Lee Rodgers has been out for a 'get lost' bike ride and what better way to sharpen the mind. Lee's musings wander from the lost joy of childhood cycling through to the snobbery and the new 'cliquishness' that has appeared in the world of the bike. The Lowdown on the cycling dress-code (if there is one):
I had the good fortune to join the Trek-Segafredo team for a warm-up ride before the Tour of California in May. It was a great lesson in reinforcing solid riding habits, whether solo or in a group.
Rider Interview: Borut Bozic has been in the top echelon of professional cycling for quite a few years and seen it all. From Astana he has moved to the French Cofidis team for 2016 to work for super-sprinter Nacer Bouhanni and as he says "no one is an angel in the last 5 K". Ed Hood catches up with Borut to hear about the French red sprint train.
June 27, 2016 - The European National championships were held at the weekend and we have the all results, rider quotes and video. Tour de France line-ups - less than a week to go. Top Story: Floyd Landis is setting up a cannabis business. Other cycling news: Contract extensions at BMC and Trek-Segafredo, two more years for the Baby-Dump, Stumps and Cranks book release, Carter Jones retires and very sad news of Stig Broeckx.
Rider Interview: Tao Geoghegan Hart is one of the many young, up-and-coming riders who are the future of cycling. At the moment the young man from London is in his third year with the US team; Axeon Hagens Berman. Ed Hood got hold of Tao after a great performance in the Tour des Pays de Savoie.
Rudy Project has been part of the top tier of cycling eyewear since the late 1980's when cool looking shades first appeared in the pro bunch. Lucky for us Rudy stayed there by maintaining top level tech to their huge line, like the newest release for road cyclists - the Tralyx.
Trek's popular Project One project has taken off around the world with many singing their praises like today's reader Alexander from Florida USA who sent us in some photos and info on his Madone 9 Project One with Enve wheels and SRAM RED eTAP.
Jelly Belly cycling team neo pro Jordan Cheyne took a ride down memory lane last week in the Canadian stage race; the Tour de Beauce. This was his fourth Beauce, but his first as a professional and that pro contract was probably won on those Canadian roads in 2015. A return visit that was also a confirmation of his progress as a rider.
June 23, 2016 - The Tour de France is only a week away, but we have the National championships first and the time trial results are in. The British Olympic squad selection has come under criticism as selection criteria has been thrown out along with Dani King and Steve Cummings. Other cycling news: National TT champs, Tour de France, Halle-Ingooigem, Route du Sud and the Tour of Slovenia, plus Schär, Talansky, Pooley and Wyss.
The Aero Race 5.1 jersey and Inferno bib shorts from Castelli offer light weight, high breathability, and form & fabrics designed to save real watts of energy... they're also damn well suited to a spin class. Here's why...
Within our cells are structures called ‘mitochondria', which are key components of skeletal muscles, providing energy for almost all the activities of the muscle cells. Training mitochondria to upgrade your engine can be valuable - but knowing the right dose is key.
June 20, 2016 - Young Colombian, Miguel Angel Lopez won the Tour de Suisse at the weekend and did it with élan and panache. We also have reports, results, quotes and video from Switzerland, the Aviva Women's Tour and the Ster ZLM Toer. Top Story: Ban for Simon Yates. In other cycling news: Lotto Soudal medical up-date, no Dutch championships for Terpstra and video chaos in the Northstar Grand Prix.
TOUR'16 Build Up: Ed Hood asks the big question of the summer, no not who will win, but who's The Coolest rider in the peloton. To illustrate his thoughts, our PEZ Grand Tour expert reflects on his 2015 Tour de France and those cooler than cool riders. As Ed would say 'never sacrifice style for speed...'
As a longtime lover of custom bikes, PEZ fan Greg from Pennsylvania couldn't help but get another custom rig when it came time to get a new bike, a Kelly bedford Custom in a very sharp looking green paint job with Sram Red 22 and Mavic wheels.
Inside the last 3km to the summit of the 21.5km Col du Glandon, the air gets thin as we approach 1924m elevation, the road tilts to 11% grades, and each meter seems longer than the last one. There's a reason they call this one 'Hors Category'.
June 16, 2016 - A very full EuroTrash Thursday. Race news: Suisse (great stage win by Darwin Atapuma), Aviva Tour, Ster ZLM Toer and Limburg. Other cycling news: We look at Operación Puerto, UCI WorldTour rankings, Leah Kirchmann extends, Cameron Meyer leaves Dimension Data, Dauphiné by Numbers and eating on the move. Coffee anyone?
Rider Obituary: Germany's Rudi Altig was one of the dominant riders of the 60's, he could win all year round; from the indoor boards of the '6 Days' to the Grand Tours and Classics on the road. Ed Hood looks back at the career of one of the coolest riders to ever straddle a racing bike. Good-bye Rudi Altig.
This week Lee Rodgers has more controversy to have a go at than you can shake a stick at. The UCI, Brian Cookson, bike doping, dodgy team managers, questionable team owners and... yes, that man Lance Armstrong yet again. Where to start? Lee goes for 'Public Enemy No.1' as a starting point, what's new Mr. Armstrong.
You’ve learned as an endurance athlete just how many grams of macronutrients you need to perform at your top potential. Surprised by the carbohydrate requirements you struggle to feel like eating is not a job at times, I get it. I’ve been there. It takes attention to be on top of your nutrition as an endurance athlete, especially if you really have a lot of volume in your training, but there are healthy, and tastey ways to maintain the nutrition you need as a cyclist.
Rider Interview: New Zealand's Tom Scully might only be 26 years-old, but he has already had quite a career. From national champion to podium in the U23 Paris-Roubaix via the Garmin development team and the UK criterium scene, he now rides for the Drapac team. His recent performance in the Boucles de la Mayenne brought him into Ed Hood's interview cross-hairs.