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.
GIRO TT PREVIEW VIDEO: I discovered riding in Italy's prosecco region in the Veneto as part of the Prosecco Cycling gran fondo. Vineyards, lush rolling hills, and a 19% climb will also feature as the major obstacle in the 2020 Giro d'Italia's stage 14 time trial from Conegliano to Valdobbadiene. Luckily I had the GoPro rolling for some stunning on-bike video of the climb, the ride, and the prosecco & scampi rest stop.
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...
Negroni Week on PEZ wouldn't be complete without homage to a true maestro of mixology. I speak only of Marco - proprietor of the legendary Barolino in Levanto Italy. I vowed after first discovering his bar at the 2009 Giro to return one day with Mrs. Pez - and order two of his finest Negronis.
In 2003 I went to cover my first Tour de France as part of the press. I had almost no readers and even less money, so I rented the cheapest car I could find. It was small, and had no a/c, but I managed to capture some of it on video. Let's set the Way Back machine for Lyon, France.
"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.
Italy, land of vino, pasta, Fausto Coppi and home of the ultimate retro-ride. L’Eroica, “the Heroic,” runs every October, but it has been canceled for 2020. PEZman Leslie Reissner looks back to when he was lucky enough to join the participants enjoying some fine weather, great food and some truly terrible roads on heavy bicycles with inappropriate gearing and lousy brakes.