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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!


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.
Tuesday February 19, 2019
Former World road champion Claude Criquielion lost his last battle and passed away on Wednesday morning, 18th February 2015, at only 58 years old. Ed Hood takes a look at the man from Lessines' life and career, and what his contemporaries in the peloton thought of him. There was so much more to Claudy than that crash in Ronse.
Sunday February 17, 2019
PEZ Bookshelf: The highest drama in the Tour de France takes place in the mountains and the changing beauty of these alpine landscapes differentiates pro cycling from all other sports. “Tour de France Climbs from Above” is an excellent introduction to the legendary climbs, not only from the historical standpoint but for someone planning to experience the roads themselves.
Thursday February 14, 2019
14 February 2004. Marco Pantani dies alone in Rimini. In a motel, after three days spent in a small room without seeing anybody. Pantani was still a Pro rider. During the previous year, during the Giro, he was able to show great moments and I remember, all over the winter, many people wondering about Il Pirata’s plans for the 2004. Then it all ended.
Thursday February 14, 2019
How could you not love a guy who styled himself a modern-day Pirate? Bandanas, ear rings, bleached goatee, “aargh matey – ‘tis time to plunder us some mountain stages...!” He had the legs to back it all up, and lit up racing of the early-mid ‘90’s with his explosive style and ability. We recall our favorite Pantani Moments…
Thursday February 14, 2019
For many of us February 14th marks Valentine’s Day – the day to remember and be with someone special. For cycling fans; this year also marks the 15th anniversary of Marco Pantani’s death – a spectacular and controversial rider still loved by thousands of fans today. Ale Federico was one of these fans, and remembers that day his hero started to fall...
Thursday February 14, 2019
Mobile Bike Museum: We do like a bit of 'Retro' here at PEZ and the 70s, 80s and 90s were probably the best years for artisan bikes ridden by the professionals - Before the 'all the same' plastic bikes of today. Ed Hood heard about 'Racing Relics USA' and thought he had better find out more about the mobile bike museum from the curator; Bill Collier.
Sunday February 10, 2019
PEZ Bookshelf Top Ten: From the near fifty book reviews we posted on PEZ in 2018 we've collated the numbers and come up with the 'Top Ten' most popular book appraisals. And what a mixed bag we have, from the gods of cycling through training, doping, climbing and adventure cycling. Here are our Top Ten most read reviews of 2018.
Sunday February 3, 2019
Cyclists determined to improve their condition have a wide variety of choices, from training diaries to formal programs to online coaching. But recent developments have now opened up a multi-million dollar market for an aspect many of us don't pay much attention to: recovery. A new book, “Good to Go” is devoted entirely to this subject and the science—or lack of science—behind it all.
Saturday February 2, 2019
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.
Wednesday January 30, 2019
Memories of a Legend: On Wednesday the 6th of February, over a thousand people, made up of family and friends, will pack Manchester Cathedral to say goodbye to a great man - Paul Sherwen. PEZ editor, Alastair Hamilton, worked for Paul in the 80s and now has, eventually, managed to give us his memories.
Sunday January 27, 2019
In the new documentary “The Bikes of Wrath” a group of five Australians follow a less celebrated path: that of the fictional Joad Family who followed Route 66 to California, escaping the Dust Bowl in their Oklahoma home. The cyclists get plenty of memories over their 32 days but raise plenty of questions about America today.