With the Giro making their way from Holland to the southern tip of Italy, it's perfect timing to start the week with more of the coolest gear from the 2016 Sea Otter Classic and bits from Masi Bicycles, Ortlieb Packs, Topeak, Rolf Prima, and Schwinn.
May 09, 2016 - The 2016 Giro d'Italia has been full on in Holland and we look at the first three days with top performances from Tom Dumoulin and Marcel Kittel. Two sprints and Marcel takes them both by more than a bike length. Race reports, quotes and video from the Giro and the 4 Days of Dunkirque. Other cycling news: Two more years for Maarten Wynants and a massage video from BMC. EuroTrash Giro cappuccino time.
Race Report: Marcel Kittel proved that he's in a completely different league when it comes to the sprint finishes in this year's Giro d'Italia by beating his opposition at a canter in the finalé of Stage 3. The big German not only took his second stage, he also strolled into the leaders pink jersey by 9 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin.
Race Report: Marcel Kittel well and truly put his dreadful 2015 season to bed with a stunning victory on the second stage of the 2016 Giro d'Italia. Jumping from third wheel and simply motoring past the leaders, he was free and clear with plenty of time to power-pose his huge self across the line for a win that's been a long time coming.
Race Report: Tom Dumoulin served up a Dutch treat at the Giro d'Italia 2016 stage 1 opening time trial by showing he's not lost any of his chrono skills despite mastering climbing, and took the opening stage win and pink jersey by the width of a pinky after a blistering ride around Apeldoorn. The big Dutchman only just edged out Primoz Roglic who took a surprise 2nd place.
Sometimes a Readers' Rig doesn't have to be a much loved heirloom or a custom bling machine, it could also be an off the rack new bike like today's reader Jonathon from Oakland with his Giant TCR Advanced SL1. There's nothing quite like that new bike feeling as Jonathon explains when he talks about his red and black beauty.
Race Preview: The 2016 Giro d'Italia route was announced in early October in Milan, Ed Hood ran an educated eye over the percorso to give us his view of the Italian Grand Tour. Three individual time trials, seven sprint stages, seven medium mountain stages - two with uphill finishes - and four high mountain stages - three with uphill finishes - and a total of 3,383 kilometres, with 42,200 metres of climbing.
It's Giro d'Italia time baby! Loads of Giro team info in EUROTRASH. In other cycling news we catch-up with Dunkirque and Frankfurt with results and video. Plus the 2016 Vuelta a España teams, GoPro renews partnership with A.S.O. & Tour de France and crash video from Red Hook. Giro cappuccino?
Race Preview: The first Grand Tour of the 2016 season, the Giro d'Italia, starts on Friday with a 9.8 kilometer time trial and two sprinter stages in Apeldoorn. The race then flies down to the toe of Italy to begin the battle north to the finish in Torino. Ed Hood casts his eye over the Italian race; the history, course and the possible victor.
Nothing shouts success like winning a Monument, Matt Hayman's 2016 Paris-Roubaix victory on Scott's newly designed FOIL Team Issue was an unexpected score for both the Team Orica-GreenEdge journeyman and the Swiss bike brand. Combining better aerodynamics and enough vibration damping to handle even the pavé of Roubaix, the completely redesigned Scott flagship racer was more up to the challenge - here's a closer look.
The Shane Sutton controversy rumbles on. Since last week, the out-spoken Australian has resigned from British Cycling under the cloud of accusations. But there has been some riders speaking up for the results gained and Sutton's motivational style. Lee Rodgers weighs-up the situation and gives us his usual unique lowdown on the Sutton case.
Life sometimes gives us moments to reflect on who we are and why we do some things. What is your motivation for cycling? When it’s crunch time, what do you hold onto as the reason you are gutting it out rather than dropping off?
Up until 2013 the only UCI one day race in the UK was the Rutland-Melton Classic. The race is inspired by Paris-Roubaix and is run around the small farm roads of Leicestershire and Rutland in the East Midlands of the UK. PEZ sent Sam Larner to soak up the chip smells and ale fumes of Britain's only Classic.
May 02, 2016 - Has Simon Yates become a scapegoat? All the race reports from past days: Romandie, Turkey and Yorkshire all with quotes and video. In other cycling news: Giro team previews and new app, plus medical up-dates from Cannondale, Etixx and Movistar. Team news from BMC and Southeast and 'Who is Yves Lampaert?'
Sam Larner has had his crystal ball out and had a look at the future stars of the peloton. There is a big list of the 'coming' riders, but Sam has picked the stand-out riders for his 'six of the best' for the podium in the next years.
We've had everything from custom carbon, aero wonder superbikes and even museum stunners featured in Readers' Rigs but we've never had a bull horned, custom steel bike until today. Kevin from Lancanshire's unique steel ride certainly qualifies for Readers' Rigs though as he and his machine have a very cool story behind their time together that includes over 25 years of ownership of ups and downs and thousands upon thousands of miles.
PowerTap was one of the first players in the world of power meters, setting an early standard for innovation with their hub-based design in the late 1990s. Their new C1 and P1 meters expand that same level of performance to the chainrings and pedal, greatly enhancing versatility and options for cyclists.
On all orders of $98 or more! How's about we start Spring right with some awesome savings on PEZ Kit? Mrs. Pez is asking when I'm going to clear out those boxes in my workshop... which usually means it's time for a sale.
April 28, 2016 - The good and bad of cycling: Sondre Hols Enger celebrates winning the final stage in Croatia and the accusations of sexism in British Cycling. Other cycling news: Race reports with video from Romandie and Turkey and we look at the Tour of Yorkshire, Giro, BMC, Trek-Segafredo, Tinkoff and Dimension Data.
The 2016 Sea Otter Classic at Monterey’s Laguna Seca Raceway threatened rain early and was a little cooler than past years, but both the sun and many of the industry’s top manufacturers made it out in support of big crowds here for both the racing and a look at some of the latest gear from Praxis Cycling, SRAM, Park Tool, Nuun, Velotoze and Velofix.