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Giro'18 St.19 Roadside: A Barking Good Tappa!
Roadside Report: It's not a proper Giro without a little roadside coverage - á la PEZ - and there's been no better stage than this #19, which saw the man best known for dominating recent Tours de France tip the Italian tour upside down with an epic attack for the history books. PEZ-Man Daniel Thevenon takes us into the action right at Bardonecchia...
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GIRO'18 Stage 19: Phenomenal Froome Pounces On Pink!
Race Report: Chris Froome turned his disappointing Giro into a stunning stage win and the pink jersey after an amazing effort in the mountains. The Kenyan born Sky rider set off on a 80 kilometer ride into the pink jersey with a lead of 40 seconds over Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb). Simon Yates... Still out on the course!
California'18: Photo Gallery Round Up!
PeloPics: During the Amgen Tour of California we had our PEZman Darrell Parks roadside with his camera, but Cor Vos also had his team there. So, to wind-up the big US race we have put together the best images from the Cor Vos collection for a stage-by-stage photo gallery... Enjoy!
GIRO'18 Stage 18: The Break Goes All The way - Schachmann Wins!
Race Report: Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) won from a breakaway on stage 18 to Prato Nevoso. Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy) and Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) finished second and third. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) defended his overall lead, although he lost time to all his rivals and now has 28 seconds over Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).
Katie Compton Talks TOAD!
The 14 x US Nation Cyclocross Champion and 4 x World CX Silver medalist, looks ahead to the 2018 Tour of America's Dairyland p/b KwikTrip and tells PEZ what's cool about this great race. She loves this race and talks about the unique combination of competition and fun, on tap at all of TOAD's 11 stages...
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
May 24, 2018 -Simon Yates - Which team will he be on in 2019 - Top Story. A full EUROTRASH Thursday with all the race news and video from the Giro, Fjords and the Belgium Tour. Plus: The Hammer Series, Contador with Trek, Utah jerseys, Casartelli mediofondo, Euro CX Champs and the Middle East Tour - Cycling for Global Peace.
GIRO'18 Stage 17: Quattro Viviani!
Race Report: Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) took his fourth 2018 Giro d'Italia stage in Iseo after a wet bunch rode from Lake Garda to Lake Iseo. The GC men had a rest after the time trial, so no change in the overall - Photos, report and results.
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California'18: Photo Gallery Round Up!
PeloPics: During the Amgen Tour of California we had our PEZman Darrell Parks roadside with his camera, but Cor Vos also had his team there. So, to wind-up the big US race we have put together the best images from the Cor Vos collection for a stage-by-stage photo gallery... Enjoy!
GIRO'18 Stage 14: Zoncolan Photo Gallery!
PeloPics: Sky's Chris Froome came alive on the iconic climb of Monte Zoncolan on Saturday and threw down the gauntlet to the other GC hopefuls. The star of the day was the climb its self. The estimated 100,000 'Tifosi' brought the excitement and color to the Zoncolan. Cor Vos had his team on the Monte, here is the pick of the best shots of the day.
California'18 Final Stage 7: Colombian Double!
PeloPics: Stage for Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and overall for Egan Bernal (Sky), a double success in California for the boys from Colombia - The best pics from Sacramento by Darrell Parks.
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Tailored Lightening: Sarto Lampo Aero Road Review
Custom Italian Carbon in the form of the Sarto Lampo Aero Road frame, loaded with Campagnolo’s Chorus group, Bora 50 wheels, Pirelli’s latest P Zero tires and FSA’s Metron Aero road bars.
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.
GIRO'18 Stage 19: Phenomenal Froome Pounces On Pink!
Race Report: Chris Froome turned his disappointing Giro into a stunning stage win and the pink jersey after an amazing effort in the mountains. The Kenyan born Sky rider set off on a 80 kilometer ride into the pink jersey with a lead of 40 seconds over Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb). Simon Yates... Still out on the course!
GIRO'18 Stage 18: The Break Goes All The way - Schachmann Wins!
Race Report: Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) won from a breakaway on stage 18 to Prato Nevoso. Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy) and Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) finished second and third. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) defended his overall lead, although he lost time to all his rivals and now has 28 seconds over Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).
GIRO'18 Stage 17: Quattro Viviani!
Race Report: Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) took his fourth 2018 Giro d'Italia stage in Iseo after a wet bunch rode from Lake Garda to Lake Iseo. The GC men had a rest after the time trial, so no change in the overall - Photos, report and results.
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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.
Ride 1000 Miles & Climb 100k Feet Across The Pyrenees With France From Inside
France From Inside Tours offers some of the best cycling trips in the Pyrenees in southern France, and one of their best is the epic Conquer the Pyrenees: 12 days riding 1000 miles from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and back, climbing over 100,000 feet. The company owner and lead guide, Allan Reeves, explains why this trip is so popular, it's back for the 13th year.
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Giro'18 St.19 Roadside: A Barking Good Tappa!
Roadside Report: It's not a proper Giro without a little roadside coverage - á la PEZ - and there's been no better stage than this #19, which saw the man best known for dominating recent Tours de France tip the Italian tour upside down with an epic attack for the history books. PEZ-Man Daniel Thevenon takes us into the action right at Bardonecchia...
Euro Cycle Festival 2018 - Sun, Bikes, A Race And Snow?
The first Euro Cycle Festival took place last weekend in France with plenty of goodtimes and superb roads on the menu. The festival itself is a weekend of cycling celebrations that involved a bike show with new products, test days, a gravel ride, a hill climb TT and a cyclosportive in the snow! Chris Selden was on hand to check it out for Pez...
Ed's Giro d'Italia Alternative A To Z!
