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Californian in Belgium - Eamon (Van) Lucas Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Eamon Lucas - a Californian boy who has swapped the sunshine and surf for the rain, mud and cobbles of Flanders in the next part of his varied career. From US junior national team to 'fixie' crits, stage race wins and on to the Flemish kermis circuit. Ed Hood has a word with Eamon.
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BREATHING: At The Center Of Your Best Rides
TOOLBOX: When it comes to breathing many of us think “Hey, if I'm not dead, I’m certainly doing it right!” Unfortunately this is not the case, and our poor breathing can keep us from unlocking our full potential and speed, as well as unnecessarily prolonging our recovery.
Team Sky to Become Team INEOS
Sky and 21st Century Fox have agreed the sale of Team Sky to INEOS. INEOS will become the sole owners of Tour Racing Limited (the team’s holding company) from 1 May this year and will continue to fund the current team in full, honouring all existing commitments to riders, staff and partners.
The Cyclist's Ultimate Kettlebell Workout
8 Kettlebell Moves That Will Crush Your Core Without a Single Crunch.
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.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
March 18, 2019 - Early Christmas for the Colombians in Paris-Nice; Bernal and Quintana 1st and 2nd overall. Reports and video from Nice and Tirreno. No Roubaix for Tafi-Top Story. Other cycling news: African TT champ, Ventoso injured, Direct Energie and Lotto for Sanremo, California teams, Zurich Worlds, Campenaerts diary, Woods contract and Jakobsen ready.
Retro Talk: US Pro Paul Willerton
Retro Interview: Paul Willerton was a US professional road racer when it wasn't as fashionable as it became during the Lance Armstrong era. Willerton raced and trained beside Greg Lemond at his height and when he retired was instrumental in the downfall of Armstrong. Ed Hood had to hear the full story.
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Strade Bianche'19: Tuscan Countryside & Finalé - Photo Special!
PeloPics:  Rolling Tuscan hills, large villas, olive and cypress trees, hilltop villages and those 'white roads', rank the Strade Bianche photos among the most picturesque views of any race in the professional cycling calendar.  We've picked the best shots of the countryside by Cor Vos, plus the riders on the last climb to the Piazza del Campo in Siena by John Thomson.
Retro: Strade Bianche 2011 Photo Gallery
PeloPics: This Saturday the pro peloton hit's the dust or mud, depending on the weather, of the white roads of the Tuscan Strade Bianche. One rider who will be looking for his second win, will be Quick-Step Floors' Philippe Gilbert. The Belgian took his first white roads win in 2011, check out this very cool Cor Vos photo gallery and race video.
Retro: Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne 2007 Photo Gallery
PeloPics: Hot on the heels of Saturday's Het Nieuwsblad comes Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. In 2007, Belgian hero Tom Boonen took his first of three Kuurne wins - Retro photo gallery and race video.
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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.
Enigma Bikes Echelon Review: NAHBS Best Campagnolo Winner
England’s Enigma Bicycles offered a nice Canvas in their Echelon Ti frame. Technical Editor Charles Manantan took that up a few notches sending Cyclo-Retro a full Campagnolo group for refinishing and engraving and then selecting custom paint to match the custom leather saddle re-wrap and Bar Tape.
PEZ Reviews the Full Castelli RoS Collection
I braved torrential rains and white knuckle driving on the I5 to make the 6+ hour journey to visit the Castelli USA headquarters in Portland. The rough weather set the stage for my visit - to finally see and ride the much anticipated complete RoS Collection - including jacket, gloves, shoe covers, cap, and the Nanoflex Pro 2 bibtights.
CHAPTER2 RERE: Speed, Style & Comfort Reviewed
The Rere by Chapter2 Bikes is a blend of aerodynamic styling, fast handling responsiveness, and a surprising amount of comfort for a bike that on the surface looks to be built for pure speed.
Strade Bianche'19: Alaphilippe Emerges From The Dust!
