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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 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 19, 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.

  • 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.

  • Sunday November 20, 2016

    Travel: Once again the Taiwan KOM Challenge has come and gone and riders from around the World are looking back to their climb through Taroko Gorge and up to the 3275 meter Wuling Summit, but there is much more to cycling in Taiwan than just one magical climb. Matt McNamara took a tour of Formosa recently to see for himself.

  • Friday September 30, 2016

    Lombardia Ride: Sometimes you gotta point the car at the cliff and give ‘er some stick. Okay, maybe heading out for an awesome solo ride may not be quite the same... but sometimes heading into the unknown is best approached with a ‘give ‘er’ attitude, and as I once again learned on this awesome ride around Lago di Como, the rewards can be worthy of a lifetime.

  • Thursday September 15, 2016

    TOP RIDE: I'm still basking in the afterglow of the 2016 RBC Gran Fondo Whistler - a big goal accomplished in better form than I'd expected. And after weeks of prep, and all the logistics of coordinating the family for the weekend, and over 5 hours on my bike, it all went by a little too fast.

  • Saturday July 30, 2016

    “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.

  • Friday July 22, 2016

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    Tour Stage Preview: The ASO certainly knows how to put on a spectacle. Each year, the Grand Depart is feted and celebrated, usually more for its cultural iconography than its significance for the actual race itself. So if setting the table at Mont St Michel, then it is only fitting to conclude the world’s most popular bike race in the shadow of Europe’s most iconic mountain, Mont Blanc.

  • Tuesday July 19, 2016

    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.

  • Friday July 15, 2016

    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.

  • Wednesday July 13, 2016

    TDF Stage 12 PREVIEW: Thursday the Tour de France will climb Mt. Ventoux, it's a mythical place, steeped in history and the site of many great battles. Remember Armstrong vs Pantani in 2000? Or Eros Poli in 1994 when he lost 15 minutes on the mountain but still won the stage. In 2013 we added another battle to the history books as PEZ's Chris Selden took on 30 other journos from around the world in climbing Mt. Ventoux.

  • Tuesday July 12, 2016

    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.

  • Monday May 30, 2016

    Congratulations to Bill Buckton of Port Elgin ON - winner of the one week cycling holiday for two with Bici Amore Mio at Italy's best bike hotels. As a loyal PEZ-Fan, Bill is duly excited to start planning one of the best riding weeks of his life.

  • Friday May 27, 2016

    The 2016 Giro d'Italia comes to its grand finalé in the northern City of Turin on Sunday, but there is much more to the Piedmont region than big mountain climbs. Peter Easton of VeloClassic Tours takes us on a culinary and cultural journey through Torino as the peloton readies its self for the last battles.