PezCycling News - What's Cool In Road Cycling : 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 May 19, 2019
The Giro d'Italia remains the race the Cool Kids like because it is wild, unpredictable and exciting. Originally inspired by the Tour de France, its history has been rather different, through topography as well as culture. This is all nicely set out in Colin O'Brien's “The Beautiful Race: The Story of the Giro d'Italia.”
Saturday May 18, 2019
The Mid-Atlantic U.S. has a Spring Classic Series organized by Kermesse Sport. It’s a series of four events that emulate both the cobbled and Ardennes Classics of Northern Europe. The Fools Classic, Kermesse Sport’s original ride founded 13 years ago, is the series’ La Doyenne, even though it more closely resembles the Ronde Van Vlaanderen than it does LBL.
Sunday May 12, 2019
Book Review: For those of us who love the Giro d’Italia, the final day always come too soon and then the Tour comes and pink is replaced by yellow. Thanks to “Maglia Rosa: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia” by British author/Italian resident Herbie Sykes we have an English-language history of the Giro d’Italia.
Sunday May 12, 2019
Cycling Fashion: Ed Hood has been admiring cycling sartorial elegance for more years than he would like to admit, and he is not too enamoured with the modern designs. Time for Ed to look back over the best pro jerseys of the past and pick his favourites and not so popular team kit.
Thursday May 9, 2019
Ed's Giro Photo Album: It's a sad time for Ed Hood, It's looking like he won't be in Italy for the Giro... So as the 2019 Giro d'Italia is about to start, Ed has his Giro photo album out to compile his personal 'Alternative A to Z' of the Italian Grand Tour. We love the Giro and Ed knows the race better than most, take note of his (near) complete guide to everything Giro.
Monday May 6, 2019
Star of the Past: if you are of a certain age, the name Bert Oosterbosch will conjure up memories of a smooth and powerful fast-man who could win time trials, Tour stages and could tow the Raleigh squad to team time trial victories. Bert was taken from us way too early, but his memory lives on. Ed Hood caught up with Bert's nephew Erwin Oosterbosch to hear more about his life.
Sunday May 5, 2019
Book Review: Is there a reasonable explanation why so little attention is paid to the ladies in cyclesport? A new book from Rapha.CC by Isabel Best brings new light to half-forgetten epic tales of women on wheels, women of enthusiasm, competitiveness and athletic accomplishment equal to any male counterpart. "Queens of Pain - Legends and Rebels of Cycling".
Saturday May 4, 2019
The best Italian negroni bars are often discovered by accident, or when you least expect it.  Early on in my 17 year career chasing the modern Giro d'Italia I began logging the best negronis, bars, and ristoranti as my travels took me to all corners of Italy.  Here are 5 of the best negroni bars, places to eat and stay at the 2019 Giro.
Thursday May 2, 2019
The Hour Record: With Belgian fast-man Victor Campenaerts setting a new World hour record in Mexico recently; Ed Hood has been listening to different opinions and has set out his thoughts on the ultimate solo venture. Previous records have been annulled or shelved due to technical reasons, so which is the real and true record?
Wednesday May 1, 2019
Rider Report Card: The blood, sweat and dust has settled on the 2019 Spring Classic season and so it's rider report card time. PEZ Head Master, Ed Hood, has been strict with his scrutiny - There are a couple of 'top marks' and a few 'dunce caps' handed out, but who is at the top of the class?
Saturday April 27, 2019
The oldest monument - Liège-Bastogne-Liège - brings down the curtain on the 2019 Spring Classic season, and what a season! Peter Easton looks back at the history of the 'Old Lady' and how she has weathered two World wars and taken her rightful place as the Queen of the Ardennes.
Sunday April 21, 2019
Film Review: For many fans, pro bike racing begins and ends at the finish line as the stars duke it out but a bike race is in fact many races. A superb documentary by Lithuanian filmmaker Arūnas Matelis, filmed in Italy over several years, takes into Deep Cycling and the world of the gregario.
Saturday April 20, 2019
Twenty years before the multi-million pound Sky Team rode the WorldTour, there was another 'ground breaking' British team that took on the Continentals in their own back-yard. The ANC team had its eventual problems, but it showed what was possible. One high point was Malcolm Elliott's 3rd place in the 1987 Amstel Gold Race.
Saturday April 13, 2019
Book Review: The Embacher Collection, the subject of “Cyclepedia”, is the result of one man's interest in modern bicycle design. It is wonderful, breath-taking and crazy.
Tuesday April 9, 2019
Admit it - you’ve done this too: You’re riding along in the early spring, gilet zipped up against the chilly air, imagining you’re in full pursuit of Peter Sagan, or Tom Boonen, or Sean Kelly, or Roger De Vlaeminck in the closing kilometers of one of the Spring Classics, the Monuments of cycling.
Sunday April 7, 2019
The 117th edition of the always much-anticipateed Paris-Roubaix (“the Hell of the North”) bicycle race will take place on April 14. It has been suggested that if someone was to propose a race like this today the idea would be ridiculed and dismissed. The iconic 1976 documentary film “A Sunday in Hell,” the story of which is told in William Fotheringham's excellent book “Sunday in Hell”.
Saturday April 6, 2019
Rider Profile: Alberto Bettiol is a name that has been cropping up for a while, but since the start of the 2019 season, the Bettiol 'cognome' has been near the top of the finishing sheet and on the podium. Ed Hood takes a look at this new 'Young Gun' on the block that's knocking on the door of the big time.
Sunday March 31, 2019
It is fascinating to read about the cycling subculture of different countries and how they have progressed. But in the end it all comes down to individual talent and the will to win. A new autobiography by world-class pursuiter and proud Western Australian Steele Bishop explains what it took to grab a rainbow jersey in 1983.
Saturday March 30, 2019
It's Gent - Wevelgem 1974; you've made it over the savage Kemmel climb twice with the lead group and survived hanging on the back of an Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck driven purge on the run-in; there are 17 guys left, so maybe you would settle for a top ten? Not if your name is Barry Hoban and you feel that the 'over-drive' is in your legs.
Sunday March 24, 2019
Book Review: In a world where cycling seems dominated by Middle Aged Men in Lycra on $12,000 bicycles and where helicopter parents drive their children two blocks to school in giant SUVs, maybe we should remember that for many of us cycling gave us a whole different outlook on life when we were children ourselves. 'The Ultimate Bike Book' by Carlton Kids UK.