“Eighteen and a half kilometers to enter the myth,” reported RCS Sport, describing this year’s return of the Gran Fondo La Marmotte–Sestriere–Colle delle Finistre cyclo sportive ride on July 24th, the second edition. Over 1,000 riders set out and PEZ talked to two of them for a riders' perspective on a Top Ride.
The French Alpine village of Gap has often been the scene of many famous Tour stages, but on Tuesday it hosts the second rest day. With an amazing network of roads and climbs all around Gap it's a perfect place for some serious climbing and to discover the superb scenery as Chris Selden recently found out.
This Saturday the 9th Strade Bianche heads off from San Gimignano to cross the 'White Roads' before finishing in the historic city of Siena. Our man in Italy, Alessandro Federico (and his bike), covered the last 20 kilometers to take in the final climbs and those dirt roads in his Tuscan homeland.
The 2015 Giro d'Italia starts in Liguria - one of my favorite regions of la bell'Italia. I've spent some quality time here and can attest the area is filled with excellent rides along the coast and into the mountains that define it. This ride from Levanto to Sestri Levante is a classic.
With the likes of Carlos Betancur, Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Uran, Colombia has seen a real resurgence in the pro peloton in the last few years. PEZ's Nate King went to Medellin, Colombia to get some first hand experience of where these guys train - and no surprises - it's far from flat!
COURSE PREVIEW: The 2014 Strade Bianche race on the famous gravel roads of Tuscany features some new sectors of Chianti's answer to the Belgian cobbles. PEZ joined ex-pro Diego Caccia to ride the new gravel sections, take in the Tuscan countryside, and log a perfect day away from work.
PEZ-Fan Kelly from Canada was on holiday in Italy when he had the ultimate ride experience - a chance meeting on the roads of Tuscany with cycling hero Mario Cipollini, and some unexpected miles with the most prolific Giro stage winner ever. Here's his tale.
The Retro-rides march onwards from beginnings in Italy to now include Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the land of the Tour, la Belle France! PEZ goes backwards in time to bring you yesterday's best from la France profonde.
Usually you go looking for Top Rides, but sometimes they can find you. A simple winter's jot through the same old roads becomes something memorable when a stranger comes along.
On August 25, 2012, 1500 cyclists will ride on closed roads through the spectacularly scenic Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park for an inaugural event created by the organizers of the famed RBC GranFondo Whistler. Follow Doug Smith of GranFondo Canada as he takes us through the route.
Best of PEZ: If you ever get the chance to chase one of the spring's Monuments - whether it be Italy's Milano-Sanremo, Flanders's Ronde van Vlaanderen, France’s, scratch that, Flanders's Paris-Roubaix, or Wallonia's Liege-Bastogne-Liege - do yourself a favor: find a person who lives for that race, a person that looks forward to the next edition of the race the minute it ends each year. The opportunity to be taken behind the scenes and shown the race from the eyes of a local will change how you look at that race forever.
Riding a bike in New Orleans is like nothing else I've ever experienced. I was prepared for the worst, instead, I found something amazing. I hear your incredulous cry: New Orleans?! Yes, New Orleans. I'm not advocating making New Orleans the venue for your next training camp, but I am proposing that if you ever get a chance to get down to the Crescent City - bring your bike - and enjoy.
It was a startling realization at the end of a long day and an even longer week that we didn't have a home in Innsbruck anymore. Ashley and I had spent thirteen months calling the throbbing heart of the Alps our place of residence, but a year on, we were just visitors, tourists even, heading to a friend's house to sleep on a curiously rigged lawn chair.
When “The Pez” asked me to do my favourite ride, I couldn’t make up my mind, which one would be the most interesting, especially taking into consideration my fitness level for this time of year. Where I live in this part of Spain it’s very hilly and you're never too far from the coast, so what’s better than combining them both for a great ride?
When you get an invite from the nation’s premier component maker to join a metric century in wine country that is fully catered, you grab the clean kit off of the top of the pile, a buddy, and you GO! Read on about the day at the Chris King Gourmet Century...
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