The Peter Sagan VIP Charity ride raised over $54,000, took in some great riding around Malibu CA, and gave us a chance to get to know a bit more about the World Champ and most popular ride in the pro peloton.
Lowdown: As WADA now has new powers to sanction anti-doping organizations that fail to comply with the code, it looked like things were getting brighter on the doping front. But, as always, someone comes along and ruins it all: Ivan Basso gets a new job, Father dopes son, George Hincapie rides the Cape Epic and Tramadol just refuses to be banned.
Gent '6 Day' and Hasselt Cross: Callum and Dave have had a full Belgian weekend, first they hit the Gent track on Friday night to soak up the atmosphere, then it was the mud of Hasselt on Saturday before the big finale on the velodrome on Sunday night. It was a fan-pleaser as Cav and Wiggo came out on top for the big farewell to Bradley... Or is it?
Race News: The Brits are coming! Ed Hood, our main man for the 6 Days, can't make it to the big event of the winter track season in Gent this year. If he's not there working in the pits, he would be sampling a beer with the cycling intelligentsia track side... but not this year. Not to worry, his usual traveling companions; Callum and Dave are there for the fun. Callum takes up the story on day 4.
There is little more that need be said about the Taiwan KOM Challenge. You probably already know that it is 100 kilometers of climbing, that it rises to 3,275 meters, and that roughly 400 people take on the challenge each year. There are, however, things that must be said about the experience.
Noted cycling enthusiast Henry Ford once stated: “Whether you think you can or you think you can't—you're right.” Bicycling late into his life, the industrialist/folk hero was aware of the importance of the human mind and positive thinking.
Lowdown: 'Put me back on the bike' to quote Tom Simpson near the summit of Mont Ventoux, all he wanted to do was ride on. We've all seen riders covered in bandages or with ripped clothing and covered in blood, no one will stop them from racing. In the light of Katie Archibald's crash and subsequent track World Cup win, Lee Rodgers compares the different attitude between the knights of the road/track and soccer players to injuries.
2017 signals the 100th edition of what's generally the favorite race around PEZ-HQ, and the organizers hatched an ambitious plan to cover as much of the country as possible in the allotted 21 stages from May 5 - 28, 2017. Here's what the PEZ Crew think is cool about it, and maybe some things you didn't know...
Lowdown: Sometimes it is better to say nothing and maybe David Millar should take note of that smart piece of advice. Put yourself in the crosshairs and you are bound to take some flak. Lee Rodgers has the Lowdown on Mr. Millar and his latest pontifications in the New York Times. Rodgers rant time!
The insanely tough Taiwan KOM Challenge is just days away. It's a climber's race - running just 105km, it's uphill the entire way to the finish at over 3200 meters. Brett Lindstrom is returning for his 4th run to the top, and offered his look getting ready for this main event.
The Fancy Bears hacking of the WADA/Olympic data base unearthed Bradley Wiggins' TUE use just before three important events has caused rumblings of doubt and calls of stretching the letter of the law. Wiggins has not broken the rules as they stand, but there is the moral question and whether or not the TUE system is wrong. Joe Harris and Steve Maxwell of The Outer Line ask; is it 'Treating or Cheating?'
Worlds'16: Now the dust (sand) has settled, the PEZ Crew have got together to air their thoughts on the rainbow races in Doha. We have a special addition to the gang: US and LottoNl-Jumbo's Alexey Vermeulen who rode the time trial and the road race in the desert of Qatar. The 2016 World championships, good, bad or...? Here is what the PEZ Crew think.
Lowdown: By winning the 2016 World elite road championships, Peter Sagan has bolstered his reputation as the best riders in the peloton at the moment... and moving him towards the title of one of the best ever. Lee Rodgers dissects the Doha championships and gives us his lowdown on 'THE' race of the year and the characters of the battle.
Lowdown: Has it really been a year since the last World Championships? Remember that one? The one in Richmond, the successful one, where riders didn’t end up vomiting uncontrollably thanks to unforgiving temperatures, the one where the locals actually seem to enjoy cycling?
World Road Championships Retro: It's hard to keep track of the events that Ed Hood has attended - easier to count those he has missed. His first Worlds for PEZ was in Salzburg back in 2006, no team time trial in those days, the event didn't return until 2012, but Ed was there for all the other road action, here is his stroll down memory lane.
Lombardia Photo Special: Saturday's Il Lombardia didn't disappoint with top cycle sport action along with the stunning scenery of Lake Como. Esteban Chaves took the win and we have a selection of the best photos of the day from the race organizers, RCS, and ace photographer Cor Vos.
Retro PEZ: Saturday's 2016 Il Lombardia will be the 110th edition of the race, the final Classic of the season is the oldest on the calendar. Ed Hood isn't old enough to remember the first edition in 1905, but has had a romantic relationship with the 'Race of the Falling Leaves' for a long time and casts his memory back to his first visit to the Northern Italian race in 2007.
Lowdown: You must have had your head buried deep in the sand to have missed the hacking of the WADA computer and the subsequent information releases. Bradley Wiggins seems to be the one who has been singled out for special inspection. Lee Rodgers gives us his usual Lowdown to explain how Wiggins has brought most of the controversy down on his own head.
The Lotto Soudal team has announced that it will not be sending riders to participate in the World team time trial championships in Doha, Qatar in October. They say that the cash outlay is not worth the return in publicity to their sponsor. Joe and Steve from 'The Outer Line' dig deeper into the background problems of the UCI's Flagship Event.
Lowdown: Nairo Quintana has won his second Grand Tour, executed with perfect tactics and climbing strength. Lee Rodgers takes a look at the story behind the 2016 Vuelta a España victory and Power Meter Gate, time limits and other race 'assistance'. The Vuelta Lowdown.
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