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BY AUTHOR: Richard Pestes
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  • Friday April 17, 2015

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    This Saturday in Valkenburg Holland runs maybe the largest cyclo-sportif event associated with any European Classic – the Amstel Gold Cylcosportif. I was lucky enough to join the 18,000 plus throng, and it was quite a day.

  • Friday April 17, 2015

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    As part of my self-appointed mission to discover and share with PEZ Fans the best riding destinations in Italy, I've parlayed 10 years of chasing the Giro d'Italia and its countless hotel nights into a 'reasonable' catalog of travel knowledge. Some hotels I look forward to visiting again, but I also look forward to new discoveries each May. The Hotel Lungomare in Cesenatico is one such hotel.

  • Saturday April 11, 2015

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    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.

  • Friday April 10, 2015

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    Castelli's new Free Aero Race Bibshort has been redesigned from the bottom up, inside out, and top down, and back to front -  it's a brand new bibshort named after their best selling bibshort ever. Early Spring here at PEZ HQ means I've logged a few good rides in 'em and they've impressed enough to warrant a stand alone review.

  • Saturday April 4, 2015

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    The Tour of Flanders is a legendary event. The steep nasty bergs, the cobbles, the weather, the passion of the fans - it's classics racing at its best. Every year before the pros put on their big show, thousands of amateurs get their chance to strut their stuff on these mythical roads and in 2012 the Pez himself was lined up amongst them to experience it all himself. Here's his story from that magical day.

  • Saturday March 21, 2015

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    In 2015 the Milan-San Remo Classic will go back to its traditions to set up a spectacular finale on the classic Via Roma finish line, which has played a key role in the history of this monumental race. So what better time to take a look back at 'The Pez' trip to 'La Primavera'.

  • Wednesday March 18, 2015

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    Sanremo Primer: There's no better way to spend race day in San Remo than on the Poggio - and going by bike ahead of the race is a must for any self-respecting fan. Here's the best way to see the race...

  • Friday February 27, 2015

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    One of my favorite rides in recent memory, and possibly ever – was a loop from Bellagio, up the Madonna del Ghisallo, then the Colma di Sormano, and back along the shores of Lake Como to my base at Il Perlo Panorama.

  • Saturday February 21, 2015

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    The queen stage of the 2015 Tour of California will be a ball buster of epic proportions, climbing 11,600 feet over just 80 miles from Ontario to the top of Mt. Baldy. I rode the stage a couple years back as part of the L'Etape du California sportif ride, and can assure you this would be at home in any Grand Tour. Here's a closer look at the stage that could decide the 2015 race.

  • Friday February 13, 2015

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    Over a lifetime of cycling the roads of our sport, a few stand out: the fun ones, the beautiful ones, and the brutal ones - where you suffer like you never knew possible. Riding your bike up the Mortirolo in Northern Italy is all three, and ranks up there with the Stelvio and Gavia as epic climbs one must do.

  • Saturday February 7, 2015

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    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.

  • Friday February 6, 2015

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    In this day of bike riders becoming celebrities, Mark-Paul Gosselaar is the opposite – a well known tv & film actor who’s become a bike racer. But talking to him you realize he’s a lot like us… a family guy with a job who likes racing bikes.

  • Monday February 2, 2015

    The PEZ Test-Sink pours on a torturous blast of water that would soak most normal kit - but Ale BikeWear's Light Rain vest from the Klimatik line does an amazing job of repelling water from the outside, while allowing moisture (and sweat) vapors out from inside. Check out this test...

  • Monday February 2, 2015

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    Newcomer ALÉ BikeWear's Klimatik line of cold and wet weather riding gear impresses with fit, materials, and designs that could only come from people who know road cycling, and are, well... Italian.

  • Friday January 16, 2015

  • Friday January 16, 2015

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    Here's one of the best travel / cycling / travel for cyclists videos I've seen - and I'm not just saying that because Nicola & Alberto at Garda Bike Hotel are good guys and great hosts. Take a look and see for yourself.

  • Sunday January 11, 2015

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    The Alpha jacket is Castelli's new take on an old problem - cold weather protection for cycling. It features a design philosophy I've not seen before, but could very well be the way to the future - here's the PEZ review.

  • Thursday January 1, 2015

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    The PEZ Welcomes 2015 with an inspired look ahead, and some helpful insight from his 8 year-old daughter.

  • Wednesday December 17, 2014

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    The Scott Solace 10 road bike offers in impressive mix of performance and comfort - two traits that used to be impossible to find together in one bike. But mix in some technology and smart thinking, and they're no longer mutually exclusive. Pez discovers the Solace 10 is a distinct addition to the brand's line-up alongside its FOIL, Addict, and CR-1.

  • Friday December 12, 2014

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    Every negroni has a story - some begin the moment the orange elixer touches my lips, others connect me to another point in time. And while mixing and drinking at home affords the luxury to adjust the recipe to perfection, sometimes it's the location that pins a memory to my mental cork board. A recent trip to Italy set the ideal backdrop for my best negronis of 2014.