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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 December 9, 2018
I’m sure PEZ readers around the world are all familiar with Greg LeMond’s epic ride on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 23, 1989 to snatch victory from Laurent Fignon and win the Tour de France by a mere 8 seconds. I can still remember watching it on TV. And I still have on VHS (as well as functioning VHS tape recorder!) The 1989 Tour de France: Greg LeMond’s Incredible Comeback!
Wednesday December 5, 2018
Ed's Rant: The winter nights are drawing in and Ed Hood has been ruminating over the Grand Tours - Where are they going wrong and what can be changed? Ed has a long list of short-comings and improvements. Constructive criticism or the rants of a madman?
Tuesday December 4, 2018
Obituary: Paul Sherwen died on Sunday at home in Africa. Paul was known in every corner of the cycling World, from rider, team manager and TV commentator he was half of the 'Voice of Cycling' with Phil Liggett. Ed Hood pays his respects to a legend in the sport we love.
Sunday December 2, 2018
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 new book by Daniel Oakman about the very full life of a public figure, both as an athlete and a politician.
Sunday November 25, 2018
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Sunday November 25, 2018
Book Review: Books related to cycling can take many forms—a racer's biography; an account of the Tour de France; training tips; accounts of epic journeys; custom bicycles—but the story of the bicycle as the subject of an actual business enterprise is fairly rare. A recent book gives an insider's account of the rapid rise and fate of Canadian brand Cervélo, history writ recent.
Monday November 19, 2018
It was the Giro that made Austin Walsh do it - Invest so much time and money into his collection of cycling memorabilia which now threatens to overwhelm his bike shop. The Italian race started on the Emerald Isle in 2014 and Austin was so smitten by ‘The Pink Race’ that he decided to turn the bike shop, which he’s run since 1995, into a bike racing shrine.
Sunday November 18, 2018
Film Review: The Pursuit. If it was the title of heist movie, it would be about cops in pursuit of robbers. If it was a crime thriller movie, it would be about the pursuit of unraveling the mystery of whodunit. But in this case, The Pursuit is actually a double entendre: it’s a documentary about four British riders’ pursuit of glory on the boards in the team pursuit.
Sunday November 11, 2018
November 11 marks the end of World War I, the “War To End All Wars,” as it turned out to be inaccurately described. Throughout the world ceremonies will take place to note the end of that conflict 100 years ago, but also to remember those who died in other wars, both those serving their countries and civilians who lost their lives or suffered through the trauma.
Saturday November 10, 2018
The roads, fields and forests of France that are today the perfect picnic spot to set up camp and awaiting passage of the world's greatest cycling race, were once fields of fire where killing the enemy was the only thing that mattered. As time claims the last survivors of the Wars and rob us of their living memories, remembrance of the sacrifices of those thousands is even more important.
Thursday November 8, 2018
Book Review: Ed Hood's recent autumn break reading list has reawakened some of the best moments from his cycling youth. Like every true British fan, Ed loves time trialing and one of the most famous riders was Alf Engers. Ed offers his review of Paul Jones' book 'I LIKE ALF: 14 Lessons from the Life of Alf Engers' and the legend behind the fast-man.
Sunday November 4, 2018
For those of you whom riding around the velodrome or meandering on an unpaved road on your new gravel bike for the day is not enough—well, there is the open road to Tajikistan. That's crazy talk, man—but how do I do it? A recently published and beautifully illustrated book will both whet your appetite and give practical advice on that truly epic ride for which you hunger.
Wednesday October 31, 2018
Last week we lost six day Great, Germany’s Dieter Kemper. It was Brit now resident in Canada, Norman Hill who passed the sad news to us. Norman was himself a professional track and road contemporary of Kemper in the 60’s and 70’s; but rather than surfing the nostalgia wave that many of us ‘old guys’ do, he’s a pragmatist and his views make interesting reading.
Sunday October 28, 2018
Obituary: Just days after we penned our tribute to departed six day Great, Germany’s Dieter Kemper, we find ourselves having to write another tribute to a track star. This time, one of Britain’s own, twice World Amateur Pursuit and twice British & Commonwealth Games Pursuit Champion, Norman Sheil.
Sunday October 28, 2018
The most widely-recognized bike race production company in the U.S. today is Medalist Sports – and over the past twenty-plus years this company has been a key player in shaping the current landscape of pro racing in the United States.
Saturday October 27, 2018
Obituary: It was British former motor pace rider, six day and road man, Norman Hill who informed us of the passing of one of the six day Greats, at the age of 81 years, Dieter Kemper has left us.
Thursday October 25, 2018
Reading the news today of Johan Bruyneel's lifetime ban from cycling reminded me of a funny story about riding with him, Lance, and George Hincapie, at the 2005 Tour de Courage fundraiser for cancer research, a luxuriously exclusive weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.
Sunday October 21, 2018
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' latest book, “The Call of the Road: The History of Cycle Road Racing.”
Saturday October 20, 2018
I talked with Nic Sims at the Lizard Skins booth at Interbike 2018 about why Interbike is still a vital part of the cycling industry. Trying to address all the negative talk about the vitality of the annual Interbike trade show, I asked a number of attendees to share their views and opinions.
Sunday October 14, 2018
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 new 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.