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2019 Sea Otter Gear: Cycling’s Best Kit from Monterey California
Ocean-side Gear Fest rolls out Parlee’s latest RZ7, Repente Saddles Magnet TT, POC’s Latest Headwear and Ceramic Jersey and CloseTheGap’s new bits.
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Patrick Sercu RIP
With sadness we learnt that Patrick Sercu passed away on Friday after recent ill-health at the age of 74. Sercu was firstly a star on the track, winning an Olympic gold medal in the 1964 Tokyo Games. The Belgian also won eighty-three '6 Days' riding with the top road riders of the time. He also shone on the road winning the points jersey in the Tour de France and many wins including a stage in the Giro.
Davide Rebellin - Liège, Flèche and Amstel Winner
Rider Interview: Love him or hate him, Davide Rebellin has an impressive palmarès. He had his 2008 Olympic silver medal taken away and served his suspension, to then resume his professional career, now in his twenty-seventh season (28 if you include his banned 2010). A multi Classics winner with a shadow over his career - Ed Hood had to have a word with Davide.
U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen Winner - Andreas Stokbro Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: The older guys are still banging out the wins, but a new, young set is pushing its way into the pro peloton. Ed Hood asks "What next?" The answer could be a young man from Denmark - Andreas Stokbro, the recent winner of the Under 23 Tour of Flanders. Ed had to find out more from the 'young gun'.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
April 18, 2019 - Victor Campenaerts set a new World Hour Record on Tuesday - Top Story. Race news from Brabantse, Turkey and Camembert with video. Other news: Amstel teams, Giro'20 in Hungary, Oomen to the Giro, Deceuninck 700th victory, Mohorič contract, medical updates on Benoot and Keisse, song of La Vuelta'19, Gilbert video. A full fun packed EUROTRASH Thursday.
AMSTEL GOLD RACE'19: The PEZ Preview
Race Preview: The cobbled races have now passed and the road season turns the corner and hits the climbs of the Ardennes Classics. First up is Holland's only Classic - The Amstel Gold Race. Ed Hood looks at what used to be a sprinters event that is now climb packed finalé of fun from Maastricht, through Southern Limburg, over the Cauberg and finish on the Vilt-Valkenburg.
Brabantse Pijl'19: Van der Poel Confirms his Class!
Race Report: Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won the 59th edition of the Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday afternoon in Overijse. The Dutch champion was the best in the sprint from a classy group, including Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and last years winner, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal).
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Victor Campenaerts 55,089Km - New World Hour Record!
PeloPics: On Tuesday Belgian Victor Campenaerts set a new World Hour Record on the Aguascalientes Bicentenary Velodrome in Mexico. The Lotto Soudal rider set a distance of 55,089 kilometres in one hour, beating the previous record set by Bradley Wiggins of 54.526 kilometres.
PARIS-ROUBAIX'19 - The Photo Gallery from Hell!
PeloPics: Sunday saw Philippe Gilbert add Paris-Roubaix 2019 to his already out-standing palmarès. The Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider out-sprinted Katusha-Alpecin's Nils Politt on the Roubaix Vélodrome for the cobbled victory. Here is our choice of pics and video from the road to Roubaix.
Paris-Roubaix: One Hell Of A Classic Photo Gallery!
PeloPics: The whet your appetite for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix we have put together a collection of the best photos from the cobbles spanning a near 50 year period, from the 1970s to last year, 2018. Mud, dust, crashes and heroes - Hell of the North photo gallery.
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2019 Sea Otter Gear: Cycling’s Best Kit from Monterey California
Ocean-side Gear Fest rolls out Parlee’s latest RZ7, Repente Saddles Magnet TT, POC’s Latest Headwear and Ceramic Jersey and CloseTheGap’s new bits.
PEZ Goes Gravel: Niner Bikes RLT9RDO Review
Niner Bikes from Colorado is a well-known name in the world of mountain biking. It only makes sense then, that their RLT9RDO gravel bike is a tough mudder that opens up the possibilities of what can be done with a drop bar bike.
LIMAR Air Pro Helmet Review: More Air Flow and Aero
Limar introduced the world's first foam-in-shell cycling helmet and were also the first lid-maker to sponsor a pro cycling team. They’ve also been the lightest production helmet in the world on several occasions, but they’ve only ever had “good” ventilation until now… Enter the new Air Pro.
Campagnolo Shocks 12 and Launches WTO Disco
Campagnolo Launch their Tip-top Range Super Record EPS Group as well as a new version of their WTO Tubeless Aero Disc wheels in the hills of Girona Spain.
DannyShane Fall City Line Casual Clothing Review
DannyShane Clothing Review: Our resident 'style guru' Chuck Peña has turned his eye from on the bike elegance to a bit of off the bike refinement. The Danny Shane Fall City Line is smart, comfortable and yet functional and gets the thorough Peña inspection and review treatment.
