For someone just coming into the world of cyclesports, the terminology, concepts and history can perhaps be baffling. How can you win the Tour de France without winning a single stage? Who was the Eagle of Toledo? What is the Cima Coppi? When you ride tempo up the Alpe and the elastic snaps, does the Man With the Hammer come? Thanks to a lovely little book by Tom Bromley, all will be made clear.
Phil Liggett was the commentator who was as much a part of professional bike racing as the riders team managers and the Tour de France publicity caravan. Now Demand Films presents a documentary about the life and times of Phil Liggett, playing at your local cinema (at least in Canada) on October 25.
PEZ Roadside reports have been a bit thin on the ground for the last two years, thanks to our 'friend' Covid-19. But as the British national road championships had been postponed to the third week in October Ed Hood couldn't miss the chance of some roadside action in the cobbled centre of Lincoln.
Carefully working my way through Phil Cavell's “The Midlife Cyclist” for some weeks now, a remarkable book of startling scope, whenever I mention the title it causes people to smile or laugh indulgently. But “The Midlife Cyclist” is actually a thought-provoking exploration of something that has never before existed: a great cohort of middle-aged athletes rewriting our knowledge of human health and performance.
Jack Thompson grew up following the Tour de France on middle-of-the-night broadcasts in his homeland and dreaming of competing in the race himself. He came to realize that he was not fast enough for the pros but still the dream was there and in July he set out alone to win the 2021 Tour, sort of. It was to be “the Amazing Chase.”
'Goodbye from Bergamo' - seems a fitting title for the last race of the pro cycling season "proper". While riders and fans enjoy the last-day-of-school atmosphere, I was living out a wish that's been in the making for almost 10 years - to chase Il Lombardia myself.
Utter confusion was the look on my face when Alessandro handed me the old newspaper and said it was a gift. Upon closer inspection, I realized I was holding the official program of the 1952 Giro di Lombardia – in mint condition! Once I got over the shock that such a treasure still existed – I couldn’t wait to share it with PEZ-Fans…
I joined company founder Mike Fogarty and their Chief Science Officer Dr. Luke Bucci on zoom to talk about the new Liquid Shot, debuting in Wild Berry flavor, and find out how they've used science to made a good product even better.
Norman Hill, Bernard Tapie and Heiko Salzwedel were three very different men and were important to cycling in different ways. Ed Hood looks back at their lives through the words of people who knew them well.