Beryl Burton was one of Britain's greatest athletes and one of the best cyclists ever, a story brought to life and beautifully told in the DVD “Racing is Life - The Beryl Burton Story.”
Giuseppe Marinoni, a seminal figure in Canadian cyclesports, is still out on his bicycle but disappointed that he has to ride alone, due to Covid-19. Most people 82 years of age would be happy to ride at all but Marinoni, the subject of a charming 2014 documentary, put in 8,000 kms in 2019 and still has big plans.
Ed Hood looks back at the final stage of the 2012 Vuelta in Madrid. ‘Ultimo kilometro!’ the 'speaker' bellows into his mic as up on the big screen, De Kort tries to make his legs forget about the Bola del Mundo. His ‘body weight over the pedals’ style is similar to his Capo, John Degenkolb who sits in his slipstream awaiting the mindful moment. . .
Stage 17, the penultimate stage of the 2020 Vuelta a España, finishes on the summit of the Alto de La Covatilla. Back in 2012 the second last stage of the Vuelta finished on another mythical climb - The Bola del Mondo. Ed Hood and Martin Williamson were there for PEZ, this is the story of their day, with updated big photos.
Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, has cast his eye on a Spanish icon; José María Jiménez. The Spanish climber was in the Pantani mould, and like the Italian he came to a sad end. Jiménez was a hero to many. 'El Chava' was one of the last pure climbers; exciting to watch, but ultimately tragic.
Vuelta a España Retro: With this year's Vuelta a España making a return to Asturias and l'Angliru on Sunday, Ed Hood got his diary and photo album out for one of his favourite days on a Grand Tour. The mythical climb of the Alto de l'Angliru sticks in the memory for reasons both political and sporting - Ed's day on the Angliru.
The strange bike racing year that is 2020 has seen some confusing things like races with no spectators and Spring Classics in autumn but the weirdest is the overlapping of two Grand Tours as the Giro's final week coincides with the Vuelta's first. But in 1981 only three days separated the two races and Giovanni Battaglin, in the new book “48 Days,” tells the astonishing story of how he won both.
Thursday's stage 6 of the 2020 Giro d'Italia passes through the town of Pisticci. Back in 2013, 'The Pez' was also in Pisticci, for a lot longer than he planned, due to the maze-like layout of old Italian towns. Here's the story: “Sempre Dritto” – ‘always forward’
It's a sad time for Ed Hood, he should be in Italy for the Giro, but... So as the 2020 Giro d'Italia finishes its first week, Ed has his Giro photo album out to compile his personal 'Alternative A to Z' of the Italian Grand Tour. We love the Giro and Ed knows the race better than most, take note of his (near) complete guide to everything Giro.