Race Report: What can stop the Deceuninck - Quick-Step team? Just when you think the Belgian 'Super Team' will take a weekend off, they come back with the win in the Strade Bianche with Julian Alaphilippe crossing the line first. Astana's Jakob Fuglsang was second and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), like 2018, was third.
Strade Bianche'19: The PEZ Preview!
2019 Strade Bianche Race Preview: After opening the early Classics season in Belgium, the pro peloton moves south to Italy and the dusty (or mud if it rains) 'White Roads' of the Province of Siena in Tuscany. Ahead of Saturday's race we take a look at the history, course and the top riders to attack the Strade Bianche.
Kuurne'19: Jungels Bobs Out Front Solo!
Race Report: Bob Jungels gave his Deceuninck - Quick-Step team a double celebration on Sunday as he emulated Zdenek Stybar to win Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The Luxembourg champion took the initiative on the Varenstraat, and then dropped his escape partners in the finalé. He crossed the finish line in Kuurne solo. Owain Doull (Sky) was second, Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie) third.
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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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Heather's Dirty Tuscan Weekend - Strade Bianche and GP Larciano
Strade Bianche and GP Larciano: Not so much dirty as dusty and wet, but a weekend in Tuscany to watch the Strade Bianche and the GP Larciano is bound to be memorable. Two more races to mark off Heather Morrison's bucket list, but after reading about her adventures we think she will return for more of the 'White Roads' action.
PEZ Goes Gravel: Duke's Weekender Gravel Enduro!
With gravel rides exploding all over North America, it’s good to remember that gravel is an international discipline, with great rides all over the world. Let’s explore Duke’s Weekender in Scotland happening September 7-8, 2019.
PEZ Bookshelf: The Man and His Bike
You only have to look at their country - small, flattish, totally covered with a dense network of bikepath - to know that the Dutch are going to be pretty good at cycling. They also like to write about it too and the colourful columns and short stories of Wilfried de Jong, collected in “The Man & His Bicycle,” are a novel if understated addition to cycling literature.
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A 24 Hour Bike Race That Holds Lessons for Daily Life: Old Pueblo
I had no idea what to expect while going into Old Pueblo 24 Hour this year, my goal was to race my mountain bike hard without much stress. Making the transition from the road to the dirt is a big change and I was determined to enjoy my first race.
Cippo di Carpegna (Pantani's Climb) with Davide Cassani
Although the Apennines may not be as famous as the Alps to the north that's not to say they are any less of a challenge, often deserted their steep and irregular pitches are a playground of pleasure and pain.
The Legendary Luz Ardiden is Here!
Luz Ardiden: With a prestigious list of winners including Delgado, Indurain, Virenque, Jalabert, Armstrong and more, its close proximity to Spain means it’s one of the rare climbs that has featured in the Vuelta a España as well as the Tour de France.
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BREATHING: At The Center Of Your Best Rides
TOOLBOX: When it comes to breathing many of us think “Hey, if I'm not dead, I’m certainly doing it right!” Unfortunately this is not the case, and our poor breathing can keep us from unlocking our full potential and speed, as well as unnecessarily prolonging our recovery.
Pre-Race Bike Preparation: Tune-Up Essentials
Toolbox: You feel ready. You have done the training, the hours of riding and zone specific work to fully prepare your body for the onslaught to come. But is your bike as ready as you are? Go beyond just cleaning your bike to see how to make sure your bike is well-prepped for your race or Gran Fondo.
Carbohydrates: Matching Fuel to the Workout
Toolbox: Carbohydrate-rich foods have gone through heaven and hell in the past decades. While the role of carbohydrates is well recognized in enhancing cycling performance, it seems that the perfect harmony lies in eating according to the workout you are going to perform.
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Team Sky to Become Team INEOS
Sky and 21st Century Fox have agreed the sale of Team Sky to INEOS. INEOS will become the sole owners of Tour Racing Limited (the team’s holding company) from 1 May this year and will continue to fund the current team in full, honouring all existing commitments to riders, staff and partners.
