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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 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.
Thursday October 10, 2019
Lombardia Retro: Utter confusion was the look on my face when Alessandro handed me the old newspaper and said it was a gift. Upon closer inspection, I realized I was holding the official program of the 1952 Giro di Lombardia – in mint condition! Once I got over the shock that such a treasure still existed – I couldn’t wait to share it with PEZ-Fans…
Monday October 7, 2019
Cycligent, Inc, has just released their new free-to-play, online fitness game called CVRcade, a cycling-centric game containing a new breakthrough handicapping gaming technology called Physical Equalization™. Players with varied cycling and physical fitness abilities can use it to compete against each other with equal virtual strength.
Monday October 7, 2019
Tony Hoar, Britain’s second Tour de France finisher and famously, ‘lanterne rouge’ in the 1955 Tour de France has died in his adopted home of Canada, aged 87 years. Obituary by Ed Hood.
Sunday October 6, 2019
Book Review: It is that time of year when many of us take out the guidebooks and maps and put together the dream trip. An indispensable set of books that every keen cyclist should have is the series of “Great Climbs” books by Graeme Fife. We are delighted that Thames & Hudson has reissued the majority of the Alps books together in a single fine volume - a glorious second chance!
Tuesday October 1, 2019
Ed Roadside: It was cold and wet on Sunday for the men's World championships in Yorkshire on Sunday - It took a hard man to see it through, and that man was... Ed Hood! The riders also had a lot to do with the day, but at least they had exercise to keep them warm, Ed only had a few 'Roadside ' bars. It was an exciting, if damp day, here is how Ed saw it go down.
Monday September 30, 2019
Ed Roadside: The small affair of a disqualified World champions wasn't going to spoil the fun of the Dutch fans in Yorkshire. The day after the Nils Eekhoff disappointment the orange men from Holland certainly had a lot to shout about with the first two places in the Woman's race. Ed Hood had to be there to see Annemiek Van Vleuten take her rainbow jersey.
Sunday September 29, 2019
Ed Roadside: The Men's Under 23 Road Race had it all! Hard conditions, tough racing and... Controversy. Not the best end to the day as 'winner' Nils Eekhoff was disqualified for spending a little too much time behind his team car after a crash. Ed Hood was there to see the full story unfold.
Sunday September 29, 2019
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.
Friday September 27, 2019
Ed Roadside: After the Elite men's time trial, the Yorkshire World championships have jumped to the road race rainbow jersey competition and Ed Hood is in Harrogate for more action. First up was the stunning win by Quinn Simmons in the junior mens race.
Sunday September 22, 2019
Don't be misled by the title of this excellent book. “Pantana Was A God” is not a panegyric, a worshipful recounting of the life of the last pro cyclist to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. It is two books in one - a masterful look at the great stages where Pantani triumphed, and brief remembrances by those who knew him.
Wednesday September 18, 2019
PEZ Retro: When our PEZman in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, was 'Roadside' at the 2019 Vuelta a España, it brought back memories of his first Vuelta 20 years ago and one of the big stars - Alex Zülle. Zülle, the short-sighted cyclist with a lot of talent, no luck, an intimacy with doping and with a propensity for crashing. Al looks at his cycling career, good and bad.
Sunday September 15, 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.
Sunday September 8, 2019
We've had the good fortune to review books about do-it-yourself tours, cycling history, great races and impressive mountains but it's seldom that all of this can be packaged into such an attractive offering. “Ultimate Étapes” is subtitled “Ride Europe's Greatest Cycling Stages” and it delivers much on this promise.
Wednesday September 4, 2019
Rider Feature: If you have ever pushed a pedal in anger you will have dreamed of riding as a professional in a top team in the big races. Jordan Cheyne is no different, except that he has realized his dream. Here is his story and his 'defining chapter' with the Elevate-KHS team.
Sunday August 25, 2019
Imagine then that you are one of the best riders in the world but are prevented from racing because of the colour of your skin. Before baseball player Jackie Robinson, before heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, America's first black sports hero and an international star was cyclist Major Taylor, whose story is both inspirational and appalling.
Tuesday August 20, 2019
With gravel racing taking off around the world it’s no surprise to hear that New Zealand’s premier gravel race the UCI 1.2 Gravel and Tar Classic along with the women’s 1.2 La Femme plus their Gran Fondo challenge the Slicks and Stones 100 is back again for 2020 bigger and better than ever.
Sunday August 18, 2019
Ah, Bella Italia! For many of us it is the Promised Land of Cycling, with its professional cyclists whose names could be those of opera singers. A new book from Australia relates the story of cycling in Italy, interwoven with an historical narrative of the country. Leslie Reissner reviews “Great Rivalries - Cycling and the Story of Italy” by Kevin Andrews.
Saturday August 17, 2019
Obituary: The greatest ever Italian cyclist, Felice Gimondi, passed away on Friday after suffering a heart-attack while swimming in the sea off the Sicilian coast. Ed Hood remembers the always smooth and cool Italian character who was a champion amongst some of the best ever road men.