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!

Saturday March 24, 2018
There is a very special jersey that, once you win it at a one day event, it is yours for a year wherever you race. This jersey, is of course, the glorious rainbow-striped confection first donned by Alfredo Binda in 1927. Its fascinating history is the subject of “Chasing the Rainbow: The Story of Road Cycling's World Championships” by Giles Belbin.
Thursday March 22, 2018
Gent-Wevelgem is a hard race to love. It’s in a state of constant change, searching for an identity as the ugly West Flandrian sister of the cobbled monuments. PEZ met the locals at the De Robot Cafe in Gent for some insights to a race that's taken 82 years to find itself.
Thursday March 15, 2018
PEZ's Nick O’Brien was live and in-color at the 96th la Primavera - Milan-Sanremo 2005.  Now over 100 years old, the race has changed with modern times, but as Nick discovered while riding the final “capi”, dueling mano-a-mano for sprint-line glory with a roadside adversary never gets old.  
Sunday March 11, 2018
Sanremo Primer: There's no better way to spend race day in San Remo than on the Poggio - and going by bike ahead of the race is a must for any self-respecting fan. Back in March 2010, the 'Pez' himself took to his bike on the road to Sanremo. Here's the best way to see the race...
Saturday March 10, 2018
Roadside Preview: Milano-Sanremo, the Classica di Primavera, Italy's biggest one day Classic will roll out of the Northern City next Saturday (March 17th) 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.
Sunday March 4, 2018
This eccentric and entertaining book, conceived as both a love note to cycling and a work of art in and of itself, is perhaps more wide-ranging than concise but considering just how varied the world of the bicycle is this is not surprising. Books really do have a national style and the Compendium is staunchly British in a Monty Python-meets-Savile-Row kind of way.
Monday February 26, 2018
Ed Hood spent last weekend in Belgium taking in Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Before he headed off to the cold Flemish fields, Ed cast an eye back over the peloton of the past for cycling's 'Top Ten' cult pros. All tough men of the cobbles, cross-winds, rain and mud of the roads of Northern Europe.
Sunday February 25, 2018
Never before has there been such a big cheerful book as “Paul Smith's Cycling Scrapbook” to celebrate being a mere fan. With the accumulated cast-off detritus to prove it!
Sunday February 18, 2018
Cycling is a sport that is ideal for photographic interpretation: the breath-taking landscapes, elegant bicycles, and close-up human interest. “Magnum Cycling” is an impressive book that has come from the archives at Magnum, a sampling of unexpected treasures that will leave you wishing for more.
Sunday February 11, 2018
One of the great milestones of cycling has been the Hour Record, first set officially in 1893 by Henri Desgrange. And over the years there were many who took up the challenge. Sir Bradley Wiggins was the most recent to join this select club and his book, “My Hour,” is perhaps the first detailed account to describe what it takes to set the record, a ride so hard that Eddy Merckx felt it shortened his career.
Thursday February 8, 2018
The New Zealand ‘Gravel & Tar Classic’ recently held its 3rd edition and for the first time this year it was classified as a UCI 1.2 event. 131 kilometres of rolling gravel and tar roads and tracks, set in the beautiful lower half of the North Island of New Zealand. Bob Selden was on hand to check out all the action from this up and coming race.
Monday February 5, 2018
Roadside PEZ: Looking back at the 2017 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana this time last year, the weather wasn't quite as wet or as cold for the stage finish in Denia. Our man in Spain, Al Hamilton, ventured out watch the Valencia Tour team time trial finishing just down the coast from Denia in Calpe and bumped into some of the stars of the past, present and future.
Sunday February 4, 2018
Ah, mountains! Perhaps they share only with the sea something that universally arouses us to flights of poetry and fancy. “Higher Calling” is a new book by Max Leonard that endeavours to explain this attraction to “up.” Beautifully written and multi-faceted, it elegantly ranges from the personal to the historical to the geographic and even to the macabre.
Saturday February 3, 2018
Here's my favorite recipe for roasted little potatoes with olives, rosemary, red onions and lemon. They're easy to make, tasty, and packed with nutrition - perfect for cyclists.
Sunday January 28, 2018
“Boulting's Vélosaurus,” by British television broadcaster Ned Boulting, is a dictionary of cycling terms that may surprise and impress your non-cycling friends who already baffled by the sport. But then again, these terms will baffle almost anyone, including native French speakers.
Thursday January 25, 2018
1989 Track Worlds Retro: Over the last few weeks Ed Hood has looked at the weird, wonderful and downright useless retro road bike equipment.  He turns his eye to the track with a look back at the 1989 World Championships through the lens of New Zealand fast-man, Tony Graham. 
Sunday January 21, 2018
The recent book, “Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports,” by Mark Johnson, is a useful review of how in the last four decades we have been confronted with an ambiguous and often hypocritical view of drug use in sports and in society in general. Well-researched, it is a good source to park one's misconceptions and consider the greater problems.
Sunday January 14, 2018
For those of us who love cycling it is pretty clear that the ability to suffer is a really important thing. From those early days of heavy boneshakers to riding unpaved passes in the Alps to endurance races that cross continents and even circle the world, great cyclists are noted for their toughness and “The Hardmen” is a book that applauds the toughest of the tough in the peloton.
Thursday January 11, 2018
Roadside PEZ: Team media days are a mixture of fun and hard work for the press, but one thing they are not is boring. A day with the Quick-Step Floors team is always interesting, different and usually with a bit of excitement thrown in. Al Hamilton was in Calpe for the ride... and lunch of course.
Wednesday January 10, 2018
Nostalgia: Ed Hood has been in the bike shed again and pulled out more old cycling gear ideas to tease that fine line between the weird, the wonderful and the 'what where they thinking?' Some bits of retro equipment have become iconic, while others are just plain goofy - and most went in the trash can. Nostalgia or junk? You decide.