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.
France From Inside Tours specializes in cycling holidays for small groups in southern France, like their epic 'Conquer the Pyrenees' trip. 1000 miles, 100,000 feet climbing, 12 days of riding across the Pyrenees, coast to coast and back. The company owner and lead guide, Allan Reeves, explains how next year’s 8th presentation of this marathon ride unfolds.
Sim Green dons the Pez Cycling kit and hits the roads of hilly Wales. If you don’t mind a little rain with your riding, Wales has plenty of quiet roads, stunning views and fantastic colours to offer cyclists.
Almost 18 months ago our editor in France Chris Selden moved from the cold and flat of the North East of France to the warmer climates of the South and in particular the Hérault Valley. With the warmer weather also came more hills and some simply spectacular riding. Here's Seldo's look at his new region from the best seat possible - on the bike!
So, riding in Texas is mostly flat, with only tumbleweeds and armadillos to avoid right? Well, not exactly. You see, Austin is situated in what’s known as the Texas Hill Country. Once a year in November a group of crazy people, er, dedicated cyclists take on something that’s known as the Tour Das Hugel.
If I had one last ride to ride, I would ride here. I've ridden the famed Sella Ronda twice now, and afterwards, both times, I left for home shaking my head, overwhelmed by the grand cathedral I was leaving behind. It is beautiful, it is grand, it is nigh spiritual. It's a must.
Sometimes my best rides have been those with the least forethought, the least amount of time, the most luck, and just plain looking for the squiggly lines on the map. Such was the case one beautiful April afternoon when we pulled off the Autostrada just north of Verona in a little town called, Peri.
The legendary passes in the high Italian Alps are admired, feared and respected by all that ride them. And the biggest of them all, the Passo dello Stelvio, has it all. Not only is is the highest mountain pass in Italy, at 2,758 meters, but with extensive switchbacks and long climbing kilometers on both sides, with another road joining from the Swiss side of the border, it offers one of the most beautiful, challenging and rewarding high mountain loops anywhere in Europe.
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.
What a day on the mighty Tourmalet, and even more action on Luz Ardiden! The Lance win, the Lance crash, Vino blows, Mayo tries, Jan can’t and all the rest! I rode the famed climb just hours before the race arrived...
On an unseasonably warm November day, I had the opportunity to join one of the top time triallists in America: Tom Zirbel, on one of the legendary Boulder rides – the Gold Hill Loop. We headed up into the mountains above Boulder for a fantastic day on the bike...Read On!
While the the cycling world (PEZ included) gets ready to turn its full gaze to Belgium this weekend, we figured this was as good of a time as any to deflect that attention for just a moment to pretty much one of the only reasons not to chant Belgium right now: the Gavia. Steve Holmes had a particularly memorable ascent of one of the most cherished climbs in cycling. Read on!
Milano-Sanremo enjoys a hard-earned spot on the list of lists: the Monuments. It is one of the most beautiful of the Classics, and it just happens to be six or so hours down the Autostrada from me - so it had to be done. I took on the final section along the coast to Sanremo...and it was just as I had imagined.
We just can't help it. La Primavera is such a magnificent race - she deserves some loving in the run-in to the big day. Here's one final look at the course.
When the K-Mart Classic of West Virginia stormed through the state in the mid-90s, it opened awareness as to just how great the bike riding is in this once hidden jewel. I've ridden all over the US and Europe at this point, but in my experience, some of the best riding in the world can be found in the hills and hollers near Spencer, West Virginia.
Fan enthusiasm, fan pride, fan support—there is momentum and power to be tapped, especially when it comes to cycling, a sport so accessible to young and old, professional and amateur. What better way to celebrate the cycling fan than to ride a GranFondo?
Stumptown. The River City. Bridge Town. These are all names for what some call the finest cycling city in the United States: Portland, Oregon. While the state itself plays host to “Cycle Oregon” – a week long adventure to wow riders of all skill levels with rides like Bridge Pedal, Worst Day of the Year Ride and many others, the crown jewel city of the state, Portland, is one fine town in which to ride your bike.
The Trentino region of Northern Italy – home of the brutally rugged Dolomiti climbs and one of our favorite paces to ride. When PEZ-Fan Corey Sar Fox emailed an interest in submitting an article, and mentioned he lives in the South Tirolean city of Bolzano, I assigned him a Top Ride faster than you can down a freshly pulled espresso…
Paris, France - the city of love, the Eiffel Tower, le Louvre and... traffic jams. Could Paris really be a destination for a PEZ 'Top Ride'? Well, yes as just 35km South-West of the capital is the gorgeous Vallée de Chevreuse where the cows, sheep and forest replace the hustle and bustle of the big city making it an ideal playground for cyclists.
$5 Says You Like It For many NorCal riders, the annual Mt. Tam Hill Climb signals a fitting end to the cycling season. Gaining 2000 ft over about 7 miles – it’s a big grind but a great ride. Bob Cullinan joined the fray in mid-September, and filed this report upon his return from the mountain.