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Michele Scarponi - A Life In Photos
Over 6,000 people attended the Tuesday service to lay to rest Michele Scarponi in his home town of Filottrano in the Marche region of Italy, including many top cyclists from the past and present who were there to pay their last respects. We say goodbye with a photographic tribute to a very special man.
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WIN: VISION TRIMAX 30 KB Wheelset
WIN a TriMax 30 KB Clincher wheelset from VISION - a great workhorse wheel for all around use. It has a wider rim profile to allow for a comfortable ride and is tubeless ready. CLICK HERE TO ENTER
Scicon Race Rain Bag Review
Compact, and sturdy, but built to stow a whole lotta riding kit - the Scicon Race rain bag makes for easy to access storage of all your race day riding clothing. Click in to watch my video review.
Arriverderci Phil Edwards
On the same weekend as the death of Michele Scarponi; news came through that English/Italian rider of the 60s, 70s and 80s Phil Edwards had passed away at his home in Monaco. Ed Hood pays his tribute to one of the stars of English cycling who made it big on the continent.
Toolbox: First Endurance EFS-PRO Hydration
Proper and appropriate hydration on the bike is a critical component of sports nutrition. First Endurance has long been a leader with its EFS hydration product, and it has introduced a limited availability EFS-Pro version.
WHAT'S On PEZ - April 24 - 30, 2017
Astana Team Leader Michele Scarponi's tragic death is a lousy reason for a Photo Tribute, but it's the least we can do to remember the rider who was a great animator of the GIRO, and who'll be sadly missed around the sport. Also - You can ENTER TO WIN an set of Vision Trimax 3D wheels, relive the glory of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in our Photo Special, and lots more on site.
Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Daniel MARTIN (Ireland / Team Quick Step - Floors) - Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (Spain / Team Movistar) pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2017 - UCI Worldtour - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos ¨© 2017
Photo Special: LIEGE '17
Liège-Bastogne-Liège Photo Special: The Spring Classics season has rolled up in Liège with an exciting finalé, but with a fairly predictable out come - Alejandro Valverde. Cor Vos has all the best pics from Sunday, and so here is the PEZ Liège Photo Special to close the door on the 2017 Classics.
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Scicon Race Rain Bag Review
Compact, and sturdy, but built to stow a whole lotta riding kit - the Scicon Race rain bag makes for easy to access storage of all your race day riding clothing. Click in to watch my video review.
PEZ Goes Commuting: The Lumos Helmet
The dark nights are getting shorter, north of the equator, but more visibility is always a bonus - A bonus that might save your life. Leslie Reissner has been giving the Lumos helmet a good test during those long Canadian winter nights and casts light on the functionality of this bright headgear.
Castelli POTENZA JERSEY FZ Review
The Castelli Cycling Potenza Jersey FZ actually IS different from the other long sleeve jerseys at PEZ HQ (and I've got a drawer full). The Polartec Power Stretch fabric blocks wind and light rain like a shield, but offers lots of warmth and excellent breathability.
NAHBS’17 Part 9: Co-Motion
NAHBS 2017, Salt Lake City: In his final look at the North American Handmade Bike Show, Nic Sims peruses two offerings from Co-Motion bikes. The Divide and the Klatch are two very different steeds.
NAHBS'17 Part 8: ENIGMA Perfection!
NAHBS 2017, Salt Lake City: Nic Sims admits he has a bias towards the offering of ENIGMA bikes, but he does have a valid point, they are special. Three models from the British artisan: Exemplar, Ecroix and Elite… all worth a long look.
NAHBS'17 Part 7: Breadwinner And Calfee Bikes
NAHBS 2017, Salt Lake City: In Part 7 of our look at the North American Handmade Bike Show, Nic Sims investigates a well know brand; Calfee. But first Breadwinner from Portland, Oregon who will be a well known brand very soon.
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Toolbox: First Endurance EFS-PRO Hydration
Proper and appropriate hydration on the bike is a critical component of sports nutrition. First Endurance has long been a leader with its EFS hydration product, and it has introduced a limited availability EFS-Pro version.
Toolbox: Exercise and Improving Mental Performance
Do you want to upgrade your brain as well as your body? Emerging evidence suggests that riding your bike may be a potent cognitive performance enhancer. Does cycling make you smarter?
