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Rider Retro: Alex Zülle - The 'Mr Magoo' of Cycling
PEZ Retro: When our PEZman in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, was 'Roadside' at the 2019 Vuelta a España, it brought back memories of his first Vuelta 20 years ago and one of the big stars - Alex Zülle. Zülle, the short-sighted cyclist with a lot of talent, no luck, an intimacy with doping and with a propensity for crashing. Al looks at his cycling career, good and bad.
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Pedal Like a 'Pro' and Improve Your Technique
Toolbox: Pro riders have a unique and graceful style that clearly distinguishes them from amateurs and recreational cyclists. Is this difference something to do with their pedal stroke and technique? And if so, is it something that we can train to improve our own cycling?
Ed’s La VUELTA’19: Final Rant from Madrid!
Vuelta Final Week: Ed Hood is sat in his 'virtual' Madrid cafe with a café con leche and a Veterano in front of him, along with Marca and AS to review the final week of la Vuelta a España 2019. There were a lot of new faces... and Alejandro Valverde. Who was hot and who was not?
How I Removed a Stripped Torx Bolt In 4 Weeks
When I stripped the torx bolt head on the seat post clamp on my Cipollini MCM, and could no longer adjust the seat, I decided to solve this one myself. Since there were no videos on how to remove a stripped screw from a bike frame, I recorded my odyssey, along with enough fails in this project to file this one under "stupid like me".
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Sept 16, 2019 - La Vuelta a España and the Tour of Britain come to an exciting close, plus the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Montréal, Madrid Challenge, Agostoni and Bernocchi, all with results and video. López gets grumpy with Movistar-Top Story. A load of other cycling news: Deceuninck to Slovenska, rider contracts and stagieires and cyclo-cross news. Jumbo-Visma Vuelta video to finish.
PEZ Bookshelf: Good To Go
Cyclists determined to improve their condition have a wide variety of choices, from training diaries to formal programs to online coaching. But recent developments have now opened up a multi-million dollar market for an aspect many of us don't pay much attention to: recovery. A new book, “Good to Go” is devoted entirely to this subject and the science-or lack of science-behind it all.
La VUELTA'19 Stage 20: Pogačar Pounces on the Podium!
Vuelta Stage Report: Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took his third stage victory after a long solo, this put the Slovenian on the third step of the overall podium. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) guaranteed his win in the 2019 Vuelta a España. He had no problems on the last mountain stage, despite some attacks from Miguel Ángel López (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
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Ed Roadside: Tour of Britain'19 Stage 1 Photo Gallery
OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 1 PeloPics: Fresh from his visit to the Vuelta a España, Ed Hood had a more local assignment last weekend - The start of stage 1 of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in Glasgow. The 70 kilometres from Ed's house to the start of the British Tour was much easier than the 2,000K to the Vuelta salida in Alicante, but it was just as much fun.
Al Roadside: La VUELTA’19 Stage 3 & 4 Photo and Video Gallery
Vuelta Stage 3 and 4 PeloPics: As the Spanish Grand Tour heads North, our PEZman on la Vuelta, Alastair Hamilton, has done his best to bring you more 'ROADSIDE' action and a taste of Vuelta tapas. Stage 3 final climb and the start of stage 4 are on the menu.
Al Roadside: La VUELTA’19 Stage 2 Photo and Video Gallery
Vuelta Stage 2 PeloPics: From the salt mines of Torrevieja, Alastair Hamilton, our PEZman in Spain, moved a little bit up the coast to his local roads for the 2019 Vuelta a España stage 2. Here is what he saw 'ROADSIDE' in the hills of the Costa Blanca.
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How I Removed a Stripped Torx Bolt In 4 Weeks
When I stripped the torx bolt head on the seat post clamp on my Cipollini MCM, and could no longer adjust the seat, I decided to solve this one myself. Since there were no videos on how to remove a stripped screw from a bike frame, I recorded my odyssey, along with enough fails in this project to file this one under "stupid like me".
Wahoo ELEMNT Roam - A Worthy Alternative to Garmin
Wahoo ELEMNT Roam Review: For many years Garmin has set the benchmark for on-board GPS bike computers. These days there are many to choose from depending on what you want/need to know during your ride and after. The new ELEMNT Roam by Wahoo does just about everything you could dream of; our man Chuck Peña got his hands on a Wahoo ELEMNT for a good Roam.
TruTrainer Smartload Power Rollers: Roller Training With Power
Do you think that indoor training only means hours of slogging away on a stationary bike? Do you hate trainers but love their ability to enable quality workouts by closely controlling resistance and wattage? The TruTrainer SmartLoad Power rollers combine the best of all worlds by pairing a set of smooth rollers with their new SmartLoad resistance feature.
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.
Ed’s La VUELTA’19: Final Rant from Madrid!
Vuelta Final Week: Ed Hood is sat in his 'virtual' Madrid cafe with a café con leche and a Veterano in front of him, along with Marca and AS to review the final week of la Vuelta a España 2019. There were a lot of new faces... and Alejandro Valverde. Who was hot and who was not?
La VUELTA'19 Final Stage 21: Jakobsen/Roglič Vuelta Winners!
Vuelta Stage Report: The final stage of the Vuelta a España fell to Dutch National champion, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) in a close sprint with Irish champion, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe). Primož Roglič had no problems, and the Jumbo-Visma team leader won his first Grand Tour.
La VUELTA'19 Stage 20: Pogačar Pounces on the Podium!
