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Ed's GIRO'19 First Rest Day in San Marino
Giro Rest Day No.1: As we know; a Grand Tour rest day is not a 'day off' for anyone. The riders need to ride, the mechanics have repairs and the soigneurs still have legs to rub... and Ed Hood has to catch-up with the first nine stages of the 2019 Giro d'Italia. One man stands head and shoulders above the others, but there are still twelve stages and the mountains to climb.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
May 20, 2019 - Time trial day in the Giro was good for some: Roglic and Conti, but Yates lost time. All the news from Italy and results and video from California men's and women's races. Yates' Giro set-back - Top Story. OVO Energy Tour Series, Power abandons Giro, Sagan gets a new teammate and Victor Campenaerts less than perfect bike change.
GIRO'19 Stage 9: Prime Time Primoz
Race Report: Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) dominated the final climb to hammer nails into the coffin of all of his rivals. For much of the route it looked like the GC contenders would all finish within a minute or so of one another, but Roglic set the stage alight on the final climb. A plucky ride by Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) kept him in the pink jersey.
PEZ Bookshelf: The Beautiful Race
The Giro d'Italia remains the race the Cool Kids like because it is wild, unpredictable and exciting. Originally inspired by the Tour de France, its history has been rather different, through topography as well as culture. This is all nicely set out in Colin O'Brien's “The Beautiful Race: The Story of the Giro d'Italia.”
GIRO'19 Stage 8: Ewan Wins Sprint Battle!
Race Report: A wet stage 8 finalé came down to a fight between the top fast-finishers of the 2019 Giro d'Italia - Caleb Ewan, Elia Viviani and Pascal Ackermann were elbow to elbow in the final meters for the diminutive Australian to cross the line first. The leader's jersey of Valerio Conti was never in danger.
No Fools at the Fools Classic!
The Mid-Atlantic U.S. has a Spring Classic Series organized by Kermesse Sport. It’s a series of four events that emulate both the cobbled and Ardennes Classics of Northern Europe. The Fools Classic, Kermesse Sport’s original ride founded 13 years ago, is the series’ La Doyenne, even though it more closely resembles the Ronde Van Vlaanderen than it does LBL.
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.
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Darrell’s 2019 AMGEN Tour of California Photo Gallery – Stage 7
PeloPics: The conclusive stage of the AMGEN Tour of California confirmed the two final overall winners: Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) in the men's race and Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) in the women's event. Cees Bol (Sunweb) and Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Cylance) were the day's winners in the Pasadena’s Rose Bowl. Photo gallery by Darrell Parks.
Darrell’s 2019 AMGEN Tour of California Photo Gallery – Stage 6
PeloPics: Young UAE Team Emirates rider, Tadej Pogacar, over-turned the Tour of California on Friday's stage 6 - Taking the stage win and moving into the overall lead. Katherine Hall (Boels Dolmans) won the second stage in the women's race as her teammate Anna van der Breggen consolidated her overall lead finishing in second place. Photo gallery by Darrell Parks.
Darrell’s 2019 AMGEN Tour of California Photo Gallery – Stage 5
PeloPics: Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) held onto his overall lead by 4 seconds on Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step and 6 to Gianni Moscon (Ineos) after a hard day to Ventura on Thursday. There were break-aways and chases throughout the day, in the end Bahrain-Merida's Ivan Garcia Cortina took the stage honors.
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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.
DannyShane - Classic and Classy Kit
Clothing Review: In my part of the world (Babylon on the Potomac), spring has finally arrived. That means warmer weather. In fact, we’ve had some unseasonably warm (temps up to 80F) early spring days. So I’ve been able to ditch arm and knee warmers and do some riding in shorts and short-sleeve jersey – including DannyShane kit I teased in my review of their Fall City Line casual clothing.
2019 SEA OTTER GEAR-2: More of Cycling’s Best Kit from Monterey California
This round of the coolest cycling gear we saw at Sea Otter Coverage brings you Pirelli’s P Zero Tubular, Kask Helmet’s Caipi, Koo Glasses, Look 765 Gravel, Ceramic Speed OSPW-X Pulley, Orucase Airport Ninja and Vittoria Tierra shoes.
2019 SEA OTTER GEAR-1: 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.
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.
Ed's GIRO'19 First Rest Day in San Marino
Giro Rest Day No.1: As we know; a Grand Tour rest day is not a 'day off' for anyone. The riders need to ride, the mechanics have repairs and the soigneurs still have legs to rub... and Ed Hood has to catch-up with the first nine stages of the 2019 Giro d'Italia. One man stands head and shoulders above the others, but there are still twelve stages and the mountains to climb.
GIRO'19 Stage 9: Prime Time Primoz
Race Report: Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) dominated the final climb to hammer nails into the coffin of all of his rivals. For much of the route it looked like the GC contenders would all finish within a minute or so of one another, but Roglic set the stage alight on the final climb. A plucky ride by Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) kept him in the pink jersey.
GIRO'19 Stage 8: Ewan Wins Sprint Battle!
Race Report: A wet stage 8 finalé came down to a fight between the top fast-finishers of the 2019 Giro d'Italia - Caleb Ewan, Elia Viviani and Pascal Ackermann were elbow to elbow in the final meters for the diminutive Australian to cross the line first. The leader's jersey of Valerio Conti was never in danger.
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Italian Life: Starting Your Day with the Giro
Life with the Giro d'Italia: Peter Easton could guide you on a trip just about anywhere in the world. But Italy... well it's in his blood. As the 2019 Giro d'Italia is about to kick-off in Bologna with a tough 8.2 kilometer time trial, Peter gives us his take on the Italian spirit.
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.
