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First Look: Range Torque Ratchet
VIDEO: There's not better time for small tools than Holiday Season - they make poerfect stocking stuffers, as well as fitting into a jersey pocket. The Range Torque Ratchet wrench from Feedback Sports is small enough to take with you, but with all your bolts correctly torqued, you'll be fine leaving it in the safety of your tool kit.
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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’18 #5
Gift Guide’18 #5: Another mixed bag of great gift ideas in our 5th holiday guide. Marquee Caps from Walz, the Giro Cinder helmet with MIPS, fork mount rack by Küat, breathtaking images by Michael Blann, Scicon race rain bag, Range torque ratchet, Knog Oi bell, the new Riot Buckle shoes by BONT and Donnelly EMP gravel tires. There must be a gift here for the special cyclist in your life.
Retro Readers' Rigs: Cinelli 1963 Supercorsa
After reading about a classic bike restoration here on Pez, reader Paul from Oregon couldn't help but perform a resto of his own. His weapon of choice is this 1963 Cinelli Supercorsa that thanks to some fine restoration looks just as fine as the day it was sold over half a century ago.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Dec 13, 2018 - Sky pull the plug after 10 years - Top Story. So much cycling news: Vuelta 2020 start in Utrecht, Floyd’s Cycling, team news from BORA, Bahrain, Lotto, AG2R, Trek, Novo Nordisk, Vital Concept, Jumbo-Visma and Katusha. Training camps for Bahrain, UAE and NIPPO. New Canada President, Kozhatayev’s health, Rally helps Falcons and the best of Peter Sagan.
PEZ Talk: Paul Double - Colpack For 2019
Rider Interview: Paul Double is taking the next step up in his career and for the 2019 season he will be with the Italian Colpack team based in Bergamo. Ed Hood caught up with Paul in freezing Poland as he looks forward to his new home and battle ground.
Junior to WorldTour Pro: Nature or Nurture?
TOOLBOX: Among juniors already dripping with talent and potential, how much of their eventual success is due to physiological differences, and how much might be due to their environment and opportunities?
Nalini Pro Gara Jacket, Jersey, Bibs and Polaris Shorts Review
Cold Weather Kit: Nalini are hand crafting some tip-top cold weather cycling gear in their Castel D’Ario home. Just in time for winter, here's my review of the Pro Gara jacket, Pro Gara jersey, Bib Tights and Polaris Winter Bib Shorts.
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Photo Special: Good-Bye Simon Gerrans
Photo Special: Simon Gerrans announced that he was hanging up his race wheels after fourteen years in the professional peloton. As tribute to the man from 'Down Under,' Melbourne to be precise, we review his career through the photographers lens and run through his full palmarès with each years high and low points.
Heather Back Stage at Il Lombardia'18
Heather's Photo Gallery: We have all seen the race photos from Saturday's Il Lombardia, but we sent the PEZ 'Secret Weapon' behind the scenes in Lombardy. Heather Morrison was in Bergamo and Como to soak up the atmosphere and capture unique images from the 'Race of the Falling Leaves' at the start and the finish. Here is her PEZ Photo Gallery.
IL LOMBARDIA'18: Falling Leaves Photo Gallery!
Il Lombardia Photo Gallery: The 'Race of the Falling Leaves' brought the curtains down on the 2018 cycling season in fine style with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) giving France a much needed Monument win. The finalé was deserved of the 'Classic' label with attacks aplenty on the steep climbs around Como. We've put together the best images from Il Lombardia 2018 photo gallery by Cor Vos and his team.