The Cyclist's Ultimate Kettlebell Workout
8 Kettlebell Moves That Will Crush Your Core Without a Single Crunch.
Do You Have the Skills to Pay the Bills?
Too often cyclists just focus on fitness, but never practice their handling, cornering and pack-riding skills. -- Hunter Allen.
Mark the Date with Sidi on the Roads of Tuscany in the 'Strade Bianche'
This will be a week-end that cycling fans won’t want to miss. The big event will take place in Siena, Tuscany, a region where cycling is part of the culture. The thirteenth edition of the “Strade Bianche” race will take place on Saturday, March 9th.
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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.
Readers' Rigs: Ridley Helium SL
Seeing as the gaze of all cycle race fans will be on Belgium on Saturday, today's Readers' Rig is a large Ridley Helium SL decked out in retro Belgian Lotto team colors. The bike is a new addition to reader Steve's stable, but one that he is already well and truly in love with.
Readers' Rigs: Mondonico Steel Beauty
You just can't beat steel and Brain Tjaden in Sausalito, California is in love with his lugged, handmade Mondonico shod with Shimano Dura Ace. This is no 'Old Classic' but a modern bike made in the Classic style... and style it has by the bucketful.
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Californian in Belgium - Eamon (Van) Lucas Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Eamon Lucas - a Californian boy who has swapped the sunshine and surf for the rain, mud and cobbles of Flanders in the next part of his varied career. From US junior national team to 'fixie' crits, stage race wins and on to the Flemish kermis circuit. Ed Hood has a word with Eamon.
Retro Talk: US Pro Paul Willerton
Retro Interview: Paul Willerton was a US professional road racer when it wasn't as fashionable as it became during the Lance Armstrong era. Willerton raced and trained beside Greg Lemond at his height and when he retired was instrumental in the downfall of Armstrong. Ed Hood had to hear the full story.
Retro Talk: American Cycling Legend Doug Shapiro
Retro Talk: Doug Shapiro wasn’t the first American to ride the Tour; that was Jonathan Boyer; or the second, that was Greg Lemond. But he was the third to do so; and not just in any old role – as a domestique for Tour, Vuelta and Worlds winner, Joop Zoetemelk as part of the mighty Kwantum Hallen team. Ed Hood thought that he must have a good tale to tell.
Russtralian Track Champ Shane Perkins Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: There are a few riders around who have competed for different counties in their time, but what about a dual World champion. Vladimir Putin signed an executive order to grant Shane Perkins Russian citizenship and the man from 'Down Under' became a 'Russian bear'. Ed Hood recently spoke to Shane at the Berlin '6 Days'.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
March 18, 2019 - Early Christmas for the Colombians in Paris-Nice; Bernal and Quintana 1st and 2nd overall. Reports and video from Nice and Tirreno. No Roubaix for Tafi-Top Story. Other cycling news: African TT champ, Ventoso injured, Direct Energie and Lotto for Sanremo, California teams, Zurich Worlds, Campenaerts diary, Woods contract and Jakobsen ready.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
March 14, 2019 - Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico are at 'Full Gas' - Results and video. First tramadol test in Paris-Nice - Top Story. Sagan ill in Tirreno-Adriatico, passing of Tate Meintjes, equal money for Tours of Britain, Rodriguez and Hermida to ride Cape Epic, Campenaerts Namibia and Italy, Mastromarco team launch and inside the Strade Bianche video, all in EUROTRASH Monday.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
March 11, 2019 - Strade Bianche-One of the most beautiful races on the calendar, report and video, plus Paris-Nice and the GP Industria e Artigianato. Crowdfund a WorldTour team-Top Story. Other cycling news: Teams for Tirreno-Adriatico, Women's Tour of Scotland, favorite Vuelta summit finish, Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano, passing of Kelly Catlin and Caleb Ewan talks Paris-Nice.