It's a sad time for Ed Hood, 2018 is the first time he's not in Italy for the Giro since... well, a long time. So for the second rest day, Ed got his Giro photo album out to compile his personal 'Alternative A to Z' of the Italian Grand Tour.
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Taking On The Feared Zoncolan Climb With Ryder Hesjedal
VIDEO: With the 101st Giro d'Italia aimed straight at the feared Monte Zoncolan climb for the Stage 14 finish at the summit, it's a great time to enjoy the climb from the comfort of your own mobile device, and watch someone else do the suffering while climbing this beast.
Mallorca's Serra de Tramuntana Mountains
Forming the backbone of the northwest of Mallorca, the Serra de Tramuntana mountains are an absolute must to explore if you're visiting the island. Approximately 90 kilometres in length, the Tramuntana are actually pretty hard to miss and being a UNESCO World Heritage Site only adds to their allure.
Peter Sagan Gets Pez'd!
In this PEZ-Clusive Peter Sagan interview, the reigning Paris-Rioubaix and World Champ talks about Sportful cycling kit, the Garda Bike Hotel, and more with the Pez at the Sagan Gravel Fondo.
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Toolbox: Carbohydrate Periodization
“Periodization” of your training calendar is the common approach to planning your season. Similarly, the concept of “carb loading” is also a commonly understood concept to maximize performance potential. In the continual quest for gains, coaches and athletes are now looking at “carbohydrate periodization” as an avenue to performance gains, so let’s learn a bit more about this concept…
Toolbox: Training Using Xert Adaptive Training Advisor
Xert’s Adaptive Training Advisor (XATA) uses advanced analytics to not just model your current fitness, but to individually prescribe workouts guiding you towards a desired fitness and time. I relied on it for >90% of my training this winter leading up to April’s gravel season.
How To Perfect The Race Taper
TOOLBOX: Tapering is a mysterious notion. Most competitive cyclists know what it is, and that it should be part of their peak performance, and that it can make that peak performance even better. Here's how to perfect the race taper for competitive cyclists.
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Braveheart On a Bike? DannyShane jerseys are "Modern Classics!"
You always know a Ferrari when you see one. The same goes for DannyShane apparel. The bold stripes, plaids and colors of their “Modern Classic” aesthetic are highly recognizable.
The 2018 Tour de Pologne UCI WorldTour Presented at the Wilanow Palace
Known as the "Polish Versailles" and as the historical second residence for many Polish kings, the regal Wilanow palace was the setting on Friday night for the official presentation of the 75th edition of the Tour de Pologne UCI World Tour.
Walz Caps' Mother's Day Gift Guide
Get your customized Walz Caps on time! Free Priority Shipping thru Sunday. Mother's Day Gift Guide
100% S2 + Sportcoupe Official Launch
100% is proud to introduce two new frames to their complete line of performance and active lifestyle eyewear. The S2, worn by Peter Sagan at the Tour of Flanders and his win at Paris-Roubaix, is a race performance frame made for reaching the podium as well as everyday sports performance.
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Readers' Rigs: Favaloro Puma XLight
As a lover of high end bikes, our reader Andy from Connecticut was always going to get a special bike when he went bike shopping but instead of just another off the shelf option he instead went all out with a sweet custom Favaloro Puma XLIGHT from Italy decked out with full Campag Super Record of course. Bellissimo!
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.
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Katie Compton Talks TOAD!
The 14 x US Nation Cyclocross Champion and 4 x World CX Silver medalist, looks ahead to the 2018 Tour of America's Dairyland p/b KwikTrip and tells PEZ what's cool about this great race. She loves this race and talks about the unique combination of competition and fun, on tap at all of TOAD's 11 stages...
PEZ Talk: Commonwealth Games Champion Mark Stewart
Rider Interview: Young Scottish trackman, Mark Stewart, didn't sit back and let multi-champion Cameron Meyer walk all over the recent Commonwealth Games points race and came out with the Gold medal. Ed Hood caught up with his countryman to hear all about 'The Games' and the 22 year-old's future plans.
Owen James Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been talking to the 'young blood' coming through and next on his list of marked men is a Welshman making a name for himself in the 'Heartland' of French cycling - Brittany. Owen James gets the PEZ interrogation.
PEZ Retro Giro Talk: Bruce Biddle
Retro Rider Interview: As the 101st Italian Grand Tour lines up for stage 2 from Haifa to Tel Aviv in Israel, Ed Hood looks back at the Giro of the 70s with New Zealand's first Giro d'Italia rider - Bruce Biddle. He liked it so much he's still in 'La Bella Italia'.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
May 24, 2018 -Simon Yates - Which team will he be on in 2019 - Top Story. A full EUROTRASH Thursday with all the race news and video from the Giro, Fjords and the Belgium Tour. Plus: The Hammer Series, Contador with Trek, Utah jerseys, Casartelli mediofondo, Euro CX Champs and the Middle East Tour - Cycling for Global Peace.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
May 21, 2018 - Has Simon Yates done enough to win the Giro d'Italia? Tom Dumoulin thinks he has - Top Story. A full EUROTRASH Monday with all the news, views and video from Italy, California and Norway. Lots of other cycling news: OVO Series, Tour des Fjords and Hammer Stavanger, Neymar's Custom Foil and the 2018 L’Étape du Tour.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
May 17, 2018 - The Giro d'Italia passed through Michele Scarponi's home town. All the news from Italy, plus the Tours of California and Norway. Is Chris Froome holding back?-Top Story. Other news: OVO Energy Tour Series, Stuyven extends with Trek-Segafredo, López joins Polartec-Kometa and Cofidis get Wild Card for Pologne. Pane e acqua anyone?