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GIRO Stage Winner Silvan Dillier Gets PEZ'd!
Giro Rider Interview: Rest day number three on the Giro d'Italia and Ed Hood caught up with stage 6 winner Silvan Dillier. Well known as a winter trackman, the BMC rider has turned his hand successfully to the road and now has a Grand Tour stage in his pocket.
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WHAT'S ON PEZ: May 22-28, 2017
I'm getting in my last training rides before heading to Italy later this week to catch the Giro d'Italia on Monte Grappa, and toasting the whole thing with a negroni at Harry's Bar in Venice.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
May 22, 2017 - Tom Dumoulin leads the Giro d'Italia in more way's than one - Top Story. Giro, California and Norway - All the results and video. Other cycling news: Thomas explains his Giro abandonment, Van den Broeck to retire, Betouigt-Suire leaves Sunweb, Bahrain-Merida App and Giro the Movie.
ATOC’17 Rally Roadside: Today Was a Good Day!
Roadside California'17: The final stage of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California was another successful day for the Rally team. Two men in 'The Break of the Day' and the stage win to top the whole race off. Add to that the blue jersey for 'Most Courageous Rider' and a tie for the KOM prize it was quite a finalé.
GIRO'17 St.15: King Of The Jungels!
Giro Stage Report: Bob Jungels emerged from an elite group to take a wonderful stage victory in Bergamo after a punishingly quick day on stage 15 of the 2017 Giro d'Italia. The GC battle was reignited but ultimately ended all square.
GIRO'17 St.14: Dumoulin Dominates To Oropa
Race Report: Tom Dumoulin showed he's more than just a pretty face with a powerful ride up the steep slopes to Oropa, first pulling back a dangerous attack from Nairo Quintana, attacking himself to win the stage and increase his gc lead.
ATOC’17 Rally Roadside: Big Bear Lake TT
Roadside California'17: The Amgen Tour of California hit Big Bear Lake for the crucial time trial stage 6 and Team Rally were there for the action. Today, Eric and George start their 'Behind the Scenes' report with some suggestion for the good people of Big Bear.
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Feedback Sports SPRINT Workstand Review
You know a piece of gear is good when it's the choice of top level pro teams like Trek-Segafredo & Lotto-Soudal.  And FeedbackSports.com Sprint workstand is one item that works at the pro level and can work at your level too - since you can buy the very same work stand for your own workshop.
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.
TIME And Tide Wait For No Man
Before Nic Sims goes for a spin on the SCYLON AKTIV frameset by TIME, he doesn't just take a close look at the bike, but dissects every element of its carbon manufacture. Once he is astride this carbon beauty then he discovers that it not only looks visually appealing, it handled like a dream. TIME to ride!
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.
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.
ATOC’17 Rally Roadside: Today Was a Good Day!
Roadside California'17: The final stage of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California was another successful day for the Rally team. Two men in 'The Break of the Day' and the stage win to top the whole race off. Add to that the blue jersey for 'Most Courageous Rider' and a tie for the KOM prize it was quite a finalé.
GIRO'17 St.15: King Of The Jungels!
Giro Stage Report: Bob Jungels emerged from an elite group to take a wonderful stage victory in Bergamo after a punishingly quick day on stage 15 of the 2017 Giro d'Italia. The GC battle was reignited but ultimately ended all square.
GIRO'17 St.14: Dumoulin Dominates To Oropa
Race Report: Tom Dumoulin showed he's more than just a pretty face with a powerful ride up the steep slopes to Oropa, first pulling back a dangerous attack from Nairo Quintana, attacking himself to win the stage and increase his gc lead.
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Toolbox: Counting Calories During Race Season
Your race season is ramping up and your focus is on performance, which requires proper nourishment and carbohydrate intake. A key part of macronutrinet planning is doing the math to count calories you need to keep building, to recover and get stronger, during race season.
Toolbox: Optimized Interval Design
In WKO4, iLevels are individualized training intensities and durations at levels above Functional Threshold Power. These are based on a rider’s own prior performance and capacity. How might we turn them into optimized intervals?
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?
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From the Eyes of an Architect: The Dolomites
The Giro Heads North: The Italian islands and most of the Italian peninsula is behind the Giro d'Italia and now the peloton is facing the northern climbs. Peter Easton gives us his low-down on the 2017 Giro finalé and those iconic mountain passes.
Life Insurance: Why All Cyclists Should Get Coverage
When you have a great day on the bike, you feel invincible. You feel strong, you feel fast, you feel like you can handle anything that comes your way. And although the endorphin high is partly responsible for this feeling of invincibility, cyclists do generally live healthier lives than the average Joe.
