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Team Novo Nordisk's Sam Brand Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Sam Brand has made the bold leap from triathlon to a full road career stepping up to the ProContinental Team Novo Nordisk from the development squad. Ed Hood caught up with the man from the Isle of Man to hear all about life and what's next in 2018.
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BMC Media Day Photo Gallery
The BMC Racing Team gathered for their winter training camp in Denia Spain on Monday - and PEZ joined the world's cycling media for some photo hijinx.
Toolbox: Transformational Coaching
With the off-season upon us, now might be time to consider coaching for your 2018 and beyond goals. Or this might be the season where you take up more responsibilities with your cycling club or team. What makes a truly transformational coach?
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.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Dec 11, 2017 - Two wins for Mathieu van der Poel. What is going on with Moscon? Team news from Katusha-Alpecin, Astana and Bora-hansgrohe, plus Quick-Step Floors show their kit. Timmer retires, Gaviria in South America, training camps, operation for Contador, electric MTB Channel, Haute Route and video of Peter Sagan's best moments.
Retro PEZ Talk: Chrono Legend John Frey Part 2!
Retro Interview: In 'Part 2' of the PEZ exclusive retro interview with US time trial specialist John Frey, he talks us through the World Hour record, coaches and racing against the professionals, plus his love for the tandem and setting new records.
Retro PEZ Talk: Chrono Legend John Frey Part 1!
Retro Interview: 1988 US National time trial champion John Frey was a specialist in the art of solo riding against the clock. Ed Hood caught up with the man from New Mexico to talk of the World hour record, US records, solo and team time trials in this exclusive two part retro interview.
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BMC Media Day Photo Gallery
The BMC Racing Team gathered for their winter training camp in Denia Spain on Monday - and PEZ joined the world's cycling media for some photo hijinx.
PeloPic: Overijse Cyclocross Photo Gallery!
PeloPic: The Vlaamse Druivencross in Overijse on Sunday was a wet and muddy affair, but the young superman, Mathieu van der Poel came out on top... again.
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
PeloPic: Sunny Spain For The Crossmen - Photo Gallery!
PeloPic: What have the champs Wout and Stephen been up too?
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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.
Irwin Wheels Carbon 38 Review: Big League Tech / Little League Price
You know Irwin Wheels… You just don’t know that you know. They’ve designed, tested and built wheels and other products for cycling and started as a Moto design and engineering house. Now they’re building their own kit, from raw fiber to finished product… And it’s good.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'17 #3
Gift Guide #3: The third 'PEZ Gift Guide' has a varied plethora of good ideas. A great book by Dr. Cheung with Dr. Zabala, shoes from fi'zi:k, pedals from Look, tyres from Pirelli, Park Tool's corkscrew, Lazer helmet, Shimano clothing, Liv Cycling's Langma Advanced Pro Disc bike and the new upgraded OTTOLOCK.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'17 #2
Gift Guide #2: That's Thanksgiving behind us and the Christmas festivities on the horizon. More suggestions/ideas for the cyclist in your life: Every cyclist/wine drinker wants a Campagnolo cork screw, handy bottle, clothing from Sportful, Rudy Project, velofix gift, Silca race day bag, RBC GranFondo Whistler and Cycliq Bike Camera/Light.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'17 #1
Thanksgiving is tomorrow (Thursday) and that only means one thing… Yes, the Christmas holidays are only round the corner. They say 'tis better to give than to receive,’ but it doesn’t stop you making some strong hints. We kick off the first 'PEZ Gift Guide' with offerings from Primal, Silca, FlipBelt Crops, GU Energy, Muc-Off and the Darrell Parks' 2018 Calendar.
OPUS VIVACE 1 Review: Quality & Value Raise The Bar
The Opus Vivace 1 is the top line model in the Canadian brand's extensive line up of over 100 different models.  But the sweet spot is just how much bike they offer for an even sweeter price of under US$3500 - proprietary designed full carbon frame, Ultegra gruppo and hydraulic disk brakes... this is a lotta bike.
Jeff's Canadian UCI Track WorldCup Photo Gallery
Jeff's UCI Track Adventure: The UCI took the second round of the 2017 Tissot track World Cup to the Milton Velodrome in Canada and PEZ was there for all the fun. Photographer Jeff Green was track-side in the National Cycling Centre with his lens ready to tell the story.