Vuelta Stage Report: Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took his third stage victory after a long solo, this put the Slovenian on the third step of the overall podium. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) guaranteed his win in the 2019 Vuelta a España. He had no problems on the last mountain stage, despite some attacks from Miguel Ángel López (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
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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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Rider Retro: Alex Zülle - The 'Mr Magoo' of Cycling
PEZ Retro: When our PEZman in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, was 'Roadside' at the 2019 Vuelta a España, it brought back memories of his first Vuelta 20 years ago and one of the big stars - Alex Zülle. Zülle, the short-sighted cyclist with a lot of talent, no luck, an intimacy with doping and with a propensity for crashing. Al looks at his cycling career, good and bad.
PEZ Bookshelf: Good To Go
Cyclists determined to improve their condition have a wide variety of choices, from training diaries to formal programs to online coaching. But recent developments have now opened up a multi-million dollar market for an aspect many of us don't pay much attention to: recovery. A new book, “Good to Go” is devoted entirely to this subject and the science-or lack of science-behind it all.
PEZ Bookshelf: Ultimate Étapes
We've had the good fortune to review books about do-it-yourself tours, cycling history, great races and impressive mountains but it's seldom that all of this can be packaged into such an attractive offering. “Ultimate Étapes” is subtitled “Ride Europe's Greatest Cycling Stages” and it delivers much on this promise.
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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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Pedal Like a 'Pro' and Improve Your Technique
Toolbox: Pro riders have a unique and graceful style that clearly distinguishes them from amateurs and recreational cyclists. Is this difference something to do with their pedal stroke and technique? And if so, is it something that we can train to improve our own cycling?
How To Reset & Strengthen Your Body for a Stronger Winter Cycling Season
Toolbox: With the hot, humid days of August drawing to a close and gravel rides and cyclocross upon us, our on-bike demands of our bodies is going to change. Yet many of us don’t. We continue to treat the bike as the bike, one and the same, which often leads us to lower back, hip, and shoulder pain as we change our style of riding.
Cycling: Good Health and Life Expectancy
Toolbox: Sure you’re an athlete, and sure you may be able to roll out century rides easily. You might even be a keen racer. And all the cycling you do is supposed to improve your health, decrease your risk for major illnesses, and help you live to a ripe old age, right?
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Castelli Unveils 2020 Spring/Summer Collection at Eurobike
We’ve had a close-up view of the emergence of the next generation of Team INEOS stars like Egan Bernal, Pavel Sivakov, and Tao Geoghegan Hart. These guys draw on the massive Team INEOS experience while bringing the passion, discovery, and curiosity of youth. That’s what you’ll find in the Castelli Winter’19 and Summer’20 Collections.
Basso Launches Astra Evolution
For nearly 30 years the Astra model has been hand-made in the Basso factory in northeastern Italy. The first model, released in 1990, was constructed from CroMo and welded to perfection. From its alloy origins to its modern-day composite structure the Astra has evolved through 5 generations of exquisitely made racing frames.
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.
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Readers' Rigs: Abarth Factory?
What do you get when you combine your love of retro bikes and love of a modern classic car? An Abarth Factory steel roadie! PEZ fan Daniel from California is the proud owner of this 'Abarth Factory' bike which looks nothing like it did when he bought it...
A Beautiful Replica: Lucho Herrera's Pinarello
Retro Vuelta Winners Bike: Egan Bernal was the first Colombian to win the Tour de France, but Lucho Herrera was the first Colombian and South American to win a Grand Tour - La Vuelta a España 1987. Both Bernal and Herrera rode a Pinarello, Herrera later in his career. Ed Hood has a look at an exact replica of Herrera's Pinarello from Treviso.
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.
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Catching Up With BEAT's Adam Lewis
Rider Interview: Ed Hood spoke to Adam Lewis back in 2017 as a 'Young Gun' when he hit the Belgian roads. Adam is now riding for the Dutch Continental team, BEAT Cycling Club and mixing it with the Pros. Ed caught up with Adam to hear how things have progressed on the next rung up the cycling ladder.
Trek-Segafredo's Charlie Quarterman Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: With the likes of Remco Evenepoel, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert hitting the headlines, a new young British rider has landed himself a stagieire place and a two year contract with Trek-Segafredo. Charlie Quarterman is fast, as he showed in the National 10 mile TT championships - Ed Hood asks the questions.
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.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Sept 16, 2019 - La Vuelta a España and the Tour of Britain come to an exciting close, plus the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Montréal, Madrid Challenge, Agostoni and Bernocchi, all with results and video. López gets grumpy with Movistar-Top Story. A load of other cycling news: Deceuninck to Slovenska, rider contracts and stagieires and cyclo-cross news. Jumbo-Visma Vuelta video to finish.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Sept 12, 2019 - Two more crazy days on the la Vuelta a España - Never a dull moment. Results, reports and video from Spain and the Tour of Britain. Surgery for Urán - Top Story. Other cycling news: Teams for the Grands Prix Cyclistes Québec and Montréal, more rider contracts for 2020, De Clercq retires, Milano-Torino, World's riders and La Vuelta Junior.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Sept 09, 2019 - The Vuelta has had a few crazy days - Reports, quotes and video. Plus race action from the Brussels Classic, Tour of Britain, Antwerp Port Epic, Fourmies and Izegem Koers. Tom Pidcock to race with the top men - Top Story. Teams for Torino, GranPiemonte and Lombardia, rider contracts, Pozzovivo out of hospital, Jørgensen returns, new sponsor for Lotto Soudal.