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The PezCycling Travel & Tours section hosts our own personal accounts of cycling travel, top rides and places we've visited, places to stay, eat & drink, compiled over more than 14 years of chasing pro cycling. 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.


Saturday April 29, 2017
The 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia opens with three stages on the island of Sardegna - and then quickly logs a rest day to transfer to Sicily at the tip of the boot. I was there in 2008 for the Big Start, and discovered a city and island unlike any other place in Italy, and after my initial shock, my fondness for the place grew 'con molto veloce'.
Wednesday April 19, 2017
For thousands of years, intrepid spirits have crossed the Pyrenees, Alps, and Dolomites—from Hannibal with his mighty elephant herd to the campaigns of Charlemagne and the humble treks undertaken by medieval pilgrims. Today, you’ll see spandex in place of chainmail all over these ranges as cyclists challenge themselves to conquer the bucket-list giants.
Sunday April 16, 2017
What surprised me most about the Fleche Wallonne parcours was just how hard this 200km ‘semi-Classic’ is. There’s nothing ‘semi’ about it… It deserves the prime time and throws up 11 rated climbs, including 3 passes over a 1300 meter brute called the Mur de Huy. Here’s how it happened to me…
Saturday April 8, 2017
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.
Thursday March 30, 2017
Fancy yourself a hard man in the truest sense - the 'Belgian' sense? Then riding the famous bergs is a must do. Among the countless cobbled strips that dissect the hills of the Tour of Flanders, a few have become famous as cycling paths of the Gods. PEZ takes a ride up the best, and nastiest of them all.
Saturday March 25, 2017
The PezCycling Giro Trip 2017 indulges the culinary senses in some of north west Italy's best restaurants. Peter Easton has hand picked these favorites - as our daily reward for riding some of Italian cycle sport's best stages.
Thursday February 23, 2017
The first day of the PEZ & Velo Classic "Giro della Gazzetta" cycling trip this May opens with a day in Milano - watching the Giro d'Italia final TT stage in one of the world's most fashionable cities. The entertainment never stops here, and viewing the race will be just part of an awesome opening day.
Wednesday February 15, 2017
The 2017 Tour de France visits southwest France with a stage finish in the medieval town of Bergerac, and a stage start in nearby Eymet. Allan Reeves of FranceFromInside.com cycling tours is looking to combine his family's nearby Chateau de Pitray and Le Tour for a week of cycling, wine and French living.
Thursday February 2, 2017
How's this for something completely different - a mid-winter trip to Minneapolis to ride stud-tired commuter bikes around the city's vast network of bike paths? It was part of the new bikes for guests program by Le Meridien Chambers Hotel featuring Priority Bicycles.
Friday January 27, 2017
The opening riding days of the "Giro della Gazzetta" - the first Velo Classic Tours & Pez cycling trip this May starts with two days riding the final 175km of the monumental Milan-San Remo corsa.  After a day watching the Giro final stage in Milan, we leave the Lombard plain and cross the coastal mountains. Smelling the sea-salt air of the Mediterranean for the first time is an amazing experience.
Friday January 27, 2017
I'm looking ahead to my big rides for 2017, and there's no better place to aim for than Italy. I've always loved the Ligurian Coast, and its mix of hills flats, sea-salt air and palm trees, and have logged many a top ride here - including this hilly jaunt over the Passo del Termine from Levanto.
Monday January 23, 2017
Join Pez & Velo Classic for the 100th Giro d'Italia and an Italian cycling holiday we call the "Giro della Gazzetta", from May 27 -  June 4, 2017. We start in Milan to see the final TT stage of the Giro, then ride south to the sea and two days on the Milan San Remo route before turning inland to climb through the Alps on some of the cycling's most iconic climbs, peaking with the gravel switchbacks of the Colle della Finestre.
Saturday January 21, 2017
The Hotel Lungomare in Cesenatico offers a top bike hotel experience on Italy's Adriatic coast - daily guided bike tours for all levels through hills, vineyards and olive groves, tough climbs like the Carpegna, packages for gran fondos like the Nove Colle, and Italian hospitality in a family run hotel. Here's a closer look...
Thursday January 5, 2017
Best of 2016: Inside the last 3km to the summit of the 21.5km Col du Glandon, the air gets thin as we approach 1924m elevation, the road tilts to 11% grades, and each meter seems longer than the last one. There's a reason they call this one 'Hors Category'.
Wednesday December 14, 2016
Riding across the Pyrenees from cost to coast and back is one of the all time epic rides - eat, sleep, ride, repeat. It's a road cyclist's dream that PEZ-Fan Richard Watson lived for two weeks 2016, and now takes us along for the ride.
Wednesday December 14, 2016
Ever thought of visiting Japan and taking your bike along for the trip? If so, Lee Rodgers has the lowdown on the land of the Rising Sun... on two wheels. Japan has everything for the discerning cyclist, climbs, flat valleys, quiet roads and all with a picturesque back drop. Only one problem; it's too cold in December for Lee coming from a humid Taiwan.
Tuesday December 6, 2016
Lowdown: A slightly different Lowdown from Lee Rodgers today, no doping, his thoughts on Taiwan as a cycling holiday destination... Good and bad! The island the Portuguese called Formosa - ‘beautiful island’ - might not be on your bucket list yet, so let Lee change your mind.
Sunday November 27, 2016
Monday in Gent, the morning after the night before - The Six is over. But the adventure for Callum and Dave goes on: No, not a cyclocross or another pub, but a church! A church in praise of the sport of cycling. The Wielermuseum in Roeslare is no shinny display, like the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen, Roeslare is more for the hardened Flandrien of the cobbled road.
Thursday November 24, 2016
Wild Rock Travel has been hosting and guiding cycling trips around Europe's best roads for almost 25 years, and while other tour operators have grown their businesses based on a global reach of clients, Wild Rock's focus on Canadian customers offers lower priced trips often overlooked by higher priced competitors. But with their trips all priced in Canadian bucks, they makes sense for anyone who loves riding, eating and drinking in Europe - no matter what country you're from.
Tuesday November 22, 2016
Long time PEZ-fans know how we feel about riding in Italy - and why over the years we've logged enough of our own travel miles around the Italian boot to open our own travel agency. We've stayed a a lot of hotels there and can tell you with complete confidence that the Garda Bike Hotel is one of the best.