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The PEZ Giro Trip: Stage 1 Preview
The first day of the PEZ & Velo Classic "Giro della Gazzetta" cycling trip this May opens with a day in Milano - watching the Giro d'Italia final TT stage in one of the world's most fashionable cities. The entertainment never stops here, and viewing the race will be just part of an awesome opening day.
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Retro PEZ Talk: Per Bausager!
Retro Interview: Following on in our series of retro interviews; Ed Hood spoke to Danish 'workman' professional Per Bausager. For 13 years Bausager plied his trade in Belgium and Italy, but he was highly thought of and was repeatedly called back to Italy by the top team leaders.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 23, 2017 - Chaves to ride Tour, Yates' brother for the Giro - Top Story. Other cycling news: Alentejo, La Provence, teams preview Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne and Abu Dhabi, teams for Roubaix and Ardennes, Tour de Pologne, sponsor for UAE and Roglic extends with LottoNL-Jumbo. A full EUROTRASH Thursday.
Preview: Het Nieuwsblad And Kuurne '17
Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne Preview: It must be spring at last as the first weekend of Classics crash onto the cobbles of the 2017 season. Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, followed by Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. Ed Hood clues us in with the course and running for the opening Flemish Classics.
FSA WE Electronic Gruppo - At Last!
Easily the most exciting thing I've seen this year in tech is the new electronic gruppo from FSA - the WE group. In the works for years, it's got electronic wireless shifting, new levers, derailleurs, crankset, and looks like a legit contender in the electronic gruppo space. Here's the PEZ first look.
Toolbox: Steady vs. Variable Riding Fatigue
It happens every Spring - the first few group rides of the year brutally reawaken the realities of the highly variable nature of racing. What are the neuromuscular differences between hard constant efforts and group races?
Dimension Data's Igor Anton Gets PEZ'd
Rider Interview: New writer at PEZ, Luke Maguire, lives in the Basque Country and regularly trains with the stars on their home terrain. Luke's first interview is with Dimension Data's Igor Anton, a pro for over 12 years, but with a palmarès that possibly doesn't reflect his vast experience.
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FSA WE Electronic Gruppo - At Last!
Easily the most exciting thing I've seen this year in tech is the new electronic gruppo from FSA - the WE group. In the works for years, it's got electronic wireless shifting, new levers, derailleurs, crankset, and looks like a legit contender in the electronic gruppo space. Here's the PEZ first look.
Pearl Izumi PRO Leader III: Cool Kicks!
There's not much better for the motivation than a new pair of cycling shoes at the start of a new season. Chuck Pena in Washington DC has been giving a pair of PRO Leader III by Pearl Izumi, the top of the line shoe from the clothing manufacturer. Don't just take Chuck's word, he joins Tejay van Garderen of BMC in the Pearl Izumi footwear.
PRIMAL HT.A Kit: Casual Comfort & Style
The HT.A line from PRIMAL is one of the nicest on/ off bike collections of apparel I've seen. The best part is that the District Hardshell jacket, Ogunde cargo pants, Longsleeve Henley pullover, and Coltrane Jacket are all designed to be ridden - but are just as comfy and useful off the bike.
Northwave Extreme RR Shoes: Bella De Montebelluna
Northwave's new Extreme RR shoes feature a new X Frame upper for form-fitting security and an updated sole with ample stiffness and ventilation. Here's a closer look at the latest from one of Italy's top brands.
Park Tool PRS-22 Team Issue Repair Stand
The Park Tool PRS-22 Team Issue model stand designed for Pro Tour mechanics to work on all of the different kinds of frames without the risk of clamping down on seat posts and frame tubes that have grown both more complex in shape and more fragile with thinner walled carbon.
Best of 2016: Parlee’s Z Zero Disc Isle of Man TT-ribute
Tech n' Spec is one of the most popular sections of PEZ, so it would only be right to replay Charles Manantan's favourite bike review of 2016: Parlee Cycles build a beautiful, custom fabricated and finished tribute to the fastest family on two wheels and the race that is perhaps the most intense combination of speed, endurance, concentration and danger in the world.
