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Gore Oxygen Classics Kit For Spring And Fall Review
Most of us have our favorite kit to wear on when the temperature soars or when it drops during dead of winter. But what about when the temperature is neither blazing hot nor freezing cold? Enter the kit – appropriately named after the Spring Classics when the weather can be cold and windy with a little rain thrown in just for fun.
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Kuurne & Nieuwsblad: Why We Love These Cobbled Classics
The cobble season starts on Saturday with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and then rattles into Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne on Sunday. Make no mistake, these races are for the hard men of the roads and if you win one you will never have to buy a beer in Flanders for the rest of your life. Ed Hood looks back at his visits to the 'cobbles weekend' from 2010 to 2015.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 22, 2018 - Modern car technology halted Mark Cavendish's Abu Dhabi Tour-Top Story. Abu Dhabi stage 1 goes to Alexander Kristoff-result and video. Season proper starts on Saturday-Team announcements. Other cycling news: Rally Cycling in Phoenix, first win for Polartec-Kometa, Mirza hat-trick, Roubaix news, new kit for Dumoulin and UAE on the road (air).
Het Nieuwsblad'18: The PEZ Preview!
Race Preview: This Saturday will be the 73rd edition (or 70th depending upon whether you count the three cancelled editions) of what most would agree is the start of the ‘real’ season, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a race steeped in tradition and one which most Belgian riders would sacrifice body parts in order to win.
Cycling Psychology: What It Takes to Make a Champion
Many serious cyclists dream of their children finding fame and fortune on a bike, following in the footsteps of other great young riders including Tejay van Garderen and Taylor Phinney. But the question to ask is what does it take to become a great cyclist? There are three components (pun intended)…
Retro Talk: Phil Thomas - British Star Of The 80s
Retro Interview: Phil Thomas burst on the British pro scene and was a winner from the start, but he had been doing the same amongst the amateurs. Ed Hood caught up with the fast-finisher in his osteopaths surgery in Liverpool to hear of his career from schoolboy to veteran champ.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Feb 19, 2018 - Sky did a one-two in Algarve, Astana did the same in Oman and Lotto Soudal took the Ruta del Sol-A busy EUROTRASH Monday. Blythe disqualified for bike change-Top Story. Extra team for Strade Bianche, teams for Abu Dhabi, Meintjes in the Alps, Wild cards for Suisse, Cunego's last race, Bianchi bike Sponsor of Eurotarget and an Astana love story video.
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Viviani Kicks Abu Dhabi Stage 2
PeloPics: The wind played a big part on stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour and Quick-Step Floors' Elia Viviani was King of the echelons - Photo gallery, video and power data.
Abu Dhabi Stage 1: Kristoff In - Cav Out!
PeloPics: Mark Cavendish had to abandon stage 1 of the Abu Dhabi Tour in the neutralized zone after a crash - No problem for Alexander Kristoff as he took the victory and the leaders jersey. Photo gallery and race video.
Retro: Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne 2007 Photo Gallery
PeloPics: Hot on the heels of Saturday's Het Nieuwsblad comes Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. In 2007, Belgian hero Tom Boonen took his first of three Kuurne wins - Retro photo gallery and race video.
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Gore Oxygen Classics Kit For Spring And Fall Review
Most of us have our favorite kit to wear on when the temperature soars or when it drops during dead of winter. But what about when the temperature is neither blazing hot nor freezing cold? Enter the kit – appropriately named after the Spring Classics when the weather can be cold and windy with a little rain thrown in just for fun.
Castelli Alpha RoS Jersey Review
VIDEO: The Castelli Alpha RoS jersey is more than a jersey, it's a light jacket that's so crammed with features, I tried to pick just five that make this one so well suited to everything from cool, wet days to cool windy days.   Scroll down if you like to read and look, or click "play" on the video if you'd rather watch...
SCICON Hipo 550 Camo Saddle Bag Review
VIDEO: The Scicon Hipo 550 Camo saddle bag adds a dash of color to carry on board essentials for most rides, is easy to mount and snaps off to take with you at the coffee stop.
Best Of PEZ'17: Campagnolo Launch Disc Brakes (and they're good…)
Campagnolo have launched their anticipated Disc group tech in multiple group levels and with the feature set that the industry seemed to have settled on as the best way forward.
Best Of PEZ'17: Sarto Veneto SL Review - Custom Italian Detail for Stock$
Sarto are arguably more famous for the bikes they’ve been crafting for other Italian brands for the past 67 years. But the brand is growing quickly around the globe as they’ve stamped the family name on the down tube and started to take their due credit.
Elite Direto Trainer Review: $mart and Accurate.
Elite’s Direto direct drive trainer was meant to be the affordable step down from their top line “Drivo”. While they got the affordable part right with a 30% price drop, they don’t seem to have cut 30% of the feature/value set.
