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Muscle Cramping and Pickle Juice
Toolbox: Skeletal muscle cramps are highly prevalent in endurance sports and often affect cyclists during racing events when the intensity of physical exertion is very high and the duration is long. But what causes them and how can pickle juice help relieve muscle cramps?
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Milano-Sanremo'19 Photo and Video Gallery
PeloPics: La Classicissima di Primavera, the most beautiful race of the season, Saturday's Milan-Sanremo was won in fine fashion by a man whose form is on fire - Julian Alaphilippe. Cor Vos had his team on the road to the City of Flowers for the best shots of the day. Here is our Sanremo gallery selection with video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
March 25, 2019 - The Top Story has to be Milan-Sanremo. We have all the fun of the Primavera with rider quotes, report, result and video. Van der Poel wins Denain and Ackermann Bredene Koksijde. Riders for Catalunya, teams for Tour and Dauphiné, Martínez signs with EF Education First, Campenaerts hour part 4, OVO Energy Tour Series, Yorkshire lights up and Wanty Bike Day.
PEZ Bookshelf: The Ultimate Bike Book
Book Review: In a world where cycling seems dominated by Middle Aged Men in Lycra on $12,000 bicycles and where helicopter parents drive their children two blocks to school in giant SUVs, maybe we should remember that for many of us cycling gave us a whole different outlook on life when we were children ourselves. 'The Ultimate Bike Book' by Carlton Kids UK.
Milano-Sanremo'19: Allez Alaphilippe!
Race Report: The cream came to the top of the Milan-Sanremo peloton milk as the decisive group escaped on the final climb of the Poggio. There were attacks aplenty on the run-in, but it was Deceuninck - Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe who crossed the line first on the Via Roma in Sanremo.
Sanremo Reload: A Classic Beauty
The Spring Classic from Milan to Sanremo has a long history over its 106 editions, it has beauty and romance and 'The Pez' made the trip to take in 'La Primavera' back in 1998 and then revisited in 2010. Here is the Pez look back at his Milan adventure.
Nibal's Masterpiece: Milan-San Remo 2018 Photo Gallery!
PeloPics Gallery: The finalé of Milan-San Remo 2018 was a classic example by Vincenzo Nibali of how to win a 'Monument' and excite the fans - A visual spectacle and we've collected the best photos and video from the Sanremo'18 percorso by Cor Vos.
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Milano-Sanremo'19 Photo and Video Gallery
PeloPics: La Classicissima di Primavera, the most beautiful race of the season, Saturday's Milan-Sanremo was won in fine fashion by a man whose form is on fire - Julian Alaphilippe. Cor Vos had his team on the road to the City of Flowers for the best shots of the day. Here is our Sanremo gallery selection with video.
Nibal's Masterpiece: Milan-San Remo 2018 Photo Gallery!
PeloPics Gallery: The finalé of Milan-San Remo 2018 was a classic example by Vincenzo Nibali of how to win a 'Monument' and excite the fans - A visual spectacle and we've collected the best photos and video from the Sanremo'18 percorso by Cor Vos.
Milan- Sanremo - The Classic Photo Gallery
PeloPics: Saturday sees the first 'Monument' of the season roll out of Milan in the direction of Sanremo, and so what better time for a 'Best Of' photo gallery. It was a tough job sifting through the Cor Vos collection, but these pics stuck out for different reasons. Enjoy!
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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.
Milano-Sanremo'19: Allez Alaphilippe!
Race Report: The cream came to the top of the Milan-Sanremo peloton milk as the decisive group escaped on the final climb of the Poggio. There were attacks aplenty on the run-in, but it was Deceuninck - Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe who crossed the line first on the Via Roma in Sanremo.
Milan-Sanremo'19 - The PEZ Preview
Primavera Race Preview: On Saturday morning the longest and most beautiful one-day Classic of the season rolls out of Milan and heads for the Mediterranean City of Sanremo. There isn't a rider who would not love to win the 'Primavera' and it's a race in which the sprinters and rouleurs have a chance. Ed Hood has the low-down on 'La Classicissima'.
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.
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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: The Ultimate Bike Book
Book Review: In a world where cycling seems dominated by Middle Aged Men in Lycra on $12,000 bicycles and where helicopter parents drive their children two blocks to school in giant SUVs, maybe we should remember that for many of us cycling gave us a whole different outlook on life when we were children ourselves. 'The Ultimate Bike Book' by Carlton Kids UK.
Sanremo Reload: A Classic Beauty
The Spring Classic from Milan to Sanremo has a long history over its 106 editions, it has beauty and romance and 'The Pez' made the trip to take in 'La Primavera' back in 1998 and then revisited in 2010. Here is the Pez look back at his Milan adventure.
PEZ Roadside: Ale's Road To Sanremo!
Roadside with Ale: Milano-Sanremo, the Classica di Primavera, Italy's biggest one day Classic will roll out of the Northern City on Saturday (March 23rd) and Ale Federico will have his gang together for the 'Race Chase'. But the day isn't all about a bike race, there is so much more to take in.
Pez Videos
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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.
Alexey's Video Diary: A 24 Hour Bike Race That Holds Lessons for Daily Life
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.
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Muscle Cramping and Pickle Juice
Toolbox: Skeletal muscle cramps are highly prevalent in endurance sports and often affect cyclists during racing events when the intensity of physical exertion is very high and the duration is long. But what causes them and how can pickle juice help relieve muscle cramps?
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.
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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' 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.
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.
Interviews
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PEZ Gets Fränk with Schleck!
PEZ recently sat down with former WorldTour rider Frank Schleck at the Haute Route Ventoux in France for an interesting conversation about gran fondos, racing and more. With 13 years in the Pro peloton and palmarès including overall victories at Amstel Gold, Tour de Suisse and third place at the Tour de France, plus an incredible stage win on Alpe d'Huez, he’s the real deal.
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.
PEZ 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.
PEZ 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.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
March 25, 2019 - The Top Story has to be Milan-Sanremo. We have all the fun of the Primavera with rider quotes, report, result and video. Van der Poel wins Denain and Ackermann Bredene Koksijde. Riders for Catalunya, teams for Tour and Dauphiné, Martínez signs with EF Education First, Campenaerts hour part 4, OVO Energy Tour Series, Yorkshire lights up and Wanty Bike Day.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
March 21, 2019 - Milan-Sanremo this Saturday and we have the team and course details. Sad news of fatality in Belgium - Top Story. We finish up Tirreno-Adriatico and the Nokere Koerse with reports and video. Sky bought by INEOS, leads our other cycling news. Tour course details, Catalunya, Campenaerts diary, UAE Special Games medals and Nice'19 facts.
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.