We usually think of Europe when it comes to cyclist-friendly people and cultures, a completely different experience than what we get at home in North America. But Guadeloupe is much closer to home, and as we recently discovered, is also home to a people who absolutely love cyclists, and cycling.
Photo Report: Our husband and wife reporting team of Travis and Angelica Dixon hit the roads of Colorado one last time on Sunday to capture all the action and atmosphere of the final stage from Boulder to Denver. Travis was on the bike and Angelica on the photo-moto for what was yet another great day's racing through the spectacular Colorado countryside.
Photo Report: Yet another day of heavy rain in Colorado for stage 6. But that didn't dampen Angelica & Travis Dixon's (or the fans) enthusiasm for the USA Pro Challenge and today we get a lesson on how to describe the weather conditions 16 different ways.
Photo Report: The weather conditions may have been difficult but that didn't stop the fans from having a great time in Colorado. Angelica & Travis Dixon got amongst the fans today to capture all the atmosphere, great times and craziness that make up the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Photo Report: Roadside at the Colorado Springs circuit for Stage 4 Angelica Dixon captured all the atmosphere, action and amazing views of the region as Jens Voigt put in what could possibly be his last trademark attack.
USAPCC’14 St.02: The weather was much better on day 3 of the USA Pro Challenge and that brought out the fans in their thousands. Travis and Angelica found some of the craziest, maddest bike fans in Colorado. The racing wasn't too bad either!
USAPCC’14 St.02: Day 2 of the USA Pro Challenge was definitely a challenge for everybody. The peloton was in for a hard day in the saddle, with rain, altitude and steep climbs. It wasn’t only the PEZ roadside team that needed the beer hand ups and maybe even the Tequila!
USAPCC'14 St.01: The USA Pro Cycling Challenge rolled out of, and through the mountain high roads of Aspen as stage 1's three lap circuit got this year's race underway. PEZ was roadside at the start to get close up look at what's become a much anticipated event on the US Pro calendar.
Interview: The United Bicycle Institute has been teaching the art of steel & titanium frame building - and complete bicycle mechanics, for almost 35 years. We talked to UBI founder Ron Sutphin about what makes these wheels turn, and a lot more.
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.