Roadside Report: The big Basque one day classic in San Sebastian will battle it out this Saturday, so this gives us a great excuse to re-read Peter Easton’s Basque experience from last year. Cycling and food go hand in race mitt, especially in the Province of Gipuzcoa, Peter immersed himself in the Basque culture for 2½ unforgettable weeks of riding, food and great times.
PEZ joined Tour de France greats like Bernard Hinault and Laurent Jalabert, and even a couple of French film celebs in Paris for Look's launch of the all new 795 Aerolight race bike. We'll have a full report coming soon - but for now here's the official 'trailer' from Look...
This year’s Tour de France will record a DNF next to major players such as Cavendish, Froome, and Contador. While injuries and crashes are a part of the sport, facing the choice to ‘abandon’ mid race or mid stage can be demoralizing. Without proper support this decision can haunt an athlete, undermining self-confidence and ultimately hurt performance.
Pro Diary: It's been a while since our resident pro, Clément Koretzky has checked in but it's been busy times - crazy breakaways, pushing hard for Tour de France selection, leading the break into the Areneberg Forest at Paris-Roubaix, punctures, crashes and more...
With the likes of Carlos Betancur, Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Uran, Colombia has seen a real resurgence in the pro peloton in the last few years. PEZ's Nate King went to Medellin, Colombia to get some first hand experience of where these guys train - and no surprises - it's far from flat!
There are a lot of car racks out there, but the Solo Glow from Saris is unique in so many ways. The rack does what it says on the label; it carries one bike and it glows but as PEZ man Jordan Cheyne found out in this extensive test there's a lot more to it than just its hip design.
Tubeless wheels for road bikes have been one of the most popular Pez Tech topics ever. While most of us run good ol' clinchers - better traction, cornering, handling, and lower weight all await in the promised land that tubeless can offer. We caught up with American Classic wheels founder Bill Shook who first designed road tubeless wheels back when everyone thought it was a crazy idea for more.
Photo Report: Just over a week ago Bradley Wiggins wrapped up the GC title at the 2014 Tour of California but for our photographer Angelica Dixon the memories are still very fresh. Here's a look back at her fave photos and experiences from the startlines, finishlines, on the moto and more.
Roadside St. 21: The final day had arrived, the 2014 edition of the Giro was coming to an end. Although we only covered the last six 6 days, we have come away as complete fans. It is such a different event to either the Tour de France or the Tour Down Under. It’s Italian-ness is what sets it apart as unique.
Roadside Report: The Monte Zoncolan was first used in the Giro in 2003 but it's quickly become one of the true legendary climbs in professional cycling. Today our man in Italy Steve took on the sights, the sounds, the spectators and the super steep slopes of the Zoncolan just before the race came through to get a feel for this beast of a climb. Heaven or hell?
Roadside Report: The mountain time trial was a tough test for both riders and our Roadside reporter Steve, who took on the climb and the Italian security guards before descending to the start village to mix with the riders and tech on display.
Roadside Report: Today it wasn't Julian Arredondo first over the finish line but PEZ's own Steve Prokop who took off early on his bike to ride the last climb and take in the atmosphere of the beautiful Rifugio Panarotta. He then descended to the cobbled streets off Levico-Terme and its steep gradients to watch the pros come through where they made it look all too easy. A perfect day roadside at the Giro.
Roadside Stage 17: After suffering through the snow and freezing temperatures yesterday, Wednesday's day to Vittorio Veneto dawned with beautiful weather and the promise of a perfect day race chasing. As our man Steve quickly found out though - race chasing doesn't always go as planned but it is always an adventure!
Giro'14 Stage 16: This morning at 8:30am, PEZ-Man Steve Prokop rolled out of the warmth of Hotel Funivia to finally live his lifelong dream of riding the famed Stelvio. A light rain was falling, the temp was -1.5C degrees at the top, and there were only 18km to climb to the 2760m summit - how hard could that be?
INSIGHT Giro St.16: Cold weather does a lot more than cool you off - especially on a 5 hour bike ride over three high mountains. Managing core body heat, energy levels, and actually racing, become a fine and difficult balancing act, as CTS Coach Jim Rutberg explains.
Andy Hampsten rode into cycling legend almost 26 years ago, when a blizzard engulfed the Passo Gavia, and the Giro directors refused to cancel the stage. It was epic stuff for fans, but a living hell for the riders. PEZ-fan Richard Clayton re-created the play-by-play with the help of Davis Phinney & Ron Keifel.
Drum roll please..... buddabuddabuddabuddabuddabudda: Congratulations to Martin Gruberski of Bern Switzerland! It's the first time he's won anything, and he's also our first ever winner from the land of precision time pieces and pristine roads.
Analysis: The first two stages in the mid-mountains of the 2014 Giro d'Italia failed to produce the swashbuckling heroics we'd hoped for on Marco Pantini's old training grounds, and maglia rosa Cadel Evans further consolidated his lead. CTS coach Jim Rutberg analyses the who, why, and how.
Another hot and scenic day in California saw Peter Sagan get his first win of the race this year after a tough day out in the saddle from Santa Clarita to Pasadena. Once again Darrell Parks was there to capture it all for PEZ.
Photo Report: Garmin, Orica, BMC and more tried to put pressure on the race leader Bradley Wiggins on the mountainous Stage 6 route but in the end Wiggo and his team answered all questions raised of them. Once again Darrell Parks was there for PEZ to capture it all as the scenery seemingly gets more spectacular everyday. Great racing, weather and scenery - can it get any better than this?