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Every year my training remains fairly similar in terms of types of training and also how it is periodized. Not this year. This winter, I am resolving to try something quite different for me, namely altering my training blocks by concentrating the bulk of the hard efforts at the start of each block.
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Retro PEZ Talk: Jens Lehmann
Retro Interview: You could say Jens Lehmann was unlucky to have been competing in the pursuit event at a time when there were many top riders fighting for rainbow jerseys and Olympic gold medals. Ekimov, Boardman, Obree, Bart...
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Jan 16, 2017 - The 2017 season is under way with Caleb Ewan winning the People Choice criterium. Results and video from Australia and cross from Italy. TOP STORY is the Vuelta a España route details. Other cycling news: Tour...
Park Tool PRS-22 Team Issue Repai...
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 ...
Vuelta De PEZ: Ed And The Angliru!
Vuelta Look Back: The 2017 Vuelta a España will climb the mythical slope of the Alto de l’Angliru on the penultimate stage 20 on Saturday, September 9th, 120 kilometers after the start in Corvera. Our Grand Tour expert, Ed...
Readers' Rigs: Cannondale Supersi...
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 owni...
Canada's Original Gravel Grinder
Registration is open for the 24th annual Paris to Ancaster Bike Race (P2A), taking place on Sunday, April 30th, 2017. This unique race is popular with all levels of cyclists. It's a technical challenge for the professionals, ...
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Park Tool PRS-22 Team Issue Repai...
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 ...
Best of 2016: Parlee’s Z Zero D...
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 fas...
Castelli Alpha Jacket: The PEZ Re...
The Alpha jacket is Castelli's smart take on an old problem - cold weather protection for cycling. It's design combines a wind & water repellent outer layer with a breathable vest-like inner layer that could very well be the ...
Gore Windstopper Kit Review
For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s that time of year when the days are getting shorter and colder - and windier. Gore Wear have the answer with Windstopper bib knickers and soft shell thermo vest, Chu...
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’16 #6
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide #6 is a diverse bag of suggestions. From Primal casual wear to complete bikes by Detroit and Canyon. In between we have Shoes from Bont and Sidi, glasses from Smith, Clement tires, custom cycling jersey...
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’16 #5
If you are still struggling to find that perfect present for the cyclist in your life; today's PEZ Holiday Gift Guide might hold the answer. Creams and oils to pamper from OA Performance Products, clothing and shoes by Capo, ...
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Calpe - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Tim ARIESEN (Netherlands / Team Roompot Nederlandse Loterij) pictured during trainingscamp team Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij in Calpe, Spain - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2017
Toolbox: Front Load Periodization
Every year my training remains fairly similar in terms of types of training and also how it is periodized. Not this year. This winter, I am resolving to try something quite different for me, namely altering my training blocks...
Best Of 2016 Toolbox: Pre-race Bi...
Best of 2016: You feel ready. You have done the training, the hours of riding and zone specific work to fully prepare your body for the onslaught to come. But is your bike as ready as you are? Go beyond just cleaning your bik...
Toolbox: Base Training In 10 Hour...
What is base building? In the 1960s, legendary New Zealand coach Arthur Lydiard famously prescribed high mileage for all of his runners and effectively founded the idea of base training for endurance athletes. His system was ...
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Vuelta De PEZ: Ed And The Angliru!
Vuelta Look Back: The 2017 Vuelta a España will climb the mythical slope of the Alto de l’Angliru on the penultimate stage 20 on Saturday, September 9th, 120 kilometers after the start in Corvera. Our Grand Tour expert, Ed...
My Two-Wheeled Cycling Addiction
Lowdown: The New Year of cycling beckons us out onto the tarmac, but for one reason or another we can't go and grumpiness takes over. Resident PEZ psychologist (aka: pundit), Lee Rodgers, dissects the whole problem of addicti...
Best Of 2016: VUELTA Roadside - S...
Best of 2016 Vuelta Roadside: The 2016 Vuelta a España is in the Comunidad Valenciana and so we had to send our 'local' to see what was going on. This will be Alastair Hamilton's 15th Spanish Grand Tour and it sounds like he...
Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer by Guy AndrewsBest Of 2017 PEZ Bookshelf: Greg ...
Book Review: Greg LeMond is America's most successful cyclist, ignoring the dubious results of Mr. Armstrong, and he is also held in high regard through-out the World of cycling. Leslie Reissner takes a look at a new book by ...
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Readers' Rigs: Cannondale Supersi...
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 owni...
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 coup...
Readers' Rigs: Karl's Life of Rei...
Karl Strugnell has come back to cycling after a break and is making a good go at it. But what about his bike? Specialist frame builders Reilly have built him a titanium work of art, which is also the perfect tool for his big ...
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Best Of 2016: PEZ Rides the Col D...
Best of 2016: Inside the last 3km to the summit of the 21.5km Col du Glandon, the air gets thin as we approach 1924m elevation, the road tilts to 11% grades, and each meter seems longer than the last one. There's a reason the...
Travel: Riding the Trans-Pyrenees
Riding across the Pyrenees from cost to coast and back is one of the all time epic rides - eat, sleep, ride, repeat. It's a road cyclist's dream that PEZ-Fan Richard Watson lived for two weeks 2016, and now takes us along for...