Toolbox: Xert 'Maximal Power Available' Modelling
Xert is a new software system that tracks and predicts in real-time how much power you can generate at any point during a ride. Last April I explored the concept of MPA in broad terms. After a year of playing with the system, let’s explore the science underlying this concept and where it might take the world of power-based training.
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Michele Scarponi - A Life In Photos
Over 6,000 people attended the Tuesday service to lay to rest Michele Scarponi in his home town of Filottrano in the Marche region of Italy, including many top cyclists from the past and present who were there to pay their last respects. We say goodbye with a photographic tribute to a very special man.
WIN: VISION TRIMAX 30 KB Wheelset
WIN a TriMax 30 KB Clincher wheelset from VISION - a great workhorse wheel for all around use. It has a wider rim profile to allow for a comfortable ride and is tubeless ready. CLICK HERE TO ENTER
Arriverderci Phil Edwards
On the same weekend as the death of Michele Scarponi; news came through that English/Italian rider of the 60s, 70s and 80s Phil Edwards had passed away at his home in Monaco. Ed Hood pays his tribute to one of the stars of English cycling who made it big on the continent.
Michele Scarponi - Everyone's Friend
The sad news of the death of Michele Scarponi was announced on Saturday morning by his Astana team, the shock was felt throughout the pro peloton. Michele was one of the nice guys, always laughing, always happy. Ed Hood remembers 'Scarpa' and looks back on his career.
Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Daniel MARTIN (Ireland / Team Quick Step - Floors) - Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (Spain / Team Movistar) pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2017 - UCI Worldtour - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos ¨© 2017
Photo Special: LIEGE '17
Liège-Bastogne-Liège Photo Special: The Spring Classics season has rolled up in Liège with an exciting finalé, but with a fairly predictable out come - Alejandro Valverde. Cor Vos has all the best pics from Sunday, and so here is the PEZ Liège Photo Special to close the door on the 2017 Classics.
Liège '17: Valverde - The Duke of La Doyenne!
Race Report: Alejandro Valverde took an emotional victory at the end of a Liège-Bastogne-Lieège which swung backwards and forwards before settling on the most likely outcome; a Valverde win in an uphill sprint.
PEZ Preview: Liège-Bastogne-Liège '17
Liège-Bastogne-Liège Preview: The old lady of the spring Classics will roll out of Liège on Sunday morning for a grueling six hours plus of constant ups and downs. A hard man's race that always has a tough rider cross the line first. Ed Hood previews 'La Doyenne' in our build-up to Sunday's oldest Classic.
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WHAT'S On PEZ - April 24 - 30, 2017
Astana Team Leader Michele Scarponi's tragic death is a lousy reason for a Photo Tribute, but it's the least we can do to remember the rider who was a great animator of the GIRO, and who'll be sadly missed around the sport. Also - You can ENTER TO WIN an set of Vision Trimax 3D wheels, relive the glory of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in our Photo Special, and lots more on site.
WHAT'S ON PEZ This Week!
April 17 - 23, 2017: This week's line up of cycling features and entertainment from the world of pro cycling - including previews for Fleche Wallone, Liege Bastogne Liege, Amstel Gold race coverage and photo special, Toolbox asks if cycling can make you smarter - and lots more.
Team Sunweb men and women on the road for Amstel Gold Race
Ahead of the Ardennes Classics opener, Team Sunweb gives exclusive insight into the team's pre-race thoughts. The footage contains recon footage, as well as interviews with Team Sunweb's key riders for Sunday.
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Vincenzo Nibali's First Win in the Bahrain-Merida Jersey
The Shark wins the Tour of Croatia with his thoughts and heart hurting for his friend Michele Scarponi.
BMC Racing Team Return to Tour de Yorkshire
BMC Racing Team will take six riders to the start line of the Tour de Yorkshire, beginning this Friday, 28 April.
DS Mario Aerts looks ahead to Tour de Romandie
From 25 until 30 April 2017 the game is on for the riders in the Tour de Romandie. The six-day stage race takes place in the Swiss landscapes and offers two mountain stages, two individual time trials and two chances for the sprinters or the punchers.
