Daniel Holloway is hard at it on the boards of Copenhagen at the moment. Our man at the velodromes of Europe, Ed Hood, caught up with 'Hollywood' in Berlin during the German '6 Day' last week. Life isn't all track though as Ed gets the lowdown on Daniel's road season for 2016.
If we have been diligent in our offseason training, we have likely done some nice foundational work to build up our base fitness and functional threshold. But now it’s February and those gains might be stagnating. How do we build on this base fitness and also meet the needs of our riding goals?
Ed Hood has moved on from Berlin to Copenhagen for the next and last '6 Day' of the 2015/16 season. By the sound of things the hard work was the drive from one velodrome to the other, but the 'circus' is all set up and the boards are vibration under the rider's wheels to the bongos, dernys, big motors and the music.
08 Feb, 2016 - The sad news is that doping has not gone from the sport of cycling with four cases in the news. On a brighter note we have all the results, reports, rider quotes and video from the Dubai, Valencia, Qatar, Bessèges and Hoogstraten. Plus rider and team news and Peter Sagan takes a look at the course for the Rio Olympics.
Book Review: This kind of bicycle collection is different from other transportation museums and its personal quirkiness is deeply attractive because the history of the bicycle itself is nothing if not quirky. And the machines that are so beautifully featured in “Bicycling Through Time: The Farren Collection” must rank amongst the most illustrative specimens of that history.
PEZ joined Team Rally for an informal media day and ride, and found the UCI America's Tour #1 team's blend of World Tour guidance and young rider enthusiasm is riding to win at Americas top races in 2016.
Ed Hood brings the Berlin '6 Day' to its climax with the big chase finale, but there were more tales to tell before the camper-van could be packed for the drive and ferry trip to Copenhagen for the next and last '6 Day' of the 2015/16 winter season.
Feb 04, 2016 - Marcel Kittel is back with a win in the Dubai Tour out-sprinting Mark Cavendish. All the results and video from Dubai, Valencia, Qatar and Bessèges. The Van den Driessche family are our Top Story and we have news from Tour of America’s Dairyland, Degenkolb, Malori, Kolobnev and Lampre-Merida, plus a masterclass on how to descend.
Name a frame builder with employees that have been with them for 40+ years… That list is even smaller when you add that the company is in the USA and is not producing frames in Asia. Lynskey Performance is uncommon.
Seeing, riding, and experiencing the Spring Classics is something every true fan counts on his bucket list. Peter Thomson, owner of Thomson Bike Tours, knows how it's done, and shares some insider tips on how to make the most of this trip to Belgium.
The victorious ride of Wout Van Aert, and all the other medal winners, at the World cyclocross championships in Zolder at the weekend were overshadowed by the finding of a motor in one of the bikes, and so there can only be one HOT subject for the 'Lee Lowdown'. Femke Van der Driessche's name will go down in the history books for all the wrong reasons.
Part two of Ed Hood's 'night job' in Berlin at the velodrome and the action was full on for days' two and three of the German '6 Day'. The big motors were out as were the sprinters, the beer, the flowers for the winners, plus a Berlin bear!
Feb 01, 2016 - As the Euro season kicks off in Spain and France, cyclocross starts to close down with the World championships in Zolder - We have all the results, words and video. The first case of mechanical doping hits the headlines. Plus cycling news from: Etoile de Bessèges, Critérium International, Valencian, California and Paris-Roubaix. Wanty are number 1 and we look at the not so nice side of cyclocross.
Rider Interview: Alexander Kristoff was one of the biggest winners of the 2015 season with over twenty wins to his name. His Tour of Flanders win has to be the high point and the man from Oslo wants more of the same this year.
It's Six Days season in northern Europe, with racing 'round the boards keeping riders fit & fans entertained for days on end. Ed Hood's pulling his annual shift working for two teams in Berlin, and filing the action for PEZ...
Interview: Paul Sherwen has just returned from Australia and the 18th Tour Down Under, so Alastair Hamilton got hold of him at home in Uganda to hear his impressions of the latest edition of the season opener. Obviously the chat didn't end there; predictions were made for the coming year and the ASO/UCI battle got a good airing.
Jan 28, 2016 - We're glad to say the injuries to the Giant-Alpecin riders suffered in last week's crash are not as bad as first thought and they're all in recovery mode. In a full EuroTrash we preview the GP Marseillaise, Challenge Mallorca, Cadel Evans Race and the Ladies Tour of Qatar. Other cycling news from the BC Superweek, IAM Cycling, Movistar, Shelley Verses and a video interview with Peter Sagan. Big Coffee time!
Rider Interview: Sergey Lagutin is in his thirteenth year as a professional cyclist and in that time he has ridden for more than a handful of top teams, been Uzbekistan National champion six times and took World U23 championships in 2003.
Lee has been keeping his eye on the happenings in Australia and Spain and we are sorry to say carnage and injury are involved. The outcome for the Giant-Alpecin team was not good, but could have been much worse. Simon Gerrans crashed but came out on top Down Under. Phil Liggett has also been in Australia, his crash was due to a very different fall, one from grace.
Mid-winter training can be monotonous. While it is easy to crank up the tunes and tune out as you log the miles, disengaging from your rides can have serious performance consequences come ‘go’ time. Maximize your miles by incorporating focus intervals to your cycling training plan.