It's Gent - Wevelgem 1974; you've made it over the savage Kemmel climb twice with the lead group and survived hanging on the back of an Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck driven purge on the run-in; there are 17 guys left, so maybe you would settle for a top ten? Not if your name is Barry Hoban and you feel that the 'over-drive' is in your legs.
I connected with a source in Russia who agreed to answer questions about life in his country since Ukraine was invaded. They agreed to answer my questions only with complete anonymity.
'Le Grand Fusil' - The Big Gun - they called him and he is still firing away after all these years. Raphaël Geminiani was a talented albeit hotheaded pro racer before becoming a brilliant albeit hotheaded Directeur Sportif and definitely qualifies as a Character from the Golden Age of Racing. His wit and wisdom can be found in a charming little book from Rapha Editions.
"If there had been the Poggio back then, they wouldn't have seen me until the finish!" So says Brian Robinson, who in 1957, became the first English-speaker to stand on the podium of the Primavera. But for the cycling politics of the time, Robinson might well have pre-dated Tom Simpson as the first Englishman to win this legendary race, but let's go back to '57 and hear it from Brian.
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.
The final installment of our Tour of California coverage comes from photographer Darrell Parks, who took many of the images that so vividly captured the racing here on PEZ. I asked Darrell for a few of his favorite pics, and his memories from the week…
Colin Lewis was a top British professional in the 60's and 70's and if you are of a certain age he will have been one of your heroes. Tour de France rider, multi-national champion and many wins to his name - Ed Hood looks back over the life of a true champion.
While 2022 marks PezCyclingNews' 20th anniversary, there are other milestones worth recognizing. For those riding virtually this year marked the 10th edition of The Tour of Sufferlandria, but for those wanting to ride outdoors and enjoy the pleasures of vintage machinery, roll out those steel bikes and head to Austria in June for the 10th edition of the wonderful In Velo Veritas, held in the wine region north of Vienna.