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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 $4000 Canadian dollars - 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.
AmClassic 420 Aero Disc Wheels Review
*** ATTENTION PEZ-FANS: Here's a hot deal for the week - American Classic 420 Aero 3 Road Tubeless RIM BRAKE wheels sets are ON SALE NOW FOR just $499. *** PEZ Reviews the American Classic 420 Aero Disc Tubeless wheels here - and love the versatility of this fast and durable set of hoops.
PeloPic: Mathieu Back On Top!
Pelopic: No problem for Mathieu van der Poel on the windswept Danish coast on Sunday.
PeloPic: Full Gas Kneisky!
PeloPic: Multi-World champion Morgan Kneisky is battling hard at the 'Six days of Gent' at the moment, but his future is not so certain.
PeloPic: Show Time Gent 6!
PeloPic: The big weekend of indoor track racing is here in Gent!
Travel
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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.
Features
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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.
Become Your Best Self: Christine Pardee on How Cycling Helped Her Reclaim Her Happiness at 365 Days Car-Free (and Counting…)
Christine Pardee is not one to back away from a challenge, as indicated by her year-long commitment to go 100% car-free and do all of her commuting by bike. But it wasn’t just the physical challenge that inspired her to go car-free—it was also a long-lost connection to her own happiness that compelled her to pick up her bike again.
Readers React to Daily Distractions Demise
Not unexpectedly - I've received more than a few emails from readers since we pulled down our Daily Distractions gallery.  What was unexpected though is the gamut of responses from the YAY's to the NAY's and everything in between.  Here's a sampling from the mailbag...
Pez Videos
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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!
Toolbox
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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.
Toolbox Bookshelf: Cycling Science
Having spent the better part of the last 30+ years engrossed in cycling, I know many of the book titles on offer and always look forward to each season’s new offerings. Few are authoritative in the manner of Human Kinetics’ recently published Cycling Science by Dr. Stephen Cheung and Dr. Mikel Zabala.
NewsWire
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All of SIDI’s Victories for 2017
The first in Argentina in January.The last in China in November. Between Sanremo, Tour, Vuelta, Lombardia... what a season!
World Bicycle Relief and Zwift to Host World’s Largest Virtual Bike Ride
Riders From 100 Countries Expected to Join Third Annual “Ride On for World Bicycle Relief” on December 2, 2017.
BMC Racing Team Announces Sophos as New Cybersecurity Partner
BMC Racing Team is excited to welcome global cybersecurity company Sophos as the team's official cybersecurity partner from January 1, 2018.
RCC Canyon Ultimate
Rapha today announces a highly limited collaboration between the Rapha Cycling Club and Canyon Bicycles. Only 50 Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero will be produced in a hand painted grey and black fade unique to the RCC. Graphics will be presented in an eye-popping Rapha pink.
Readers' Rigs
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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'.
Interviews
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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
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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.