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Features
The PezCyclingNews Features section is where you'll find some of our best stories, the kind that make us want to ride our bikes, and remind us why we love cycling and cycle sport so much. With over 1000 original articles posted so far, there's plenty of great reading here to entertain, whether you've got 5 minutes or 5 hours. Or let us serve up a tasty dish of random stories - just click the Randomizer for a completely random selection of stories pulled from our entire database - just click the 'infinity' button in the header, and enjoy!


Sunday January 19, 2020
January 13th would have been Marco Pantani's 50th birthday: Don't be misled by the title of this excellent book. “Pantana Was A God” is not a panegyric, a worshipful recounting of the life of the last pro cyclist to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. It is two books in one - a masterful look at when Pantani triumphed, and brief remembrances by those who knew him.
Monday January 13, 2020
Ed's Rant: 2020 and a new season is about to start, but there are a few unanswered question rattling around we need to address before we go any further. They maybe 'What Ifs' and 'Should Haves' but still important nonetheless. From Lance Armstrong to retro equipment, Ed hood brings the curtain down on those burning puzzles of the past... maybe.
Sunday January 12, 2020
January 2nd not only marked the 60th anniversary of Fausto Coppi, but also the 80th anniversary of the death of another world champion cyclist but under very different circumstances. Financial hardship, addiction, mental illness, suicide, murder and war have all left their mark on the peloton. The story of Teddy Richter is not familiar to the English-speaking world but worth the telling.
Wednesday January 8, 2020
Ed Looks Back: As we step into 2020, Ed Hood takes a look back at the last decade of cycling and his top memory and thoughts on each year - From Lance Armstrong to Remco Evenepoel and the other 'headline' makers in-between. The 'who's who' of the past decade.
Sunday January 5, 2020
Bookshelf: On January 2 every year there is a big event in Castellania, a tiny village in Italy's Piedmont region. This year the morning began with a mass in the little church, there was a special opening of Casa Coppi, and in the afternoon a visit to nearby Novi Ligure and the Museo dei Campionissimi. Because on January 2, 1960, sixty years ago, Fausto Coppi died and a cycling legend began.
Thursday January 2, 2020
Fausto Coppi Remembered: Today, the 2nd of January is the 60th anniversary of the death of Fausto Coppi. Leslie Reissner takes a look at the life and times of 'Il Campionissimo' the Champion of Champions, who was either loved or hated by the fans, the general public and even the Pope. Coppi's life was full of triumph and tragedy, but he was unquestionably a 'Superstar' of the road.
Wednesday January 1, 2020
The Best of 2019: You have already seen which were the 'Most Read' PEZ articles of 2019, but if we look at each month we get a different picture. 'Toolbox' and 'Tech n Spec' still come out on top, but with more variation to the result. Here are your favourite PEZ articles on a monthly basis from 2019... and what a mixed bag!
Tuesday December 31, 2019
Looking ahead to the new year seems impossible without a glance back at how we got here over the past 12 months.  Some moments are certainly worth remembering, and if the stats counters are any indication, then the popular vote would say these are the stories most likely to be remembered from 2019.  Without further ado - here's the PEZ Top 10 Most Read Stories in 2019.
Sunday December 29, 2019
Bookshelf Top Ten: The PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, has had a busy 2019 with a book or film review published nearly every Sunday through the year. There has been a lot of top class cycling books this year for Leslie to peruse and so, here is his choice of book reviews from 2019: As he says: "in no particular order since these were all really good:"
Friday December 27, 2019
Ed's End of Year Rant: 2019 was a good year for cycle sport and that man Ed Hood has been deep inside as much action as he could get. As we come to the start of 2020, Ed looks back at his memories of 2019 and sums up the season gone with his top picks of the fun.
Wednesday December 25, 2019
PEZ Holiday Greetings: Dear PEZ-Fans - thank you for another year of loyal readership - and if you're new to the site - we hope you enjoy our take on "what's cool in road cycling" and stick around. Here's a look back at our own personal hilights of 2019,  and what made it a cycling season to remember.
Sunday December 22, 2019
Bookshelf: As we all know, Europe is the Promised Land of Cycling and as a professional athlete if you want to make it big you need to make it there. 2019 saw a Colombian, Egan Bernal, victorious, and a fascinating new book, “The Big Climb,” recounts the ups and downs of a South American country's love affair with pro racing.
Sunday December 15, 2019
Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
Wednesday December 11, 2019
Ed's Cross Choice: In the last couple of years we have seen cyclo-cross riders do rather well on the road and brining more fans to the muddy discipline. But there has been some big stars that have made their name 'Fighting in the Fields' of northern Europe in the winter months. Ed Hood has listed the multi World cross champions, and looks at their careers.
Sunday December 8, 2019
In the movie “Breaking Away,” there is a scene in which the hero competes in a bike race where we realize that nobody in the race has a clue about tactics. Peter Cossins' excellent book, “How the Race Was Won: Cycling's Top Minds Reveal the Road to Victory,” presents the story of tactics from a historical standpoint and also through interviews with those involved in the sport.
Sunday December 1, 2019
One of the most remarkable sportsmen in cycling history came not from what we typically consider the heartlands of cycling and did not make his mark on the track or in famous stage races. In an age of hard men, Sir Hubert Opperman, “Oppy,” as he was universally known, is the subject of a book by Daniel Oakman about the very full life of a public figure, both as an athlete and a politician.
Sunday November 24, 2019
Cycling offers a grand buffet of disciplines, from the narrow specialities of track racing to the diversity needed for the open road, mountains or the looney antics of cyclocross. The origins, history and present state of road racing are nicely summarized in author Chris Sidwells' book, “The Call of the Road: The History of Cycle Road Racing.”
Friday November 22, 2019
Poupou Remembered: Britain's Barry Hoban rode alongside the late Raymond Poulidor for many years, so who better for Ed Hood to ask all about the French hero 'Poupou'. From 1972 to Poulidor's retirement in 1977 the Frenchman and the Yorkshireman battled together in the Tours and Classics - Barry remembers.
Tuesday November 19, 2019
A gravel grinder classic before such things even existed, Paris-Ancaster is a highlight of the Canadian spring cycling season. Our gravel/CX fiend Stephen Cheung looks back at his 2017 humbling on the Ontario roads and trails...
Monday November 18, 2019
Obituary: The sad news of the death of Raymond Poulidor was announced first by the sportspaper, L'Equipe last Wednesday and the French public went into mourning, as did the cycling World. Poulidor didn't have the palmarès he deserved, but more importantly he was loved by the public. Ed Hood looks at his career and life.