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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 July 14, 2019
Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
Sunday July 7, 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.
Saturday July 6, 2019
As the 2019 Tour de France congregates in Brussels for the Grand Départ, there is one man missing from the biggest bike race in the World - Paul Sherwen. Paul, along with Phil Liggett made up the 'voice of cycling' and the Tour will not be the same without him. Most years we managed to have a chat with Paul during the build-up to the start of the Tour - Here is a selection of Paul's best memories.
Saturday July 6, 2019
Tour de France Memory: As the 2019 Tour de France is about to start in Brussels, we thought it would be a good time to look at one of the most controversial (probably the second most controversial) Tour characters - Floyd Landis. Ed Hood spoke one of his training buddies, Eric Hensel, to try to get into the Floydster's head.
Monday July 1, 2019
Tour Rider Feature: Ed Hood looks back at the career of Scotland's first Tour de France rider - Ian Steel. 1955 was the year, and Steel was part of the first Great Britain team in Tour history that lined up on July the 7th in Le Havre on the Normandy coast. That Tour wasn't his best race, but the 'Peace Race' of 1952 probably was. Ed has tells his story.
Sunday June 30, 2019
Film Review: Bike racing is hard, whether a city crit or a local time trial. Then it gets really hard if you are a pro. Then you have people who like to sit on their bikes for a long time: ultra racers who do it for the challenge. The toughest ultra race is the Race Across America and a new film (with special screenings in Canada on July 15) shows just how tough it can be.
Friday June 28, 2019
Retro Talk: With the 2019 Tour de France about to launch itself down the start ramp in Brussels, Ed Hood looks back at the French Grand Tour of 2007 and his chat with a young Welshman in his first three week race - Geraint Thomas. Whatever became of that young lad from the valleys?
Wednesday June 26, 2019
Tour Rider Feature: From Robert Millar, Ed Hood has gone further back in cycling history to tell us all about another pioneering Scot. John Kennedy rode the 1960 Tour de France alongside Tom Simpson and all the stars of the day. His cycling led him to live in Belgium and marry a local beauty, Ed has unearthed the story of one of the first Scotsmen to ride the Tour.
Sunday June 23, 2019
Book Review: Mont Ventoux stands alone and apart from the Alps. Topping out at 1,909 m above sea level, it has acquired considerable fame through the Tour de France. It is a magnet for cyclists, including a group of Dutch friends who are the protagonists of the novel “Ventoux,” a fictional account of how one ride changes lives forever.
Thursday June 20, 2019
Rider Feature: With the Tour de France on the horizon we thought it may be a good time to look back at the career of the first ‘Anglo’ to win the coveted King of the Mountains jersey in the world’s biggest bike race. Robert Millar was showing what could be done on the overall and in the mountains of the Grand Tours, well before the Sky team dream.
Saturday June 15, 2019
You might think that at the 'PezCycling Test Kitchen' we only undertake our continuing research into the efficacy of beer as a recovery aid but in fact we actually try out recipes. The latest concoctions come from a new book called Sport Smoothies, smoothies so outstanding that even we can make delicious ones.
Monday June 10, 2019
Ed's Rant: We are in that limbo between Giro d'Italia and Tour de France and Ed Hood has itchy fingers to get a few things off his chest - Rant Time! There are no boundaries for our resident 'Grumpy Old Man' as he looks at the good and bad of cycling past and future...
Sunday June 9, 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.”
Saturday June 8, 2019
If you check out pictures of the diamond in the rough that was the young Greg Lemond you’ll see the words, ‘Della Santa’ on the chest of his racing jersey. Frame builder Roland Della Santa supported the young future Tour and Worlds winner and continued to build frames for him right up until his days with Roger Zannier’s famous ‘Z’ equipe.
Sunday June 2, 2019
1974 Giro d'Italia: Fans of the Giro d'Italia love it for its unpredictability, its difficulty, its confusion. Last week we looked at the documentary about the 1973 race, “Stars and Watercarriers,” and in 1974 many of those same stars returned for a rematch. The results are shown in “The Greatest Show on Earth,” produced by German filmmakers, with a very different viewpoint.
Saturday June 1, 2019
If you ever find yourself suffering through a gran fondo blame the Italians, out loud like me with spicy Italian phrases - Che diavola! Merda! Porca miseria! - since they invented big mass participation timed rides.
Monday May 27, 2019
Team Elevate-KHS pro rider Jordan Cheyne reflects on his growth as a professional bicycle racer with the stage by stage hilights of racing the 2019 Tour of the Gila bicycle race, and helping his team capture the overall win.
Sunday May 26, 2019
1973 Giro d'Italia: Danish film director (and poet) Jørgen Leth is best known to cycling fans for his iconic “A Sunday in Hell” documentary about the 1976 Paris-Roubaix race but his talent was turned towards racing earlier, one of the results being “Stars and Watercarriers", a film about the 1973 Giro d'Italia. From today's perspective, it is truly a trip down Memory Lane.
Sunday May 19, 2019
The Giro d'Italia remains the race the Cool Kids like because it is wild, unpredictable and exciting. Originally inspired by the Tour de France, its history has been rather different, through topography as well as culture. This is all nicely set out in Colin O'Brien's “The Beautiful Race: The Story of the Giro d'Italia.”
Saturday May 18, 2019
The Mid-Atlantic U.S. has a Spring Classic Series organized by Kermesse Sport. It’s a series of four events that emulate both the cobbled and Ardennes Classics of Northern Europe. The Fools Classic, Kermesse Sport’s original ride founded 13 years ago, is the series’ La Doyenne, even though it more closely resembles the Ronde Van Vlaanderen than it does LBL.