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Burgos-BH's Matt Gibson Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: With the Vuelta a España about to start, Ed Hood talks to an aspiring young rider who is cutting his teeth with the Spanish ProContinental Burgos-BH team. The team will be on the start line in Torrevieja without Matt Gibson, but he has already had a successful 2019 season. Matt gives Ed the lowdown.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Aug 22, 2019 - The 2019 Vuelta a España starts on Saturday and we have all the team news from Spain. Will the Giro climb Etna on gravel roads? - Top Story. Race reports from Denmark, Veenendaal and Zottegem. Other cycling news: Tour of Britain riders, rider contracts and transfers, gravel racing in New Zealand and Bianchi's final tribute to Felice Gimondi. Viva la Vuelta!
La VUELTA'19: The PEZ Rider Preview – Who’s HOT for Spain?
Vuelta Preview: The third Grand Tour of the year rolls down the team time trial ramp in the Spanish resort town of Torrevieja on Saturday evening for one of the most open Vuelta a España's for years. It doesn't look there is a dominant rider, but Ed Hood runs through the course and riders to see who could pull off the big win in Madrid. Vuelta time!
La VUELTA'19: The PEZ Stage-by-Stage Ruta Preview
Route Preview:On Wednesday the 19th of December 2018, la Vuelta a España route for 2019 was presented in Alicante, PEZ-man Alastair Hamilton was there to take in the announcement as it happened. The stage 1 team time trial starts Vuelta'19 this Saturday, so Alastair looks back at the presentation and gives us his thoughts on the Spanish Grand Tour route.
Gravel Racing In New Zealand
With gravel racing taking off around the world it’s no surprise to hear that New Zealand’s premier gravel race the UCI 1.2 Gravel and Tar Classic along with the women’s 1.2 La Femme plus their Gran Fondo challenge the Slicks and Stones 100 is back again for 2020 bigger and better than ever.
Handling Mental Fatigue for a Longer Season
Toolbox: Ask a coach about “winning” and he might cite threshold power, great tactical acumen, or the importance of a strong team; each an important element without question, but what else goes into the equation? In the end it often comes down to mental focus and the ability to sort out the irrelevant.
How NTT's Data Made Watching LeTour Better This Year
Tour de France fans this year saw more cool graphics, rider and race data, speeds, power output, and even predictions on when the break would be caught and who would win. Thanks to NTT - who specialize in collecting and applying data. But how does it all work? I talked with NTT's Peter Gray about how capturing over 150,000 points of data per hour is transforming our Tour viewing experience.
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Women's Tour of Scotland - Heather's Photo Special!
Photo Gallery: It is more usual for Heather Morrison to fly off to Italy to cover the Giro or Lombardia, but as the first Woman's Tour of Scotland is practically on her door-step... Unlike Italy, the weather was no friend, but there was still some hot racing.
Le TOUR'19: How Julian Alaphilippe Animated the Tour
Tour Video Collection: Julian Alaphilippe set the 2019 Tour de France alight and made this year's Tour the best for many a year. Alaphilippe showed us how a Tour should be ridden, he won the admiration of many with his attacking style - A fan pleaser if there ever was one. Here we have put together the best selection of Alaphilippe videos from the Tour.
Le TOUR’19: Final Weekend Photo & Video Gallery
Tour Photo and Video Gallery: The Tour de France is now behind us, it was good while it lasted and Egan Bernal is proof of a 'new guard' in the World of the professional peloton. Here is our selection of the best and different images from the final weekend. Vive la Tour!
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Officina Battaglin POWER+ Project Build: Unboxing the Frame
VIDEO: Here's the first in my series of building up this custom Battaglin POWER+ disc brake steel road frame set. In this video I unveil - and unbox the fresh new frame from storied Italian builder (and 1981 Vuelta a España & Giro d'Italia winner) Giovanni Battaglin.
Time Osmos 15 Shoe Review: Time Step Back In
With an HQ in the sport shoe capitol of the world and the footwear horsepower of new-ish parent company Rossignol, Time are back in the cycling shoe business and we have a look at their top-kicks; the Osmos 15.
PEZ's Own Ottolock Cut Test
After so many comments in my First Look video (see link below) about how easy it is to cut the Ottolock bicycle lock, I decided to take a pair of snips to it and see if I could cut this lock myself.
CIPOLLINI MCM Bike Project Build & Review
The Cipollini MCM road bike offers all the flash & panache you'd want from a brand that's all about performance, but with a slightly more forgiving frame design, and a custom tube-to-tube carbon construction option for this Italian original. Here's my long term review...
REGGIE Kit Review: A Ride On the Wild Side!
Clothing Review: PEZ readers be forewarned... If your cycling attire tastes lean conservatively or you prefer murdered out black, this is not the kit for you. But if you’re not afraid of a little color and standing out in the crowd, then please continue reading as PEZ looks at the REGGIE kit.
SCICON Aerotech Sunglasses Review: Armor For Your Eyes
PEZ readers familiar with SCICON probably know the brand for their air travel bike cases which are used by more than a few professional bike racing teams. But SCICON isn’t only in the business of protecting your bike. With their recently released Aerotech sunglasses, SCICON now offers protection for your eyes.
