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!

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.
Sunday January 7, 2018
The world is a big place and travel writers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Tim Moore has identified a unique speciality: the highly personal memoirs focused on a badly-prepared trip by a gormless Brit lacking even basic diplomatic skills and involving extreme physical discomfort and some degree of humiliation.
Wednesday January 3, 2018
Retro Equipment Feature: One of the most popular PEZ articles of '17 was Ed Hood's look back at his memories of riding the equipment that people now collect, as a whole section of the cycling community wants to ride l'Eroica events. Ed remembers the bad old days when the equipment maybe wasn't that good. Plus new photo of the elusive Wenkobar!
Monday January 1, 2018
The cover of The Wrong Side of Comfortable by Amy Charity – featuring the author in her Optum Pro Team (now Rally Cycling) kit astride her Diamondback – would lead you to believe it’s a book about bike racing. It is, but it’s not exclusively about bike racing or just for cyclists.
Wednesday December 27, 2017
PEZ Holiday Greetings: Christmas Day is under our belts, the dinner definitely is, and now we look forward to a new year and a new season of cycling and cycle sport. As always the Pez Crew have got together in the virtual World to sum up their 2017 and wish you all a prosperous, successful and an enjoyable cycling 2018.
Monday December 25, 2017
The turkey' s just been stuffed into the oven for a 4-5 hour roast-a-thon, and I've got the kids and grand parents watching "It's a Wonderful Life" - that leaves me a few minutes to post this quick message before the rest of the family invades for Christmas day dinner at my house...
Sunday December 24, 2017
The incredible war-time story of multi-champion Gino Bartali didn't come to light until a long time after the second World War was over. Chuck Peña reviews the story behind the hero of the road and his exploits saving the lives of hunted Jews in Italy during the 1940s in “Road to Valor: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation”.
Thursday December 21, 2017
Ed's Opinion: There has been many words written on 'FroomeGate' since his adverse drug control result was announced (leaked). Ed Hood has been quietly watching it all unfold, now after taking a deep breath and with medical advice and hindsight, he clears the air with his view on Chris Froome and salbutamol. 'Ed froomigates the salbutamol story'.
Sunday December 17, 2017
In his new book, “Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking,” author Nick Legan gives us good reason to consider getting off the tarmac and out onto roads we might not have considered before.