Quick-Step Floors Team to Tour de Romandie
The Suisse race, which saw our team win six stages in the past four years, will bring down the curtain over the month of April.
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Cannondale's Michael Woods Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: If you want an outside bet for Sunday's Liège, you need not look further than a man from Ottawa - Cannondale-Drapac's Michael Woods. With top performances in the GP Indurain, Catalunya, Pais Vasco, and 11th in Flèche Wallone, he could just be the man to pull off a surprise.
Retro PEZ: Sean Kelly Talks Liège
Retro Interview: Sean Kelly was the 'King of the Classics' for many years, but the man from Carrick-on-Suir also won the Vuelta a España and many shorter stage races. His record at Liège-Bastogne-Liège is incomparable and so Ed Hood caught up with Irishman for his thoughts on the 'Old Lady' of the road.
Retro Amstel'95: Gianetti Remembers
The Amstel Gold Race signals the start of the Ardennes Classics, and the first signs of who's looking good for the Giro. Raced over the hills, dales, and forests of south eastern Holland, the course selects its own worthy winner. Twenty years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.
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Readers' Rigs: Calfee MantaFly 101
Today's Readers' Rig is a totally custom rear suspension Calfee MantaFly 101 owned by PEZ fan Andrew. Individual colors, Durace Di2, a selection of nice wheels to choose from and plenty of custom touches means Andrew and his Calfee get plenty of attention on his home roads of Colorado.
Readers' Rigs: Alumni Returns
Since the Readers' Rigs column first came to life in 2012 we've published more than 60 bikes from PEZ fans all around the world. But it was PEZ-Fan Todd from California who first applied with his then favorite Parlee bike. Since then, his collection has grown by almost 20 more bikes - here's an update on this impressive stable.
Readers' Rigs: Cannondale Supersix Evo Hi-Mod Disc
Not even two months old yet, today's rig is a Cannondale Supersix Evo Hi-Mod Disc that has already had a number of upgrades performed and has also well and truly convinced its Californian owner, Nick of the advantages of owning a disc braked road machine.
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Beyond the Mainstream with DuVine: Epic Unknown Cols to Put on Your Bucket List
For thousands of years, intrepid spirits have crossed the Pyrenees, Alps, and Dolomites—from Hannibal with his mighty elephant herd to the campaigns of Charlemagne and the humble treks undertaken by medieval pilgrims. Today, you’ll see spandex in place of chainmail all over these ranges as cyclists challenge themselves to conquer the bucket-list giants.
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…
RBX Roadside: Pez Rides Roubaix!
Top Ride: The culmination of my visit to Holy Week was the long anticipated, much feared, and never completed ride across the parcours of Paris-Roubaix. Finally I learned what it was like to battle the toughest roads in northern France and earn my own lap of honour at the Roubaix velodrome.
Flanders: PEZ Rides The Best Bergs
Fancy yourself a hard man in the truest sense - the 'Belgian' sense? Then riding the famous bergs is a must do. Among the countless cobbled strips that dissect the hills of the Tour of Flanders, a few have become famous as cycling paths of the Gods. PEZ takes a ride up the best, and nastiest of them all.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
April 24, 2017 - The only story from the weekend is of Michele Scarponi. Valverde won Liège, Thomas was victor in the Alps and Nibail took Croatia, we have all the reports and video. Other cycling news: Tour of Yorkshire, Giro sprinters and Frankiny to have a heart operation, but mostly we are thinking of the Scarponi family.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
April 20, 2017 - Alejandro Valverde is the star of the day with a fifth Flèche win. Report and video and he is our Top Story for EUROTRASH Thursday. Other cycling news: Flèche Feminine, Tour of the Alps, teams for Liège, no Giro for Gilbert, Ciclamino jersey, Sunweb Giro long list, star riders for Yorkshire and Tom Boonen magazine.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
April 17, 2017 - Philippe Gilbert has added a fourth Amstel victory to his growing palmarès. Race report and video from Holland. More trouble for Sky - Top Story. Other cycling news: Flèche Wallonne (no Gilbert), Tour of the Alps, Tour of Croatia, Tour de Yorkshire, plus a best of Tom Boonen video.