La VUELTA'19: The PEZ Rider Preview – Who’s HOT for Spain?
Vuelta Preview: The third Grand Tour of the year rolls down the team time trial ramp in the Spanish resort town of Torrevieja on Saturday evening for one of the most open Vuelta a España's for years. It doesn't look there is a dominant rider, but Ed Hood runs through the course and riders to see who could pull off the big win in Madrid. Vuelta time!
La VUELTA'19: The PEZ Stage-by-Stage Ruta Preview
Route Preview:On Wednesday the 19th of December 2018, la Vuelta a España route for 2019 was presented in Alicante, PEZ-man Alastair Hamilton was there to take in the announcement as it happened. The stage 1 team time trial starts Vuelta'19 this Saturday, so Alastair looks back at the presentation and gives us his thoughts on the Spanish Grand Tour route.
Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah 2019 Final Stage 6
Race Report: Belgian Ben Hermans of Israel Cycling Academy successfully fended off all challengers to earn the top prize at the 2019 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in front of huge crowds in Park City on Sunday. Hermans rode a masterful race to finish fourth on Stage 6 presented by Utah Sports Commission and take the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader title.
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Top Ride: Cycling in Valpolicella Wine Country
One of the best reasons for choosing a good bike hotel is their skill to show me the best their region has to offer - like routes, rides, food & drink that I simply could not find on my own. This ride (and subsequent wine tasting) never would have have happened without my guide from Garda Bike Hotel leading me on a relaxed ride through the hills of valpolicella and an even more relaxed stop at the Santa Maria Valverde winery.
For the Love of a Grand Tour Sausage!
As the 2019 Tour de France works its way into the Pyrenees and then the Alps next week; the 'Pez' himself, Richard Pestes has taken a look back at the impromptu BBQs he's happened upon while roadside. The Pez Grand Tour appreciation of the sausage... and bike racing.
PEZ Rides The Galibier: Video & Photo Report
Travel: Stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France will climb the mighty Col du Galibier at 2645 meters altitude. I "rode" it back in 2017 - maybe better to say I hauled my carcass up it. Here's a glimpse of the climb as I get inside 3km to the summit. It really is epic and awe inspiring - a must do.
Travel: PEZ Rides L'Eroica on the Strade Bianche!
Travel: Italy, land of vino, pasta, Fausto Coppi and home of the ultimate retro-ride. L’Eroica, “the Heroic,” runs every October and of course PEZman Leslie Reissner had to join the lucky participants enjoying some fine weather, great food and some truly terrible roads on heavy bicycles with inappropriate gearing and lousy brakes. What could be better?
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Gravel Racing In New Zealand
With gravel racing taking off around the world it’s no surprise to hear that New Zealand’s premier gravel race the UCI 1.2 Gravel and Tar Classic along with the women’s 1.2 La Femme plus their Gran Fondo challenge the Slicks and Stones 100 is back again for 2020 bigger and better than ever.
PEZ Bookshelf: Great Rivalries - Cycling and the Story of Italy
Ah, Bella Italia! For many of us it is the Promised Land of Cycling, with its professional cyclists whose names could be those of opera singers. A new book from Australia relates the story of cycling in Italy, interwoven with an historical narrative of the country. Leslie Reissner reviews “Great Rivalries - Cycling and the Story of Italy” by Kevin Andrews.
Rest In Peace: Italy's Greatest - Felice Gimondi
Obituary: The greatest ever Italian cyclist, Felice Gimondi, passed away on Friday after suffering a heart-attack while swimming in the sea off the Sicilian coast. Ed Hood remembers the always smooth and cool Italian character who was a champion amongst some of the best ever road men.
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Osmo Presents: Peter Sagan Interviewing Teammate Daniel Oss
OSMO presents Peter Sagan interviewing Daniel Oss on a NorCal training ride. Follow along as the two ride Bolinas Road and reminisce about their start together in the pro peloton, discuss their favorite jams to listen to while riding, and the similarities between Tarantino movies and bike racing.
EF Gone Racing -- Lachlan Morton Takes on BGDuro
Lachlan Morton completed the inaugural GBDURO, a 2000-kilometer solo bike-packing adventure from Land’s End, England to John o’Groats, Scotland on Friday. The Australian spent 104 hours over seven days atop his new Cannondale Topstone Carbon during his Journey.
What I Learned Chasing le Tour in a Cheap Rental Car
In 2003 I went to cover my first Tour de France as part of the press. I had almost no readers and even less money, so I rented the cheapest car I could find. It was small, and had no a/c, but I managed to capture some of it on video. Let's set the Way Back machine for Lyon, France.
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Handling Mental Fatigue for a Longer Season
Toolbox: Ask a coach about “winning” and he might cite threshold power, great tactical acumen, or the importance of a strong team; each an important element without question, but what else goes into the equation? In the end it often comes down to mental focus and the ability to sort out the irrelevant.
