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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Sept 24, 2018 - The 2018 World Championships have rolled down the Innsbruck start ramp and Quick-Step Floors took the final team time trial gold medals. Reports and video from the TTT, Tour de l'Eurométropole, Memorial Marco Pantani, Coppa Sabatini, GP d'Isbergues. Other cycling news: The OVO Energy Women's Tour, contract news and a Worlds teaser video.
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WORLDS'18: TTT Goes Quick-Step!
World Champs Report: The Quick-step Floors team demolished the team time trial course in Austria to take their fourth team time test gold medal and take their 2018 winnings to 69! Defending champions, Sunweb finished at 18 seconds for the silver medal as BMC were third, 19 seconds adrift.
VUELTA'18: The PEZ Crew Low-Down!
The PEZ Crew Vuelta: The PEZ Crew all agree that the Vuelta a España was again the best Grand Tour of the season, those (mostly) short fast stages with a tough finalé brought out the best of the peloton. History in the making with Simon Yates taking his first GT win to top of a first one nation/three rider clean sweep. Here are the best of the PEZ Crew thoughts on this years Spanish tour.
RETRO WORLDS'06: Ed's Salzburg Shenanigans!
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.
Mixed Depth Aero Wheel Combo Comparo!
Chuck Peña has been doing a bit of investigation and experimentation on mixed depth aero rims after he spotted Nairo Quintana using them in the Tour de Suisse. If a wispy climber like Quintana was riding a set of mixed depth aero wheels, maybe mere mortals who weigh more and don’t possess the same climbing prowess should consider doing so too? The PEZ mixed wheel comparison.
Young Gun - Stuart Balfour Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Next up in Ed Hood's 'Young Gun' interviews is a successful young rider from Scotland. Stuart Balfour has been winning big races in France this season from his base in Brittany, north-western France, the land of 'The Badger', Bernard Hinault. Ed gets the low-down...
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Sept 20, 2018 - Things have gone wrong between Wout van Aert and the Veranda's Willems team - Top Story. Racing catch up: Toscana, Madrid Challenge, Vichte and Brico Cross. Other cycling news: MPCC, Worlds TTT, Quick-Step to l’Eurométropole and Isbergues, Milano-Torino, Tour KOM jersey, contract news, Korsaeth retires, Cervélo Bigla and the best of the Vuelta video.
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VUELTA'18: Final Week Photo Gallery!
PeloPics: Simon Yates rode an attacking final week of the Vuelta, 'the best form of defense is attack!' The overall was set fire in the mountains of Andorra and it was all change GC with full on excitement. Here are the best photos of the last week of the Spanish Grand Tour by Cor Vos and Luis Ángel Gómez.
VUELTA'18: The Second Week Photo Gallery!
PeloPics: The second week of the Vuelta a España has thrown up more surprises with stage wins from Alexandre Geniez, Alessandro De Marchi and Oscar Rodriguez, plus the red jersey of overall leadership on the shoulders of Jesus Herrada. More of the best pics of the Spanish Grand Tour by Cor Vos and Luis Ángel Gómez.
VUELTA'18: The First Week Photo Gallery!
PeloPics: The first week of the 2018 Vuelta a España has been quite entertaining with different winners every day and a battle from the top guys to stay in contention. We round up the first seven days with the best pics of the Spanish Grand Tour by Cor Vos and the Vuelta's in-house photographer; Luis Ángel Gómez.
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Mixed Depth Aero Wheel Combo Comparo!
Chuck Peña has been doing a bit of investigation and experimentation on mixed depth aero rims after he spotted Nairo Quintana using them in the Tour de Suisse. If a wispy climber like Quintana was riding a set of mixed depth aero wheels, maybe mere mortals who weigh more and don’t possess the same climbing prowess should consider doing so too? The PEZ mixed wheel comparison.
MIPS Helmet Technology: How It Works
VIDEO: The people behind Sweden's MIPS helmet technology are so convinced it's a great way to reduce head injuries, they hosted their own booth at Eurobike to focus on telling the MIPS story and explaining how it works.
DMT KR1 Shoe Leads 2019 Road Line
VIDEO: The DMT road shoes line-up for 2019 is their best ever, as I saw up close at Eurobike. Their new top-level KR1, KR2, and D1 road cycling shoes feature the Italian brand's latest shoe technology, including lighter weights, better ventilation, BOA lace enclosure systems.
NALINI–MOA Sport: Inside Italy’s Cycling Clothiers
Inside Nalini and MOA Sport. The clothiers of Castel d'Ario Italy work for themselves and the world’s top cycling brands, going from raw thread to designing and weaving technical fabrics to graphics to pattern design and sewing the finished pieces.  But our Nalini factory tour revealed much more than we expected.
