The French Alpine village of Gap has often been the scene of many famous Tour stages, but on Tuesday it hosts the second rest day. With an amazing network of roads and climbs all around Gap it's a perfect place for some serious climbing and to discover the superb scenery as Chris Selden recently found out.
The Aircode from Lapierre is an aero-styled racing machine tested and approved by Team FDJ.fr’s riders on the WorldTour that has seen such results as Thibaut Pinot's 3rd place on the final podium of the 2014 Tour de France. Lapierre have just released their 2016 version of the Aircode and before it even had a chance to hit the shops our man in France, Chris has been out testing the Aircode SL700 this past month.
Normally associated with Ferrari, today's Readers' Rig is instead a Lamborghini styled Colnago C50 modified by its owner for his ultimate ride. A highly original custom paint job, Campagnolo record gearing, Zipp wheels and a light weight are just some of the features of this unique ride.
Today's GearBreak focuses on a couple of proucts from Italian companies Sportful clothing and Scicon bags. Two products from each of these specialist manufacturer's extensive ranges were put through the PEZ test: Sportful's Super Total Comfort Bibshorts & AC Vuelta socks and Scicon's Hippo 550 Saddle bag and their endurance rider special's, Phone Frame Bag.
American Classic's new Carbon 46's are a lightweight tubular wheelset designed for serious cyclists who want it all - speed, acceleration, reliability and superior aerodynamics. Do they deliver? Our man in France Chris Selden has been testing them over the past 6 months through all sorts of conditions to find out.
Today's Readers' Rig is a bike that may be a few years old now but still gets many dreaming about it - a 2009 Eddy Merckx AXM. Decked out in full Campagnolo Record with Bora wheels to complement it's a classic European machine - but actually comes to us from a reader in Hong Kong.
Who are The Veloroos? Well they are the first Australian, all female team, to take part in the brutal Race Across America the 3000 mile (4828km) non-stop race from the west to east coast of the U.S.A. With the big race starting on 20th June we thought we'd check in now with the girls to hear about their preparation, hopes and fears as their date with destiny approaches...
It's time for Readers' Rigs again, the column where everyday Pez fans send in photos and stories about their pride and joy. Today's rig is a 2015 Felt AR FRD which comes to us from the beautiful state of Colorado.
Billed as the world's fastest and most aerodynamic Aero-Tri helmet the Rudy Project Wing57 has a big reputation. Our racer in France, Chris Selden recently got his hands on one for this extended test.
It's time for another Readers' Rigs, the column where PEZ-Fans send in photos and a story about their bikes. A Readers' Rig could be anything from a $15,000 carbon fibre super machine to a vintage racer or something that's completely out of the ordinary like this custom painted stainless steel bike with retro style downtube shifters and drilled out brake levers.
With the Gent-Wevelgem running on Sunday, we've scoured the archives for a look back at the best photos and video action this tough Belgian classic has offered us in recent years.
Today's Readers' Rig comes all the way from Australia and is a brand that many may not have heard of before, Swift. That could all change soon though with the likes of the Drapac Pro team racing them - including to a stage victory at the recent Tour Down Under. With bikes in the pro peloton and in the amateurs like our reader Andrew's pink stunner the name is sure to get known.
2014 was a sad year for many cycling fans as their favorite rider, Jens Voigt finally decided to hang up the wheels and retire from professional bike racing. Over a long career highlighted by GrandTour stage victories, crazy breakaways, even crazier quotes & dedicated teamwork we've put together some of our favorite photos of that period to bring you this special, Jens Voigt in pictures.
Today's Readers' Rig may come from England but it's certainly not a standard British machine and with its Bottecchia frame and custom painted parts by its owner Phil this is a bike that certainly stands out.
The South of France's Languedoc region is a beautiful place to visit with its spectacular scenery, history, food and wine but it's also one of the best places in the world to ride a bike. Small roads through tiny, historic villages, vineyards, forests and a good collection of medium mountains, make it as amazing as the tourist guides promised as PEZ's Chris Selden recently found out.
'Not Your Average Bike Shop' certainly sums up DMP Bikes in the Netherlands well as they are far from average. In fact they only sell bikes that they design and hand build themselves all in their unique, state of the art workshop that is built inside a classic Victorian industrial building from 1925. PEZ fan Harry is a customer there and he wrote in to tell us more.
Paris, France - the city of love, the Eiffel Tower, le Louvre and... traffic jams. Could Paris really be a destination for a PEZ 'Top Ride'? Well, yes as just 35km South-West of the capital is the gorgeous Vallée de Chevreuse where the cows, sheep and forest replace the hustle and bustle of the big city making it an ideal playground for cyclists.
For the very first time, the 2013 Tour de France took on the mythical Alpe d'Huez twice in one day by descending and then ascending the little known Col de Sarenne. In June of that year, just before the Dauphiné tested out the roads and much needed roadworks were completed, PEZ's man in France, Chris Selden cycled the route on a simply epic 150km and 4800m elevation day.
Nov 24, 2014 - Cyclocross news, six day action from Gent, video, results and more plus Australia chooses its 'Tour Team of The Century' that leads to the question - what riders would make an American Tour Team of The Century? It's EuroTrash Monday time.
The Fly6 is an innovative HD camera and rear light that has become an internet sensation since its inception thanks to some amazing footage of crashes, crazy car drivers, animal attacks and more. For the last 3 months PEZ editor Chris Selden has been extensively testing the new model Fly6 across the roads of France and today he brings you his complete review of the upgraded unit released this week.