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Scicon Race Rain Bag Review
Compact, and sturdy, but built to stow a whole lotta riding kit - the Scicon Race rain bag makes for easy to access storage of all your race day riding clothing. Click in to watch my video review.
PEZ Goes Commuting: The Lumos Helmet
The dark nights are getting shorter, north of the equator, but more visibility is always a bonus - A bonus that might save your life. Leslie Reissner has been giving the Lumos helmet a good test during those long Canadian winter nights and casts light on the functionality of this bright headgear.
Castelli POTENZA JERSEY FZ Review
The Castelli Cycling Potenza Jersey FZ actually IS different from the other long sleeve jerseys at PEZ HQ (and I've got a drawer full). The Polartec Power Stretch fabric blocks wind and light rain like a shield, but offers lots of warmth and excellent breathability.
NAHBS’17 Part 9: Co-Motion
NAHBS 2017, Salt Lake City: In his final look at the North American Handmade Bike Show, Nic Sims peruses two offerings from Co-Motion bikes. The Divide and the Klatch are two very different steeds.
NAHBS'17 Part 8: ENIGMA Perfection!
NAHBS 2017, Salt Lake City: Nic Sims admits he has a bias towards the offering of ENIGMA bikes, but he does have a valid point, they are special. Three models from the British artisan: Exemplar, Ecroix and Elite… all worth a long look.
NAHBS'17 Part 7: Breadwinner And Calfee Bikes
NAHBS 2017, Salt Lake City: In Part 7 of our look at the North American Handmade Bike Show, Nic Sims investigates a well know brand; Calfee. But first Breadwinner from Portland, Oregon who will be a well known brand very soon.
Toolbox
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Toolbox: First Endurance EFS-PRO Hydration
Proper and appropriate hydration on the bike is a critical component of sports nutrition. First Endurance has long been a leader with its EFS hydration product, and it has introduced a limited availability EFS-Pro version.
Toolbox: Exercise and Improving Mental Performance
Do you want to upgrade your brain as well as your body? Emerging evidence suggests that riding your bike may be a potent cognitive performance enhancer. Does cycling make you smarter?
Toolbox: Xert 'Maximal Power Available' Modelling
Xert is a new software system that tracks and predicts in real-time how much power you can generate at any point during a ride. Last April I explored the concept of MPA in broad terms. After a year of playing with the system, let’s explore the science underlying this concept and where it might take the world of power-based training.
Features
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WIN: VISION TRIMAX 30 KB Wheelset
WIN a TriMax 30 KB Clincher wheelset from VISION - a great workhorse wheel for all around use. It has a wider rim profile to allow for a comfortable ride and is tubeless ready. CLICK HERE TO ENTER
PEZ SPRING SALE: SAVE 30% On PEZ Kit!
On all orders of $98 or more!  How's about we start Spring right with some awesome savings on PEZ Kit?  Mrs. Pez is asking when I'm going to clear out those boxes in my workshop... which usually means it's time for a sale.
Michele Scarponi - A Life In Photos
Over 6,000 people attended the Tuesday service to lay to rest Michele Scarponi in his home town of Filottrano in the Marche region of Italy, including many top cyclists from the past and present who were there to pay their last respects. We say goodbye with a photographic tribute to a very special man.
Arrivederci Phil Edwards
On the same weekend as the death of Michele Scarponi; news came through that English/Italian rider of the 60s, 70s and 80s Phil Edwards had passed away at his home in Monaco. Ed Hood pays his tribute to one of the stars of English cycling who made it big on the continent.
Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Daniel MARTIN (Ireland / Team Quick Step - Floors) - Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (Spain / Team Movistar) pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2017 - UCI Worldtour - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos ¨© 2017
Photo Special: LIEGE '17
Liège-Bastogne-Liège Photo Special: The Spring Classics season has rolled up in Liège with an exciting finalé, but with a fairly predictable out come - Alejandro Valverde. Cor Vos has all the best pics from Sunday, and so here is the PEZ Liège Photo Special to close the door on the 2017 Classics.
Liège '17: Valverde - The Duke of La Doyenne!
Race Report: Alejandro Valverde took an emotional victory at the end of a Liège-Bastogne-Lieège which swung backwards and forwards before settling on the most likely outcome; a Valverde win in an uphill sprint.
PEZ Preview: Liège-Bastogne-Liège '17
Liège-Bastogne-Liège Preview: The old lady of the spring Classics will roll out of Liège on Sunday morning for a grueling six hours plus of constant ups and downs. A hard man's race that always has a tough rider cross the line first. Ed Hood previews 'La Doyenne' in our build-up to Sunday's oldest Classic.
Pez Videos
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Bell Celebrates Its Champions with "All-Stars" Video Series
Bell Helmets kickoff of its “Bell All-Stars” storytelling campaign that celebrates the rich history of the athletic and racing pursuits of some of its “All-Star” athletes who have competed in Bell and inspired generations to pursue greatness - their first video features Leonard Harvey Nitz.
WHAT'S On PEZ - April 24 - 30, 2017
Astana Team Leader Michele Scarponi's tragic death is a lousy reason for a Photo Tribute, but it's the least we can do to remember the rider who was a great animator of the GIRO, and who'll be sadly missed around the sport. Also - You can ENTER TO WIN an set of Vision Trimax 3D wheels, relive the glory of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in our Photo Special, and lots more on site.
WHAT'S ON PEZ This Week!