GIRO’17 Roadside: Ale’s Stage 10 Photo Diary
Giro Photog's View: Ale Federico has moved on from the climb of the Blockhaus on Sunday to the race against the clock in the wine growing area of Umbria. Time trial racing, an Italian picnic lunch and a surprise encounter with Super-Mario all made for a full day on the Giro d'Italia stage 10.
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WHAT'S ON PEZ: May 22-28, 2017
I'm getting in my last training rides before heading to Italy later this week to catch the Giro d'Italia on Monte Grappa, and toasting the whole thing with a negroni at Harry's Bar in Venice.
WHAT'S ON PEZ - May 15-21, 2017
VIDEO: We go inside the Amgen Tour of California with Rally Cycling - America's top team taking on the World Tour big boys, Giro d'Italia Roadside reports, photos, all the latest news in EUROTRASH, the Feedback Sports Sprint Workstand review - and lots more.
WHAT'S ON PEZ - Talking Italian!
The PEZ talks Italian on this week's run down of our PEZ-Clusive Giro d'Italia week#1 coverage. (Relax - it's got subtitles...)
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Quick-Step Floors Team to Belgium Tour
The second-oldest stage race in the world, the Belgium Tour boosts a long history and an impressive list of winners, from Classics specialists to Grand Tour champions.
Pirelli Signs Partnership with the Under23 Giro d’Italia, Awarding the Pirelli White Jersey
After returning to cycling with the new PZero Velo tyre range, Pirelli has joined forces with the recently reborn Under-23 Giro d’Italia.
Cyclists Record 276,818 Commutes on Strava’s Global Bike to Work Day
Strava, the social network for athletes, has announced figures from their second Global Bike to Work Day, which took place on Thursday, May 11th.
Rosón Moves Within Touching Distance of GC Win in Castilla y Leon
Jaime Roson has continued to show he is one of the hottest new prospects in Spanish cycling with a strong 2nd place in today's mountain-top finish of stage two of the Vuelta Castilla y Leon (2.1).
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GIRO Stage Winner Silvan Dillier Gets PEZ'd!
Giro Rider Interview: Rest day number three on the Giro d'Italia and Ed Hood caught up with stage 6 winner Silvan Dillier. Well known as a winter trackman, the BMC rider has turned his hand successfully to the road and now has a Grand Tour stage in his pocket.
Caja Rural's Jaime Rosón Gets PEZ'd
Rider Interview: The battle for the first Grand Tour of the season is well under way on the roads of Italy, but as Ed Hood points out 'there is life outside the three week races'. Jaime Rosón was recently second to Vincenzo Nibali in Croatia and hopes to be competing in la Vuelta. Ed caught up with the Zamorano.
Retro PEZ Talk: Quick-Step's Bob Jungels
Retro PEZ Talk: Bob Jungels has been leading the 2017 Giro d'Italia and the 24 year old has impressed many with his riding. PEZ-man Ed Hood spotted a 17 year old Jungels when he won the World Junior time trial championships, here is what the young Luxemburger had to say back in 2010.
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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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Giro '17 Preview: The Sicilian Job
The 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia opens with three stages on the island of Sardegna - and then quickly logs a rest day to transfer to Sicily at the tip of the boot. I was there in 2008 for the Big Start, and discovered a city and island unlike any other place in Italy, and after my initial shock, my fondness for the place grew 'con molto veloce'.
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.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
May 22, 2017 - Tom Dumoulin leads the Giro d'Italia in more way's than one - Top Story. Giro, California and Norway - All the results and video. Other cycling news: Thomas explains his Giro abandonment, Van den Broeck to retire, Betouigt-Suire leaves Sunweb, Bahrain-Merida App and Giro the Movie.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
May 18, 2017 - Has Tom Dumoulin given himself enough of a buffer zone to win the Giro d'Italia? We have all the news and video from Italy and California. Toms Skujins should have been stopped - Top Story. Other cycling news: Nizzolo abandons Giro, Felline at Trek-Segafredo, Van Hooydonck for BMC, ASO with AEG and Sunweb video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
May 15, 2017 - Giro d'Italia, California and Dunkerque with reports, quotes and video. Nairo Quintana has taken control in Italy, but a crash affected the result - Top Story. Other cycling news: Wout Van Aert on the road, Amets Txurruka retires, BMC partners FH and La Course goes to Marseilles.