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.
Since last Saturday's Tour de France stunning stage 20 time trial, the race against the clock has been on everyones lips. So, we've been gathering the thoughts of Nikolai Razouvaev again, this time the Russian 'in the know' looks at the time trial bike. The pros and the cons - but mostly the cons.
Book Review: Thanks to Covid-19 the 2020 Giro d'Italia started this weekend in Sicily... In October! Thanks to “Maglia Rosa: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia” by British author/Italian resident Herbie Sykes, we have an English-language history of the Giro d’Italia.
Continuing Ed Hood's theme of why there seems to be more crashes in the professional peloton recently, Ed caught up with British star of the 60’s and 70’s, Norman Hill for his thoughts. There have been many changes over the years - Norman throws some light on the less than positive 'improvements'.
There is a very special jersey that, once you win it at a one day event, it is yours for a year wherever you race. This jersey, is of course, the glorious rainbow-striped confection first donned by Alfredo Binda in 1927. Its fascinating history is the subject of “Chasing the Rainbow: The Story of Road Cycling's World Championships” by Giles Belbin.
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.”
Continuing with Ed Hood's series of 'English speaking' Tour de France pioneers, Ed moves onto Derek Harrison. Sadly Harrison died in May, 2018 in his adopted home of France, but his pro career spanned the 60s and 70s and include many top wins and two appearances in the French Grand Tour.
Australia, once deemed primarily suitable as a dumping-off place for convicts, is in fact a stunningly beautiful land. Its wild countryside has attracted explorers and adventurers, but cycling around it takes a special dedication. Some of the brave and/or eccentric souls who did are the subjects of a new book by Daniel Oakman, “Wild Ride.”