VeloToze Waterproof Gloves & Shoe Covers Reviewed!
As the Scandanavian maxim says: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” So the veloToze waterproof cycling gloves and overshoes are a godsend in cold and wet weather, and now's the perfect time to try 'em out.
AMSTEL GOLD RACE'19: The PEZ Preview
Race Preview: The cobbled races have now passed and the road season turns the corner and hits the climbs of the Ardennes Classics. First up is Holland's only Classic - The Amstel Gold Race. Ed Hood looks at what used to be a sprinters event that is now climb packed finalé of fun from Maastricht, through Southern Limburg, over the Cauberg and finish on the Vilt-Valkenburg.
Brabantse Pijl'19: Van der Poel Confirms his Class!
Race Report: Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won the 59th edition of the Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday afternoon in Overijse. The Dutch champion was the best in the sprint from a classy group, including Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and last years winner, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal).
PARIS-ROUBAIX'19: Glorious Gilbert Conquers the Cobbles!
Race Report: On a cold day of gruelling, unrelenting speed it was Deceuninck - Quick-Step reminding the doubters why they are the world’s best team; with Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert first over the line and team mate and countryman Yves Lampaert third, it was emphatically their day on the Roubaix velodrome.
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Ride Across the Pyrenees in 12 Stages
TRAVEL: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cycle the famous cols in the Pyrenees? For 12 years Allan Reeves has led a leg-crushing and ego-boosting trip across the Pyrenees most famous peaks that spans 1000 miles and climbs 100,000 feet in 12 stages. Here's what riders can expect on this the trip of a lifetime with France From Inside cycling tours.
PEZ 'Enjoys' Garda Bike Hotel
Most PEZ Readers know a bit about the 'bike hotel' concept, and many of you have enjoyed staying in one location, hospitality by gracious hosts who know the best rides, food and wine, all in a cycling dreamland like Italy. The Garda Bike Hotel was one of the first to cater to road cyclists, with over ten years experience, it's no wonder they've become THE place to stay at Lake Garda.
Top Ride: Cycling Piedmont Italy
Any ride is generally a good ride but what separates a good ride from a Top Ride? Well usually it's the location but it could be your riding partner, your equipment or even the rest stops. This past summer our own Chris Selden discovered a truly top ride cycling in Piedmont in Italy where he had the perfect combination of everything.
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.
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PEZ Bookshelf: Cyclepedia
Book Review: The Embacher Collection, the subject of “Cyclepedia”, is the result of one man's interest in modern bicycle design. It is wonderful, breath-taking and crazy.
Hunterdon: The Hell Cyclists Love
Admit it - you’ve done this too: You’re riding along in the early spring, gilet zipped up against the chilly air, imagining you’re in full pursuit of Peter Sagan, or Tom Boonen, or Sean Kelly, or Roger De Vlaeminck in the closing kilometers of one of the Spring Classics, the Monuments of cycling.
PEZ Bookshelf: Sunday in Hell
The 117th edition of the always much-anticipateed Paris-Roubaix (“the Hell of the North”) bicycle race will take place on April 14. It has been suggested that if someone was to propose a race like this today the idea would be ridiculed and dismissed. The iconic 1976 documentary film “A Sunday in Hell,” the story of which is told in William Fotheringham's excellent book “Sunday in Hell”.
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Cobbles and Kronenbourg with Henk Vogels – Tales from Paris-Roubaix
Apres Velo caught up over a few beers with ex pro rider Henk Vogels who rode Paris Roubaix 5 times, finishing in 10th position in 1997 and 1998. Here is the snippet of our unplugged chat with Henk.
Alexey's Video Diary: Bonelli Park - UCI race number 1!
Alexey Vermeulen Video Diary: Changing the kind of bike you race is more difficult than it sounds, and no matter how many times that I say it out loud, I am still convincing myself that I race mountain bikes professionally now.
Passo Giau - The Newbie Climb with the Fearsome Reputation
At 2,236m elevation, the Passo Giau is most famous for its regular inclusion in the Giro d’Italia and for amateurs it’s the fearsome 6th climb in the Maratona dles Dolomites sportive. However, on this occasion we’re taking a look at the northern approach from Cortina d’Ampezzo, which is considered the easier side of the two albeit as equally beautiful.
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Strength Training In-Season - Folly or Fast-track?
TOOLBOX: Lifting heavy weights during summer and race season may seem like the antithesis of training for cyclists. But the benefits are real - so let's breakdown how in season strength training will help you stay strong all season long.
PEZ Goes Gravel: Racing Demands
TOOLBOX: While it is true that fitness is fitness, the best path to success in racing is to match your training and fitness to the requirements of the event. Let’s take a look at some of the gravel races I’ve done in 2018 to see what’s specific about gravel competitions.