Kuurne & Nieuwsblad: Why We Love These Cobbled Classics
The cobble season starts on Saturday with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and then rattles into Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne on Sunday. Make no mistake, these races are for the hard men of the roads and if you win one you will never have to buy a beer in Flanders for the rest of your life. Ed Hood looks back at his visits to the 'cobbles weekend' from 2010 to 2015.
Het Nieuwsblad'18: The PEZ Preview!
Race Preview: This Saturday will be the 73rd edition (or 70th depending upon whether you count the three cancelled editions) of what most would agree is the start of the ‘real’ season, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a race steeped in tradition and one which most Belgian riders would sacrifice body parts in order to win.
The 2017/18 '6 Day' Season In Numbers
The 2017/18 winter '6 Day' season is over and the velodromes turn to other sports and music for the summer... and in some cases even cycling! Our PEZman, Ed Hood, managed to spectate and work at a few less 6s than normal, but he's in the perfect position to give us the run-down on the year and look at the future of the 'zesdaagse'.
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Top Ride Revisited: Gran Fondo Damiano Cunego!
As part of our stay with Garda Bike Hotel for the Pez 10th Anniversary, we signed up to ride the GF Damiano Cunego in nearby Verona. Our hosts Nicola & Alberto know the region, the people, and handled all the details for our stay in Lake Garda, which left nothing for us to do except enjoy the ride.
Top Ride: The Carpegna!
The Carpegna climb is best known as Marco Pantani's favorite training ground - and at 11%+ grades for 7km - it was a perfect place for the late climbing sensation to hone his legendary skills. I'd long wanted to ride it for myself, and got the chance this year while visiting the bike Hotel Lungomare in Cesenatico.
Ride 1000 Miles & Climb 100k Feet Across The Pyrenees With France From Inside
France From Inside Tours offers some of the best cycling trips in the Pyrenees in southern France, and one of their best is the epic Conquer the Pyrenees: 12 days riding 1000 miles from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and back, climbing over 100,000 feet. The company owner and lead guide, Allan Reeves, explains why this trip is so popular, it's back for the 13th year.
2018 At-A-Glance: A Year of Cycling Suggestions with DuVine
Cycle a Mediterranean island, watch the TDF in the French Alps, or let a famous chef prepare your meals in Tuscany—Grand Tours and cycling vacations are as abundant as cols in Europe, and the options for this year’s big biking trip can be overwhelming.
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PEZ Bookshelf: Magnum Cycling
Cycling is a sport that is ideal for photographic interpretation: the breath-taking landscapes, elegant bicycles, and close-up human interest. “Magnum Cycling” is an impressive book that has come from the archives at Magnum, a sampling of unexpected treasures that will leave you wishing for more.
PEZ Bookshelf: My Hour By Bradley Wiggins
One of the great milestones of cycling has been the Hour Record, first set officially in 1893 by Henri Desgrange. And over the years there were many who took up the challenge. Sir Bradley Wiggins was the most recent to join this select club and his book, “My Hour,” is perhaps the first detailed account to describe what it takes to set the record, a ride so hard that Eddy Merckx felt it shortened his career.
The 2018 Gravel And Tar Classic
The New Zealand ‘Gravel & Tar Classic’ recently held its 3rd edition and for the first time this year it was classified as a UCI 1.2 event. 131 kilometres of rolling gravel and tar roads and tracks, set in the beautiful lower half of the North Island of New Zealand. Bob Selden was on hand to check out all the action from this up and coming race.
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Sa Calobra (Mallorca) with Fränk Schleck
With 26 hairpin bends, including its iconic 270° twist right at the very summit, there's little wonder why the road from Sa Calobra to the Coll dels Reis is the most famous on the whole of Mallorca.
Giants of Switzerland - Furka, Nufenen and St Gotthard!
Check out our latest video, tackling three of the biggest climbs in Switzerland, the legendary Furka, Nufenen and St Gotthard!
Cormet de Roselend via Col du Pré
The centre feature of Stage 11 of the 2018 Tour de France from Albertville to La Rosière, the Cormet de Roselend has been the scene of much drama over the years.
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Cycling Psychology: What It Takes to Make a Champion
Many serious cyclists dream of their children finding fame and fortune on a bike, following in the footsteps of other great young riders including Tejay van Garderen and Taylor Phinney. But the question to ask is what does it take to become a great cyclist? There are three components (pun intended)…
Calpe - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -Wout Van Aert of Crelan Charles team and Stephen Hyde pictured during training camp in Calpe, Spain, 01/12/2017 - photo GvG/PN/Cor Vos © 2017
How To Build Better Cycling Intervals
Whoever said "slow and steady wins the race" obviously never raced a bike. So what's the best way to win a bike race? Interval training. Training with cycling intervals is simply alternating bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity. Here's how to make yours count.
