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2018 Spring Classics Recap Special!
2018 Spring Classics: The dust and mud has settled on the Spring Classics for another year, and one team has been by far the most powerful, but without total domination. The 2018 season has been full of surprises and new names, with the 'Old Guard' still getting a look in. We take a PEZ look at the Classics of 2018 with reports, results and videos.
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WIN: ITALIAN CYCLING HOLIDAY!
ENTER TO WIN: Superb riding around Lago di Garda in Italy's famous lakes district, local guides who know the best roads, delicious Italian food & wine, and a luxurious 4 night stay for two at the Garda Bike Hotel - CLICK HERE TO ENTER
Michael Matthews Takes The Romandie Prologue
PeloPics: The prologue of the Tour de Romandie was a closely run fight over a tough 4 kilometer course in Fribourg. Sunweb's Michael Matthews beat a group of three riders by 1 second after it looked like Tom Bohli (BMC) would be the day's winner - Result, video and photos.
Surviving Allergy Attacks For Cyclists!
Toolbox: Ahhhhh - it’s spring-time once again. Especially for those living in northern climates, the weather is warming up, the snow is off the roads and it’s time to enjoy riding outside. But it’s also time for local flora to come out of their winter hibernation and re-activate seasonal allergies - here's some help.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège'18: La Doyenne Photo And Video Gallery!
PeloPics: Bob Jungels soloed to career-defining Liège–Bastogne–Liège victory on Sunday. The Luxembourg Champion attacked in the last 20 kilometers and scored the first ever win for Quick-Step Floors in “La Doyenne" - Photo and video gallery.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
April 23, 2018 - The Spring Classics season ended with Bob Jungels carrying on the Quick-Step domination in Liège-Results and videos from La Doyenne and the Alps. MPCC unhappy with Froome-Top Story. Other cycling news: Injuries for Bettiol and Haller, Romandie teams, Van Avermaet for Yorkshire, Vuelta jerseys, Worlds'18, Polartec-Kometa website and a snowbound 1980 Liège.
Liège'18: Jungels Jumps La Doyenne!
Race Report: On Sunday afternoon, Bob Jungels topped off a perfect spring campaign for the Quick-Step Floors team but soloing to the finish line of the oldest Classic on the calendar - Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Ed Hood takes up the story from the Ardennes.
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Michael Matthews Takes The Romandie Prologue
PeloPics: The prologue of the Tour de Romandie was a closely run fight over a tough 4 kilometer course in Fribourg. Sunweb's Michael Matthews beat a group of three riders by 1 second after it looked like Tom Bohli (BMC) would be the day's winner - Result, video and photos.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège'18: La Doyenne Photo And Video Gallery!
PeloPics: Bob Jungels soloed to career-defining Liège–Bastogne–Liège victory on Sunday. The Luxembourg Champion attacked in the last 20 kilometers and scored the first ever win for Quick-Step Floors in “La Doyenne" - Photo and video gallery.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège Reconnaissance Ride
PeloPics: The oldest one-day Classic kicks off from Liège to battle its way to Bastogne before coming back again for the finish Ans. 'La Doyenne' is always a hard race and the riders have been out to have a look at the course - Photo gallery.
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12-Speed! Campagnolo Drop The Dozen
The Campagnolo 12 speed launch leads the road cycling industry to the next gearing level by being the first 2 x 12 speed drive trains for their highest Record and Super Record level group sets.
Bell Z20 MIPS Helmet Video Review
The Bell Z20 MIPS helmet is the newest addition to the storied lid-protectors' line of road cycling helmets, and you'll see in my video review - it's packed with features...
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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.
2018 Spring Classics Recap Special!
2018 Spring Classics: The dust and mud has settled on the Spring Classics for another year, and one team has been by far the most powerful, but without total domination. The 2018 season has been full of surprises and new names, with the 'Old Guard' still getting a look in. We take a PEZ look at the Classics of 2018 with reports, results and videos.
