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.
Best of 2016 Vuelta Roadside: The 2016 Vuelta a España is in the Comunidad Valenciana and so we had to send our 'local' to see what was going on. This will be Alastair Hamilton's 15th Spanish Grand Tour and it sounds like he has not lost any love for the race in the sun.
TDF'16 Roadside: Day two for Ed was a definite mountain day; riders off the front and riders off the back and PEZ friend Dan McLay was in the latter group. From the Tour Village Ed takes in the two main climbs of the day and all the excitement that comes with them.
Giro Roadside PEZ: The Giro d'Italia is more than just a race, it's a way of life, maybe for just one day, but it will be a day to remember. In 2016 the Giro came to Emilia, crossing the Apennines “Tosco-emiliani” one of the most deserted regions in Italy; full of forests and lonely mountains. PEZ-Man Alessandro was roadside for the sausages, panini, and borlengo...
Vuelta Roadside: Stage 20 was billed as the showdown for the 2016 Vuelta a España with a serous climb to sort out the final result. The sting was taken out of the finalé tail due to the stage 19 time trial result, but it was still a day of action. Al Hamilton, our man Roadside, was in the mountains to soak up the crazy atmosphere.
The steep climbs to La Camperona and Lago di Covadonga proved a worthy setting for Nairo Quintana's step to the top of the Vuelta leader board, and a worthy stepping off point for our PEZ roadside reportage.
RideLondon'16 Roadside: Callum MacGregor had only just returned home from driving Ed Hood round the 2016 Tour de France and found himself in central London on Sunday for the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic. The English capital opened its doors to Tour winner Chris Froome and a star studded start sheet and Callum was there to take in the atmosphere.
TDF'16 Roadside: Ed Hood and Callum MacGregor are back in Edinburgh after their week in the Alps and, as always, their Tour de France was not plain sailing, but then that's the romance of the French Grand Tour. Ed takes up his 'Roadside Round-Up' as he waits for the flight home:
TDF'16 Roadside: A day which many had hoped would give le Tour a Grand Finale as the non-canine contenders scrapped for the podium places behind top dog Froome became a grim slog as a fierce electrical storm turned the Joux Plane into a battle for survival rather than a battle for the podium. Callum and Ed were again there to savour every rain drop...
TDF'16 Roadside: Stage 19 saw some real action on the 2016 Tour de France and Ed Hood was there with Callum to 'see and tell' all the crazy happenings that unfolded before their eyes. Bardet was the toast of France as he crossed the line first on Mont Blanc, but don't forget the man at the back, Dan McLay.
TDF'16 Roadside: Sallanches is a mythical place for cyclists, especially French ones by the name of Bernard Hinault. This is where 'The Badger' won his rainbow jersey on one of the hardest Worlds parcour. Stage 18 was a time trial and our PEZman, Ed Hood was there to see Chris Froome dominate the day.
TDF'16: Roadside: Ed Hood has started his 2016 Tour de France roadside and hit the French ground running and run all the way to Bern in Switzerland for the finalé of stage 16. His first day had all the fun of a Grand Tour, plus a free lunch and a battle with the Swiss traffic. Tour back-stage PEZ:
TDF'16 Roadside: Our most experienced Grand Tour reporter, Ed Hood, has touched down in France to take us through the last week of the Tour de France over the Alps to Paris. As Ed drives across the border to Berne in Switzerland for the final of stage 16, he has sent in his thoughts of the race so far and what we have in store.
PEZ Roadside: Our PEZ-man in London, Sam Larner, managed a surprise week-end in the Pyrenees to do a bit of 'Roadside' Tour watching on stage 8 on the Col de Peyresourde above Bagnères-de-Luchon. Not to miss out on any of the atmosphere, Sam joined the fans with his tent and a can of beer for the French Grand Tour experience.
Roadside Giro 'Top Twelve': Ed Hood is back to the 'day job' but he still has the pink mist of the Giro d'Italia running through his head and has picked his 'Top Twelve' high points of the Italian Grand Tour from a roadside point of view. The Tour de France is for everyone, but the Giro is the Grand Tour for the cognoscente and Ed is a connoisseur of all things Giro.
PEZ Roadside: After pizza, grappa and good night sleep, Ed Hood has moved a stage closer to the final of the Giro d'Italia in Turin. Today he takes in the sights at the start and on the those crazy cobbles of Pinerolo all surrounded by those 'Tifosi'.
PEZ Roadside: The final week of the Giro d'Italia is here and Ed Hood hit the ground running on his first day on the road Giro chasing. Stage 16 may have been short, but it wasn't short on excitement as the GC men turned the screw for a wild-fire of action. Take it away Ed:
PEZ Roadside: Everyone knows that the real Giro doesn't start until Ed Hood lands on Italian soil - and business item #1 was join team Orica-Greenedge on their final rest day.
The 2016 Giro d'Italia hit the Chianti region and our man Alessandro Federico was in Tuscany to meet old friends, eat local food and, of course, drink the famous wine of the area. There was also the small matter of a very important time trial. Ale Giro roadside.
Up until 2013 the only UCI one day race in the UK was the Rutland-Melton Classic. The race is inspired by Paris-Roubaix and is run around the small farm roads of Leicestershire and Rutland in the East Midlands of the UK. PEZ sent Sam Larner to soak up the chip smells and ale fumes of Britain's only Classic.
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