Season 2020 part 2 was about to kick in, but our man in Austria, Jason Saltzman, made an early start with the Slovenian National time trial championships and the Palten-Ennstal Tour. Racing at last!
While these dying days of the year are usually reserved for a warm look back at the hilights of the past 12 months, the only thinking about 2020 is "don't let the door hit you on the way out!" But then the glass-is-half-full version of me pipes in with that we still created some of the best stories ever here on PEZ.
New Zealand is an amazing tourist destination and so as part of Chris Selden's one year travel plan around the world, it was an obvious stop in his itinerary. Not so obvious would be to do the 119km Slicks and Stones cyclosportive on a mixture of gravel and tar roads, but due to his father now living in New Zealand and being the organiser - did he really have a choice?
Italian cycling ground to a halt as it was about to burst into Spring blossom, as the Italian government put the whole country on lockdown to help stem the spread of the corona virus. Italian PEZ-Man, Alessandro Federico lives in Fano, and gives us a glimpse of life in a Red Zone as the corona virus takes over Italy.
Rider Blog - Catching up with Jordan Cheyne: This year was never going to be normal for me, that was decided well before the words “Corona Virus” were ever mentioned on CNN. Last December, I had my big one, the devastating crash that it seems like every professional cyclist endures at least once in their careers.
Bookshelf: As we all know, Europe is the Promised Land of Cycling and as a professional athlete if you want to make it big you need to make it there. 2019 saw a Colombian, Egan Bernal, victorious, and a fascinating book, “The Big Climb,” recounts the ups and downs of a South American country's love affair with pro racing.
It's been a very strange year for everyone and the world has been turned upside down. Professional sport crammed into a few months, some people were not allowed to ride outside and others given the freedom 'to work from home' and get in the miles. Here's how the PEZ Crew have handled our Covid-19 year:
The Cambridge Dictionary defines an almanac as “a book published every year that includes information for that year such as important days, times of the sun rising and going down, or changes in the moon.” “The Road Book 2020” may not contain information on lunar phases but is a truly indispensable reference guide to the ups and down of this unique year in racing.