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PEZ Bookshelf: The Cyclist’s Cookbook

“Food, glorious food! What is there more handsome?” sang the boys in the musical “Oliver” and for those of us putting in the miles, is a germane question. And while one's thoughts turn to pizza and beer, we know that the right food should be a natural part of every cyclist's consideration. A new cookbook from sports nutritionist Nigel Mitchell is just the appetizer to get that diet right.

Remembering British Champion Mark Bell

Mark Bell was a British road champion as an amateur and a professional, plus he had an uncountable amount of wins, but there could have been much more in his shortened career. Mark was also taken from us too early at only 48 years of age. Ed Hood spoke to his brother, Tony Bell, to hear more about Mark's life.

PEZ Goes to the Movies: Surfing the Line – Inside the World of Hill Climb Racing

The British invented the safety bicycle, but racing in the United Kingdom took its own peculiar course as competing en masse on the open road was forbidden, the Brits circumvented the rules with a focus on the individual time trial. While racing has come out into the open, and British success at the highest level of racing is undoubted, there remains a peculiar holdover from days past: hill climb racing.

The Peloton Party Animals

The peloton has its characters, but cycling is such a hard sport that having a wild time is not a good idea. On the other hand there are a few riders who have managed to have a good time between racing. Ed Hood has his pick of the 'Peloton Party Animals'.

PEZ Bookshelf: The Road Book 2021

Following the global disruptions of 2020, the question was whether this year would see some kind of return to normality. If “normal” means the same kind of exciting racing we actually did see last year, then 2021 had plenty to offer and the latest edition of the unique cycling almanac, “The Road Book,” brings those memories back in focus, along with plenty of other entertainment.

The Impossible Hour and Those Who Failed

The World Hour record is the true test of a champion. Riders have needed to be lifted off their machine at the finish, and the great Eddy Merckx said it shortened his career, but they will never stop trying. Ed Hood takes a look at the top men who failed in the hour race of truth.

Pez Bookshelf: The Art of Cycling

Participants in men's professional bike racing have not been noted for intellectual pursuits or firepower. Maybe you don't have to think much when riding. But in “The Art of Cycling,” perhaps the most unusual cycling-related book we have enjoyed, there is revealed a very different side.

Remembrance At Le Tour De France

The roads, fields and forests of France that are today the perfect picnic spot to set up camp and awaiting passage of the world's greatest cycling race, were once fields of fire where killing the enemy was the only thing that mattered. As time claims the last survivors of the Wars and rob us of their living memories, remembrance of the sacrifices of those thousands is even more important.