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First Look: Range Torque Ratchet
VIDEO: There's not better time for small tools than Holiday Season - they make poerfect stocking stuffers, as well as fitting into a jersey pocket. The Range Torque Ratchet wrench from Feedback Sports is small enough to take with you, but with all your bolts correctly torqued, you'll be fine leaving it in the safety of your tool kit.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’18 #5
Gift Guide’18 #5: Another mixed bag of great gift ideas in our 5th holiday guide. Marquee Caps from Walz, the Giro Cinder helmet with MIPS, fork mount rack by Küat, breathtaking images by Michael Blann, Scicon race rain bag, Range torque ratchet, Knog Oi bell, the new Riot Buckle shoes by BONT and Donnelly EMP gravel tires. There must be a gift here for the special cyclist in your life.
Nalini Pro Gara Jacket, Jersey, Bibs and Polaris Shorts Review
Cold Weather Kit: Nalini are hand crafting some tip-top cold weather cycling gear in their Castel D’Ario home. Just in time for winter, here's my review of the Pro Gara jacket, Pro Gara jersey, Bib Tights and Polaris Winter Bib Shorts.
TruTrainer Premium Rollers Keep Rolling
The technology for indoor cycling training systems is constantly evolving, and while most non-trackies are opting for fixed-mount trainers, TruTrainer has reconverted me to the fun of rollers with their top-end quality and ride feel.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’18 #4
Gift Guide’18 #4: Another week nearer the holiday season and those gifts won't buy themselves! In our fourth 'Gift Guide' we have offerings from Sidi, Silca mini-pump with Bluetooth, Selle San Marco saddle, ProViz REFLECT360 Elite cycling jacket, Z LOK COMBO zip-tie lock, 100% Cadence Collection, Pirelli PZero™ Monza kit, Rapha's Explore jacket and CatEye ORB bar end lights.
Riding Alé BikeWear Merino Wool Socks
Merino wool is a better fiber for temperature regulation and moisture management because its fibers are finer than other types of wool.  This means they feel softer to the touch when woven together and used to create garments - so right away they are more comfortable to wear.
GIRO'19: PEZ Picks 4 Great NEGRONI Bars
The best Italian negroni bars are often discovered by accident, or when you least expect it.  Early on in my 17 year career chasing the modern Giro d'Italia I began logging the best negronis, bars, and ristoranti as my travels took me to all corners of Italy.  Here are 5 of the best negroni bars, places to eat and stay at the 2019 Giro.
GIRO'19: The PEZ Corsa Preview
Race Preview: In recent years the Italian Grand Tour has usurped its French cousin for excitement, and the 2019 edition has stuck with the torrid final week formula. After the controversial start in Israel, this year is a home based Giro that has everything for the well-rounded rider - The PEZ Giro d'Italia route reveal.
GIRO 2019: Italian Style Route Revealed
The next edition of the Corsa Rosa will be raced almost entirely in Italy, crossing the border only for one stage finish. Three Individual Time Trials, six low difficulty stages for sprinters, seven of medium difficulty and five high difficulty stages. There will be a total of seven summit finishes, including the Bologna and San Marino Individual Time Trials.
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My Favorite Climb: Montebello Road - Cupertino, CA
Last week I rode my favorite climb. Not at all unusual I know, but in this case it was my first “real” ride in almost two months thanks to a recurring injury that kept me off the bike and largely on crutches. I rode it because a favorite climb is like an old friend and I needed the comfort of a friend to ease back into regular riding.
Riding l'EROICA With Scatto Bike Tours
The preparation for any new tour requires a lot of planning and ground work. Scatto Bike Tours' EROICA/GF Roma is their newest trip and this last weekend they drove from Vicenza, their home base, to check out the EROICA event and sort out some of the logistics and details. This is what they found.
Top Ride: Lombardia Corsa!
Lombardia Ride: Sometimes you gotta point the car at the cliff and give ‘er some stick. Okay, maybe heading out for an awesome solo ride may not be quite the same... but sometimes heading into the unknown is best approached with a ‘give ‘er’ attitude, and as I once again learned on this awesome ride around Lago di Como, the rewards can be worthy of a lifetime.
