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2013 Cycling Gift Guide #4
Just in time for a bit of weekend shopping is Pez's Holiday Gift Guide #4. This time we have some hot new gear for your fave cyclist from Sony, Velopress, Conquest CycleWear, Bellwether, Verge Sport, Mt Borah, Barfly, Lake, Olympia, Craft, a great deal from Sports Tours International and more.

VIP Grandstand Champs Elysees Seats With Sports Tours International
Take your seat on the Champs Elysees for the final stage of the 2014 Tour de France As an Official VIP Tour Operator to the Tour de France, Sports Tours International can offer you a select of grandstand and VIP hospitality options on the Champs Elysees in Paris for the final stage of the 2014 Tour de France on Sunday 27th July.


The “Tribune Grand Palais” option gives you a grandstand seat within the cordoned off section of the Champs Elysees between the Place de la Concorde and the finish line, a welcome from the Tour de France hostesses, a Tour de France gift and soft drinks. Price £259 per place. Book at:

Czech Road Women's Calendar
After a successful first year's calendar in 2013, the Czech women are back again with a 2014 effort this time shot in the city of Opava. The theme for this year is " one day in the life of a woman cyclist" who lives and breathes for cycling and their daily problems and responsibilities.


The money which they earn from the sales of this calendar will be used to help the women cyclists to participate in races outside of Czech, to increase their quality and also to increase the participation of Czech cyclist in foreign races for 2014. So we appeal the public to buy these calendars to help Czech cyclists and make their dream come true for next year. You can buy the calendar at and check out more from the ladies at their facebook page.

Verge Sport Cross Pant
Verge Sport claims to know cross better than any other apparel manufacturer in America and their cross pants even make the Belgians jealous.


Featuring full opening side zippers, along with adjustable bib straps that also fully open allowing nearly instant removal. When the race official announces one minute to start, you open the zippers and step out of your pants without ever touching your muddy shoes. Pre-race convenience is just the beginning because these pants are made from a light weight stretch fabric that blocks both wind and water to keep you dry and clean before the start. The knee is articulated so you do not feel bunching and the calf area is specifically designed tighter to minimize contact with your chain rings. Wide comfortable elastic is placed at the ankle and waste to keep them in place, even while inspecting the cross course. Intended temperature range is any time you want to stay dry and clean, but best below 65 degreesF. Retail price: $109.954.

Mark Cavendish's Book, 'At Speed: My Life In The Fast Lane'
Everybody loves a good book for the hoiday season and the world's fastest cycling sprinter, Mark Cavendish, has written a second book At Speed: My Life in the Fast Lane, a perfect holiday read. The book is now available in bookstores, bike shops, and online with the first chapter available online at


Written off as "fat" and "useless" in his youth, Mark Cavendish has sprinted to the front of the Tour de France peloton to become cycling's brightest star-and its most outspoken. Following his debut book, Boy Racer, Cavendish has truly come of age as one of the best cycling sprinters of all time.

In his new book, At Speed, the Manx Missile details what it took to become the winningest Tour sprinter ever, examines the plan that led to his world championship victory, reveals the personal toll of his sacrifice that helped teammate Bradley Wiggins become the UK's first-ever Tour de France winner, and confesses his bitter disappointment at the London Olympic Games. Screaming fights with teammates, rancorous contract negotiations, crushing disappointments-for Mark Cavendish, winning is always the cure. His book At Speed is the page-turning story of a living legend in the sport of cycling.

Quotes from At Speed:
On his savvy with the press: "My press conference afterward was the usual, sedate affair: I announced to the world's press that among them were 'ignoramuses' whom I'd been glad to shut up, threatened to sue a journalist...and finally semi-seriously admitted that we'd be there all night if I started talking about the 'problems in my head.'"

On the Grand Tours: "If the Giro was three weeks of beautiful chaos and the Tour just a huge, slick, and scary machine, the Vuelta was the decaffeinated grand tour-with all the flavor of the other two but minus some of the stress."

On his relations with the media: "[In one phone call], I'd served up yet more evidence for the already sizable contingent of people who thought I was a mouthy, arrogant, disrespectful little upstart."

On Paris-Roubaix: "Imagine riding down a riverbed in a shopping cart."

On his rivals: "Even before the crash and ever since I'd beaten him by millimeters to win Milan-San Remo in 2009, I'd had the feeling that he was harboring some sort of grudge."

On team time trial strategy: "If anyone doesn't want to listen, they can fuck off now."

On life: "I was young, single, rich, famous, and only truly happy when I was on my bike. Something, I knew, had to change."

At Speed: My Life in the Fast Lane by Mark Cavendish Paperback with color photo section $18.95,

Conquest CycleWear Performance 2 Jersey
The Performance 2 Short Sleeve Jersey is constructed of highly breathable, elastic fabric that allows for an aerodynamic fit that won’t chafe or restrict your range of motion. Technical features such as dimpling to reduce drag, mesh underarm panels, and superfine elastic sleeves reflect the high attention to detail that defines the Performance 2 Jersey.