PEZ Rides The Zoncolan: “La Bee-Yotcha”
Stage 14 of the 2018 Giro d'Italia smacks riders square in the gob with a slobber-inspiring summit finish on the brutally steep Monte Zoncolan.  Many would say its first appearance in 2003 should have been its last, but it does make for some decent suffering to set up the final week of the race. Here's what it's like to ride it...
GIRO'18 First Look: Money, Mountains & Middle East Mix
Giro Preview: RCS, the organizers of the Italian three week Grand Tour announced the 2018 route in Milan on Wednesday: It's tough, it's different and it has been controversial. PEZ Grand Tour expert, Ed Hood, runs his eye over the percorso for our 'First Look' at the 2018 Giro.
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PeloPic: Chris's Hidden House!
Our man in France Chris Selden popped out for a little ride in the Hérault Valley today and couldn't resist this photo opportunity, the beautiful Lake Salagou and its famous red dirt.
Travel: Southern France Stay & Ride
Cycling in France, it's a dream for many and has been a dream come true for our Australian PEZ man in France, Chris Selden who has been living in various parts of France since 2008. Now Chris is sharing his dream with others after he has bought and renovated a beautiful old house in the South of France that he is renting out for visiting cyclists.
Oktoberfest: A Perfect Fall Ride in The North East
October - Festive, Fun and the Fall: The days are getting shorter, the leaves are starting to fall as is the temperature. Not to worry, you can still have a lot of fun in October and Peter Easton of VeloClassic Tours shows us how and where.
TRAVEL: CycleItalia Opens Piedmont Cycling Resort
I recently talked with CycleItalia's owner Larry Theobald to talk about his new operation, Piedmont Cycling Resort. Hotel Ariotto has been CycleItalia’s northern Italian HQ since their start and now they’re featuring what they describe as more than a bike hotel, a true cycling resort.
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PEZ Goes To The Movies: Inspired To Ride
Film Review: “Inspired to Ride” is a film about the inaugural TransAm Bicycle Race in 2014, an unsupported race across America for “the crazies,” as one contestant notes with approval. It is quite a story.
PEZ Custom Thermal Vest by Castelli On Sale for $89!
VIDEO: Here's a closer look at the PEZ "Super 80's" Custom Thermal Vest by Castelli, featuring a high full zip collar, three deep pockets, made from wind and water resistant fabric, on sale now for $89 in the PEZShop as part of the PEZCycling Winter Sale where you can save 30% off all orders over US$98.
Ed's Best Hangover Cure: Belgian Beer, Bikes And Mud!
PEZ Roadside: With a full weekend of track racing in Gent, Ed Hood needed an intermission on Saturday. So to get away from bikes and beer, he headed into the Belgian county-side for... some bikes and beer, but there was also mud involved.
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Colle del Nivolet, One of Italy's Best Kept Secrets!
Deep in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park the Colle del Nivolet is one of Italy's best kept secrets.
Behind the Ride with Dan from Nam
Having the chance to sit down with Dan Craven AKA "Dan from Nam" was far too good an opportunity to miss. I was intrigued to find out exactly how a guy from Namibia ended up on the 4th floor of an apartment in Girona racing for Israel Cycling Academy, one of the youngest pro continental teams on the block.
Are Super-Dynamic Mountain Stages the Way Forward in Grand Tours?.....(hell YEAH!)
……Stage 17 of next year’s Tour de France may have the answer! Find out exactly what this three mountain 65km stage looks like in our recon video.
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Toolbox: Transformational Coaching
With the off-season upon us, now might be time to consider coaching for your 2018 and beyond goals. Or this might be the season where you take up more responsibilities with your cycling club or team. What makes a truly transformational coach?
Toolbox: Offseason For The Masters Cyclist
I have said it before and I will say it again: I am fifty, and I still wanna go fast! Staying strong and riding the way you want to ride once you hit the half-century point requires some changes to the way you plan and train compared to when you were younger.
Toolbox: More Training Gifts Ideas!
Toolbox: Last week we explored gifts like winter gear for your bike and body to extend your outdoor riding season, along with ways to track and monitor your fitness and training. This week, let’s focus on gifts that can study your cycling biomechanics or just plain knock your cyclist’s socks off.
