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Travel: Meet Il Perlo Panorama

On my last Italian holiday with Mrs. Pez, we stayed in a small hotel on Lago di Como, the hotel Il Perlo above Bellagio on the climb to the Madonna del Ghisallo church. The quiet surroundings and breath taking views were enough to warrant a return visit – but its location on the route for the Giro di Lombardia, and proximity to this year’s Worlds in Mendrisio make it a worthy stop for any PEZ Fan …

Travel: Madonna del Ghisallo Church

It's gray and raining here in Vancouver - typical fall/winter - perfect to start dreaming about next year's cycling trips! A signature climb of the Giro di Lombardia is the famous Madonna del Ghisallo church, high above Lake Como in Northern Italy. This tiny 'chiesa' is home to the Patron Saint of Cyclists, and is a must see on any trip to the region...

Top Rides: The Climb to Madonna del Ghisallo

You can't fully appreciate the Race of the Falling Leaves without a closeup look at the climb to the fabled Madonna del Ghisallo church above the steep & picturesque shores of Lake Como in northern Italy. The deciding move often starts on this tough ascent, and for any fan, it's a ride you gotta do…

PEZ Presents: The 1952 Giro Di Lombardia

Lombardia Preview: 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…

The Ideal Day in Italy

If you asked the Gods of Cycling to put together a perfect day, in a perfect place, you’d be hard-pressed to come up with anything better than a home-base in Como… a ride up the Ghisallo… and a dinner to die for. It’s all part of the perfect Italian package.

Lombardia06: No Ceremony For You!

In yet another case of politics spoiling the fun, both riders and fans were screwed out of a podium ceremony after the 100th Giro di Lombardia last Saturday, all because of the continued bickering between race organizers RCS and the UCI. PEZ-Man Alessandro Federico was knee-deep in the hoopla as confusion and tempers flared at the finish…

Chasing Lombardia: The Day With PEZ

I've covered a lot of major sporting events in the United States... everything from the World Series to national championship games in college football, and many contests in between. But for my money, there's nothing like a big-time road race in Europe. Last Saturday, I had the good fortune to report for PEZ from the Giro di Lombardia. It was a helluva adventure, here's how the day tapped out...

Lombardia06: Bettini The Champion!

Yesterday, Paolo Bettini admitted to entertaining thoughts of quitting bike racing following the death of his brother, Sauro. He continued only because he felt that Sauro would want him to do his jersey justice and win, and today, there was nothing stopping little Paolo Bettini. It seems that most days that Bettini wants to win, Bettini wins, but when Bettini has a true mission with help on his shoulders - it's a done deal.

Lombardia06 Preview: Friday On La Corsa

Friday the 13th unlucky for some, but not so much for PEZ-Man Bob Cullinan who spent the day riding over the Giro di Lombardia corsa around Lake Como in northern Italy. He also sent us some photos of the day… thanks a lot Bob… lucky s.o.b.