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Col du Tourmalet: Top Ride & Descent Video

With the 2020 Tour de France still fresh as one of the most unexpected in years, and the 2021 route just revealed, it's never a bad time to dream of great riding days ahead.  Stage 18 of next year's Tour takes riders from Pau to the finish climb up Luz Ardiden, after summiting the mighty Tourmalet - one of cycling's hallowed and most revered ribbons of road. 

PEZ’s Must Do Milan City Tour

VIDEO: It took me a few tries to get it right, but now Milan is one of my favorite cities. Over the years I've honed this mini tour to get my dose of Italy's fashion & industrial capital - which usually happens after a long flight when getting out there is the best way to power through the jetlag and soak in the culture, vibe, and negronis - of this vibrant city.

Top Ride: The Carpegna – Pantani’s Training Climb

The 2020 Giro d'Italia Stage 12 runs a long 205km circuit from Cesenatico  - Marco Pantani's home town.  The route is lumpy all day - with 5 categorized climbs.  Although Il Pirata's favorite climb - the Carpegna is not on this year's route, I rode it myself and it's a must do for any cycling trip to the region.  Here's what it's like...

The Top Destinations for Cycling Trips

Cycling holidays are one way to enjoy the scenic views that this world has to offer while staying active along the way. You can experience some of the most famous cycling tour routes from around the globe today.

Top Rides: PEZ Vs The Mur de Huy

What surprised me most about the Fleche Wallonne parcours was just how hard this 200km ‘semi-Classic’ is. There’s nothing ‘semi’ about it… It deserves the prime time and throws up 11 rated climbs, including 3 passes over a 1300 meter brute called the Mur de Huy. Here’s how it happened to me…

Paris-Roubaix: My First Time Riding The PAVE

It was a day of historic – and epic – proportions. We’ve journeyed far, across continents, oceans, and the toughest roads in Europe, to arrive at the route for Sunday’s Hell of the North – Paris-Roubaix. Me and my butt found out first hand what it’s like to ride the “pavé”.

Four Unforgettable Rides on the Jersey Shore

Referred to simply as the “Jersey Shore”, the Atlantic-faring side of the Garden State spans about 140 miles of oceanfront. And cyclists get to experience all of it thanks to some amazing rides on the Jersey Shore. Here are four biking routes that are sure to leave your heart, as they say here, “down the shore.”

Top Ride: Cycling in Valpolicella Wine Country

One of the best reasons for choosing a good bike hotel is their skill to show me the best their region has to offer - like routes, rides, food & drink that I simply could not find on my own. This ride (and subsequent wine tasting) never would have have happened without my guide from Garda Bike Hotel leading me on a relaxed ride through the hills of valpolicella and an even more relaxed stop at the Santa Maria Valverde winery.