We review the Lazer Z1 +LifeBEAM helmet, a cooperative effort from Lazer and LifeBEAM, two companies that make things for people that go much-much faster than a bicycle… Lazer are at home at 200+ MPH on moto helmets and LifeBEAM’s head gear additions travel around at speeds that start with the word “Mach”, which is fairly quick…
PEZ Roadside: The final week of the Giro d'Italia is here and Ed Hood hit the ground running on his first day on the road Giro chasing. Stage 16 may have been short, but it wasn't short on excitement as the GC men turned the screw for a wild-fire of action. Take it away Ed:
Race Report: Final week and the big guns were ready to sound but after a superfast stage the only one to fire was the Green Bullet as Alejandro Valverde took his first Giro stage win. Steven Kruijswijk had been forecast to lose time to the favorites but it turned out to be the other way around as he put time into everyone else. Big loser of the day was Nibali but Chaves and Majka suffered too.
The Taiwan KOM Challenge offers up 11,000 feet of elevation gain in a 62 mile jaunt up the increasingly legendary Wuling Climb. Our Matt McNamara conquered it last October, and Toolbox Editor Dr. Stephen Cheung is tackling it this July. Let’s look at preparing for this or any other mega-climbing festival.
PEZ Roadside: Everyone knows that the real Giro doesn't start until Ed Hood lands on Italian soil - and business item #1 was join team Orica-Greenedge on their final rest day.
Ahead of the final hard week of the Giro d'Italia the peloton take their third rest day in north Italy and Lee Rodgers gives us his thoughts on the acton so far. Who's hot and who's not: Steven Kruijswijk looks like a Grand Tour champion, has Vincenzo Nibali lost all chance and is the battle over for Alejandro Valverde? All this and more in Lee's Giro Lowdown.
May 23, 2016 - Giro d'Italia rest day number three and we catch up with all the weekend's action from Italy and ask the questions that are on everyone's minds. The Amgen Tour of California finished on Sunday and we have all the results, race reports, quotes and video from the US as well as the Giro. Plus Thomas contract, IAM Cycling stop and Giro video by Orica. EuroTrash Monday coffee time.
It's the best contest on the web - ENTER TO WIN a one week cycling holiday for two with Bici Amore Mio at Italy's best bike hotels. As a loyal PEZ-Fan, you know we love riding in Italy, and by now you've either done it yourself and agree with our fair judgement, or have it on your list.
The 2016 Giro d'Italia will start properly at the weekend as it launches into the final week of continuous mountain climbing. First on the menu are the Dolomites and who better to give us some background on cycling the 'Stone Cathedrals' than Peter Easton of VeloClassic Tours.
May 19, 2016 - Young Bob Jungels is the star of the moment in the Giro d'Italia, the pink jersey made a bold move off the front - attack is the best form of defense. All the action from the Giro and California with race reports, results, rider quotes and video. Other cycling news from BMC, Giant-Alpecin and the 2020 Worlds, plus on the bike video.
Lee Rodgers took the weekend off from his usual Lowdowning on bike races and riders to have a look at the new bike offerings at the Shanghai Bike Show. When Lee visits one of these 'happenings' you can't expect a technical blow-by-blow break-down, but you will get the Lee style Lowdown.
I get a lot more requests from people peddling the 'next big thing' on Kickstarter than I ever consider adding as 'content' worthy of our readers' attention, but I do like the new Superband from BiKASE.
The Giro’s decisive Chianti TT this past Sunday placed a heavy emphasis on both massive power AND aerodynamics. The key to both is a healthy and strong lower back and neck. What are some symptoms and management of pain in these areas?
After the first nine days of the Giro d'Italia, Lee Rodgers gives us his Lowdown on the action so far. The German sprinters get full marks as does Brambilla, Jungels and the Etixx - Quick-Step team. Lee is unsure of the form of Vincenzo Nibali, but is sure that Ilnur Zakarin should not be in the Italian Grand Tour.
16 May, 2016 - If the Giro d'Italia wasn't enough we now have the Tour of California! You expect Peter Sagan to win, but when a rider like Gianluca Brambilla takes the overall lead in a Grand Tour, that's something else. All the cycling news from Italy and California with results and video. Other news from Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Giant-Alpecin, Dimension Data and live on-board from the Giro.
Rider Interview: Axeon Hagens Berman's Adrien Costa is a man to watch, especially after his recent overall win in the French Under 23 Tour de Bretagne. Ed Hood caught up with Adrien after his second World silver medal last year and now after his win in Britany.
Our NeoPro Jordan Cheyne has a lot to talk about today as his Jelly Belly team took the overall win at the Tour of Gila with a top performance from Lachlan Morton. Jordan clearly enjoys being part of the winning team - he takes us through the experience.
The Giro d'Italia will visit Tuscany this weekend with a time trial in the heart of one of the world's most famous wine regions - Chianti. Sunday's race against the clock is important, but it's only a small part of the history and tradition of Tuscan cycling. Peter Easton knows his cycling and Tuscany, we let him take up the story of the cycling heartland of Toscana.
Race Report: Stage 6 was a day for a break to succeed, but it wasn't the original escape who spawned the win for Belgian Tim Wellens on the summit of Roccaraso. The overall lead hasn't changed much, but Vincenzo Nibali did not look the race favorite he was billed as.
May 12, 2016 - It's a full Giro d'Italia EUROTRASH Thursday. Race reports, results, rider quotes and video from the Italian Grand Tour and we look at the proposed Giro start in Japan. The Amgen Tour of California starts on Sunday, we preview the big US race with team news. Three more years for Groupe Gobert and dinner for BMC.