie riders, they all get the Lee treatment. We still have nearly three weeks left, but it's been all go so far.
The Giro d’Italia is my favorite GT by some distance. I love the Italianness, the slightly chaotic feel that pervades, the brutal climbs, grueling days and weather that always seems to be quite content to dump a hefty load of misery on the peloton. All satisfying my sadistic undertones.