April 17 - 23, 2017: This week's line up of cycling features and entertainment from the world of pro cycling - including previews for Fleche Wallone, Liege Bastogne Liege, Amstel Gold race coverage and photo special, Toolbox asks if cycling can make you smarter - and lots more.
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Sprinters of Gazprom – RusVelo are to test themselves on the German WT race
One more race to go before the Giro! Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz on the 1st of May is the next target for Gazprom – RusVelo.
Victory proves Moolman-Pasio is back to her best
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio stormed to victory during Friday’s Festival Elsy Jacobs prologue. She was followed closely by Lisa Klein who finished second, placing two riders on the podium for Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team.
Axeon Hagens Berman Mourns Chad Young
I am very sorry to let everyone know that Chad Young did not survive his crash last Sunday. He passed away Friday evening, surrounded by his family.
Rijswijk - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Daan Olivier - pictured during teampresentation LottoNL-Jumbo 2017 in Rijswijk, the Netherlands - foto Carla Vos/Cor Vos ©2016
Daan Olivier debuts in Rund um den Finanzplatz Frankfurt
Daan Olivier will comeback to the professional cycling world and defend Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s colours in Rund um den Finanzplatz Frankfurt this Labour Day.
Interviews
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Bora-Hansgrohe's Michal Kolář Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Michal Kolar is maybe a name you've not hear that much, but when you see the work he does for double World champion Peter Sagan; he is a rider you should be watching. Ed Hood caught up with the Prague born, Canadian grown, Slovakian resident recently.
Cannondale's Michael Woods Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: If you want an outside bet for Sunday's Liège, you need not look further than a man from Ottawa - Cannondale-Drapac's Michael Woods. With top performances in the GP Indurain, Catalunya, Pais Vasco, and 11th in Flèche Wallone, he could just be the man to pull off a surprise.
Retro PEZ: Sean Kelly Talks Liège
Retro Interview: Sean Kelly was the 'King of the Classics' for many years, but the man from Carrick-on-Suir also won the Vuelta a España and many shorter stage races. His record at Liège-Bastogne-Liège is incomparable and so Ed Hood caught up with Irishman for his thoughts on the 'Old Lady' of the road.
Readers' Rigs
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Readers' Rigs: Calfee MantaFly 101
Today's Readers' Rig is a totally custom rear suspension Calfee MantaFly 101 owned by PEZ fan Andrew. Individual colors, Durace Di2, a selection of nice wheels to choose from and plenty of custom touches means Andrew and his Calfee get plenty of attention on his home roads of Colorado.
Readers' Rigs: Alumni Returns
Since the Readers' Rigs column first came to life in 2012 we've published more than 60 bikes from PEZ fans all around the world. But it was PEZ-Fan Todd from California who first applied with his then favorite Parlee bike. Since then, his collection has grown by almost 20 more bikes - here's an update on this impressive stable.
Readers' Rigs: Cannondale Supersix Evo Hi-Mod Disc
Not even two months old yet, today's rig is a Cannondale Supersix Evo Hi-Mod Disc that has already had a number of upgrades performed and has also well and truly convinced its Californian owner, Nick of the advantages of owning a disc braked road machine.
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Giro '17 Preview: The Sicilian Job
The 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia opens with three stages on the island of Sardegna - and then quickly logs a rest day to transfer to Sicily at the tip of the boot. I was there in 2008 for the Big Start, and discovered a city and island unlike any other place in Italy, and after my initial shock, my fondness for the place grew 'con molto veloce'.
Beyond the Mainstream with DuVine: Epic Unknown Cols to Put on Your Bucket List
For thousands of years, intrepid spirits have crossed the Pyrenees, Alps, and Dolomites—from Hannibal with his mighty elephant herd to the campaigns of Charlemagne and the humble treks undertaken by medieval pilgrims. Today, you’ll see spandex in place of chainmail all over these ranges as cyclists challenge themselves to conquer the bucket-list giants.
Top Rides: PEZ Vs The Mur de Huy
What surprised me most about the Fleche Wallonne parcours was just how hard this 200km ‘semi-Classic’ is. There’s nothing ‘semi’ about it… It deserves the prime time and throws up 11 rated climbs, including 3 passes over a 1300 meter brute called the Mur de Huy. Here’s how it happened to me…
RBX Roadside: Pez Rides Roubaix!
Top Ride: The culmination of my visit to Holy Week was the long anticipated, much feared, and never completed ride across the parcours of Paris-Roubaix. Finally I learned what it was like to battle the toughest roads in northern France and earn my own lap of honour at the Roubaix velodrome.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
April 27, 2017 - Michael Albasini won a wet Romandie stage 1, we have all the results and video from Switzerland. Top Story - The world of cycling says goodbye to Michele Scarponi. Other cycling news: The build-up to the 2017 Giro d'Italia, Eschborn-Frankfurt, Yoann Offredo attacked and Philippe Gilbert has returns to racing.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
April 24, 2017 - The only story from the weekend is of Michele Scarponi. Valverde won Liège, Thomas was victor in the Alps and Nibail took Croatia, we have all the reports and video. Other cycling news: Tour of Yorkshire, Giro sprinters and Frankiny to have a heart operation, but mostly we are thinking of the Scarponi family.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
April 20, 2017 - Alejandro Valverde is the star of the day with a fifth Flèche win. Report and video and he is our Top Story for EUROTRASH Thursday. Other cycling news: Flèche Feminine, Tour of the Alps, teams for Liège, no Giro for Gilbert, Ciclamino jersey, Sunweb Giro long list, star riders for Yorkshire and Tom Boonen magazine.