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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'17 #1
Thanksgiving is tomorrow (Thursday) and that only means one thing… Yes, the Christmas holidays are only round the corner. They say 'tis better to give than to receive,’ but it doesn’t stop you making some strong hints. We kick off the first 'PEZ Gift Guide' with offerings from Primal, Silca, FlipBelt Crops, GU Energy, Muc-Off and the Darrell Parks' 2018 Calendar.
OPUS VIVACE 1 Review: Quality & Value Raise The Bar
The Opus Vivace 1 is the top line model in the Canadian brand's extensive line up of over 100 different models.  But the sweet spot is just how much bike they offer for an even sweeter price of under US$3500 - proprietary designed full carbon frame, Ultegra gruppo and hydraulic disk brakes... this is a lotta bike.
Lazer's New Bullet Helmet at Interbike 2017
VIDEO: Chris Smith from Lazer Helmets showed me their newest road lid for 2018 - the BULLET - featuring closeable vents, aero-inspired styling, and their newest RollSys retention system.
Absolute Black Oval Chainrings Review
Chuck Peña got his hands on some Absolute Black Oval rings to give them a good going over, inspired by Chris Froome's wins at the Tour and Vuelta using oval chainrings. But with mixed views on their functionality, we asked what are they like to ride? Here are his findings.
Giro Prolight Techlace Shoe Review: Basically Barefoot
Giro spec 150 grams (42.5) for the Prolight Techlace shoe on their web site. But despite their ultralight upper, updated Techlace closure material and TeXtreme Carbon sole, they missed the mark… They’re lighter.
Interbike 2017: Round 5 Gear
Interbike 2017 Round 5: Our latest look at the coolest bike gear like Cyclologic and Motion Metriq’s Super Hi Res fitting tech and full motion analytics, Lizard Skins Bar Tapes, Cache Bags and Gloves, TIME Sports Xpro Pedals, Xpresso Pedals and Aktiv Damping.
PeloPic: Gent Action!
PeloPic: The Gent 6 hit the boards of t'Kuipke velodrome at the weekend.
PeloPic: Second Again!
PeloPic: Wout Van Aert had to watch the rear wheel of Mathieu van der Poel on Sunday... again.
PeloPic: De Ketele And De Pauw Take Gent!
PeloPic: The podium from the Gent '6 Day' 2017 - Top men at t'Kuipke.
PeloPic: Chris's Hidden House!
Our man in France Chris Selden popped out for a little ride in the Hérault Valley today and couldn't resist this photo opportunity, the beautiful Lake Salagou and its famous red dirt.
Travel: Southern France Stay & Ride
Cycling in France, it's a dream for many and has been a dream come true for our Australian PEZ man in France, Chris Selden who has been living in various parts of France since 2008. Now Chris is sharing his dream with others after he has bought and renovated a beautiful old house in the South of France that he is renting out for visiting cyclists.
Oktoberfest: A Perfect Fall Ride in The North East
October - Festive, Fun and the Fall: The days are getting shorter, the leaves are starting to fall as is the temperature. Not to worry, you can still have a lot of fun in October and Peter Easton of VeloClassic Tours shows us how and where.
TRAVEL: CycleItalia Opens Piedmont Cycling Resort
I recently talked with CycleItalia's owner Larry Theobald to talk about his new operation, Piedmont Cycling Resort. Hotel Ariotto has been CycleItalia’s northern Italian HQ since their start and now they’re featuring what they describe as more than a bike hotel, a true cycling resort.
On all orders of $98 or more! Close the season looking your best with some awesome savings on PEZ Kit. The rest of the world is shopping - so why not you - and the PEZ Shop is open for biz right now.
Inside The Pirelli Calendar Gala: Power for Bikes
Pirelli are making some fantastic new rubber but beyond that is their GIGANTIC reach that transcends cycling as well as their desires to bring bicycles along with them to events like their 2018 Gala in New York for “The Cal”.
PEZ Goes To The Movies: Le Ride
Film Review: Every cyclist's fantasy, perhaps, is to ride in the Tour de France but sometimes it might be better for that wish to be unfulfilled. The recent film, “Le Ride,” shows what happens when two enthusiasts honour the first English-speaking team in the Tour and duplicate that 1928 event today.
Pez Videos
Are Super-Dynamic Mountain Stages the Way Forward in Grand Tours?.....(hell YEAH!)
……Stage 17 of next year’s Tour de France may have the answer! Find out exactly what this three mountain 65km stage looks like in our recon video.
Exploring the Swiss Alps - Col de la Croix, Col du Pillon, Col des Mosses
After exploring the sensational Col du Sanetsch earlier in the season with Alain Rumpf from Grand Tours Project, Alain mentioned we'd be welcome back anytime.
Lotto Soudal: Tiesj and Tosh Chore Service
We don’t want our riders to get bored in the off-season, so Tiesj Benoot and Tosh Van der Sande have a chore service, of course using Soudal products!