Lee's Lowdown: A Japan Jaunt!
Ever thought of visiting Japan and taking your bike along for the trip? If so, Lee Rodgers has the lowdown on the land of the Rising Sun... on two wheels. Japan has everything for the discerning cyclist, climbs, flat valleys,...
Lee's Lowdown: Taiwan Travels!
Lowdown: A slightly different Lowdown from Lee Rodgers today, no doping, his thoughts on Taiwan as a cycling holiday destination... Good and bad! The island the Portuguese called Formosa - ‘beautiful island’ - might not b...
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Retro PEZ Talk: Jens Lehmann
Retro Interview: You could say Jens Lehmann was unlucky to have been competing in the pursuit event at a time when there were many top riders fighting for rainbow jerseys and Olympic gold medals. Ekimov, Boardman, Obree, Bart...
US Cross Champ Stephen Hyde Gets ...
Rider Interview: As the cyclocross season builds to a climax with the World championships on January the 29th in Bieles, Luxembourg; the National championships last week gave us a clue to who is on form. In the US, Stephen Hy...
Katusha-Alpecin's Sven Erik Gets ...
Rider Interview: Two years ago Sven Erik Bystrøm was a young man about to start his professional career, admittedly he was a World champion, but his life was about to change. Since then he has become Alexander Kristoff's rig...
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SIDI to Ride with Filippo Pozzato...
After their training camp (9-12 January) at the Hotel Castelmartini, located on the slopes of San Baronto, in Tuscany, Team Willier Triestina - Selle Italia went to the Veneto region to visit their sponsors, do some photo sho...
Thunderbolt Sportswear Introduces...
Thunderbolt Sportswear - www.thunderboltsportswear.com - Introduces new modernized style or their original Mark II jeans, now offering improved comfort and a tailored fit.
Canada's Original Gravel Grinder
Registration is open for the 24th annual Paris to Ancaster Bike Race (P2A), taking place on Sunday, April 30th, 2017. This unique race is popular with all levels of cyclists. It's a technical challenge for the professionals, ...
No-Rain Jacket by RPM…Don't Wor...
Rain and poor weather conditions have always been one of riders’ worst enemies, especially in winter. Fortunately, progress is on the side of riders, and nowadays cyclists can count on technical and innovative garments. A ...
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Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar...
November arrives as the halfway point for the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), the highest level of professional cyclo-cross racing in the United States. This year’s Pro CX calendar features 44 scorin...
Taiwan KOM Challenge 2016
The fifth edition of the Taiwan KOM Challenge left the coastal town of Hualien, Taiwan on October 29th for the leg, and lung busting ride to the Wuling summit 3,275 meters above, and brought a big dose of action along for th...
What's Cool About the 2017 Giro d...
2017 signals the 100th edition of what's generally the favorite race around PEZ-HQ, and the organizers hatched an ambitious plan to cover as much of the country as possible in the allotted 21 stages from May 5 - 28, 2017. Her...
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Wanty-Groupe Gobert unveils 2017 ...
Wanty – Groupe Gobert presented its new outfit for the 2017 season during the media day organized this Friday in Benidorm (Spain).
Pico de las Nieves - From sea lev...
Only 100km west of Morocco, Gran Canaria is often overlooked in favour of its big brother Tenerife, but dig a little deeper and you soon discover an island of diversity, wonder and pure magnificence. From golden sand dunes an...
Sky and Pinarello Announce New Do...
Team Sky will race on the new Pinarello DOGMA F10 in 2017 as the successful partnership between the team and Italian company enters its eighth year.
The Col Collective: Coming up in ...
I can't believe another season has come to a close and what a corker its been! We had some mega fun exploring Switzerland's giants including the Furka, Nufenen, Gotthard and friends along with some hidden diamonds like the Sa...
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Jan 16, 2017 - The 2017 season is under way with Caleb Ewan winning the People Choice criterium. Results and video from Australia and cross from Italy. TOP STORY is the Vuelta a España route details. Other cycling news: Tour...
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Jan 12, 2017 - As always a full EUROTRASH Thursday. Wiggins package or TUE, which should we be looking at? - TOP STORY. Cross action from Otegem with video. Other cycling news: Valverde crashes, Tour Down Under teams, Westra ...
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Jan 09, 2017 - Wout Van Aert won the Belgian championships and Mathieu van der Poel won in Holland. Reports and video. New Hour Record - TOP STORY. Other cycling news: Australian and New Zealand championships, Sky Down Under,...
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PEZ SOCKS: In Shop Now!
The all new PEZ socks by DeFeet have arrived in store – just in time for... looking awesome any time of the year. These DeFeet Aireator ‘Tall Boys’ will keep your ankles warm and your overall look cool…
NEW PEZ KIT By CASTELLI Is Here!
The all new PezCycling Kit for 2015 by Castelli is in stock and ready to ship right now - in all its stripey, Pez blue and fluo green coolness. The look is classic 1980's but the technology and fit are thoroughly modern, de...
PEZ Socks: DeFeet Super 80's
The all new 'Tallboys' are here - DeFeet's classic, durable, and very functional Air•e•ators are the platform for your next attack - whether it's on the road, or in the bar.
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