Liège'18: Jungels Jumps La Doyenne!
Race Report: On Sunday afternoon, Bob Jungels topped off a perfect spring campaign for the Quick-Step Floors team but soloing to the finish line of the oldest Classic on the calendar - Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Ed Hood takes up the story from the Ardennes.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège'18: The PEZ Preview
Race Preview: There have been many memorable moments in 'La Doyenne' over the years, well, the Liège-Bastogne-Liège one-day Classic has been running since 1892. Sunday sees the WorldTour peloton hit the stiff Walloon climbs and Ed Hood has all the information you need to know from the Ardennes. The 2018 Liège PEZ Preview.
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WIN: ITALIAN CYCLING HOLIDAY!
ENTER TO WIN: Superb riding around Lago di Garda in Italy's famous lakes district, local guides who know the best roads, delicious Italian food & wine, and a luxurious 4 night stay for two at the Garda Bike Hotel - CLICK HERE TO ENTER
My Favorite Climb: Col de la Rouquette
With more than 25 years of racing experience around the world under his belt it's fair to say that our man in France, Chris Selden has ridden up a lot of climbs in his life. His choice of a favorite climb amongst the thousands that he's done though is a bit of a surprise, the Col de la Roquette in the Hérault Valley in France.
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.
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PEZ Bookshelf: Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep-The First Tour de France
Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
From the Bottom Of The Glass: Amstel Gold Race
Amstel '17: The cobbles are behind us and the hills of the Ardennes are rearing up on the WorldTour horizon. Peter Easton has been guiding rides over the bergs of the Amstel Gold Race for years with VeloClassic Tours, here are his strongest memories from the not so low-country.
Roadside Roubaix'18: Dan Does L'enfer du Nord!
Roadside PEZ: The 2018 edition of Paris-Roubaix is only hours away but onlookers in the small northern town of Templeuve-en-Plévèle could be forgiven for thinking that they have stepped back in time to 1896. A curious cyclist who looks like he might have been roommates with Maurice Garin pedals down the street.
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Belgian Waffle Ride Winner Brian McCullough Talks Xpedo Pedals at Sea Otter 2018
Big hilite for a die-hard fan like me was running into Team Elevate-KHS Belgian Waffle Ride winner Brian McCulloch at the Xpedo booth at Sea Otter Classic - where I learned something interesting about the Xpedo Thrust pedals Brian rode to win the race.
Col de la Madone - A Côte d'Azur Classic!
Perched high above the glistening coastline of the Côte d'Azur in southeast France, the Col de la Madone may have never featured in the Tour de France but that hasn't stopped it becoming an international icon made famous by the many pros that would regularly frequent its slopes to test their form against the clock.
Does Road Tubeless Really Work?
In this episode of Behind the Ride I thought it'd be interesting to take a look at the road UST tubeless system that I'm currently using.
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Surviving Allergy Attacks For Cyclists!
Toolbox: Ahhhhh - it’s spring-time once again. Especially for those living in northern climates, the weather is warming up, the snow is off the roads and it’s time to enjoy riding outside. But it’s also time for local flora to come out of their winter hibernation and re-activate seasonal allergies - here's some help.
Optimizing Body Mass to Build Anaerobic Power
Toolbox: Watching the final crush of Milan Sanremo is to view the crescendo of many hours of impressive metabolism. 1000 kilojoule/hour are common place in the pro cycling peloton, and most surely the last hour of M-S-R is way above that value. Those guys are lean and mean - they've optimized their body mass to build anaerobic power.  What about you?
The Best Supplement Practices For Cycling Nutrition
The sports nutrition and supplements industry is a multi-billion dollar business. To cut through the pseudoscience and marketing flim-flam masquerading as science, the International Olympic Committee just published an excellent scientific consensus on “Dietary Supplements and the High Performance Athlete.”
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Team Novo Nordisk and CycleOps Partner for the 2018 Season
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, and Wisconsin-based indoor cycles and trainer manufacturer announced a partnership naming CycleOps as the official trainer for Team Novo Nordisk.
