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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!


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.
Sunday November 17, 2019
Book Review: Belgium: it's an odd place. A country put together from pieces other nations didn't really want, it seems resigned to an eternal identity crisis. But beyond this historic and political mess, there is a remarkable sporting story - cycling and the Flemish, described by author Harry Pearson as “a grand romance.”
Wednesday November 13, 2019
Rider Feature: Filippo Ganna stunned the cycling world with his four kilometre individual pursuit ride in Minsk with a finishing time of 4:02, and he put the under four minute pursuit record on the horizon. Ed Hood has taken an in-depth look at the young Italian's ascent to the fastest 4K on the globe.
Monday November 11, 2019
PEZ Retro: After looking at two climbers in our 'Retro Riders' series, it's time for a sprinter. The fast-finishers have a reputation for fast living and sailing a bit close to the wind when it comes to their chosen art. Marino Basso was a typical sprinter, he stabbed his teammate in the back for the 1972 rainbow jersey - but that's what sprinters do. . . Signore 10,000 Volts, a classy rider, but cunning with it.
Sunday November 10, 2019
Tomorrow, November 11th, 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.
Friday November 8, 2019
Top Young Guns - The Bakers Dozen: Ed Hood is feeling his age and all these fresh faced riders in the pro peloton are not helping. 2019 has seen a bumper crop of new riders hit the headlines and they haven't wasted any time in making their mark. Ed chooses his top 13 young riders of the year - Sad to say Mathieu Van Der Poel and Wout Van Aert are too old.
Wednesday November 6, 2019
PEZ Retro: Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, has cast his eye on a Spanish icon; José María Jiménez. The Spanish climber was in the Pantani mould, and like the Italian he came to a bad end. Jiménez was a hero to many, but also his erratic riding and life style alienated others. 'El Chava' was one of the last pure climbers; exciting to watch, but ultimately tragic.
Sunday November 3, 2019
Book Review: We have made reference in the past to Britain's Beryl Burton, one of cycling's most remarkable record-setting athletes, and now comes an excellent new biography that looks beyond Burton's numbers to try to understand how this Yorkshire housewife was so driven to achieve what she did. The reader can only wonder what would have been possible for her today.
Friday November 1, 2019
Ed's Rant: With the British Cycling team unveiling their new Lotus/Hope steed for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year, Ed Hood has had a look at this piece of art and at some of the other 'weird' bikes of the past. Aerodynamic and functional, but also damn nice to look at, what else do you want? Ah yes, UCI approval.
Sunday October 27, 2019
Book Review: Is there a reasonable explanation why so little attention is paid to the ladies in cyclesport? A 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".
Wednesday October 23, 2019
Rider Feature: Taylor Phinney has ridden his last race. He was a class act and looked to have a wonderful career ahead of him; Classics, time trials, stage races and track titles were within his grasp, but a horrific crash took that all away. Against all odds, Phinney returned, but was not the same and ended is pro career last Sunday, Ed Hood looks back at the rider and the man.
Sunday October 20, 2019
Vienna conjures up images of schnitzel, strudel and Johann Strauss waltzes but a book from a tradition-rich publishing house in the Austrian capital reveals another aspect of the city now nearly forgotten: the construction of bicycles, often in tiny workshops and to a surprisingly high technical and aesthetic standard.
Sunday October 13, 2019
Book Review: Described as "Eurosport's legendary Tour de France commentator," Carlton Kirby has nearly three decades' experience in calling pro bike races and his new book, written with Robbie Broughton, not only provides often-hilarious insight into what it is like to be a broadcaster under extreme pressure, but also some worthwhile comments about the nature of pro racing.
Friday October 11, 2019
The Giro di Lombardia was born in 1905, and Giovanni Gerbi – called the red devil – was the first winner. The story of his break – planned in a devilish way, and realized with so much strength – has become a well known legend, which has the taste of a fable both ingenious and malicious.