ErgVideo 5: Adds Awesome New Smart Trainer Features For Free
ErgVideo - makers of some of the best reality-based cycling training videos anywhere, has introduced several new, easy-to-use, and free features including a smart-trainer platform that includes complete power-based training plans and workouts that require no purchase, and no subscription fees.
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Would You Like to Feel a Bit of Italy in Canada?
Come and visit us at the Toronto International Bicycle Show (March 2 to 4, 2018). The Bicycle Show is about what is new and hot in bikes, accessories, clothing and tours for 2018.
Verve InfoCrank® Track Version Release - The Game Changer
Verve Cycling Launches the Track version of the reputed InfoCrank® power meter. Great Britain Cycling team will premiere the Track model at the upcoming World Championships in Apeldoorn.
Haute Route and USA Cycling Join Forces to Grow Amateur Cycling in the U.S.
New partnership features cross-promotional discounts and benefits for USA Cycling members and Haute Route event participants.
USACRITS.tv to Launch March 15th
USACRITS.tv is designed to create a sustainable platform for the growth and funding of this passion. Membership and purchase of pay-per-view events will directly support additional live streaming, prize money, events, and most importantly, teams and athletes.
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Readers' Rigs: Cervélo S3
Today's rig is a Cervélo S3 that was bought as a frame only back in 2011 but has received some classy upgrades to put it easily on par with more modern machines. Built up with SRAM Red and some sweet carbon rims from Fairwheelbikes the bike weighs in at a very light 6.32 kg to make it a great climbing and flats bike for owner Twain from San Francisco.
Readers' Rigs: Museum Stunner!
After Ed Hood's look at some stunning track bikes from the 80s, today we look at an iconic Readers' Rig. A custom steel effort with a difference, based on a Shimano promotional poster from the '80s. With the frame copied perfectly from the poster the owner himself then hit the spraybooth to paint his creation with the result being such a cool bike that Shimano themselves bought it and now have it displayed in their bike museum in Japan!
Readers' Rigs: Field Disc Road
To celebrate his fiftieth birthday, Richard from Sheffield in the U.K treated himself to a beautiful custom bike from the guys at Field Cycles that he tried to build up with as many local components as possible all the while keeping the bike modern, classy and sporty. Objective achieved I'd say.
Interviews
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Retro Talk: Phil Thomas - British Star Of The 80s
Retro Interview: Phil Thomas burst on the British pro scene and was a winner from the start, but he had been doing the same amongst the amateurs. Ed Hood caught up with the fast-finisher in his osteopaths surgery in Liverpool to hear of his career from schoolboy to veteran champ.
'6 Day' Rider Stephen Bradbury - Living The Dream!
Rider Interview: To be twenty-four years old and doing what you love is a dream most of us don't manage, but young trackman Stephen Bradbury was 'living the dream' pounding the Copenhagen Ballerup velodrome boards in last week's '6 Day'. Ed Hood was there to talk to the man from Reading.
Canada And Astana's Hugo Houle Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: The Astana team have been training in Calpe - like most World Tour teams - and so our man in Spain, Al Hamilton, made the short journey to catch-up with the Kazakhstan team's Canadian rider Hugo Houle. How to become a WorldTour professional and his plans for the future.
Retro PEZ Talk: TT Champ Turned Road Pro Peter Hill
Retro Interview: Peter Hill was one of the top British time trialists of the 1960s who went to France to find his fortune on the road... and never returned. A string of amateur victories led to a pro contract with the Peugeot team and the Tour de France, then what? Ed Hood found out.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 22, 2018 - Modern car technology halted Mark Cavendish's Abu Dhabi Tour-Top Story. Abu Dhabi stage 1 goes to Alexander Kristoff-result and video. Season proper starts on Saturday-Team announcements. Other cycling news: Rally Cycling in Phoenix, first win for Polartec-Kometa, Mirza hat-trick, Roubaix news, new kit for Dumoulin and UAE on the road (air).
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Feb 19, 2018 - Sky did a one-two in Algarve, Astana did the same in Oman and Lotto Soudal took the Ruta del Sol-A busy EUROTRASH Monday. Blythe disqualified for bike change-Top Story. Extra team for Strade Bianche, teams for Abu Dhabi, Meintjes in the Alps, Wild cards for Suisse, Cunego's last race, Bianchi bike Sponsor of Eurotarget and an Astana love story video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 15, 2018 - Head down and business as usual for Chris Froome - Top Story. A full EUROTRASH Thursday with reports, results and video from Andalusia, Algarve and Oman. Rider preview from the Abu Dhabi Tour, Bahrain-Merida get all dressed up and we go behind the scenes at the Tour of Dubai with Astana. Coffee time.