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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.
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!
Friday December 27, 2019
Ed's End of Year Rant: 2019 was a good year for cycle sport and that man Ed Hood has been deep inside as much action as he could get. As we come to the start of 2020, Ed looks back at his memories of 2019 and sums up the season gone with his top picks of the fun.
Wednesday December 11, 2019
Ed's Cross Choice: In the last couple of years we have seen cyclo-cross riders do rather well on the road and brining more fans to the muddy discipline. But there has been some big stars that have made their name 'Fighting in the Fields' of northern Europe in the winter months. Ed Hood has listed the multi World cross champions, and looks at their careers.
Friday November 1, 2019
Ed's Rant: With the British Cycling team unveiling their new Lotus/Hope steed for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year, Ed Hood has had a look at this piece of art and at some of the other 'weird' bikes of the past. Aerodynamic and functional, but also damn nice to look at, what else do you want? Ah yes, UCI approval.
Monday July 29, 2019
Final Tour Rant: The sun has set on the Champs Élysées for another year - Yes, it's Monday Tour cold turkey time! Ed is in his virtual Paris Boulevard café with this morning with L'Équipe next to his café au lait and soberano, to give us his run-down on the final week's action. The end of the 2019 Tour road.
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...
Friday May 24, 2019
Ed's Opinion: Twelve stages down and nine to go in the 2019 Giro d'Italia before the finish in Verona, so time for Ed to have a 'Giro Rant'. But it's not just the Italian Grand Tour that receives our scribes wrath: Dopers, race juries and the printed press, both British and Flemish, are all in the firing line. Not to worry, the 2020 Flanders Classics dates are out.
Wednesday December 5, 2018
Ed's Rant: The winter nights are drawing in and Ed Hood has been ruminating over the Grand Tours - Where are they going wrong and what can be changed? Ed has a long list of short-comings and improvements. Constructive criticism or the rants of a madman?
Wednesday October 31, 2018
Last week we lost six day Great, Germany’s Dieter Kemper. It was Brit now resident in Canada, Norman Hill who passed the sad news to us. Norman was himself a professional track and road contemporary of Kemper in the 60’s and 70’s; but rather than surfing the nostalgia wave that many of us ‘old guys’ do, he’s a pragmatist and his views make interesting reading.
Wednesday June 6, 2018
Ed's Opinion: The recently concluded Giro d'Italia has brought back some less than pleasant memories from Grand Tours past for Ed Hood, and with all the goings on in Italy an Ed rant was not far away. Suspicions, cynicism, doubt, mistrust and downright disgust have all crept into our Ed's cycling psyche. Rant Time!
Monday May 7, 2018
Ed's Opinion: Ed Hood has been keeping his rants in check, but the sight of a 22 grand bike has got his blood boiling and don't mention 1x11 and disk brakes! Bikes need to be sold and new 'fashions' or 'technologies' need to be found to keep the cycling World turning. Rant time!
Sunday October 22, 2017
Ed's Opinion: Ed Hood's most recent rant was on our perception of dopers, this was after his scaithing out-burst against the World of Retro. Now he has turned his curmudgeonous eye on a list of other cycling misdemeanors. From socks to bikes to races, they all get an Ed tongue lashing.
Sunday October 1, 2017
Ed's Opinion: What makes a rider a good guy that doped or a bad doper? Ed Hood has found that Davide Rebellin has fallen into the second group of the unforgiven miscreants. Why is Marco Pantani a hero while Alejandro Valverde is a villain? Ed takes the lid off a tricky can of worms.