The final two nights have come and gone and all that remains are the story and pictures from yet another Six Day tended to by the inimitable Edmond Hood. Mr. Hood takes us back track-side for the final third of the Grenoble Six, a thrilling race only decided in the final madison.
Ed Hood is at it again as we roll through the middle third of the Grenoble Six. His sleeping hours are comparable to a toddler's age, but his stories are only picking up steam. In this dispatch the the tales are plentiful: from Track God Patrick Sercu, to police chases, to crashes, all the way to Alpe d'Huez.
The 2006/7 six-day season kicked-off in late September at Maastricht in Holland. From there the grand tour of the great tracks of Europe begins and continues into the Spring. PEZ takes a look at the Six Day season so far and gets the story of the Grenoble Six started: PEZ-Man Ed Hood is once again in the trenches.
This weekend’s Giro di Lombardia is as great a race as it is under-rated. A true “climbers” classic – it runs around the stepp & picturesque shores of Lake Como in northern Italy. It won't decide the ProTour, but for any self-respecting Italian, winning this race is second only to Milan-San Remo. The deciding move usually starts on the tough ascent to the fabled Madonna del Ghisallo church. This is a ride you gotta do…
The Rainbow Jersey has been won by Bettini and lost by everybody else, but there's still work to do. There are three classics to fight for, The Championship of Zurich, Paris-Tours and the final Monument of the year - the Giro di Lombardia. First up is Zurich and PEZ gives a little history of those 240 kilometeres around the hills close to the city of gnomes and bank vaults.
The Championship of Zurich, or the Zuri-Metzgete, will be an entertaining race as always - with a number of heavy hitters coming to Switzerland on great form. But really, how tough can a race beside the beautiful Swiss lake be? We rode a couple laps to see for ourselves…
A lady that loved the World Champ’s stripes so much she just had to have two candy striped jerseys this year took home the gold in the Women’s Road Race. Marianne Vos, this year’s World Cyclocross Champion and only 19 years old added another jersey to her wardrobe in a strong display in Austria today.