Comparing Cycling Generations: Us Against Them
Toolbox: How do you go about making a scientific comparison of cycling training over time? Every parent, at some time or another, probably has given the “when I was your age” speech to their kids. And within any sport, an ageless argument is always how the current generation of stars match up to the titans of the sport’s history.
Extending Summer Fitness
Toolbox: The physical and mental challenges of late-season events can be significant. Season fatigue, burnout, and loss of focus often become real challenges in the late summer and fall. The mind and body yearn for rest and rejuvenation even as you have to get ready to go for it one more time! How do we prepare for these one-more-time events?
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Proviz Sports Take a Lead With New Sustainability Project
Proviz, the specialists in light-emitting and reflective cycling, running and outdoor products, has announced its continued commitment to the environment by announcing all its jackets will be made from recycled plastic bottles.
New Custom Finish for the Portofino Model
Officina Battaglin’s Portofino Premium takes custom CROMOVELATO finishing to a whole new level. Officina Battaglin​, the brand founded and managed by the 1981 Giro-Vuelta winner Giovanni Battaglin​, has launched a new custom finish for the iconic ​Portofino ​model.
SIDI & Egan Bernal: A Yellow Dream Come True
There are moments in sports that are meant to be savoured. To win the most important Grand Tour in the world at the tender age of 22 is definitely one of those.
2019 Fall Blue Ridge Cycling Camp
Whether your wanting to ride in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains during peak foliage season or wanting to learn more about power and planning 2020, this camp is for you!
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Readers' Rigs: Giant TCR Advanced SL1
Sometimes a Readers' Rig doesn't have to be a much loved heirloom or a custom bling machine, it could also be an off the rack new bike like today's reader Jonathon from Oakland with his Giant TCR Advanced SL1. There's nothing quite like that new bike feeling as Jonathon explains when he talks about his red and black beauty.
Readers' Rigs: LOOK 695 Light
For today's Readers' Rigs we head north to Canada where we find one of France's favorite machines, a LOOK 695 Light decked out in Dura-Ace Di2 and with Easton Carbon Clinchers on board. Not a new bike, but timeless in its looks and very rideable. Four years old but could be right out of the box yesterday.
Readers' Rigs: My LeMond is Better Than Your Fancy New Bike!
Today a 'Readers' Rig' with a difference, not so much a tech description, but a love note to a dear, dear friend. Ryan Hamilton in Wisconsin has fallen head-over-heels with his LeMond that he bought in 2007 and this is the story of his love affair in his own words.
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Burgos-BH's Matt Gibson Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: With the Vuelta a España about to start, Ed Hood talks to an aspiring young rider who is cutting his teeth with the Spanish ProContinental Burgos-BH team. The team will be on the start line in Torrevieja without Matt Gibson, but he has already had a successful 2019 season. Matt gives Ed the lowdown.
How NTT's Data Made Watching LeTour Better This Year
Tour de France fans this year saw more cool graphics, rider and race data, speeds, power output, and even predictions on when the break would be caught and who would win. Thanks to NTT - who specialize in collecting and applying data. But how does it all work? I talked with NTT's Peter Gray about how capturing over 150,000 points of data per hour is transforming our Tour viewing experience.
Delko's Australian Crit Champ - Brenton Jones Gets PEZ'd
Rider Interview: Ed Hood spoke to young Delko-Marseille Provence stagieire, Simon Carr, earlier this week, now he turns his eye to a rider in his second year with the French team; Australian Criterium Champion - Brenton Jones. The fast finishing Aussie is no 'Young Gun' with experience all around the Globe.
Delko-Marseille Stagieire - Simon Carr Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: The stagieire's for the end of 2019 are being announced and young Anglo-French rider, Simon Carr, will be in the colours of the Delko-Marseille Provence for the finalé of the season. Ed Hood caught up with the 'Young Gun' on the eve of his big break with the French ProContinental team.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Aug 22, 2019 - The 2019 Vuelta a España starts on Saturday and we have all the team news from Spain. Will the Giro climb Etna on gravel roads? - Top Story. Race reports from Denmark, Veenendaal and Zottegem. Other cycling news: Tour of Britain riders, rider contracts and transfers, gravel racing in New Zealand and Bianchi's final tribute to Felice Gimondi. Viva la Vuelta!
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Aug 19, 2019 - The BinckBank Tour, Vuelta a Burgos, Tour of Utah and the Arctic Race all finished on Sunday - Reports, results and video. The passing of Felice Gimondi - Top Story. The Vuelta a España starts on Saturday, the first team announcement. Other cycling news: Rider contracts and stagieires, Dumoulin leaves Sunweb, Viviani's Euro jersey and happy birthday to la Vuelta's red jersey.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Aug 15, 2019 - A very full EUROTRASH Thursday - A sad day as the cycling World said goodbye to Bjorg Lambrecht - Top Story. Race reports and video from the BinckBank, Burgos and Utah. News from the Arctic and Deutschland, update on Pozzovivo, contracts and stagiaires, Tour de Pologne, Euro champs Trentino20 and Dimension Data at the Tour video.