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Tour de France 2015 - stage 21
BY AUTHOR: Matt McNamara
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  • Tuesday June 2, 2015

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    We have often discussed the value and importance of High Intensity Intervals (HIT) here at Pez. There is a reason, of course, they are a central component of racing success, yet questions remain, so let’s dive into the lactic acid pool once again!

  • Tuesday May 19, 2015

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    You’ve spent months preparing mentally, endless hours physically, all building towards THIS EVENT, this focus. Or maybe it’s just a Saturday and you went racing. Either way the let down and psychological weight of a sub-par performance can be a slippery slope, so what can you do to move forward?

  • Thursday April 23, 2015

    Axeon's Chris Putt training in California. Photo: Davey Wilson -

    Matt McNamara has been lucky enough to see the workings of Team Axeon at their recent Californian training camp and get the word on this year's riders from the main man Axel Merckx. The project has brought some big names to the pro peloton in its seven years and there's much more to come.

  • Tuesday March 24, 2015

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    Watching the final crush of Milan San Remo is to view the crescendo of many hours of impressive metabolism. 1000 kilojoule/hour are common place in the racing peloton, and most surely the last hour of M-S-R is way above that value. Those guys are lean and mean. Are You? Look, I’m not saying…

  • Tuesday February 3, 2015

    Worldchampionships cyclocross in Tabor 2015 - juniores

    Chances are if you are reading this you race bikes. You may be a seasoned veteran of the two wheeled wars, or perhaps you are just dipping your toe into the ocean of experiences that racing brings. Either way, you can learn and help others learn by embracing skills development as the starting point to racing success.

  • Wednesday December 10, 2014

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    Launched with one of the coolest videos in cycling, the Cipollini Bond at first smacked cycling's establishment as more of the flash and hype the Super Mario is known for. But he's also known as a prolific race winner, and as this bike proves - both offer enough performance to warrant a place in cycling's upper echelon.

  • Tuesday December 2, 2014

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    Confidence has often been described as the single greatest contributor to an athlete’s success. It is also, unfortunately, a fickle and frail ally, as apt to abandon the unprepared as embrace the deserving. While the role of confidence is touted, the mechanisms of confidence are less well understood. Let’s change that.

  • Tuesday October 21, 2014

    Cauberg Cyclocross - Worldcup  Valkenburg Elite 2014

    This past weekend the Cyclocross World Cup kicked off in Valkenberg with a commanding win by Lars Van der Haar, after a typically audacious start for the young gun. The ability to sprint for the hole shot by LVdH and another young star like Mathieu Van der Poel are impressive and, surely, taxing, but how taxing are they?

  • Tuesday August 26, 2014

    2011 - Tour de France 14e etappe

    He materialized almost instantly, veering across my path at a nearly perfect angle, for it offered no escape. The deer loomed large in front of me as I grabbed a handful of brakes and swerved, a guttural scream rising with my fear, just clipping the hindquarters of the animal I spun...

  • Tuesday May 27, 2014

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    Whether you are preparing for your first metric century, a favorite criterium, a long stage race, or whatever it is, the tendency to “push, push, push” can, overwhelm common sense and lead your summer plans astray. Let’s look at how we can manage our fitness and preparation during this pivotal time of year.

  • Monday May 26, 2014

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    While Mario Cipollini’s bicycle brand has been proving itself at the ProTour level of racing for a few years now, they've only recently taken aim at the US market by signing Florida-based Speedbrands LLC as the new US distributor – who offered us a ride on Team Farnese Vino’s Francesco Chicchi’s personal 2013 race bike – the RB1000.

  • Tuesday February 11, 2014

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    We ride and race for different reasons, but the baseline is always about riding the bike. Those moments when life responsibilities take a back seat and we just enjoy the road unfolding before us are a form of salvation. Unfortunately, with life running at the pace it does we are often forced to “maximize” our training under shorter time standards than we might otherwise choose, but don’t forget the long ride.

  • Tuesday January 21, 2014

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    Improve your cycling performance: It's only January, but you're already thinking about the race season ahead, and even if you're not actually engaged in structured cycling training yet, this is a great time to adopt some of the traditions of the baseball world via some Spring Training.

  • Tuesday December 3, 2013

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    December is the time of renewal. Many cyclists will start their 2014 preparations this month by setting out some goals and plans, but are you getting the full picture as you plan your cycling training for next season?

  • Tuesday October 1, 2013

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    Cyclocross has started to sneak its way onto the pages of Pez. This annual changing of the guard is often looked at by road racers as the down season or winter break, but nothing will serve your road cycling training better in the run towards 2014 than a stint of cross racing this season.

  • Tuesday August 20, 2013

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    As the USA Pro Cycling Challenge grabs our attention this week much will be made of the altitude and its effect on the riders. The entire race is run above 5000 feet, and much is above 7000 feet! These elevations create substantial limitations to the exercising athlete, and also a great jumping off point for a discussion on energy systems and performance.

  • Tuesday June 25, 2013

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    The Tour is less than a week away, Summer is heating up in the Northern Hemisphere and the cycling season is in full swing. Let’s take a break from the training and wander about a bit…