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Toolbox: Steady vs. Variable Riding Fatigue
It happens every Spring - the first few group rides of the year brutally reawaken the realities of the highly variable nature of racing. What are the neuromuscular differences between hard constant efforts and group races?
Toolbox: Front Loading Periodization Results
Last month we discussed the idea of front-loading periodization, where we overloaded the hard efforts of a four-week training block into Week 1. I promised to test the concept on myself, plus I convinced a couple of others to join me. How did things work out?
Toolbox: Building Aerobic Fitness
With January giving way to February, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about final phases of building aerobic fitness before moving on to more intensive work in the spring. This is a good and timely topic.
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Sexism And Abuse In Women's Pro Cycling
A legacy of abuse and sexism unfortunately continues to simmer just beneath the surface of women’s professional cycling – and particularly within the smaller and more thinly-supported teams. Steve Maxwell and Joe Harris from the Outerline talk to riders and suggest how to 'strengthen all of global pro cycling'.
PEZ Bookshelf: Bicycles: Past, Present and Future
Italian book “Bicycles: Past, Present and Future” by Roberto Gurian, with graphic design by Maria Cucchi, has been translated by Robert Bethel into English, but marvelous bike photos speak in all languages. PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, gives us his thoughts on this wonderful bike book.
Lessons from the Badger: The Truth Behind Fleche Buffoon
The spring classics are considered the most exciting single day races on the cycling calendar. From the cobbles and bergs of Flanders, to the pave of northern France to the hills of the Ardennes, these races have come to define the image of the hard men -and women- of cycling.
PEZ Bookshelf: Ultimate Étapes
We've had the good fortune to review books about do-it-yourself tours, cycling history, great races and impressive mountains but it's seldom that all of this can be packaged into such an attractive offering. “Ultimate Étapes” is subtitled “Ride Europe's Greatest Cycling Stages” and it delivers much on this promise.
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Readers' Rigs: Alumni Returns
When the Readers' Rigs column first came to life back in 2012 it was PEZ fan, Todd from California who first applied with his then favorite Parlee bike. Since then we've published more than 60 bikes from PEZ fans all around the world and Todd has managed to buy almost 20 different bikes in that time too! In his current stable he has a Cervélo S5, an R5 and a BMC SLR01. Let's check in with Todd for his thoughts on his current rigs.
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.
Readers' Rigs: Hans Schneider Custom
We've seen a lot of custom bikes here at Readers' Rigs but not too many that have such a history behind them as David from Oklahoma City's Hans Schneider custom. Through 18 years of ownership this bike has been through a couple of different looks in that time as it's accompanied David to France, Italy, Belgium and more in the early 2000's and is still going strong today.
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The PEZ Giro Trip: Stage 1 Preview
The first day of the PEZ & Velo Classic "Giro della Gazzetta" cycling trip this May opens with a day in Milano - watching the Giro d'Italia final TT stage in one of the world's most fashionable cities. The entertainment never stops here, and viewing the race will be just part of an awesome opening day.
Chateau de Pitray: Living & Cycling at Le Tour 2017
The 2017 Tour de France pays a visit to southwest France with a stage finish in the medieval town of Bergerac along the Dordogne River, and the following day a stage start in nearby Eymet. Allan Reeves of FranceFromInside.com cycling tours is looking to combine his family's nearby Chateau de Pitray and Le Tour for a week of cycling, wine and French living.
Pez Goes Winter Biking in Minneapolis
How's this for something completely different - a mid-winter trip to Minneapolis to ride stud-tired commuter bikes around the city's vast network of bike paths? It was part of the new bikes for guests program by Le Meridien Chambers Hotel featuring Priority Bicycles.
Seeking San Remo: The PEZ Trip Stage 2&3 Preview
The opening riding days of the "Giro della Gazzetta" - the first Velo Classic Tours & Pez cycling trip this May starts with two days riding the final 175km of the monumental Milan-San Remo corsa.  After a day watching the Giro final stage in Milan, we leave the Lombard plain and cross the coastal mountains. Smelling the sea-salt air of the Mediterranean for the first time is an amazing experience.
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Retro PEZ Talk: Per Bausager!
