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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!


Thursday February 20, 2020
Shay Elliott - Irish Hero: Irishman, Shay Elliott is the first English speaker to have won the early season Classic, the Het Volk, or as it is now known; The Het Nieuwsblad. But there was much more to the man from Dublin. Ed Hood looks back at the life and career of one of his heroes.
Wednesday February 19, 2020
2019 Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne: As Ed Hood is planning his Flemish weekend to the first of the Spring Classics in Belgium; we look back at last year's trip to Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Don't worry, Ed will prepare his 'PEZ Het Nieuwsblad/Kuurne Preview' for next Wednesday before he heads off to the land of frites and cobbles.
Sunday February 16, 2020
“What is the well-dressed cyclist wearing these days?”, I hear you ask me. “Or back in those early days?” I am glad you asked because Rodale Press' excellent book, “The Art of the Cycling Jersey,” subtitled “Iconic Cycle Wear Past and Present,” shows us that looking good and going fast are not mutually exclusive.
Wednesday February 12, 2020
Rider Blog: Introducing a new member to the PEZ Crew: Jason Saltzman from California, who will be riding for the Austrian Sport.Land Niederösterreich UCI Continental team in 2020. Jason will be giving us the low-down on his Euro season with regular diary up dates from the peloton through out the year. In his first article we learn how it all came about.
Sunday February 9, 2020
It is an apparent given that cycling requires not so much talent as an ability to suffer. Greg Lemond said that: “It never gets easier. You just get faster.” Now expat Brit Jon Malnick has written a droll and novel book about the relationship between pain and suffering, and riding your bicycle called Into the Suffersphere - Cycling and the art of Pain is a peculiar and engaging read.
Wednesday February 5, 2020
New Zealand is an amazing tourist destination and so as part of Chris Selden's one year travel plan around the world, it was an obvious stop in his itinerary. Not so obvious would be to do the 119km Slicks and Stones cyclosportive on a mixture of gravel and tar roads, but due to his father now living in New Zealand and being the organiser - did he really have a choice?
Sunday February 2, 2020
2017 marked the 200th anniversary of Baron Drais's ride around Mannheim on his Laufmaschine, generally held to be the predecessor of our carbon-framed, electronically-shifted disc-braked wonder bicycles. From then to now, with its detours, fashion victims, and astringent personalities, is the subject of well-known British author Michael Hutchinson's book.
Thursday January 30, 2020
Ed's Style Council: Ed Hood has been ruminating over the falling standards of the style seen on the roads the last few years. There are some rules that must be followed, even the normally trend setting Belgians have started to pull their socks over their leg-warmers/tights, just NO! Ed tackles the style faux pas, the right and the absolutely wrong.
Wednesday January 29, 2020
The first UCI one day road race of the year is New Zealand's Gravel and Tar, a gruelling slog around the hills and gravel roads of the Manawatu region. PEZman Chris Selden was on hand to check it out up close this past weekend.
Tuesday January 28, 2020
It was pursuit legend, Englishman Hugh Porter's 80th birthday on Monday the 27th of January, we thought it might be nice to re-run an interview our Ed Hood did with him back in 2014.
Sunday January 26, 2020
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 January 19, 2020
January 13th would have been Marco Pantani's 50th birthday: 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 when Pantani triumphed, and brief remembrances by those who knew him.
Monday January 13, 2020
Ed's Rant: 2020 and a new season is about to start, but there are a few unanswered question rattling around we need to address before we go any further. They maybe 'What Ifs' and 'Should Haves' but still important nonetheless. From Lance Armstrong to retro equipment, Ed hood brings the curtain down on those burning puzzles of the past... maybe.
Sunday January 12, 2020
January 2nd not only marked the 60th anniversary of Fausto Coppi, but also the 80th anniversary of the death of another world champion cyclist but under very different circumstances. Financial hardship, addiction, mental illness, suicide, murder and war have all left their mark on the peloton. The story of Teddy Richter is not familiar to the English-speaking world but worth the telling.
Wednesday January 8, 2020
Ed Looks Back: As we step into 2020, Ed Hood takes a look back at the last decade of cycling and his top memory and thoughts on each year - From Lance Armstrong to Remco Evenepoel and the other 'headline' makers in-between. The 'who's who' of the past decade.
Sunday January 5, 2020
Bookshelf: On January 2 every year there is a big event in Castellania, a tiny village in Italy's Piedmont region. This year the morning began with a mass in the little church, there was a special opening of Casa Coppi, and in the afternoon a visit to nearby Novi Ligure and the Museo dei Campionissimi. Because on January 2, 1960, sixty years ago, Fausto Coppi died and a cycling legend began.
Thursday January 2, 2020
Fausto Coppi Remembered: Today, the 2nd of January is the 60th anniversary of the death of Fausto Coppi. Leslie Reissner takes a look at the life and times of 'Il Campionissimo' the Champion of Champions, who was either loved or hated by the fans, the general public and even the Pope. Coppi's life was full of triumph and tragedy, but he was unquestionably a 'Superstar' of the road.
Wednesday January 1, 2020
The Best of 2019: You have already seen which were the 'Most Read' PEZ articles of 2019, but if we look at each month we get a different picture. 'Toolbox' and 'Tech n Spec' still come out on top, but with more variation to the result. Here are your favourite PEZ articles on a monthly basis from 2019... and what a mixed bag!
Tuesday December 31, 2019
Looking ahead to the new year seems impossible without a glance back at how we got here over the past 12 months.  Some moments are certainly worth remembering, and if the stats counters are any indication, then the popular vote would say these are the stories most likely to be remembered from 2019.  Without further ado - here's the PEZ Top 10 Most Read Stories in 2019.
Sunday December 29, 2019
Bookshelf Top Ten: The PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, has had a busy 2019 with a book or film review published nearly every Sunday through the year. There has been a lot of top class cycling books this year for Leslie to peruse and so, here is his choice of book reviews from 2019: As he says: "in no particular order since these were all really good:"