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SEARCH TAG / TERM: lombardia

  • Saturday October 5, 2013

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    Race Preview: With the 2013 Giro di Lombardia taking place this Sunday we thought it was worth a closer look at the circuit of the 'Climber's Classic' with the three legendary climbs: the Valcava, Sormano, and Ghisallo all capped off by one, small, beast of a final ramp: Villa Vergano.

  • Friday October 17, 2008

    It's gray and raining here in Vancouver - typical fall/winter - perfect to start dreaming about next year's cycling trips! A signature climb of the Giro di Lombardia is the famous Madonna del Ghisallo church, high above Lake Como in Northern Italy. This tiny 'chiesa' is home to the Patron Saint of Cyclists, and is a must see on any trip to the region...

  • Friday October 3, 2014

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    The signature climb of the Giro di Lombardia summits at the famous Madonna del Ghisallo church, high above Lake Como in Northern Italy. This tiny 'chiesa' is home to the Patron Saint of Cyclists, and is a must see on any trip to the region...

  • Thursday November 15, 2012

    PEZ-Man Corey Fox's recent Lombardia weekend took some unexpected turns, but the expected good times came through with great weather, a top ride with an ex-pro, and a memorable weekend of '7s' at the Hotel Il Perlo on Lake Como.

  • Thursday August 23, 2012

    I first reported on this gem a few years back when the Mrs. Pez & I discovered it on a trip to Lago di Como. It’s ideally located on the climb of the Madonna del Ghisallo, and makes a perfect base for any holiday, but even better for the Giro di Lombardia – which passes right by. This year guests can enjoy a weekend of riding, racing, and Italian life on the lake with ’96 Olympic Gold medallist Silvio Marinello.

  • Friday October 17, 2008

    You can't fully appreciate the Race of the Falling Leaves without a closeup look at the climb to the fabled Madonna del Ghisallo church above the steep & picturesque shores of Lake Como in northern Italy. The deciding move often starts on this tough ascent, and for any fan, it's a ride you gotta do…

  • Monday October 9, 2006

    This weekend’s Giro di Lombardia is as great a race as it is under-rated. A true “climbers” classic – it runs around the stepp & picturesque shores of Lake Como in northern Italy. It won't decide the ProTour, but for any self-respecting Italian, winning this race is second only to Milan-San Remo. The deciding move usually starts on the tough ascent to the fabled Madonna del Ghisallo church. This is a ride you gotta do…

  • Friday October 4, 2013

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    Sometimes you gotta point the car at the cliff and give ‘er some stick. Okay, maybe heading out for an awesome solo ride may not be quite the same... but sometimes heading into the unknown is best approached with a ‘give ‘er’ attitude, and as I once again learned on this awesome ride around Lago di Como, the rewards can be worthy of a lifetime.

  • Monday October 18, 2010

    Roadside Report: 07.00: the alarm blasts, but it's not too painful, only two grappas last night. La Gazzetta Dello Sport tells us that it's the 104th edition of the Giro di Lombardia with "196 corridori di 25 nazioni e di 25 squadre." It's time for one last Monument, one last big race for 2010. Read on!

  • Tuesday October 10, 2006

    The curtain rises in March on the Italian Riviera with La Primavera, Milan - San Remo, and it slides back down with the leaves in October at the Tour of Lombardy. The Giro di Lombardia is a "Monument", one of five historic races which form the very soul of the sport. La Primavera and Lombardia plus Paris - Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders and Liege - Bastogne - Liege are the holy quintet. PEZ takes a historical march through the long history of the Race of the Falling Leaves.

  • Tuesday October 14, 2008

    Lombardia Preview: Utter confusion was the look on my face when Alessandro handed me the old newspaper and said it was a gift. Upon closer inspection, I realized I was holding the official program of the 1952 Giro di Lombardia – in mint condition! Once I got over the shock that such a treasure still existed – I couldn’t wait to share it with PEZ-Fans…

  • Friday October 24, 2008

    Before every big race, there's a show, not quite an intentional show that you buy tickets to go see and be entertained, but one of the more interesting spectacles you can stumble on in sport. Want to brush shoulders with the World Champ or chat with your favorite rider? Go to a starting area! PEZ-Man Jered Gruber was on the scene in Varese.

  • Sunday October 26, 2008

    I've been a part of many races on PEZ, but almost entirely behind the scenes, never at the race. That all changed when I got my first call to on-site race reportage, and you better believe I was excited. The following is my wild and wonderful trip through Lombardia. Read on!

  • Sunday October 18, 2009

    It all happens so fast, on the day; autostrada, sign-on, satnavs, pictures, maps, notes, ferries, more pictures, TV, BlackBerry, wi-fi, editing, captioning, SEND - when did we last eat? But the morning after, there's time to reflect, think about the fact that you were part of history for the day.

  • Wednesday October 18, 2006

    In yet another case of politics spoiling the fun, both riders and fans were screwed out of a podium ceremony after the 100th Giro di Lombardia last Saturday, all because of the continued bickering between race organizers RCS and the UCI. PEZ-Man Alessandro Federico was knee-deep in the hoopla as confusion and tempers flared at the finish…

  • Saturday October 14, 2006

    Yesterday, Paolo Bettini admitted to entertaining thoughts of quitting bike racing following the death of his brother, Sauro. He continued only because he felt that Sauro would want him to do his jersey justice and win, and today, there was nothing stopping little Paolo Bettini. It seems that most days that Bettini wants to win, Bettini wins, but when Bettini has a true mission with help on his shoulders - it's a done deal.

  • Friday October 13, 2006

    Just days after winning the biggest race of his career, new World Champion Paulo Bettini’s high was shattered by the sudden death of his brother. Overcome with grief, his family and friends convinced him to keep racing, it’s what Sauro would have wanted. He talked with press today in Mendrisio about this difficult time, and his race tomorrow.

  • Friday October 13, 2006

    Friday the 13th unlucky for some, but not so much for PEZ-Man Bob Cullinan who spent the day riding over the Giro di Lombardia corsa around Lake Como in northern Italy. He also sent us some photos of the day… thanks a lot Bob… lucky s.o.b.

  • Thursday September 27, 2012

    Race Preview: With the 2012 Giro di Lombardia taking place this Saturday we thought it was worth a closer look at the circuit of the 'Climber's Classic' with the three legendary climbs: the Valcava, Sormano, and Ghisallo all capped off by one, small, beast of a final ramp: Villa Vergano.

  • Tuesday October 10, 2006

    Fah-reyendddd-zaa! I told you it was comin’ – our righteous PEZ-Tour of the famous Madonna del Ghisallo church, high above Lake Como in Northern Italy. This house of the salvation is home to Italy’s Patron Saint of Cyclists, and will make even the most dispirited souls take heed and feel uplifted…

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