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Aug 21, 2014 - The USA Pro Challenge is in full swing; race reports and video from Colorado. Spain’s Grand Tour starts on Saturday; we have lot’s of team news. Other cycling news: new sponsors, transfers, Vattenfall, Vuelta fantasy league, Hincapie and rider controversy. A super full EuroTrash.
USAPCC’14 St.02: The weather was much better on day 3 of the USA Pro Challenge and that brought out the fans in their thousands. Travis and Angelica found some of the craziest, maddest bike fans in Colorado. The racing wasn't too bad either!
Race Preview: The Vuelta isn’t the Tour or the Giro, but it is unique in its own way, and looking at the line up of starts in Jerez; its going to be the most exciting. Our most experienced Grand Tour scribe, Ed Hood, gives us the low-down, Iberian style.
USAPCC’14 St.02: Day 2 of the USA Pro Challenge was definitely a challenge for everybody. The peloton was in for a hard day in the saddle, with rain, altitude and steep climbs. It wasn’t only the PEZ roadside team that needed the beer hand ups and maybe even the Tequila!
There are many reasons to go for a bike fit, from an unusual body shape, fixing aches and pains, through to optimizing power output. Regardless of what technology is used or reason for going, a good bike fit by a fitter with a sharp eye and a collaborative approach can be one of the best investments you make in your cycling. Let’s explore with a data-driven case study.
USAPCC'14 St.01: The USA Pro Cycling Challenge rolled out of, and through the mountain high roads of Aspen as stage 1's three lap circuit got this year's race underway. PEZ was roadside at the start to get close up look at what's become a much anticipated event on the US Pro calendar.
We saw the brand new DIVO marque at Sea Otter this Spring, and it impressed enough to warrant ink time in our report. While very few of the bikes actually exist I was lucky enough to ride one for several days while at the Tour de France's middle week in the Vosges and Alps mountains stages.
Interview: As the Vuelta looms ever-closer PEZ speaks to a man whose team will be making history in the race as the first ever African squad to ride a Grand Tour. The Professional Continental team MTN-Qhubeka will start the Vuelta this coming Saturday and although they've already achieved a lot just by getting to the race, their expectations are still high.
Aug 18, 2014 - Four big stage races over the weekend and we have all the action: Eneco Tour, Burgos, l’Ain and the Arctic Race; results, reports, comments and video. Only five days to the start of the Vuelta a España, so we have lots of news from south of the Pyrenees. And Niki Terpstra gets himself into a bit of bother. A full EuroTrash bag Monday!
Roadside Retro: This years Vuelta a España starts in the deep South of the Iberian peninsular; Jerez de la Frontera. In 2010 the heat was on when the team time trial kicked off in Sevilla with temperatures in the 40’s. Our man Alastair Hamilton was there - here is how he suffered.
If you're a young racer with dreams of racing in cycling's heartland you couldn't do much better than joining up with the Kingsnorth Wheelers, the amateur team set up in Ghent that has helped riders such as Garmin's Jack Bauer on to great success. We recently caught up with Peter Murphy, one of the key men behind the Wheelers to find out more.
Well known for his large collection of classic bicycles our Literary Editor Leslie couldn't resist adding one more bike to his stable in the form of a brand new, custom made Tommasini. First up though was a visit to the factory in Tuscany and a meeting with Irio Tommasini himself to get measured up.
Almost a decade of chasing the Grand Tours from the Roadside POV has led me to one undeniable conclusion - everything goes better with sausages. Nothing says good times like a smoking grill and that mouth-watering aroma of sizzling spices, seasoning, fat and mixed meat bits - mmm mmm good.
Aug, 14, 2014 - No Wiggins for Vuelta, will he be missed? Lots of race news: Eneco Tour, Tour de l'Ain and the Vuelta a Burgos, all the results, rider comments and video. In other cycling news we look at the Arctic Race, la Vuelta a España and the transfers, plus a new team on the block in Holland. Get the coffee!
The world - and cycling - lost one of the greats with Robin William's passing this week. The comedic giant was also a big cyclist, who often turned up under unexpected circumstances at cycling events to ride along with the crowd. We scored a rare interview with him at the one such event in 2006.
Rider Interview: There are a lot of new, young riders coming up through the ranks, just like the Yates brothers. The next could be Welshman Owain Doull, he already rides for the Irish Continental team: An Post-Chain Reaction and has a string of top results in his palmarés. The next generation.
As the trend towards eating more real foods on the bike grows, I hear more and more questions about eating raw nuts, bars made with bacon and cheese or nut butters while racing or training. Let’s look to clarify why the average bike racer (not extreme ultra endurance events lasting over 15 hours) should not rely on fats as fuel during and immediately prior to competition.
One look at the modern day pro peloton shows an abundance of skinsuits being used during standard road stages. What was unthinkable just a few years ago is now commonplace as riders look for the latest edge in aerodynamics and comfort. I recently put Verge's mid priced Triumph Carrera road/criterium skinsuit, through a long range test with some surprising results.
Aug 11. 2014 - It’s been a busy week for the Tinkoff-Saxo team: Signing Sagan, winning the Tours of Pologne and Denmark, plus all the other new and re-signed riders. We report on all that and Utah, the Eneco Tour and London. Video, results, comments; everything for a Monday morning’s reading.
Quick. Name the family-owned Italian manufacturer producing pro-race winning frames exclusively in Italy since the 1950’s. Colnago, Pinarello, De Rosa all probably come to mind but Sarto are the family (and brand) still exclusively producing in Italy for more than 50 years and I have their new custom Energia Disc.