Praxis Zayante Carbon Cranks, X Spider and Chainrings
Praxis Zayante Carbon Cranks give you 1x and 2x from Micro-compact to 53/39 compatibility in a single crank. Lighter arms than Dura Ace (and less expensive) and excellent M30BB’s compatible with 90+% of all frames manufactured today. This is your CX-Gravel-Climbing-TT Crank…
Velomacchi Speedway Backpack 40L Review
Velomacchi make backpacks and other accessories intended for motorcycling, but two wheels is two wheels. PEZ got our hands on the 40-liter Velomacchi Speedway Backpack to try while pedalling rather than twisting a throttle.
WORLDS'18: TTT Goes Quick-Step!
World Champs Report: The Quick-step Floors team demolished the team time trial course in Austria to take their fourth team time test gold medal and take their 2018 winnings to 69! Defending champions, Sunweb finished at 18 seconds for the silver medal as BMC were third, 19 seconds adrift.
VUELTA'18: Ed's Final Week Round Up!
Vuelta Final Week: The 2018 came to a thunderous climax on Saturday in Andorra with a podium turn around, except for that top spot - Simon Yates held his place to make history. Ed Hood has followed all the ups and downs of the Spanish Grand Tour, here is his final summing up... the good and the bad.
VUELTA'18 Final Stage 21: Simon Yates - Campeón De La Vuelta!
Stage Report: Italian champion, Elia Viviani took his third Vuelta stage win of 2018, yet another victory for the Quick-Step Floors team, but the day belonged to Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates. Overall winner of the Spanish Grand Tour and the victory was taken with panache and set a record for British Grand Tour wins.
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Riding The French Alps With ErgVideo
The ErgVideo team not only builds great software, but they travel to famous cycling destinations with a whole team to create their unique content. Their trip to some of cycling’s monumental climbs in the French Alps resulted in some of their best-ever ErgVideo editions.
Travel: Southern France Stay & Ride
Cycling in France, it's a dream for many and has been a dream come true for our Australian PEZ man in France, Chris Selden who has been living in various parts of France since 2008. Now Chris is sharing his dream with others after he has bought and renovated a beautiful old house in the South of France that he is renting out for visiting cyclists.
It's Negroni Week: Back to Barolino!
Negroni Week on PEZ wouldn't be complete without homage to a true maestro of mixology. I speak only of Marco - proprietor of the legendary Barolino in Levanto Italy.  I vowed after first discovering his bar at the 2009 Giro to return one day with Mrs. Pez - and order two of his finest Negronis.
My Favorite Climb: Col de la Rouquette
With more than 25 years of racing experience around the world under his belt it's fair to say that our man in France, Chris Selden has ridden up a lot of climbs in his life. His choice of a favorite climb amongst the thousands that he's done though is a bit of a surprise, the Col de la Roquette in the Hérault Valley in France.
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VUELTA'18: The PEZ Crew Low-Down!
The PEZ Crew Vuelta: The PEZ Crew all agree that the Vuelta a España was again the best Grand Tour of the season, those (mostly) short fast stages with a tough finalé brought out the best of the peloton. History in the making with Simon Yates taking his first GT win to top of a first one nation/three rider clean sweep. Here are the best of the PEZ Crew thoughts on this years Spanish tour.
RETRO WORLDS'06: Ed's Salzburg Shenanigans!
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.
XPEDO Pedals & NALINI Shoes Contest: We Have A Winner!
Winner's Announcement: Congratulations to Rob Green of Seattle WA, the winner of a brand new set of XPEDO Thrust pedals and NALINI Snake road shoes.
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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.
Cobbles Are In Our DNA
Quick-Step Floors CEO Patrick Lefevere, sports director Tom Steels, Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra and Belgian Champion Yves Lampaert talked of the inextricable link between the team and the pavé and the impact the cobbles could have on the Tour de France general classification.
Pre Vs Post Ride Coffee - What do Cyclists Prefer?
Coffee is a major part of the cycling culture. There’s no doubt about it. In fact, many cyclists jokingly say that if it wasn’t for a coffee they may not even ride at all!
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Fresh Fall Training Ideas
Toolbox: Racing season is taxing! Focused rides chasing ultra specific watts and heart rate values and races where you are taxing yourself time and again in pursuit of results. Frankly, the pursuit of excellence can become monotonous. Thankfully, nature gave us the fall! So what is one to do if the idea of one more watts-based workout may push you over the edge into madness?
Toolbox: Fatigue And Readiness To Train
We have said it before but it bears repeating – to improve our fitness, we need to recover as hard, or even harder, than we train. The challenge is in knowing when we have reached that optimal level of training stimulus and when to back off from hard training.
