Our PEZ-Man in Italy, Alessandro Federico, wasn't going to miss the 2021 Strade Bianche, but no race accreditation and the worry of being stopped by the police added new challenges. Burt 'Race Chasing' is Ale's speciality, if anyone could do it... Ale - Il campione race chaser.
One of the most beautiful races of the year is without a doubt the Strade Bianche on the now mythical white gravel roads. Following the race and capturing all the action and beauty of the 2015 race roadside for PEZ was our experienced race chaser Alessandro who had a perfect day out in the Tuscan countryside.
Ed Roadside in Belgium: From the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, Ed's gang of 'Race Chasers' moved a little down the road for the second race of the Belgian opening weekend - Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and more cobbled action. A stunningly dry day for a northern Classic, but that wouldn't 'dampen' the atmosphere.
Best of PEZ Roadside: You know when the season proper has started when your inbox is full of photos of cobbles and cold bike riders from Belgium with the name Ed Hood on the email. First up was the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, but the Classic weekend started on Friday night in Gent for Ed and his gang.
PEZman in Italy, Alessandro Federico, was facing the bleak situation of a no 'Race Chase' season, but the 'new normal' rearranged season gave him the 2020 World road championships on his doorstep. It would be rude not to go 'Roadside'. Here is his photo gallery of a day in Imola.
The world is a different place from last year, and thanks to Covid-19 our lives have changed. It's Tour de France time (yes, it shouldn't be in September) and Ed Hood should be 'Roadside' in France. He's at home in Scotland reminiscing over the good and the not so good points of the Tour.
For every Batman there is a Robin and Callum MacGregor is the Robin to Ed Hood's Batman. Callum is the PEZ Tour de France chauffeur; yes, he sees the French Grand Tour close up, rub shoulders with the stars, look at the distractions and drive on those closed roads, but he does have a lot to put up with. Driving Miss Eddy.
"Spectating at Il Lombardia" was the subject of the email from PEZ-Fan Ron V. looking for tips on chasing the 'Race of the Falling Leaves'. I had the perfect itinerary for him - since I'd already done it in 2015. With the rescheduled Lombardia on Saturday, August 15, here's a nice little read and photo book that I think captures the epicness and essence of beautiful race in a truly beautiful setting.