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PEZ Bookshelf: Gravel Cycling
In his new book, “Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking,” author Nick Legan gives us good reason to consider getting off the tarmac and out onto roads we might not have considered before.
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PeloPic: Scheldecross - Photo Gallery And Video
PeloPic: Another cyclocross race and another win for the European champion.... Photos and video.
VENTURA: Pez Goes Beyond the Fires
It was planned to be 3 days of riding and exploring the best rides around Ventura, followed by a couple of days in Los Angeles to see if I could find something real in the City of Angels. But the SoCal wildfires changed it all overnight, but what I got was a week's worth of experiences I could never have imagined. Sometimes you gotta roll with those punches
ZWIFT Gets Personal At Toronto Shop
ZWIFT cycling has become 'The Big Thing' in the indoor training world. Like Strava and your favorite video game rolled into one super experience. Jeff Green made a visit to La Bicicletta in Toronto to get the lowdown from shop owner Henry Erlichman about the on-line training phenomenon and ride a short time trial on Zwift's always sunny Watopia island.
On The Road With BMC!
2017 BMC Media Day: It's December, it's Denia and it's Spain, so it must be the BMC media day. Always a top day out, even when it's raining. Not to worry, the lunch prepared by the two BMC chefs was brilliant as always. But I'm getting ahead of myself, there was a bike ride and a presentation to get through first.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Dec 14, 2017 - Bad news for Froome might be good news for Nibali - Top Story. Aside from Salbutamol, there is a sack full of cycling news: LottoNl-Jumbo discipline riders, BMC TDU and kit, Trek kit, Navardauskas back in the saddle, Gazprom win, Rally go ProConti, Nippo rider tests, rider and sponsor for Alecto and Katusha makes a coffee stop.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’17 #4
Gift Guide #4: A really mixed sack of Christmas presents in the fourth 'PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'. From bikes to clothing to shoes, components, helmets and caps. Plus World class training, training rollers and a chain keeper, a Simpsons collection and bike name tags with a PEZ discount. Not long till the big day!
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PeloPic: Scheldecross - Photo Gallery And Video
PeloPic: Another cyclocross race and another win for the European champion.... Photos and video.
PeloPic: Lotto Soudal Pre-Season Checks - Gallery And Video
PeloPic: The Lotto Soudal team have had their routine check-ups...
PeloPic: Movistar 2018 - Photo Gallery And Video
PeloPic: WorldTour men's team adds Mikel Landa to its roster for next season; all-new, attractive Endura kit also to be worn by UCI Women's Team starting next year.
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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’17 #4
Gift Guide #4: A really mixed sack of Christmas presents in the fourth 'PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'. From bikes to clothing to shoes, components, helmets and caps. Plus World class training, training rollers and a chain keeper, a Simpsons collection and bike name tags with a PEZ discount. Not long till the big day!
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.
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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VENTURA: Pez Goes Beyond the Fires
It was planned to be 3 days of riding and exploring the best rides around Ventura, followed by a couple of days in Los Angeles to see if I could find something real in the City of Angels. But the SoCal wildfires changed it all overnight, but what I got was a week's worth of experiences I could never have imagined. Sometimes you gotta roll with those punches
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.
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PEZ Bookshelf: Gravel Cycling
In his new book, “Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking,” author Nick Legan gives us good reason to consider getting off the tarmac and out onto roads we might not have considered before.
ZWIFT Gets Personal At Toronto Shop
ZWIFT cycling has become 'The Big Thing' in the indoor training world. Like Strava and your favorite video game rolled into one super experience. Jeff Green made a visit to La Bicicletta in Toronto to get the lowdown from shop owner Henry Erlichman about the on-line training phenomenon and ride a short time trial on Zwift's always sunny Watopia island.
On The Road With BMC!
2017 BMC Media Day: It's December, it's Denia and it's Spain, so it must be the BMC media day. Always a top day out, even when it's raining. Not to worry, the lunch prepared by the two BMC chefs was brilliant as always. But I'm getting ahead of myself, there was a bike ride and a presentation to get through first.
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Behind the Ride - Mike's Cannondale EVO Disc
Having fielded questions all season about my kit and equipment, in this episode of 'Behind the Ride' I thought it would be interesting to take a deep dive into my latest bike, Cannondale's new EVO Hi Mod Disc.
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.
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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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GFNS Grows to Eleven Events in 2018
Haute Route Announces Strategic Partnership with Gran Fondo National Series to Offer Expanded Calendar of Amateur Cycling Events.
Wahoo Fitness Announces Official Partnership With BORA-hansgrohe
UCI WorldTour team led by three-time World Champion Peter Sagan will be riding with Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT GPS computers and heart rate monitors for the 2018 racing season.
Team Novo Nordisk Unveils New Kit and Roster
Team Novo Nordisk revealed its full team roster and updated navy blue kit for the 2018 season. The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team will race its sixth season with 16 athletes from ten countries.
Canyon/SRAM Racing Announces 2017 Woman’s Zwift Academy Winner
Global search to recruit new World Tour talent using Zwift’s online training environment closes with Germany’s Tanja Erath emerging victorious.
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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 Thursday!
Dec 14, 2017 - Bad news for Froome might be good news for Nibali - Top Story. Aside from Salbutamol, there is a sack full of cycling news: LottoNl-Jumbo discipline riders, BMC TDU and kit, Trek kit, Navardauskas back in the saddle, Gazprom win, Rally go ProConti, Nippo rider tests, rider and sponsor for Alecto and Katusha makes a coffee stop.
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.