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Now in its 5th year, the USA Pro Challenge has become a main event on the US racing calendar. This year’s edition was full of exciting racing and beautiful Colorado scenery. Here's a little insight into some of the images I captured during my week in the mountains of Colorado!
Racing in Belgium is something many try, riders come from all over to partake in the unique World of daily battering from the cobbles, wind, rain and multi-talented riders. But it's a surprise to see riders from Bangalore, India lining up in a Flemish kermess. Ed Hood spoke to Naveen John to get the lowdown:
Lee Rodgers has raced hard, trained hard and put his body through the mill for his cycling and then did it again for a comeback. In that time he couldn't understand how people could ride a bike and not want to race, or not ride a bike at all! Now he gets it and explains his 'road to Damascus' and seeing the light of cycling just for the fun of it.
Tom Danielson's out of competition positive drug test has to be the topic of the day for Lee Rodgers. The Lowdown examines the hypocrisy of the Anglo favouritism - we are the good guys and they are the bad guys. Is this the end of the Slipstream Sports road? The Lowdown asks the question.
Roadside in Aalst: Ed Hood had to drag himself away from the Paris finalé of the Tour de France and where did he go? Yes, another bike race. Chris Froome and Peter Sagan were there; Aalst was the venue and it was beer and frites all the way for Ed and Callum, in the Flemish style, to beat the post-Tour blues.
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, delivered by Castelli's Training Fit jersey and Team Bibshort.
Book Review: The best books of all are about great climbs, the roads that hurt so much while providing unforgettable vistas and a sense of accomplishment. Into this category falls an unusual new book by Hank Barlow entitled “Switchbacks,” with a hopeful indication of Vol. 1.
Congratulations to Dave Schwabe of Andover KS as the winner of the Rialto Jersey and Phantom Short from Club Ride Apparel. Comfort, quality and style make 'em a must have for any self-respecting Pez-fan.
With two yellow jersey riders abandoning in this year's Tour de France it's apt that Ed Hood takes a look at the career of Luis Ocaña who famously crashed out of the 1971 Tour. Anyone who can scare Merckx into thinking he was not invincible has to be given a lot of kudos. The Ocaña story is of great talent and a lot of "what if's".
Some say the Tour isn't the Tour without the l'Alpe d'Huez, and anyone who's been there will tell you it's the ONLY place to be when the race comes through. L'Alpe returns again this year and PEZ's Ed Hood knows the 21 bends better than most - here's what race fans should expect...
The 2015 Tour de France will not be crossing the Col du Galibier, normally the highest point of the French Grand Tour, on its way to l'Alpe d'Huez on stage 20. All this due to a landslide which has damaged the Chambon tunnel. So what better time to have a look back at one of Ed Hood's many Alpe visits.
All the European National championships are this Sunday and one of the hardest fought will be in the UK. This year the course is based around the famous cobbled climb of Michaelgate up to the Lincoln Cathedral. Sam Larner took his bike and camera to check-out the 'parcours' for the champs.
Ride Mount Everest? That sounds crazy, but think about it; find a local hill and ride up it so many times to equal the height of the Worlds highest peak. Lee Rodgers is about to tackle 'Everesting' and gives us the Lowdown on the daunting task of climbing 8,848 meters in one day.
Photographer, Darrell Parks, stayed on after the Air Force Association Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup for the next days Crystal Cup in Arlington, Virginia. More excitement, more heat, but thankfully less crashes on the Sunday.
Leslie Reissner, knows the bonk first hand, so who better to run his eye over “Feed Zone Portables” by Dr. Allen Lim and Chef Biju Thomas. This specialist cookbook is packed full of recipes for food to be eaten during activity and explains the science behind eating when training and competing.
Every year our man in Virginia, Darrell Parks, is road-side in Arlington for the Air Force Association Cycling Classic and this year is no different. As always he gets the best pic from the race course and is always in the right place at the right moment for the best action shots.
Today's Lowdown starts with Chris Froome's ride in the Dauphiné, but in Lee's unique style he moves from Froome watts to the psychology of the power of the yellow jersey and 'maximal strength'. Lee thinks it's a good job Hillary and Tenzing were not wired for watts on Mount Everest.
The 2015 Tour de France is a matter of only 20 days away, but Ed Hood, our most experienced Grand Tour follower, is thinking back to the first of his ten 'accredited' Tours. The 2006 Tour was an up and down affair, it was scandal riddled and the Landis Tour of '06 will go down in history as one of the worst.
Without doubt the fastest growing facet of cycling has to be the Grand Fondo. They cater for all categories, age groups and levels of fitness, just look at how many people they have been brought into cycling. Joshua Liberles and Greg Lee recently savored the Oregon Triple Crown based in Cottage Grove.
Photographer Darrell Parks is becoming part of the furniture at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic and this year was no different. This time around the woman's race was the main event and is part of the UCI World Cup series, but there was no change to the exciting racing and Darrell's great photographs.