Retro Interview: Following on in our series of retro interviews; Ed Hood spoke to Danish 'workman' professional Per Bausager. For 13 years Bausager plied his trade in Belgium and Italy, but he was highly thought of and was repeatedly called back to Italy by the top team leaders.
Dimension Data's Igor Anton Gets PEZ'd
Rider Interview: New writer at PEZ, Luke Maguire, lives in the Basque Country and regularly trains with the stars on their home terrain. Luke's first interview is with Dimension Data's Igor Anton, a pro for over 12 years, but with a palmarès that possibly doesn't reflect his vast experience.
Retro PEZ Talk: Edward ‘Eddie B’ Borysewicz Part 2
Retro Interview: Eddie B has been called the “father of modern American cycling” and he brought many successes to US cycling with his extensive knowledge. The man behind Armstrong, Lemond and so many others.
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Lotte Kopecky to make her début at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Tomorrow the road season begins for the Lotto Soudal Ladies team. Six riders will stand at the start of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. One of these six women is Lotte Kopecky, who won the omnium at the World Cup Track in Cali last weekend.
Dunbar Dons 'Best Young Rider' Jersey In Portugal
Eddie Dunbar climbed into fifth overall Thursday at Volta ao Alentejo to take the lead in the "best young rider" category while teammates Chris Lawless and Ivo Oliveira finished fifth and sixth, respectively, on Stage 2 to help the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team top the team standings.
Dennis Wins the 2ème Tour Cycliste International La Provence
Rohan Dennis crossed the line second in Marseille today to secure overall victory, and BMC Racing Team's tenth win of the season, at his first stage-race in Europe of 2017.
Rally Continues European Campaign, Starts North American Season
Rally Cycling will race on two continents this week with a European contingent tackling the Volta Alentejo and a six man squad kicking off at the Chico Stage Race.
2017 Het Nieuwsblad Start List
The 2017 Classics season starts on Saturday with the Het Nieuwsblad or Gent-Gent and here is the start list for the mens and ladies races.
Preview: Het Nieuwsblad And Kuurne '17
Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne Preview: It must be spring at last as the first weekend of Classics crash onto the cobbles of the 2017 season. Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, followed by Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. Ed Hood clues us in with the course and running for the opening Flemish Classics.
Alejandro Valverde Reflects on his 100 Pro Victories
Alejandro Valverde reflects on feelings after making the select group of active riders with more than hundred pro victories: fourth within current generation, second-ever Spaniard to reach the milestone.
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Alejandro Valverde Reflects on his 100 Pro Victories
Alejandro Valverde reflects on feelings after making the select group of active riders with more than hundred pro victories: fourth within current generation, second-ever Spaniard to reach the milestone
Snow Biking On Lake Calhoun
A little different ride for me - on studded tires and a frozen Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. I'm here with Priority Bikes and Le Meridien Chambers Hotel to launch their new bikes for guests program.
PEZ Rides the Carpegna Climb
Pez climbs the Carpegna climb - Marco Pantani's favorite training climb - with the bike Hotel Lungomare in Cesenatico Italy.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 23, 2017 - Chaves to ride Tour, Yates' brother for the Giro - Top Story. Other cycling news: Alentejo, La Provence, teams preview Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne and Abu Dhabi, teams for Roubaix and Ardennes, Tour de Pologne, sponsor for UAE and Roglic extends with LottoNL-Jumbo. A full EUROTRASH Thursday.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Feb 20, 2017 - Three winners at the weekend; two young guys and one not so young. All the news from Oman, Algarve and Andalucia. Tiernan-Locke retires-Top Story. Other cycling news: Abu Dhabi Tour, Cervélo Bigla team and Jens Keukelaire crashes while training in Spain and might miss Het Het Nieuwsblad. EUROTRASH coffee time.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 16, 2017 - All the action from Oman, Algarve and Andalucia with reports and video. No Cauberg finish at the Amstel Gold Race - Top Story. Other cycling news: More cobbles in Roubaix, Abu Dhabi Tour, Women’s Tour of Britain, Chris Butler, Tour of the Alps, Contador's bike and video of Marco Pantani.