Roadside: Stage 8 of the Vuelta finished in the town of Murcia, not too far from where PEZman; Al Hamilton lives. So we had to prize him from his laptop and send him ‘Roadside’ for some fresh air and let him see a bike race in the flesh for a change.
The post-Tour hangover can be a rough one. The cold dark shivering night only really ends with the bacon sandwich of the Vuelta. Luckily we had the brief Bloody Mary of salvation last weekend in the form of the San Sebastian Classic and the London-Surrey Classic.
Roadside in Aalst: Ed Hood had to drag himself away from the Paris finalé of the Tour de France and where did he go? Yes, another bike race. Chris Froome and Peter Sagan were there; Aalst was the venue and it was beer and frites all the way for Ed and Callum, in the Flemish style, to beat the post-Tour blues.
Roadside St.21: The rain fell heavily on the Champs Élesées on Sunday, but that didn't dampen Ed and Callum's enthusiasm to get their unique view on the final stage in Paris. Both of them spread themselves round the circuit for the best photos and catch-ups with the characters of the 2015 Tour de France. The big Paris finalé.
Roadside Stage 18: Two days in the Alps down and two to go and, as can be expected, Ed and Callum had to go against the power of the law to sneak onto the Lacets de Montvernier climb to bring you exclusive photos. A crazy climb on a crazy day at the Tour de France. PEZ Roadside:
Roadside Stage 17: The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley.. and that's the same for Tour de France journalists if they want to drive over the Col d'Allos on stage 17. Never to be out done, Ed always has a 'Plan B' at his finger tips. Where there is a bike race there is a story to tell pictures to take.
Roadside Rest Day: Every Tour de France Ed Hood picks the week that takes in the last rest day and we know why: The Quick-Step 'Mussel Party' is something he will not miss. In fact I've heard they won't have it if Ed isn't coming. He also visited the MTN-Qhubeka and Lampre-Merida teams on his Tour 'rest day'.
Roadside Stage 16: Froome stays in yellow, that man Sagan is second on the stage, again. It's just a typical day at the 2015 Grande Boucle and we're delighted to be part of it. We expected a break, we got one, we expected a solo winner and we got one. And another chapter in the Col de Manse's contribution to the story of Le Tour is writ.
Roadside Stage 15: Sunday was a fast, fast stage, so Photog Beardy McBeard jumped ahead of the race to catch the action on the category 4 climb of the Col de la Croix de Bauzon. A fast dash of 100 kilometers to the finish for a wrong turn to throw the Beard off schedule. More unique pics from the Tour:
Roadside Stage 15: The final week of the Tour de France is always the best and this year we have the Alps to make that last shake of the dice that bit more exciting. Our most experienced Grand Tour follower, Ed Hood, has taken over the Tour reins for the third week. Here is his Grand Entrance.
Roadside St. 13: Photog Beardy McBeard's daily plan takes a turn for the better when his drowned camera comes back to life, and the melting tar doesn't melt his spirit to capture the roadside sights of this Tour de France. And he even gets his first sunflower shot - things are looking up...
Roadside St. 11: It's day 2 in the Pyrenees and a visit to the iconic Col du Tourmalet under sunny skies delivers some of the best images of Le Tour we've seen so far. Photog Marcus Enno filed this report as the Tour de France crossed its half-way point.
Roadside St. 10: This Tour's first real mountain stage saw Chris Froome take control with an astounding display of superiority over... well, everyone. The high Pyrenean clicmb of La Pierre Saint-Martin was a fitting place for the Sky rider to rise to the top. Here are today's roadside photo report from photog Marcus Enno.
Roadside Stage 9: The stage 9 Team Time Trial from Vannes to Plumelac offered a welcome change to the hectic days of race chasing, instead allowing time to stake out some primo locations for more primo photos of how the Tour looks through the camera lens of photog Marcus Enno.
Roadside Stage 8: Learning the press ropes at the Tour is no easy task, and often takes years to achieve a passable level of fluency of "Tour Journo". Photog Beardy McBeard remains undaunted by the daily challenges of shooting fantastic photos, and may even meet a friendly gendarme before this Tour is over.
Roadside St. 7: It's been three days of "rest" for the peloton but not our photog Beardy - with long days at the Tour taking a toll and still 2 weeks to go, Marcus revised his shooting plans for the stage but still captured some amazing images on the road from Livarot to Fougères.
Roadside St. 6: PEZ welcomes a new face to our patented roadside coverage - Australian photog Marcus Enno (aka Beardy McBeard) is on an ambitious plan to cover every stage from start to finish, and capture as much of le Tour as his lens and the gendarmes will allow. Here's a big look at his day from Abbeville to Le Havre.
Roadside Stage 5: The run from Arras to Amiens roughly follows the old Western Front line in the First World War, through several battlegrounds, including the Somme, and past the too-many cemeteries in this part of the world. Thousand of soldiers died here including Brits, Canadians, New Zealanders, and 46,000 Australians. It was a sombre start after 4 days of intense fighting on the road.
Roadside St. 4: I wrote about anticipation on Saturday, that feeling when the race is about to start. Today is different: there are already so many scenarios at play, and so many people either out injured or compromised by time, that we know the stories being written. The Tour is alive and its coming to us on the cobbles, we just have to wait.
Roadside St. 2: The cheese capital of the world might seem like an odd choice to visit when covering a bike race, but with Gouda on the route of stage two for this year's Tour de France, we reckoned it was worth a look. As the biggest bike race in the world rolls into town, it was fitting to check out a town at one with status symbols...