Five Build Phase Mistakes and How To Fix Them
TOOLBOX: It’s that time of year for many cyclists: our base training period is ending and we’re moving into the “build phase".  But these five common mistakes can stop your progress, so here's what to watch out form and how to keep your training on track.
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Patrick Sercu RIP
With sadness we learnt that Patrick Sercu passed away on Friday after recent ill-health at the age of 74. Sercu was firstly a star on the track, winning an Olympic gold medal in the 1964 Tokyo Games. The Belgian also won eighty-three '6 Days' riding with the top road riders of the time. He also shone on the road winning the points jersey in the Tour de France and many wins including a stage in the Giro.
11th Annual ToAD New Venue, Masters Competitions and Sponsors for 2019
The U.S.’s largest multi-day competitive bike racing series, Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) presented by Kwik Trip, returns to southern Wisconsin Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 30. A new venue, two new Masters racing series and new sponsors highlight the 11th annual edition of ToAD.
Introduction to the 76th Edition of the Tour de Pologne UCI World Tour in Warsaw
In 2019 the Tour de Pologne will once again be the most important sports event of the year in Poland, as well as the most prestigious cycling race in all of Eastern Europe. It is the only race in this part of the World that is part of the UCI World Tour calendar.
New Total Direct Énergie Cycling Kit by Nalini Unveiled
The French team will wear the brand-new uniform at Paris-Roubaix, on Sunday April 14th, becoming their cycling season kit onwards.
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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: Eddy Merckx AXM
Today's Readers' Rig is a bike that may be a few years old now but still gets many dreaming about it - a 2009 Eddy Merckx AXM. Decked out in full Campagnolo Record with Bora wheels to complement it's a classic European machine - but actually comes to us from a reader in Hong Kong.
Readers' Rig: Franco Latigo RS1-D
We love a repeat customer here on Readers' Rigs and today it's Nick from California who last featured here with a fairly standard Cannondale but today he shows us his new rig, a full custom build from Franco Latigo decked out with Campagnolo gears and Bora One wheels.
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Davide Rebellin - Liège, Flèche and Amstel Winner
Rider Interview: Love him or hate him, Davide Rebellin has an impressive palmarès. He had his 2008 Olympic silver medal taken away and served his suspension, to then resume his professional career, now in his twenty-seventh season (28 if you include his banned 2010). A multi Classics winner with a shadow over his career - Ed Hood had to have a word with Davide.
U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen Winner - Andreas Stokbro Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: The older guys are still banging out the wins, but a new, young set is pushing its way into the pro peloton. Ed Hood asks "What next?" The answer could be a young man from Denmark - Andreas Stokbro, the recent winner of the Under 23 Tour of Flanders. Ed had to find out more from the 'young gun'.
2018 Paris-Roubaix Hero: Silvan Dillier Talks Cobbles!
Rider Interview: World champion Peter Sagan won the 2018 Paris-Roubaix, but the hero of the day was undoubtably Silvan Dillier. The Swiss rider was in the break of the day and was the only rider to go with Sagan through the Hell of the North to the Roubaix velodrome. Ed Hood managed to have words with Silvan.
70s & 80s Star Klaus-Peter Thaler Talks Mud And Tarmac
Past Champ Interview: Cyclo-cross riders making an impression on the road isn't anything new. Back in the 70s, German 'cross champion Klaus Peter Thaler jumped into the road scene and rode with honour in the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and the one-day races. Ed Hood managed to have a word with the near 70 year-old star of mud and tarmac.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
April 18, 2019 - Victor Campenaerts set a new World Hour Record on Tuesday - Top Story. Race news from Brabantse, Turkey and Camembert with video. Other news: Amstel teams, Giro'20 in Hungary, Oomen to the Giro, Deceuninck 700th victory, Mohorič contract, medical updates on Benoot and Keisse, song of La Vuelta'19, Gilbert video. A full fun packed EUROTRASH Thursday.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
April 15, 2019 - The big story has to be Sunday's Paris-Roubaix and Philippe Gilbert's well deserved win - TOP STORY. Reports and video from Roubaix, Pais Vasco and la Sarthe. Other cycling news: Alaphilippe returns to racing, Campenaerts diary, Team Novo Nordisk to Pologne, Teams for OVO Energy Tour Series, Adorni inducted into the Giro Hall of Fame and racing at 100kph.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
April 11, 2019 - The King of Cobbled Classics Paris-Roubaix - Team and course news from Hell. Race news form Scheldeprijs and Pais Vasco with video. No Van der Poel in Roubaix-Top Story. Other cycling news: Froome and Nibali in the Alps, Archbold returns, Campenaerts Hour diary, Deignan in Yorkshire, OVO Energy Tour of Britain, Verona Grandfondo Euro Champs and Degenkolb video Profile.