Vuelta Look Back: The 2017 Vuelta a España will climb the mythical slope of the Alto de l’Angliru on the penultimate stage 20 on Saturday, September 9th, 120 kilometers after the start in Corvera. Our Grand Tour expert, Ed Hood, was on l'Angliru back in 2008 - we relive his day on the monstrously steep Asturian climb.
Not even two months old yet, today's rig is a Cannondale Supersix Evo Hi-Mod Disc that has already had a number of upgrades performed and has also well and truly convinced its Californian owner, Nick of the advantages of owning a disc braked road machine.
Registration is open for the 24th annual Paris to Ancaster Bike Race (P2A), taking place on Sunday, April 30th, 2017. This unique race is popular with all levels of cyclists. It's a technical challenge for the professionals, yet still accessible for recreational cyclists to come out and see what they're made of.
The Park Tool PRS-22 Team Issue model stand designed for Pro Tour mechanics to work on all of the different kinds of frames without the risk of clamping down on seat posts and frame tubes that have grown both more complex in shape and more fragile with thinner walled carbon.
Rider Interview: As the cyclocross season builds to a climax with the World championships on January the 29th in Bieles, Luxembourg; the National championships last week gave us a clue to who is on form. In the US, Stephen Hyde took the national title, but it wasn't all plain sailing. Ed Hood got the story from the man himself.
Jan 12, 2017 - As always a full EUROTRASH Thursday. Wiggins package or TUE, which should we be looking at? - TOP STORY. Cross action from Otegem with video. Other cycling news: Valverde crashes, Tour Down Under teams, Westra retires, LOOK stay with Fortuneo, 2017 British Road Champs, Tour of Utah, Dave Rayner Fund riders, Sky's new Pinarello Dogma, Vuelta a España and the Lotto Soudal presentation. Get the coffee.
Lowdown: The New Year of cycling beckons us out onto the tarmac, but for one reason or another we can't go and grumpiness takes over. Resident PEZ psychologist (aka: pundit), Lee Rodgers, dissects the whole problem of addiction and the suffering it can cause when you don't get your regular fix of the two-wheel habit.
Rider Interview: Two years ago Sven Erik Bystrøm was a young man about to start his professional career, admittedly he was a World champion, but his life was about to change. Since then he has become Alexander Kristoff's right hand man in the Classics, finished his first Grand Tour and is now starting his third season in the WorldTour and still only 24.
Best of 2016: You feel ready. You have done the training, the hours of riding and zone specific work to fully prepare your body for the onslaught to come. But is your bike as ready as you are? Go beyond just cleaning your bike to see how to make sure your bike is well-prepped for your race or Gran Fondo.
Best of 2016 Vuelta Roadside: The 2016 Vuelta a España is in the Comunidad Valenciana and so we had to send our 'local' to see what was going on. This will be Alastair Hamilton's 15th Spanish Grand Tour and it sounds like he has not lost any love for the race in the sun.
Jan 09, 2017 - Wout Van Aert won the Belgian championships and Mathieu van der Poel won in Holland. Reports and video. New Hour Record - TOP STORY. Other cycling news: Australian and New Zealand championships, Sky Down Under, Assos for US events, Kristoff to Bessèges, Quick-Step to San Juan, Nizzolo in Dubai, ASO buy German race, E3 Harelbeke course, Bahrain-Merida presentation and Contador takes a ride.
Book Review: Greg LeMond is America's most successful cyclist, ignoring the dubious results of Mr. Armstrong, and he is also held in high regard through-out the World of cycling. Leslie Reissner takes a look at a new book by Guy Andrews on the career of the multi-champion, LeMond. From a young boy dreaming of his future, to a rider who revolutionized many aspects of the sport. Greg LeMond - Yellow Jersey Racer.
Best Of 2016: The love of negroni by 'The Pez' is well known and he shares that liking with Chuck Peña. One of Chuck's favorite places for a meal and a negroni in Washington is Coppi's Organic Restaurant; the food, drink and atmosphere is great... and there is that big cycling connection.
Retro Interview: Craig Schommer was a name that cropped up on US national teams from the junior ranks up to Olympic and pro level. Ed Hood tracked Schommer down to hear how he started from adventurous teenage rides to taking on the East Europeans and the professionals in the top events of the 80s.
Best of 2016: Inside the last 3km to the summit of the 21.5km Col du Glandon, the air gets thin as we approach 1924m elevation, the road tilts to 11% grades, and each meter seems longer than the last one. There's a reason they call this one 'Hors Category'.
Sir Bradley Wiggins announced his retirement at the end of the Gent 6 Day, and it was for sure this time, or was it? Ed Hood has followed the career of the multi-champion through thick and thin; from pursuiter to time trial specialist to Tour de France winner and back to track supremo again. Is Ed a fan, or his biggest critic? You decide.
Jan 05, 2017 - The 2017 season starts in Australia. Vuelta '20 in Holland - Top Story. Centrumcross Surhuisterveen with video. Other cycling news: Challenge Mallorca teams, Tour of America’s Dairyland race cities, Paris-Nice and Arctic Race routes, Talansky breaks thumb, Cofidis roster, Kolobnev retires, Dimension Data to Langkawi, Haussler injured, Abu Dhabi presentation, Sunweb kit and Team Novo Nordisk need results. Full EUROTRASH.
The curtain has come down on 2016 and so the 'PEZ Crew' review the past season, the high points of yet another fun packed year. But this is a running Chris Froome free area (mostly). Peter Sagan gets the vote of rider of the year, Matt Hayman does the ride of the year, Steven Kruijswijk the big loser and Esteban Chaves the man to watch. Season '16 in a nut shell.
What is base building? In the 1960s, legendary New Zealand coach Arthur Lydiard famously prescribed high mileage for all of his runners and effectively founded the idea of base training for endurance athletes. His system was based on a simple pacing strategy and a weekly pattern of high mileage runs focused on building aerobic strength.
Tech n' Spec is one of the most popular sections of PEZ, so it would only be right to replay Charles Manantan's favourite bike review of 2016: Parlee Cycles build a beautiful, custom fabricated and finished tribute to the fastest family on two wheels and the race that is perhaps the most intense combination of speed, endurance, concentration and danger in the world.