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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.
NAHBS’17 Part 6: Kirk - Cio - Renovo - Metier - Shamrock
NAHBS 2017, Salt Lake City: By now you’ve seen a lot of amazing bikes come out of the North American Homemade Bike Show, and the collection continues with Part 6 of the things that caught the eye of Nic Sims.
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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.
Toolbox: Optimizing Intervals Part 1
Interval training involves high-intensity periods of work followed by lower intensity periods of work or rest that are repeated for a specific number of repetitions, determined by the fitness level of the individual. What are the things we should be considering to optimize intervals to suit our needs?
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WIN: TRIMAX 30 KB Wheelset from VISION
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
Searching for the Truth: Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Liège '17: It isn't far from Limburg in Holland for the Amstel Gold Race to Liège in the Wallonia region of Belgium (Maastricht is about 33km) for Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Peter Easton knows the region well, so who better to pass on his experience of La Doyenne.
John Woodburn - RIP
John Woodburn was one of the fastest men in the British domestic time trial scene in the 60s and 70s, but there was much more to the man of speed. He also was a road racer of note, plus held place-to-place records - Lands End to John O’Groats being the pinnacle. Ed Hood looks at his two-wheeled career after the sad news of his death.
From the Bottom Of The Glass: Amstel Gold Race
Amstel '17: The cobbles are behind us and the hills of the Ardennes are rearing up on the WorldTour horizon. Peter Easton has been guiding rides over the bergs of the Amstel Gold Race for years with VeloClassic Tours, here are his strongest memories from the not so low-country.
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.
Flèche Wallonne '17: Fifth Flèche For Valverde!
Race Report: It all came down to timing, and Alejandro Valverde showed that he’s had plenty of practice when it comes to attacking on the Mur de Huy. Leaving his opponents floundering in his wake he easily won the slow-motion sprint as he sensed victory in the 2017 race, and a record-breaking 5th time at that.
Photo Special: AMSTEL GOLD '17
Amstel Gold Race Photo Special: Philippe Gilbert has repaid his Quick-Step Floors team with a great spring campaign, topped off with Sunday's Amstel Gold Race victory. As always Cor Vos had his top team of photographers at the Amstel roadside for the best pics of the day.
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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.
Team Sunweb men and women on the road for Amstel Gold Race
Ahead of the Ardennes Classics opener, Team Sunweb gives exclusive insight into the team's pre-race thoughts. The footage contains recon footage, as well as interviews with Team Sunweb's key riders for Sunday.
The Col Collective head to Norway for the sensational Trollstigen
Deep in the mountains on the western coastline of Norway, legend has it that trolls roam the Trollstigen by night turning to rock if hit by sunlight.
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Liège-Bastogne-Liège '17 Start List
Here is the Start lists for both the Men's and Women's big Classic on Sunday, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the oldest and probably the hardest of all the Spring classics.
More 'Axeon' In Europe This Weekend And Next
The Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team completes its swing through Italy on Sunday before several American riders move on to compete for USA Cycling's Under 23 national team at the Tour de Bretagne.
Beeline Bikes Launches Beeline2U Program
Direct-to-consumer brands are now able to access Beeline’s network of mobile bike shops, as company continues to grow from its Q1 successes.
100 Days to Go Until the Start of the 74th Tour de Pologne - UCI World Tour
The countdown has begun to the kick off for the 74th edition of the Tour de Pologne - UCI World Tour. There are exactly 100 days left until the Grand Depart of the most important bicycle race in all of Eastern Europe.
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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.
Retro Amstel'95: Gianetti Remembers
The Amstel Gold Race signals the start of the Ardennes Classics, and the first signs of who's looking good for the Giro. Raced over the hills, dales, and forests of south eastern Holland, the course selects its own worthy winner. Twenty years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.
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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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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.
Flanders: PEZ Rides The Best Bergs
Fancy yourself a hard man in the truest sense - the 'Belgian' sense? Then riding the famous bergs is a must do. Among the countless cobbled strips that dissect the hills of the Tour of Flanders, a few have become famous as cycling paths of the Gods. PEZ takes a ride up the best, and nastiest of them all.
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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.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
April 17, 2017 - Philippe Gilbert has added a fourth Amstel victory to his growing palmarès. Race report and video from Holland. More trouble for Sky - Top Story. Other cycling news: Flèche Wallonne (no Gilbert), Tour of the Alps, Tour of Croatia, Tour de Yorkshire, plus a best of Tom Boonen video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
April 13, 2017 - Sonny Colbrelli has thrown his hat in the ring for Sunday's Amstel Gold Race with his win in Brabantse Pijl. In a full EUROTRASH: Top Story - Giro Rosa presentation, Amstel preview, Scarponi to the Giro, Cavendish sick, Specialized Foundation and Paris-Roubaix in numbers.