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Amstel Gold: PEZ Rides The Hills!

The Amstel Gold race is distinctive for three reasons: it’s the youngest of the north Classics at only 41 years, it’s named after a sponsor instead of start/finish towns, and it’s got 31 tough hills. PEZ pre-rode the course, and it’s a good thing that sponsor is a beer company…

Amstel History: The Dutch Treat

The winner of Paris-Roubaix is assured of a place in the main pages of the cycling history books. The winner of the Amstel Gold Race isn’t. Why ? It’s a great race, with its steep short slopes and narrow roads, and has delivered winners like Merckx, Hinault, Maertens, Knetemann, Zoetemelk, ...

The PEZ Track Primer

The world track championships are underway on the rapid Bordeaux velodrome in France this week, and although most attention is on the upcoming Ardennes classics, we offer this handy PEZ-guide to the various events. To the untrained eye, all those roundy-round races may seem the same, but you’ll be amazed at what can be done on a high banked oval…

Amstel Gold 2006: Out With The Pave, Into The Hills

In one quick week, the Spring Classics go from tough, cobbled, hellish tests of strength to tough, hellish tests of strength...without the cobbles. The racing heads to the hills for the next week, first into the Limburg region of Holland for the Amstel Gold Race, and then it's to the Ardennes. PEZ takes a look at the tough course and riders that will leave their mark on Holland's only Classic.

Roubaix Preview: Steve Bauer Remembers

The Queen of the Classics, or Hell of the North? In this week's chapter of our ongoing Classics focus, Steve Bauer remembers Paris-Roubaix as both... "Ah yes Paris Roubaix. A definite favorite of mine with a lot of really good memories to share. I could probably write a book... yeah maybe I could in my spare time..."

Roubaix History: From Queen To Hell… And Back!

The 104th edition of the most important of all the Classics runs this Sunday. No true racer would be satisfied with only a view to the upcoming race-day – no way no how! To fully appreciate the beauty that is Roubaix, one must understand how this race was born, and the battles that shaped her into the Queen she is today…

Paris-Roubaix06: Preview From Hell

She's back again, this time for the 110th Anniversary of the first running, and interestingly enough, the cobbled sections are probably in exactly the same condition as they were over a century ago - perhaps worse. Indeed, Paris-Roubaix is the greatest anachronism in pro cycling, perhaps in all of sport - she's also arguably the toughest, meanest, evillest beast in all of bike racing.

Gent06: Big Bert’s Bid Bust

Strong man Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) became only the second Norwegian ever to win a classic (after Dag-Otto Lauritzen’s victory in Henninger Turm in 1987) with a last second surge, but it was PEZ-Fave Bert Roesem's solo bid that had the Belgians cheering...