Photog's Report: Fleche Wallone is defined by its passages up the fearsome Mur de Huy - 1200m of the steepest climbing you can find. PEZ photog Wei Yuet Wong was at the top for the men's and women's races, and filed his favorite 15 pics of the day.
La Doyenne - the last of the Spring Classics is on this Sunday and Ed Hood has had a good long look at the parcours and the starters to come up with his preview. LBL is generally an action packed race full of tough climbs which on their own are not too bad but when combined with the classic distance are brutal but the big question remains, who's going to win?
Apr 24, 2014 - Alessandro Valverde won Flèche Wallone for his 8th victory of the season and Cadel Evans is overall leader in Trentino, a busy EuroTrash Thursday. Lots of video and rider quotes from all the races and we preview Liège, look at Johan Bruyneel’s ban, Rund um Köln, Giro d’Italia, Michael Rogers and round 4 of the Sky v Orica battle. Café grande time!
The 2014 Sea Otter classic was another mix of good food, good riding, great gear and better than predicted weather. We snapped a few new bits from companies small & large… Ergon & Velo saddles, Xpedo pedals, Lake shoes, Lezyne tools, Nuun energy drinks, Rolf Prima wheels, and bikes from Divo and Scapin.
The thing about the Fleche Wallonne parcours that surprised me most was just how hard this 200km ‘semi-Classic’ is. There’s nothing ‘semi’ about it… This hard course deserves the prime time and throws up 11 rated climbs, including 3 passes over a 1300 meter brute called the Mur. Here’s how it happened to me…
PEZ-clusive: On the startline at the Amstel Gold, following the race and then at the finish, new PEZ contributing photographer Wei Yuet was there in the heart of the action. Here's the story of Wei's day from behind the lense following the Netherland's only Classic.
The Classics just keep on coming and next up is Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne. With a finish on the brutal Mur de Huy this mid-week race is suited for the tough and explosive climbers that can power up the climb's steep slopes. Ed Hood takes a look at the course and contenders for 2014.
Training Advice: Dr Stephen Cheung's recent article on “cramming training load” sure seems to have struck a chord with Pez readers. This week we will follow up on some of the questions we’ve received following the article, along with expanding on the whole idea of block training.
Pro Analysis: It's time for some humble pie for our commentator Lee as a resurgent Philippe Gilbert bounced back to his best on the Cauberg yesterday to take his third Amstel Gold victory. Lee Rodgers analyzes all the action from the Netherland's only Classic.
Apr 21, 2014 - Philippe Gilbert has 2 from 2 in the Ardennes Classics, more to come? We have all the results, quotes and video from Amstel, Denain, Finistère and Tro-Bro Léon, plus we preview Flèche Wallonne. Other cycling news: Contador copies Sky, no Giro for Cav, Horner on the mend and a little more video from Roubaix. Happy Easter EuroTrash Monday!
Race Report: On a day when we waited, waited & waited some more for the big guns to make their move it came down to the man that had won here before to show the others how to ride the Cauberg and take the win in the Amstel Gold.
The day before Paris-Roubaix amateurs had an opportunity to ride the storied cobbles themselves during the Paris-Roubaix Sportive. For those not willing to publicly display their pavé riding ineptitude, on the same day to the east another sportive mirroring a pro course provided an opportunity to publicly display one’s climbing ineptitude instead. We sent our man Leslie to try the 2014 Brabanste Pijl.
A Readers' Rig could be anything from a modern classic to a vintage steely, a lightweight carbon or more - but why not all of the above? Canadian PEZ fan, Jim has 4 bikes that easily qualify as Readers' Rigs so we decided to feature all four - a Trek 5200, a Colnago C50, a 1988 Marinoni Special and a Guru Photon.
Roadside Report: Amongst the thousands of crazies roadside in the dust at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday was our own Lee Rodgers who was chasing the race with Velo Classic Tours. Seeing the Hell of the North live is a once in a lifetime experience and just like Lee's ride across these hellish roads a couple days prior, this day was nothing short of ‘epic’.
Everyone remembers their first time - the foreign road signs, different shop hours, chasing about countryside like idiots - all to catch a glimpse of cycling's most feared one-day Classic. David Pearce did all that and more at Paris-Roubaix, and lucky for us - he recorded the day on his camera.
Apr 17, 2014 - BMC’s Philippe Gilbert is showing he is on form for the Ardennes Classics with a win in Brabantse and Bryan Coquard wins in Camembert; results, quotes and video. Other cycling news: Amstel teams’ low-down, Robert Gesinks' heart problem, Arnaud Demare extends, Giro news and a backstage pass to Roubaix. Thursday EuroTrash coffee time.
The Amstel Gold Race is on this Sunday around the hills and traffic furniture laden streets of Holland's Limburg province and it's a brutal race of attrition defined by more than 30 hills. With more twists and turns than a good detective novel the winner is often decided only in the closing kilometers. Ed Hood takes a look at the course and contenders for 2014.
PEZ-Clusive: From the start in Compiègne to the cobbles of the Arenberg Forest and on to the mythical velodrome in Roubaix, photographer Patrick Verhoest was there alongside the riders. Here's a look you'll only see on PEZ at his day following the Queen of the Classics, Paris-Roubaix'14.
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. Almost 20 years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.
Confidence is the single most important mental factor in cycling. I define it as how strongly you believe in your ability to achieve your cycling goals. Confidence is so important because you may have the fitness to ride well, but if you don’t believe in that fitness, then you won’t ride up to your capabilities.