The PezCycling Travel & Tours section hosts our own personal accounts of top rides and places we’ve visited, places to stay, eat & drink, compiled over more than 10 years of chasing pro cycling. As much as we love the sport of procycling, riding our bikes on the hallowed roads of our playing fields is even better. Be it a Classic, the Giro or Tour, the Worlds or a national Tour, riding your bike on the same roads as the pros is a luxury that sets cycling apart. Let us know if you’ve got a Top Ride or Travel story worth sharing with other readers at Content@PezCyclingNews.com.
Going further and bringing less stuff is the goal of this inaugural Portland Brevet - not an easy task for most cyclists. But riding self-supported can be an adventure unto itself, that frees the mind and body to fully immerse in the pleasures of going somewhere on your bike.
Top Ride: The culmination of my visit to Holy Week was the long anticipated, much feared, and never completed ride across the parcours of Paris-Roubaix. Finally I learned what it was like to battle the toughest roads in northern France and earn my own lap of honour at the Roubaix velodrome.
TRAVEL: France From Inside Tours' "Conquer the Pyrenees" trip cycles 1000 miles and climbs over 100,000 feet from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean - and back. Stage 2 tackles the Col d'Aubisque as a warm up to a 110 mile day riding backroads across the Pyrennean foothills and is just one of 12 amazing days of riding.
La Resistance is a brand new one-day, gravel and tarmac cycling challenge in the French Alps which pays tribute to the heroic men and women of the French Resistance who battled for freedom in the Second World War. Ross Muir was lucky enough to be invited on the inaugural Pioneers Ride in October of last year.
Travel: How hard is too hard? We’re going to find out. In honor of our 14th year, Thomson Bike Tours is proud to introduce our latest and greatest challenge: a 14 day trip concept whose sole purpose is to conquer as many HC climbs as possible.
Great scenery, a spectacular climb and a twice as long descent, the Col de la Madone climb along France’s cote d’Azur is must do for any fan of great rides. The capper was meeting up with a PEZ-Fan who lives nearby for a great day on the bike.
Travel: Climbing is one of the most polarizing aspects of cycling - both mentally and physically challenging, it’s one of the hardest parts of riding your bike. Peter Thomson, owner of Thomson Bike Tours, offers three spectacular climbing trips to test your boundaries, push you a little harder, and ultimately, redefine what you thought were your limits.
Seeing, riding, and experiencing the Spring Classics is something every true fan counts on his bucket list. Peter Thomson, owner of Thomson Bike Tours, knows how it's done, and shares some insider tips on how to make the most of this trip to Belgium.
The ErgVideo team not only builds great software, but they travel to famous cycling destinations with a whole team to create their unique content. Here they share the story of their trip to some of cycling’s monumental climbs in the French Alps. It resulted in some of their best-ever ErgVideo editions.
The Canary Islands, more specifically Gran Canaria and Tenerife, are the hottest winter training destination for cycling's pro peloton. Peter Thomson, owner of Thomson Bike Tours, reveals how to emulate the pros with a spring-training week in the sun.
The mid-winter break is a good time to check the archives and remember some of our best days of the season past. For me it was the opening week of the Giro d'Italia along the shimmering Ligurian coast. The opening stage Team Time Trial at the Big Start in San Remo returned some of my favorite images from one of the world's most picturesque coastlines.
Sifting through the PEZ archives I stumbled upon my day at the stage 4 Team Time Trial at the 2010 d'Italia from Savigliano to Cuneo - a gorgeous event in the foothills of the Alps that was worth an upgrade to our big wide format.
France From Inside Tours' signature trip is the epic Conquer the Pyrenees: 12 days riding 1000 miles and climbing over 100,000 feet from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and back. The company owner and lead guide, Allan Reeves, explains why this trip is so popular, it's back for the 10th year.
The Carpegna climb is best known as Marco Pantani's favorite training ground - and at 11%+ grades for 7km - it was a perfect place for the late climbing sensation to hone his legendary skills. I'd long wanted to ride it for myself, and got the chance this year while visiting the bike Hotel Lungomare in Cesenatico.
Grand Fondos aren't just sweeping the nation, they're sweeping the world, as Dan Carruthers saw first-hand riding the recent 5-stage Grand Fondo China. It's a whole new world riding in the Middle Kingdom.
One of the best reasons for choosing a good bike hotel is their skill to show me the best their region has to offer - like routes, rides, food & drink that I simply could not find on my own. This ride (and subsequent wine tasting) never would have have happened without my guide from Garda Bike Hotel leading me on a relaxed ride through the hills of valpolicella and an even more relaxed stop at the Santa Maria Valverde winery.
One of my best days race chasing happened at the 2013 Giro d'Italia as my driver Mino and I crossed the ankle of southern Italy's boot. The tiny road we chose eventually disappeared, leaving us to find our way across uncharted farm tracks to a distant hill top town. We didn't accomplish much, but it's days like these that make the journey worth every wrong turn.
For once our man Ed Hood's holidays didn't involve bicycles - but they did involve bars. When the Pezmeister first heard Ed was off to parts foreign he thought it would be a good opportunity for our intrepid journo to sample Negronis across the globe - but. . .
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.
With some much great riding here on the Ligurian Coast, I grabbed the bike again today for a closer look at the Giro d'Italia stage 4 from Chiavari to La Spezia, heading out from Levanto to climb the Passo del Termine and check out the roads above the famous Cinque Terre.