As the ASO looks forward to a fresh start at this year's Tour, PEZ' Guy Wilson-Roberts looks back forty years to 1968 when the Tour de France hoped to prevent doping in the peloton and ensure a tour of good health following Tom Simpson's death the year before.
VERSUS television hosted their annual pre-Tour press conference with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, and although attendance seemed sparse compared to previous years, PEZ was there the voices of cycling for the English-speaking world did not hold back in looking ahead to this year's race.
Giant Bicycle's global media camp hosted journos from around the world to meet their 2009 bikes - including the new and improved TCR Advanced SL, the lightest & stiffest road bike ever created by Giant. These rides are sweet, and the riding sweeter in Mallorca Spain - here's how it looked...
Scottish rider Alex Coutts, who is a regular interviewee on Pez, has been riding in Asia this season for the Giant Asia Race Team; it’s now been five months since his season started in the Tour of Langkawi. As “The Burntisland Buzzard” is training again in Spain for a hard six week period of racing in China, Japan and Korea, I thought it was about time we got an up-date on life competing in the UCI Asia Tour circuit.
Anyone who tagged along on my Giro adventures will know of my deep affinity for the Negroni – the apertivo ‘classissimo’ that is best sipped on a hot evening in Roma, although any Italian piazza will do almost as well, and in fact a warm day or eve just a slight thirst in any part of the world will still deliver a desired dose of ‘la vida Italiana’.
Just because we talk so much about riding in Europe doesn’t mean we should ignore the rest of the planet, especially where the cycling is world class. CycleVentures offers guided cycling trips around the world – including their new "Two Oceans" crossing of Costa Rica from the Pacific to the Carribean.