Off-Season Training For Masters Cyclists
Toolbox: With so many PEZ-Fans above the age of 45 years, off season training for masters cyclists is a hot topic right now. Fall is a time of change: weather, foliage, and of course our training. The fall has traditionally been seen as a time for cyclists to get off the bike, rest, and recover from a long season of training, but is this really a good idea for the masters cyclist?
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Ornot & CHAPTER2 Announce the Mega Capsule Collection
Ornot is proud to announce a collaboration with New Zealand frame builder CHAPTER2, to give one of their new TERE disc road frame a signature Ornot design overhaul.
Polar Unveils Polar Vantage V, a Premium Multi-Sport Watch for Athletes Serious About Performance
Polar Vantage V offers the Polar’s most accurate wrist-based heart rate to date, and features advanced metrics and coaching features such as Training Load Pro Recovery Pro and wrist-based running power.
Gran Fondo Il Lombardia with Purito Rodriguez at the Start
The 2018 Gran Fondo Il Lombardia Presented – Featuring the Ghisallo, Sormano and Civiglio Climbs. Registrations are Still Open. Enel is Presenting Sponsor. Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez at the Start.
Gran Fondo Hincapie Series Expands to Boise, Idaho
Boise is officially named fourth location for Gran Fondo Hincapie, in addition to the Greenville, SC; Chattanooga, TN; and Fort Worth, TX events.
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Readers' Rigs: Favaloro Puma XLight
As a lover of high end bikes, our reader Andy from Connecticut was always going to get a special bike when he went bike shopping but instead of just another off the shelf option he instead went all out with a sweet custom Favaloro Puma XLIGHT from Italy decked out with full Campag Super Record of course. Bellissimo!
Readers' Rigs: Trek Discovery Roubaix Special
This Trek is a special bike for many reasons: it has suspension, it has ridden Paris-Roubaix, it's an ex-team bike and it holds great memories of a wonderful man who is no longer with us. Martin Clark put the bike together in memory of his friend and took it back to Roubaix.
Readers' Rigs: Specialized Allez Sprint LTD
Today's reader is Aaron from Australia who has recently added to his ever growing stable of Specialized bikes with a new Allez Sprint LTD in bright pink which certainly doesn't go unnoticed on the roads down under.
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Young Gun - Stuart Balfour Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Next up in Ed Hood's 'Young Gun' interviews is a successful young rider from Scotland. Stuart Balfour has been winning big races in France this season from his base in Brittany, north-western France, the land of 'The Badger', Bernard Hinault. Ed gets the low-down...
World Record Holder - Ashton Lambie Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: The fastest man in the World on two wheels over 4,000 meters and a mustache to be proud of - That is USA's Ashton Lambie. From ultra distance and gravel riding to grass track, then to the steep banking of the fast velodrome, Ashton's story is not a simple one. Ed Hood caught up with the 'Man with the Mustache' for the story behind the speed.
Belgian Kermis King Mario Willems Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: One win is a dream, so 400 wins (plus 1 since the interview) is a phenomenal achievement. Some WorldTour riders have never won a kermis, Mario Willems is the 'Kermis King' of Belgium with an unprecedented record and at 45 he's not ready to stop. Ed Hood had to hear all it about it from the other 'Super Mario'.
PHIL LIGGETT Gets Pez'd: The Video Interview
I recorded my first Phil Liggett interview, with the world's most well-known road cycling commentator, on a roadside at the 1990 Tour. Since then I've interviewed Phil several times and been on a couple rides. But this was our first time meeting on skype and we talked about a host of topics: his favorite era of modern cycling, sharing a room with Paul Sherwen, Tour'18 and even podium girls.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Sept 24, 2018 - The 2018 World Championships have rolled down the Innsbruck start ramp and Quick-Step Floors took the final team time trial gold medals. Reports and video from the TTT, Tour de l'Eurométropole, Memorial Marco Pantani, Coppa Sabatini, GP d'Isbergues. Other cycling news: The OVO Energy Women's Tour, contract news and a Worlds teaser video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Sept 20, 2018 - Things have gone wrong between Wout van Aert and the Veranda's Willems team - Top Story. Racing catch up: Toscana, Madrid Challenge, Vichte and Brico Cross. Other cycling news: MPCC, Worlds TTT, Quick-Step to l’Eurométropole and Isbergues, Milano-Torino, Tour KOM jersey, contract news, Korsaeth retires, Cervélo Bigla and the best of the Vuelta video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Sept 17, 2018 - The Vuelta a España again proved its self the best Grand Tour and Simon Yates was a worthy winner. Race news with reports and video from Spain, the GP Scherens, Coppa Bernocchi, Coppa Agostoni and Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen. Other cycling news: World Hour Record, Philippe Gilbert returns, Igor Anton retires, contract news and Simon Yates' winning speech.