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Bell Boosts Support for Collegiate Cycling in 2018
Bell Helmets announced an expansion of its support in collegiate cycling for 2018, partnering with four marquee collegiate cycling programs across the country.
Giro d'Italia Bows to Israeli Pressure
Palestinian civil society has condemned Giro d’Italia for yielding to political pressure from Netanyahu’s far-right government by removing references to “West Jerusalem” on its website and using “Jerusalem” instead.
Vincenzo Nibali and SIDI Together to win Again in 2018
It was a special day at Sidi today. Of course, how could it be otherwise when the guest is Vincenzo Nibali? In fact, the Shark paid a visit to Dino Signori and the entire Sidi staff.
Dumoulin, Nibali, Aru and Contador Special Guests at the Giro101 Presentation
The big day has come. The Giro d'Italia 2018 will be presented on Wednesday at 5pm CET. The route of the 101st edition, starting on 4 May 2018 from Israel, will be unveiled in the presence of the last Giro d'Italia winners.
Readers' Rigs
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Readers' Rigs: Firefly Ti/Carbon Road
Today's reader Peter from California has owned a massive 40+ bikes since the cycling bug bit him but he thinks his custom Firefly Ti/Carbon Road could well be his last...
Readers' Rigs: Reilly Diamond
‘Strugnell’ and ‘Reilly’ those names will look familiar to you if you’re a Readers’ Rigs regular. Last year we featured Karl Strugnell’s 2017 titanium gem by Mark Reilly but for 2018 he’s succumbed to the ‘black stuff’ – yes, shiny ‘Ti’ has been shelved for matt ‘C’.
Readers' Rigs: Merlin Works
They say once you ride titanium you'll be hooked for life and that certainly seems the case with today's reader Dave from Portland. His Merlin Works is the third titanium bike he's owned - will it be his forever bike?
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Team Novo Nordisk's Sam Brand Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Sam Brand has made the bold leap from triathlon to a full road career stepping up to the ProContinental Team Novo Nordisk from the development squad. Ed Hood caught up with the man from the Isle of Man to hear all about life and what's next in 2018.
Retro PEZ Talk: Chrono Legend John Frey Part 2!
Retro Interview: In 'Part 2' of the PEZ exclusive retro interview with US time trial specialist John Frey, he talks us through the World Hour record, coaches and racing against the professionals, plus his love for the tandem and setting new records.
Retro PEZ Talk: Chrono Legend John Frey Part 1!
Retro Interview: 1988 US National time trial champion John Frey was a specialist in the art of solo riding against the clock. Ed Hood caught up with the man from New Mexico to talk of the World hour record, US records, solo and team time trials in this exclusive two part retro interview.
Red Hook Crit Champ Davide Vigano Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: What do you do when your pro career is over? Drive a team car as a DS? Chauffeur ViP’s around big races? Become a TV pundit? Or, if you’re ex-Quick-Step man, Davide Vigano, 'none of the above,' you race fixie criterium races. Ed Hood caught up with the Red Hook Crit series champion.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Dec 11, 2017 - Two wins for Mathieu van der Poel. What is going on with Moscon? Team news from Katusha-Alpecin, Astana and Bora-hansgrohe, plus Quick-Step Floors show their kit. Timmer retires, Gaviria in South America, training camps, operation for Contador, electric MTB Channel, Haute Route and video of Peter Sagan's best moments.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Dec 07, 2017 - In a full EUROTRASH Thursday we have a look at the Sagan/Cavendish Tour stage 4 battle and hopefully the end of the - Top Story. Other cycling news: New sponsor for FDJ, new jersey for ag2r, Sky 2018 roster, San Juan, Murcia and Yorkshire routes for 2018, new cars for Bahrain and Contador best bits video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Dec 04, 2017 - Davide Rebellin to race in 2018 - Top Story. A full weekend of cyclocross, reports and video. Lots of other cycling news in EUROTRASH Monday: Abu Dhabi Classic, Felice Gimondi and Bart Leysen talk Giro, coach for Sunweb, Gazprom-RusVelo roster, Bahrain-Merida training camp and Movistar's numbers.