4 Great Training Gift Ideas
TOOLBOX: Winter holidays season is almost here and that means giving - and hopefully some "getting" too. Now, I’m no fan of shopping, malls or the scourge that is “Black Friday”, but I do know that a well thought out gift is worth its weight in gold for that tough to buy for athlete. Want some ideas?
Breaking The Centenarian Hour Record
TOOLBOX: Despite some inevitable physical diminishment, age can truly be an arbitrary number and a state of mind. We've previously profiled Chris Froome’s lab testing data along with Miguel Indurain’s data during retirement, but what about the really elite age-group athletes, like Robert Marchand of France, who broke the 100+ hour record not once but twice?
Transition, Rest and Rejuvenate In 6 Weeks
TOOLBOX: The days are getting shorter, the big events have passed, and our attention is turning to preparation for next season. Cyclists and endurance athletes are entering the rest and transition phase that marks the start of off-season training.  Here's an effective 6 week plan to design and execute this off-season phase to pay big dividends later.
Polar V800 Adds Strava Live Segments, Polar’s Proprietary Fitness Test and GoPro Video Overlay
Polar, the leader in wearable sports and fitness technology for 40 years, reveals the latest update to their signature multisport watch. Polar V800 now features Strava Live Segments.
Zwift Academy Announces New Zealand’s Ollie Jones For Team Dimension Data U23 Pro Cycling Contract
Zwift’s talent identification program announces winner of the 2017 Men’s Zwift Academy and newest member of the UCI U23 Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka pro cycling team.
Haute Route North America Expands Partnership With Carmichael Training Systems
Official Partnership Includes Dedicated Training Camps for Mavic Haute Route Rockies and Haute Route Asheville in 2018.
Zwift Launches Social Fitness App for Apple TV
The community-driven indoor cycling game is now fully available in tvOS, bringing Zwift into the home on the lowest priced platform yet.
Readers' Rigs
Readers' Rigs: Reilly Diamond
‘Strugnell’ and ‘Reilly’ those names will look familiar to you if you’re a Readers’ Rigs regular. Last year we featured Karl Strugnell’s 2017 titanium gem by Mark Reilly but for 2018 he’s succumbed to the ‘black stuff’ – yes, shiny ‘Ti’ has been shelved for matt ‘C’.
Readers' Rigs: Merlin Works
They say once you ride titanium you'll be hooked for life and that certainly seems the case with today's reader Dave from Portland. His Merlin Works is the third titanium bike he's owned - will it be his forever bike?
Readers' Rig: Cipollini Bond
It’s not every day that you get to pen a Readers' Rig piece for an old club mate, friend and multi-champion, but when Graham McGarrity purchased his striking Cipollini Bond it was time to, 'have a word'.
Walker Bros Wheels' Brian Walker Gets PEZ'd!
Interview: Wheels are big business. The top equipment manufacturers make their own hoops to compete with the other sole wheel manufacturers. So it's nice to see a small artisan wheel manufacturer doing his own thing. Ed Hood caught up with Walker Brothers Wheels' Brian Walker to hear his take on the World of bike wheels.
Movistar'18: Rachel Neylan Gets PEZ'd
Rider Interview: The very successful Spanish Movistar team announced that they would be have a women's squad for the 2018 season. One of their most experienced signings for next year is Australia’s Rachel Neylan from Orica-Scott. Ed Hood caught up with Rachel as she gets ready for a big season with her new team.
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Roubaix Winner Dirk Demol Talks Tour Cobbles!
Directeur Sportif Interview: Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France from Arras to Roubaix and will hit 15 sections of the 'Hell of the North' cobbles and so who better to talk to than Paris-Roubaix winner and sports director Dirk Demol.
Hill Climb Champ Dan Evans Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: The hill climb season is a short one, but very popular with the clubmen for a day out and a bit of excitement. Ed Hood took in the Scottish championships and caught up with the British champion, Dan Evans, after he recaptured the title in Northumberland in the North East of England at the weekend.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Nov 20, 2017 - Mathieu van der Poel is on the top step again. Race report and video from the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup. Shane Sutton speaks-Top Story. Other cycling news: Eschborn-Frankfurt, 2018 for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Dimension Data, Yoshida signs for Nippo and UAE Team Emirates go on safety driving course.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Nov 16, 2017 - UKAD have closed the 'Jiffy Bag' case-Top Story. A very mixed collection of cycling news today: Track World Cup, embarrassment for Ecuador, Napolitana and Losada retire, Bardiani-CSF, Armée de Terre, Polartec and Caja Rural, BEAT, Nippo at Santini, Shimano in Italy, UAE Team Emirates and Alejandro Valverde is looking good.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Nov 13, 2017 - Van Aert took advantage of Van der Poel's technical problem for the win of the weekend. Results and cyclo-cross video action. Hidden motors make the news again-Top Story. Contract news, new kit for Lotto, bike for Wanty and shoes for Nippo, Pologne awards, Peter Sagan rides for #SonomaPride and meets his delivery man.