New ZIPP Speed For New Roads
Zipp is all about making cyclist faster, and that takes many forms. We’re proud to introduce new NSW and Firecrest tubular wheelsets, rim and disc-brake, each demanded by our sponsored pros, as well as new Service Course handlebars with new fit features, and updated Tangente 25mm tires.
New Bicycle Service Provider Closes the Gap Between Specialty Retailers and Online Sales
Go Bike Service connects bike manufacturers, mobile service trucks, traditional retailers and cyclists with a convenient and comprehensive bicycle service solution - and is looking for business partners for further expansion.
Tour of America's Dairyland Celebrating 10 Years: June 21-July 1, 2018
SIGN UP NOW! Early Bird Discounts end April 30 at 11:59 PM CDT Save $10 over standard prices  Save 10% on the full 11-day series
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Readers' Rigs: Trek Discovery Roubaix Special
This Trek is a special bike for many reasons: it has suspension, it has ridden Paris-Roubaix, it's an ex-team bike and it holds great memories of a wonderful man who is no longer with us. Martin Clark put the bike together in memory of his friend and took it back to Roubaix.
Readers' Rigs: Specialized Allez Sprint LTD
Today's reader is Aaron from Australia who has recently added to his ever growing stable of Specialized bikes with a new Allez Sprint LTD in bright pink which certainly doesn't go unnoticed on the roads down under.
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.
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Caja Rural-Seguros RGA's Nick Schultz Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Young Australian, Nick Schultz, has been going 'full gas' with the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team since the start of the 2017 season and so it was past time Ed Hood caught up with the man from Brisbane. With a Grand Tour and a load of WorldTour appearances under his belt, he has a big story to tell.
Paris-Roubaix Hero: Silvan Dillier Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: World champion Peter Sagan won the 2018 Paris-Roubaix, but the hero of the day was undoubtably Silvan Dillier. The Swiss rider was in the break of the day and was the only rider to go with Sagan through the Hell of the North to the Roubaix velodrome. Ed Hood managed to have word Silvan after the dust had settled.
Retro Talk: Track Champion Herman Ponsteen
Retro Interview: Of all the track men who deserved a rainbow jersey, Dutchman Herman Ponsteen should have pulled on that magical maillot. The powerful rider from Hellendoorn came so close at World and Olympic level, returning with a bag full of medals. Ed Hood spoke to Herman to hear about the booming track scene of the 70s and 80s.
JLT-Condor's Tom Stewart Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Next on Ed Hood's list of young riders to interview is already a winner on the international stage with the overall victory in the prestigious Tour of Normandie. Ed caught up with Tom after his French win and before he jetted off to represent England in the Commonwealth Games Road Race in Australia.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
April 23, 2018 - The Spring Classics season ended with Bob Jungels carrying on the Quick-Step domination in Liège-Results and videos from La Doyenne and the Alps. MPCC unhappy with Froome-Top Story. Other cycling news: Injuries for Bettiol and Haller, Romandie teams, Van Avermaet for Yorkshire, Vuelta jerseys, Worlds'18, Polartec-Kometa website and a snowbound 1980 Liège.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
April 19, 2018 - No Flèche Wallonne win for Alejandro Valverde and Thibaut Pinot takes the lead in the Alps - Results and video. Patrick Lefevere unhappy with the race motos - Top Story. Other cycling news: Andy Rihs passing, team line-ups for Liège, Eschborn-Frankfurt 2018, Cavendish for Yorkshire, Wahoo for British races and the Sunweb Keep Challenging Center.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
April 16, 2018 - Michael Valgren has shown his class in Amstel - Race report and video from Holland. Other cycling news: Ster ZLM Toer, Aru and Froome ready for the Alps, Valverde for Ardennes, Felline out, Giro E-Bikes, surgery for Božič, BORA extends, Eroica California, Tour jersey, Willie Smit's preparation for Amstel.