PezCycling News - What's Cool In Pro Cycling : By Author

BY AUTHOR James Hewitt


Tuesday January 31, 2017
Sure you’re an athlete, and sure you may be able to roll out century rides easily. You might even be a keen racer. And all the cycling you do is supposed to improve your health, decrease your risk for major illnesses, and help you live to a ripe old age, right?
Tuesday November 29, 2016
What is the hardest part of a training session? The first step out of the door. In the Northern Hemisphere, winter is drawing in, the temperature is dropping and many cyclists are summoning the willpower to hit the roads or face the drudgery of the home-trainer.
Tuesday August 9, 2016
Think back to your last experience of competition. Perhaps it was a race, or simply a sprint for a local town sign. How did you perform? More importantly, how did you explain your performance?
Tuesday June 21, 2016
Within our cells are structures called ‘mitochondria', which are key components of skeletal muscles, providing energy for almost all the activities of the muscle cells. Training mitochondria to upgrade your engine can be valuable - but knowing the right dose is key.
Tuesday April 19, 2016
Delving into Matt Hayman’s Paris-Roubaix winning power file, we can see that pushing on the pedals over 6 hours, 9 minutes and 22 seconds required 6696 kilojoules of energy. What are the implications of kilojoules for cyclists and nutritional intake?
Wednesday March 9, 2016
One of my early coaches was fond of encouraging me to “just do the work.” The phrase became a personal mantra that continues to echo in my consciousness, to this day.
Tuesday December 8, 2015
Toolbox: Hydration continues to be a hotly debated topic in sport science. That debate extends even to winter when conditions are cool. Equally, it is an issue when training indoors. What are some of the considerations for hydration this winter season?
Tuesday November 3, 2015
The best ways to regulate your body temperature, ride in more comfort, minimize the risk of injuries, and improve cycling performance during your outdoor riding this winter.
Tuesday September 15, 2015
“My Legs Hurt!” What are your thoughts really telling you and how can you turn it around to your benefit? Explore the psychological factors which can influence endurance performance and discover simple strategies to strengthen your mind and gain an advantage over your competitors.
Tuesday July 28, 2015
Find out more about lactate and how this incredible molecule plays many important roles in the body. Discover how you can use lactate as a preferential fuel source, how lactate may actually reduce acidity in tissues and even act as a ‘signalling hormone’ to drive training adaptations.
Tuesday May 12, 2015
You lean forward, driving down on to the pedals, legs exploding, chest burning, mouth wide open, sucking as much air as possible into your hungry lungs. That process of laboured breathing and ventilation is a primal force. Can we train our respiratory muscles to decrease the stress of breathing or even ride faster?
Tuesday April 7, 2015
Fasted and ‘controlled carbohydrate’ training is getting increasing amounts of attention. There are suggestions that these protocols could even ‘remodel’ muscle in favour of using fat as a fuel. PEZ explores what the scientific evidence says, how pro cycling teams are using these approaches and what we could learn to enhance our performance in practise.
Tuesday July 25, 2006
The final report from the Tour de PEZ is a few days late. Well, it just wouldn’t be France if the internet actually worked now would it, and anyway, these stories are like a good wine, they mature.... I hope!
Saturday July 22, 2006
On his penultimate day chasing the race, James Hewitt gets up close and personal with a few of the stars of the sport and nearly has his bike stolen! Read on to find out how...
Friday July 21, 2006
PEZ-Man braving the Tour in the field, James Hewitt, finds himself in Albertville for the final day in the mountains of 2006. After such a spectacular day at the TdF its pretty hard to try to compete with the Floyd so I will not try but if you are so inclined, read on!
Thursday July 20, 2006
On his mission to bring you all the Tour and a press pass have to offer as well as a review of the French law enforcement community, Pez contributor and espresso impresario James Hewitt reports live from the summit finish in La Toussuire...
Wednesday July 19, 2006
On his mission to follow the Tour and show you the sights that no eye has ever seen and hear sounds no-one has ever heard our intrepid adventurer tackled Alpe d’Huez. Read on to find out the real story of what its like to climb the famed mountain on race day...
Sunday July 16, 2006
A day at the Tour is never boring. For example, this morning I was rushing around the Village Dйpart taking in the scene which precedes the start and now, six hours later I’m sitting in a French Alpine hotel writing up my experience after spending hours stuck in traffic behind slow moving lorries on roads just about wide enough for Jan Ullrich after a sausage eating fest!
Friday July 14, 2006
Le Tour bakes in three more days of southern French heat as we make our way from the Pyrenees to the Alps. For stage 12, PEZ-Man James Hewitt swung by his old home-town near Carcassonne, testing the Look 595's ability to withstand his blistering sprint, and then taking in the finish line frenzy...
Thursday July 13, 2006
Pez-man James Hewitt is deep in the Pyrenees – chasing le Tour like thousands of fans. But he’s the only fan riding the new 2007 Look 595, which came in handy as he hauled his carcass over the mighty Tourmalet, and survived a chase by the menacing ‘caravan’ to enjoy a typically French race-side lunch…