Piedmont Cycling Resort
A 4 star cycling hotel with the cycling operations run by ultra-experienced Larry and Heather from CycleItalia in the magnificent region of Piedmont in Northern Italy? Yep, we just knew it was going to be good. Our own Chris Selden managed to get away for a few days this summer to go and check it out for himself.
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PEZ Bookshelf: L'Américain - The Comeback
I’m sure PEZ readers around the world are all familiar with Greg LeMond’s epic ride on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 23, 1989 to snatch victory from Laurent Fignon and win the Tour de France by a mere 8 seconds. I can still remember watching it on TV. And I still have on VHS (as well as functioning VHS tape recorder!) The 1989 Tour de France: Greg LeMond’s Incredible Comeback!
Ed's Rant: Revolution For The Grand Tours We Say!
Ed's Rant: The winter nights are drawing in and Ed Hood has been ruminating over the Grand Tours - Where are they going wrong and what can be changed? Ed has a long list of short-comings and improvements. Constructive criticism or the rants of a madman?
Paul Sherwen - In Memoriam
Obituary: Paul Sherwen died on Sunday at home in Africa. Paul was known in every corner of the cycling World, from rider, team manager and TV commentator he was half of the 'Voice of Cycling' with Phil Liggett. Ed Hood pays his respects to a legend in the sport we love.
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Cheated Death 3 Times, Now Back on the Bike
Meet Thor Bloomfield. Thor suffers from a life-threatening disorder called Cystic Fibrosis. At the age of 40, Thor was staring death in the face. He was required to have a highly technical 9-hour lung transplant operation in order to live. After two emotional false starts, Thor had a successful transplant.
PEZ Youtube Top Videos: Watch & Subscribe
Have you seen it yet - the PezCycling Youtube channel? I've logged over 225,000 video views, but we're just getting started, and I'd love your help. If you haven't already - please take a look and maybe even join the hundreds before you who've already clicked "subscribe"... Let's see if we can't break that 1000 subscribers mark. Who's with me...?
Sunweb: Stage 9 Roubaix After Movie
Team Sunweb take you behind the scenes with their latest #InsideOut feature at stage nine of the Tour de France, as the peloton tackled the cobbles of Roubaix.
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Junior to WorldTour Pro: Nature or Nurture?
TOOLBOX: Among juniors already dripping with talent and potential, how much of their eventual success is due to physiological differences, and how much might be due to their environment and opportunities?
Offseason Training For The Masters Cyclist
Toolbox: I have said it before and I will say it again: I am fifty, and I still wanna go fast! Staying strong and riding the way you want to ride once you hit the half-century point requires some changes to the way you plan and train compared to when you were younger.
Toolbox: Four Off-Season Tips For Better Cycling
It’s the "offseason," at least in road cycling here in the US. Or is it? The offseason has definitely changed over the past years. I think when we use the word “offseason” we usually think of a traditional big team sport like football, baseball or basketball. But since we’re cyclists, what do we mean by that and what does it mean for us?
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Registration Is Open For SBT GRVL
SBT GRVL launches August 2019 as a world-class gravel experience committed to Beauty, Inclusivity, Family, Challenge and Fun. The event enables gravel fans of all ability levels to experience the unmatched gravel roads winding around and through the iconic, beautiful mountain town of Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Goodbye Paul Sherwen
On Sunday the sad news came through from Africa that Paul Sherwen had passed away. Paul rode the Tour de France and fought his way over the mountains to finish on five occasions. He was also British road champion, plus manager of the Raleigh-Banana team in the late 80s. Paul will be well remembered for his TV work, partnering Phil Liggett.
Wahoo and Zwift Partner on In-Game Climbing Mission
Wahoo, the leading maker of smart indoor trainers and indoor cycling ecosystems, and Zwift, the world’s largest and most immersive multiplayer cycling community, have teamed up to give athletes the chance to push themselves toward improved climbing fitness with a challenging in-game mission.
