Book Review: For those of us who love the Giro d’Italia, the final day always come too soon and then the Tour comes and pink is replaced by yellow. Thanks to “Maglia Rosa: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia” by British author/Italian resident Herbie Sykes we have an English-language history of the Giro d’Italia.
Who are The Veloroos? Well they are the first Australian, all female team, to take part in the brutal Race Across America the 3000 mile (4828km) non-stop race from the west to east coast of the U.S.A. With the big race starting on 20th June we thought we'd check in now with the girls to hear about their preparation, hopes and fears as their date with destiny approaches...
It's time for Readers' Rigs again, the column where everyday Pez fans send in photos and stories about their pride and joy. Today's rig is a 2015 Felt AR FRD which comes to us from the beautiful state of Colorado.
Joey Rosskopf has had a hard baptism of fire in the European Spring Classics and as he recovers before the Tour de Yorkshire this weekend, Ed Hood managed to catch-up with the BMC rider to hear all about it. The life of a young American in Europe:
Apr 30, 2015 - Geraint Thomas took the lead and lost it in the Tour de Romandie; race video and results from Switzerland, plus the action from Turkey in EuroTrash Thursday. The Giro build-up has started, the pros will be in Yorkshire on Friday, UCI get tough on bike doping and Ted King retires.
It's been a busy week for Alejandro Valverde, the Astana team and Lee Rodgers; all for different reasons. Now that the dust (or street detritus) has settled on the roads of the Ardennes, Lee looks back on Flèche and Liège to give us his take on the Valverde 'Domination'.
When 2015 Giro d'Italia route was announced last October our most experienced Grand Tour reporter, Ed Hood, gave us his first look (full preview next Wednesday). This year's Italian tour is mostly in the north, but in Ed's own words: "There’s something for everyone in the 2015 Giro!"
The heart is a muscle, and can be trained just like any other muscle in your body. Cardiovascular mechanisms and the inability to supply blood and nutrients to the different tissues in the body remain at the “heart” of many of the proposed models of fatigue, so this seems a good place to start our exploration…
W Cup Nutrition, Parlee Z-Zero Cross disc, Lazer Blade and glasses, Elite Candea bottle, Velo saddles and Panaracer Gravel King tires. Here's Round 1 of our gear coverage from the 2015 Sea Otter Classic.
Apr 27, 2015 - After the week Alejandro Valverde has had, he has to be the Top Story. Full race coverage from Liège, Trentino and Turkey with video, results and comments. We also preview Romandie and Utah, plus Kristoff to stay with Katusha and video of young star Alaphilippe, all in a packed EuroTrash Monday.
Race Report: Ed Hood told us last week, even before Flèche Wallonne, that Alejandro Valverde would win 'La Doyenne' on the steep finish to Ans. It was a battle of cat and mouse between Katusha and the man from Murcia, but 'Balaverde' was top man. Here is how Ed saw the race unfold.
His stats for Liege read like this: 1979, 20th: 1981, 11th: 1982, 10th: 1984, 1st: 1985, 4th: 1986, 12th: 1987, 20th; 1988, 5th: 1989, 1st – good enough to tell us a little about La Doyenne? Yeah, we thought so too: PEZ talked to Sean Kelly about the oldest, and many would say the hardest of the ‘monuments’.
PEZ's Nate King has raced professionally around the world but he'd never ridden on classic steel, strapped on some toeclips and got those downtube shifters moving on a machine from the past. Eroica California was the perfect place to do it and it's where Nate rediscovered just how beautiful riding can be.
This Sunday brings us the last Monument of this year's spring campaign: Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Ed Hood runs a keen eye over the long, star studded history of La Doyene, examines the course and picks the winner for the 2015 Walloon Classic. The PEZ Liège preview.
Matt McNamara has been lucky enough to see the workings of Team Axeon at their recent Californian training camp and get the word on this year's riders from the main man Axel Merckx. The project has brought some big names to the pro peloton in its seven years and there's much more to come.
Apr 23, 2015 - Alejandro Valverde did it again on the Mur de Huy and we have the video, race report, result and rider quotes. Add in the women's Wallonne the Giro del Trentino, Liege & Yorkshire previews and Spartacus returns and it's a full EuroTrash Thursday. Feet up - coffee.
Race Report: As we'd see after five hours in the saddle, the new climb played a part, but the old school smarts of two-time champion Alejandro Valverde gave us a Fleche-Wallonne winner that was no surprise.
Sunday's Amstel Gold Race: good race or bad race, it had a deeper meaning for Lee Rodgers. The right man won, Lee hopes, but the main thing is that certain other riders didn't take the honors and add to the list of the greatest betrayal and debasement. A bit harsh? Decide for yourself.
Often at the end of a Grand Tour, we see a GC contender or leader yank a rabbit out of the hat and pull off a time trial result way beyond anything they had previously accomplished. We hear all the time that the maglia rosa/maillot jaune gives its wearer wings, but how do external rewards affect time trial performance in the lab?
The Proviz Reflect 360 jacket uses a fabric that's as close as I’ve ever been to thinking something might be too visible at night… Oh, and the rest of the details that allow this swatch of material to be considered a jacket are not bad either… And we get their Nightrider Pack cover as well.