Today's Readers' Rig comes all the way from Australia and is a brand that many may not have heard of before, Swift. That could all change soon though with the likes of the Drapac Pro team racing them - including to a stage victory at the recent Tour Down Under. With bikes in the pro peloton and in the amateurs like our reader Andrew's pink stunner the name is sure to get known.
Rider Interview: Marco Haller is starting his fourth professional season and is only 23. He has the experience and is still young enough to have a long career and is already on one of the best WorldTour teams. We caught up with him in Spain to find out more about the Katusha pro from Austria.
Jan 29, 2015 - Even with no racing to report on, we have a full bin of EuroTrash. Lance and the police make the Top Story, plus race news from Mallorca, Oman, Qatar, Dubai, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, la Vuelta, Tour de France, la Marseillaise and Étoile de Bessèges. Lots of team news, photos, video and some music from Kraftwerk. Coffee anyone?
Today Lee Rodgers looks at a problem close to his heart, or more so his lungs. The pollution levels in the Far East, where he lives, are at an all time high. So, Lee takes us through Chinese transport history and how a bicycle centric country has changed to the most smoggy in the World.
Rider Interview: Niki Terpstra is a man of many facets: twice World champion in the team time trial, Dutch track and road National champion and then throw in winning the Tour of Qatar and Paris–Roubaix and you get the idea. We caught up with him the day after he won the Rotterdam 6 day.
Late January is typically the depths of winter in the northern hemisphere, so many of us have been riding indoors for more than a month. Cabin fever gets us debating whether to dare a ride outdoors or head back to the trainer. Anyway, it seems like a good time to go over some rules concerning exercising outdoors in the cold.
Limar’s Velov Helmet & Sugoi’s new Zap Reflective Jacket are a couple of new things I’m wearing because being not dead is a lot more important than trying to look like a Blacked out bad ass… I mean do you really think you look “mean” or tough to the general public because the skin tight spandex you’re wearing is harder to see?
Jan 26, 2015 - Big catch-up time with four days of racing from the Tour Down Under and San Luis, plus the cyclo-cross World Cup from Hoogerheide with all the results, video and quotes. In other cycling news: Kreuziger lie test, no hour for Dowsett, Samu back at BMC and lot's of other team and rider news. A full EuroTrash Monday.
David Pearce has come to the end of his Tour Down Under with the final stage 6 circuit race in Adelaide. As always he sends in a photo collage that takes in the full atmosphere of the Australian WorldTour race, Adelaide and the star of the show; the Santos Tour Down Under.
With the vast flood of books reaching the Pez library, it was a pleasant surprise to receive Peter Joffre Nye's latest book. It is, to date, the only biography of an extraordinarily interesting individual who made his mark in the boom time when cycling gave way to the mad fashion of motoring, his feet firmly in both worlds.
A desperate attack by pre-race favorite Richie Porte saw him steal the queen stage but he couldn't quite reach the leader's jersey falling two seconds short as Rohan Dennis hung on in fine style. The sentimental favorite Cadel Evans was also well in attendance as was a simply huge Aussie crowd with our photographer David Pearce right in amongst them all to capture these great images of all the action.
There are many things that make the Tour Down Under one of the best World Tour races of the calendar to visit - from the amazing scenery to the quality racing but the TDU wouldn't be the race it is without the fans. Our man Down Under David Pearce played the fan on Stage 4 and caught up with some of the crowd that make that atmosphere happen.
Jeremy Powers (Rapha-FOCUS) recently retained his National Cross Champion’s jersey as he took his third national elite title on a sticky parcours from ever-green Jonathan Page (XcelLED/Fuji) and the man many were talking-up before the start, Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015); ever-smiling Powers took time to chat to PEZ after his fine display.
Rider Interview: Tejay van Garderen is entering his eighth year in the professional peloton and it could be said that at 26 years-old, it is his most important. We caught up with Tejay at a recent BMC training camp in Spain to talk; Tour, Nibali, Lance, food and US cycling.
Stage three of the Santos Tour Down Under saw PEZ man in Australia, David Pearce, spend the day in the Drapac team car to get the full in race experience. From coffee to cycling heroes and the chance to see the day's race break up close. Did the break go all the way? Read on to find out.
Jan 22, 2015 - The season is off and we have race reports, quotes and video from Australia and Argentina. Lot's of other cycling news: Tom Meeusen might miss the World cross champs, Flakemore out of TDU, Wild Card's for the big Italian races, Tour de Yorkshire, rider news and who is Fernando Gaviria? EuroTrash coffee time.
Day three of David Pearce's Australian adventure takes in stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under. More big crowds were at the roadside to greet the riders as they battled towards the up-hill finish in Stirling. With all the Joey's around we are definitely in Australia, but it was a day for the Spanish.
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After his lesurly start to the first WorldTour race of 2015, David Pearce is up and running and chasing the Santos Tour Down Under. David is hanging with the Drapac team and is using his backstage pass to bring you all the behind the scenes action. He's also loving the weather.
The 2015 Vuelta a España route was unveiled last week, so our most experienced Grand Tour watcher, Ed Hood took a close look at the route and some background on la Vuelta. From the deep south to Andorra in the north and then back to Madrid, Ed crosses the plains and mountains of España.