TEAM SKY Reveal 2019 Race Kit
Team Sky and Castelli today unveiled the new kit for the 2019 season and revealed a return to black for the team’s tenth year in the peloton. The kit incorporates a blue to black gradient, with the blue being inspired by the team’s commitment to Sky Ocean Rescue (SOR).
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Retro Readers' Rigs: Cinelli 1963 Supercorsa
After reading about a classic bike restoration here on Pez, reader Paul from Oregon couldn't help but perform a resto of his own. His weapon of choice is this 1963 Cinelli Supercorsa that thanks to some fine restoration looks just as fine as the day it was sold over half a century ago.
Retro Readers' Rigs: Bull Horned Steely!
We've had everything from custom carbon, aero wonder superbikes and even museum stunners featured in Readers' Rigs but we've never had a bull horned, custom steel bike until today. Kevin from Lancanshire's unique steel ride certainly qualifies for Readers' Rigs though as he and his machine have a very cool story behind their time together that includes over 25 years of ownership of ups and downs and thousands upon thousands of miles.
Retro Readers' Rigs: Tommasini Diamante
Let's step back in time for a look at a classic machine from Italy decked out in Italy's finest Campagnolo C-Record of the era - a Tommasini Diamante. From Italy to North Carolina to the International pages of Pez, it's Readers' Rigs time.
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PEZ Talk: Paul Double - Colpack For 2019
Rider Interview: Paul Double is taking the next step up in his career and for the 2019 season he will be with the Italian Colpack team based in Bergamo. Ed Hood caught up with Paul in freezing Poland as he looks forward to his new home and battle ground.
The Last Paul Sherwen PEZ Interview
Interview: In January 2016 Paul Sherwen had just returned from Australia and the 18th Tour Down Under, so Alastair Hamilton got hold of him at home in Uganda to hear his impressions of the latest edition of the season opener. Obviously the chat didn't end there; predictions were made for the coming year and the ASO/UCI battle got a good airing.
Paul Sherwen: Gets PEZ'd (Pt. 2)
When we first talked in 2003, my Paul Sherwen interview was temporarily interrupted on Tuesday when he had to put his son to bed. I called back a few minutes later and we picked up the conversation on Team Directeurs, biking buddies, his life on tv and more…
Paul Sherwen: The PEZ-Clusive Interview (Pt. 1)
When we first talked in 2003, Paul Sherwen immediately stood out from the crowd by not only accepting my request for an interview -  but actually phoning me back from his home in Uganda to continue the interview.  This one's worth another read, and as I got to know him over the years and several more interviews, his warm and chatty personality never changed, and set him in a class of ...pure class.  
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Dec 13, 2018 - Sky pull the plug after 10 years - Top Story. So much cycling news: Vuelta 2020 start in Utrecht, Floyd’s Cycling, team news from BORA, Bahrain, Lotto, AG2R, Trek, Novo Nordisk, Vital Concept, Jumbo-Visma and Katusha. Training camps for Bahrain, UAE and NIPPO. New Canada President, Kozhatayev’s health, Rally helps Falcons and the best of Peter Sagan.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Dec 10, 2018 - While the cats away... Laurens Sweeck and Toon Aerts were the victors, cyclocross results and video. Young Xuban Errazkin in trouble - Top Story. Other cycling news: Nibali Giro/Tour? Amstel Gold, Katusha-Alpecin, Delko, ambitious Vital Concept, Tim Wellens, Yorkshire'19, CCC and Etxeondo, Bigla, Quick-Step Floors Kristallen Fiets and training camp.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Dec 06, 2018 - No Giro for Geraint Thomas - Top Story. Details of the Paul Sherwen Memorial Service. In other cycling news: Campenaerts and Degrendle win Kristallen Fiets, ATOC19 route, Arkéa-Samsic, Philipsen, Renshaw, Gerts, Campenaerts, Sunweb staff, Aru, Novo Nordisk, Rally, Lang, MiddleEastCyclingTour and lotto Soudal kit.