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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 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.
Saturday March 23, 2019
The Spring Classic from Milan to Sanremo has a long history over its 106 editions, it has beauty and romance and 'The Pez' made the trip to take in 'La Primavera' back in 1998 and then revisited in 2010. Here is the Pez look back at his Milan adventure.
Friday March 22, 2019
Roadside with Ale: Milano-Sanremo, the Classica di Primavera, Italy's biggest one day Classic will roll out of the Northern City on Saturday (March 23rd) and Ale Federico will have his gang together for the 'Race Chase'. But the day isn't all about a bike race, there is so much more to take in.
Saturday March 16, 2019
Strade Bianche and GP Larciano: Not so much dirty as dusty and wet, but a weekend in Tuscany to watch the Strade Bianche and the GP Larciano is bound to be memorable. Two more races to mark off Heather Morrison's bucket list, but after reading about her adventures we think she will return for more of the 'White Roads' action.
Wednesday March 13, 2019
With gravel rides exploding all over North America, it’s good to remember that gravel is an international discipline, with great rides all over the world. Let’s explore Duke’s Weekender in Scotland happening September 7-8, 2019.
Sunday March 10, 2019
You only have to look at their country - small, flattish, totally covered with a dense network of bikepath - to know that the Dutch are going to be pretty good at cycling. They also like to write about it too and the colourful columns and short stories of Wilfried de Jong, collected in “The Man & His Bicycle,” are a novel if understated addition to cycling literature.
Thursday March 7, 2019
Flanders Classics Day 3: Ed and the gang topped off their busy weekend with the cobbles and frites of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday - typical Flemish fare for a 'race chase'. All the fun of a bike race: Bike spying, mechanic stalking, star spotting and the donkeys, but no glitzy presentation. Proper Flanders.
Wednesday March 6, 2019
Flanders Classics Day 2: After Ed and the gang's visit to the EF Education First team and the ‘Koers’ cycle racing museum on day 1 of their annual Flemish trip, it was time to see some racing. The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is the first of the early Spring Classics and where the riders want to strike the first blow. Ed on the 'kinderkopje'.
Tuesday March 5, 2019
Flanders Classics Day 1: It wouldn't be March if Ed Hood and the gang were not in Belgium for the opening races of the Flanders Classics - Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Ed arrived a day early to visit the EF Education First team and the ‘Koers’ Flanders cycle racing museum. Ed's Flemish weekend - The first day.
Monday March 4, 2019
UCI Grand Fondo: I’m on the start line at the World Championships, trying to stay calm, play it cool, but goose bumps on my arms and rabbit’s foot tucked in my jersey probably give me away. In a multicolored sea of national team jerseys, I’m wearing the stars and stripes, it’s pretty awesome – and unnerving.
Sunday February 24, 2019
MAMIL—here we are all familiar with the acronym that means “Middle Aged Men in Lycra.” Some of us cringe when we hear it but others are proud to wear the shoes (or shorts) it they fit. Two British riders—one a writer, the other a photographer—revel in their MAMILishness in “Twelve Months in the Saddle,” an account of their bicycling adventures in one calendar year.
Saturday February 23, 2019
Roadside PEZ: The opening weekend of the Spring Classics would not be the same without the presence of Ed Hood, and 2019 will be no different as Ed will be in Belgium next Saturday. The last time Ed rounded up his posse was in 2017 to take to the kasseien, to witness the carnage and the beer. Het Nieuwsblad'17 Roadside.