The sleek, simple design of this jersey is a tribute to cycling’s legacy, but you’ll find its technical features and performance are anything but traditional. Perfect for racing, randonees, or your favourite regular ride. RRP: £81.25GBP - US $125.00

SonyHDR-AS30V POV Camcorder
Bring on the action with the only mountable camera that captures it all in legendary Sony video quality.


Shoot shake-free with image stabilization and enjoy Wi-Fi® connectivity with NFC that lets you remote control, view and transfer with your smartphone. GPS maps your location and speed, while you record in Full HD 1080/60p or even 4x slo mo. $299.99 Store.Sony.Com

Bellwether Coldfront™ L/S Jersey
Bring on the cold! Bellwether's ColdFront™ L/S Jersey is ready for the challenge with its wind stopping 3-layer soft shell technology that provides excellent cold weather protection against wind chill while allowing for excellent range of motion. Designed to minimize skin exposure to the air, the ColdFront™ fabric provides insulation that warms, without adding bulk.


• Soft, laminated windproof front and arm panels
• Knit, thermal back panel for high breathability
• Adjustable high collar keeps cold weather out
• Direct venting side panels for better thermal regulation
• Flat seam construction
• Full-length external locking front zipper
• Silicone elastic gripper at the hem to prevent ride-up
• Three large rear pockets with 5” reflective zipper pocket
• Angled side pockets for easy access
• Reflective accents for improved visibility

Fabric: Coldfront™, Micro-Elite™ , Color: Black, Size: Small — XXL, RETAIL PRICE: $119.99:

BarFly iPhone 5 Bike Bike Mount

Pez Sez: The guys who make Barfly bike mounts are engineers, and their bar mount case for iPhone 5, 5s, & 5c makes it obvious. It's a fully sealed, hard clear plastic enclosure that is loaded with features: the bar mount itself clamps to both sides of the stem, so this thing simply won't move on you, the hard case completely encloses the iPhone and all function buttons are accessible, the case can be mounted horizontally and vertically, it uses rubber seals to keep it dry (I tested the unit by submerging it in a pot of water for 4 hours, and not a drop leaked to the inside), the camera lens is 175 degree Wide Angle that allows for way better ride video too.

Also offered bundled with a 4iiii's Viiiiva HRM strap that enables you to connect your phone to any ANT+ device.
- $129.95 MOUNT AND CASE
- $189.95 BUNDLED *

OTW Thermal Cycling Jacket by Mt. Borah
OTW, short for Out to Win, is a new line of cycling apparel developed to offer supreme performance for teams, clubs and individuals.


The ProFlo series features Mt. Borah's top-end product, with enhanced neon inks to keep riders safe and visible on the road. The OTW Jacket utilizes a multi-thermal fabric design with weather protection and breathability in mind. This jacket is also available in full-custom (create your own). MSRP $164.99

Olympia - Leader Disc Aero Frameset
Having already captured the Italia Bicycle Expo's prestigious Innovation Award, the Leader aero disc-specific road bike is poised to have Olympia Cicli, one of Italy's oldest brands at 120 years, storm the American market in 2014.


With 3-D simulated & wind-tunnel-tested aerodynamics - including aero rear "fins" and unique lowered front-crown - and technological touches such as a tapered fork, PFBB, full carbon dropouts, assymetric-fork design, cables for mechanical or electric drivetrains and hydraulic lines all internally routed, and of course post-mount disc-brake performance. Add in Olympia's innate knowledge of road geometries from their work with sister-company Scapin Bicycles, and Olympia has created a unique aero all-rounder capable of sprinting, solo-ing, or climbing and descending to a first-place finish in all conditions. Special 10% discount for all orders placed before Christmas day in the Stage-Race online store with coupon code "Intro10". MSRP $3,895 frameset

Craft Elite Bike Weather Jersey
Designed for top performance, the Elite Bike collection by Craft is for riders who demand nothing but the best. The collection embodies attention to details, low weight, maximum moisture transport, unparalleled aerodynamics as well as an ergonomic 3D fit.



Mesh fabrics with outstanding ventilation and compression fabrics for optimal performance are part of the Elite Bike collection. SRP for the Elite Bike Weather Jersey is USD $149.99/ CAD $160.00 for Jersey and Weather Arm Warmer is $60.00 USA/ CAD $70.00

Lake CX145 Shoes
For 2014 Lake offers the new 145 series of all-weather water-resistant road and MTB training and racing boots. The CX145 road model [and its sister MX145 mountain boot] both feature wax-canvassed uppers with neoprene collars and water-resistant insoles and membranes, double-Boa closure for precise adjustability in both mid and fore-foot, super-stiff fiberglass-injected nylon sole for the ultimate racing and training cycling boots.


The only real differences between the MX and CX 145 versions is that the soles differ depending on the model: minimal lugs and a three-bolt cleat pattern for road, and ample lugs with a two-bolt pattern and real rubber sole on the mountain shoe. Either way, the Lake CX145 and MX145 are your ultimate performance options when the weather gets wet and nasty. MSRP $259


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