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PEZ Bookshelf: The Beautiful Race
The Giro d'Italia remains the race the Cool Kids like because it is wild, unpredictable and exciting. Originally inspired by the Tour de France, its history has been rather different, through topography as well as culture. This is all nicely set out in Colin O'Brien's “The Beautiful Race: The Story of the Giro d'Italia.”
No Fools at the Fools Classic!
The Mid-Atlantic U.S. has a Spring Classic Series organized by Kermesse Sport. It’s a series of four events that emulate both the cobbled and Ardennes Classics of Northern Europe. The Fools Classic, Kermesse Sport’s original ride founded 13 years ago, is the series’ La Doyenne, even though it more closely resembles the Ronde Van Vlaanderen than it does LBL.
PEZ Bookshelf: Maglia Rosa - Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d'Italia
Book Review: For those of us who love the Giro d’Italia, the final day always come too soon and then the Tour comes and pink is replaced by yellow. Thanks to “Maglia Rosa: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia” by British author/Italian resident Herbie Sykes we have an English-language history of the Giro d’Italia.
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Castelli's Top 10 Moments with Team Sky
As Sky’s involvement in cycling draws to a close, having inspired millions to take up the sport and achieved what they set out to, it means we enter a new era with Team INEOS.
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.
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Developing Junior Cyclists - What's Training Good For?
Many things have to fall into place for a promising junior to become a top elite athlete in a sport like cycling. Of course, the elusive “big engine” springs to top of mind when we talk talent. But how much does training influence hemoglobin mass and aerobic capacity during those critical junior years?
PEZ Goes Gravel: Racing Training and Preparation
Gravel racing has exploded over the past few years, forging a powerful niche in the cycling world with its blend of the more laid-back but challenging gran fondo, the power and speed of road racing, and the good old-fashioned fun of mountain biking. As more and more riders take the plunge and sign up for their first gravel event, they often have questions on how to prepare and train for it.
Toolbox: Caffeine for Recovery?
Caffeine and cycling goes together like few other things in life, and the coffee stop at the end of the ride is often the whole reason for many of us to clip into the pedals to begin with. Can we further justify the caffeine as a recovery tool after a hard ride?
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Peaks Coaching Group Announces First Ever Motion Analysis Cycling Camp using Pioneering LEOMO TYPE-R
Peaks Coaching Group (PCG)--industry leaders in data-driven coaching--announced today that they will be leading the world’s first motion analysis cycling camp using the award winning LEOMO TYPE-R in Boulder, CO July 14-19, 2019.
2019 GIRO D'ITALIA Rider Start List
The start list of the 102nd Giro d'Italia, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport and running from 11 May to 2 June, has been announced. The first rider to start in Saturday's ITT, Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), will start at 16:50, while the last rider, Salvatore Puccio (Team INEOS), will start at 19:45.
Officina Battaglin Launches New Limited-Edition Steel Frameset
Officina Battaglin launches a new limited-edition steel frameset celebrating the return of the Verona Arena in the final stage of the Giro. Officina Battaglin, the brand founded and managed by the 1981 Giro-Vuelta winner Giovanni Battaglin​, has launched a new limited-edition steel frameset, ​Arena 1981​.
Special 2.5-Day Skills Clinic in Virginia's Gorgeous Blue Ridge
"Want to up your cycling skills??? WE have a half day of descending repeats scheduled on a three-mile, curvy, 8% grade descent! Yes, we are going to teach you to corner--then shuttle you up to the iconic Peaks of Otter where you get to descend learning more each time. How many times do you want to go down!? It's like a ski-lift for cycling! Yippee!!!"
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Readers' Rigs: Colnago Master Bi-Titan
The mid 90's was a super time in bike technology and today's Rig is a great example from that era - a double down tubed Colnago Master Bi-Titan decked out with a full Campagnolo set up and period correct components.
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.
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Henry Lutz Talks ToAD'19 With Pez!
INTERVIEW: The Tour of America's Dairyland powered by KwikTrip runs June 20-30, 2019 and registration is open. For a deeper look into what's cool about this great race, I talked with young racer Henry Lutz of the Project Echelon Racing cycling team.
'Young Gun' James Shaw Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: The World Tour is a glamorous gig; until the team decides they no longer need you and with perfect timing break the news just two days before The Worlds. That was the fate which befell 22 years-old Englishman, James Shaw. Ed Hood caught up with the 'young gun' to hear all about it.
Sean Kelly Talks Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Star Rider Interview: Sean Kelly was the 'King of the Classics' for many years, but the man from Carrick-on-Suir also won the Vuelta a España and many shorter stage races. His record at Liège-Bastogne-Liège is incomparable and so Ed Hood caught up with Irishman for his thoughts on the 'Old Lady' of the road.
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.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
May 20, 2019 - Time trial day in the Giro was good for some: Roglic and Conti, but Yates lost time. All the news from Italy and results and video from California men's and women's races. Yates' Giro set-back - Top Story. OVO Energy Tour Series, Power abandons Giro, Sagan gets a new teammate and Victor Campenaerts less than perfect bike change.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
May 16, 2019 - The weather in Italy has not been great, unlike California-The racing has been hot. News, views and video from the Giro and AToC. Doping has reared its ugly head again-Top Story. Plus: OVO Tour Series, riders out of the Giro, Tour of Britain start in Scotland, Molano health tests, Vuelta'19 song and Dumoulin (now pointless) Giro d'Italia video preparations.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
May 13, 2019 - The 2019 Giro is underway and we have a worthy leader in Primoz Roglic - Will he have the pink jersey in three weeks time? - Top Story. All the news form Italy and California with video. Other cycling news: Champs dominate OVO Series, Kittel and Katusha split, BORA with Specialized, Novo Nordisk longest American team sponsor, the Étape app and Giro Sunweb video.