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PEZ Bookshelf: Pantani Was A God
January 13th would have been Marco Pantani's 50th birthday: Don't be misled by the title of this excellent book. “Pantana Was A God” is not a panegyric, a worshipful recounting of the life of the last pro cyclist to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. It is two books in one - a masterful look at when Pantani triumphed, and brief remembrances by those who knew him.
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Australian Track Star Stephen Hall Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: It's the depths of winter in the northern hemisphere and all the track racing is indoors, but in Tasmania the Christmas Carnival Series has been enjoying the outdoor concrete velodromes. Ed Hood caught up with one of the top riders of the series, Stephen Hall, to hear all about it.
Readers' Rigs: A 1989 Greg Lemond Fixie
Today's Readers' Rig is from Florida and is a real Classic - A 1989 Greg Lemond. Over the years it has been shod with gears, but now the proud owner, Jeff Ogen, has gone 'fixie' on his steel steed. Campagnolo still plays a big part in Jeff's pride and joy.
Ed on the Boards: Bremen '6 Days' - The Big Finalé!
Bremen '6 Days': The final three days of any '6 Day' should be the most exciting and the 2020 Bremen event was not a disappointment. Ed Hood was track side (the inside) for the climax as he worked away helping out the riders before the '6 Day' circus rolled up the big top to move on to Berlin for the final event of the winter season.
Gear Break - Top Kit Selection!
Gear Break: For this 'episode' of Gear Break we have an eclectic mix of top style, innovation and beauty. From the functionality of Giornana overshoes to the innovation of the Blincclip battery-less reflector. Stages® Cycling power meter discount, put your chain back with a Rehook, Scott's special Addict RC for World champion Annemiek van Vleuten and 'Women of Cycling Calendar' for 2020.
Ed on the Boards: Bremen '6 Days' - Three Nights In!
Bremen '6 Days': Ed Hood has moved on from the final night in Rotterdam to work the full 6 days in the German City of Bremen. Loud music, bright lights and fast racing on the new boards of Bremen, Ed was there for all the razzamatazz and 'Party Time', but there are riders to look after and that camper to sleep in. The fun of the track centre.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Jan 16, 2020 - Spain or Australia? We are on the cusp of a new season and the riders are in the sun. Very bad news for Chris Hamilton down under - Top Story. Another win for Van der Poel - Report and video. Other cycling news: Tour Down Under up-date. Race news. Rider news. Team news. We finish with a video from the BEAT Cycling Club - Goodbye Brexit Britain!
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John's Belgian Cyclo-Cross Photo Gallery
Cyclo-cross Photo Special: Photographer, John Thomson was in Belgium for the Hotondcross in Ronse, Waaslandcross in Sint-Niklaas and the Namur cross on the Citadel. John has been kind enough to send us his favourite shots from the Belgian cold, mud and rain.
Photo Special: CCC-Liv 2020 Team
Photo Special and Interviews: It's that time of year again and the CCC and the CCC-Liv teams are in Denia for their December training camps and media day. This year the two Polish registered teams were staying in the same hotel, much easier for us journalists. The women were first up and our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton was there.
Photo Gallery: Ed Hood Gets Cross!
Ed goes cyclo-cross: Due to being in Cyprus, Ed Hood missed the Gent '6 Days' this year, which also means he missed the regulation Sunday cyclo-cross, the 2019 Belgian trip cross race would have been the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee Flandriencross in Hamme. Not to be outdone, he went to see a local 'cross in Dunfermline, Scotland and was pleasantly surprised.
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Gear Break - Top Kit Selection!
Gear Break: For this 'episode' of Gear Break we have an eclectic mix of top style, innovation and beauty. From the functionality of Giornana overshoes to the innovation of the Blincclip battery-less reflector. Stages® Cycling power meter discount, put your chain back with a Rehook, Scott's special Addict RC for World champion Annemiek van Vleuten and 'Women of Cycling Calendar' for 2020.
New Kid in Town: Xpedo APX Pro Smart Trainer Review
Trainer Review: We've all seen the recent explosion in indoor training and the use of the latest smart training / racing apps. So when top class pedal manufacturer Xpedo announced their new APX Pro smart trainer for just US$1099, we jumped for the first review unit and had our man in wintery Washington, Chuck Peña, give it a thorough spin.
Gear Break - More Top Kit!
Gear Break: Our second collection is another mix of new or cool kit. From offerings from HUNT wheels to a discount on a Campagnolo phone cover. Plus we look at the Visions of Rainbows board game, two very different bikes: The LOOK Tokyo 2020 Olympic track bike and the Ritte Satyr steel gravel bike and we preview the coaching video on Kinomap.
Gear Break - 'What's Exceptional or New on the Market'
'Gear Break' a new section on PEZ, introducing new cycling equipment or something that has just caught our eye because of its style, functionality or ingenuity. Plus any special offers that we can pass on to our readers. We have not been paid for showing any items here, it's not advertising... Just cool kit. We hope you enjoy.
Ma' Bad Ass 7-Layer Baselayer Breakdown!
Just like Mrs. Pez - the right cycling baselayer is essential to keep me warm on cold winter days. Modern fabrics, design, and construction have opened up more choices than ever before, so here are seven different baselayers from Castelli, Alé Bikewear, Nalini, and Assos that I've been using for a variety of cold weather rides and warming requirements.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'19 #8
Gift Guide #8: Last chance saloon for getting those presents in time. 'Gift Guide #8' has yet more ideas for your cycling loved one, although that might be yourself: DMT, TruTrainer Power Rollers, KASK, KOO Eyeglasses, GORE Clothing, Sapo BJRO Micro Pump, Provis, ROUVY Holidays, Giordana, DZR Socks, DeBoss Jersey by Reggie and Lintaman shoes. Merry Christmas everyone!
Ed on the Boards: Bremen '6 Days' - The Big Finalé!
Bremen '6 Days': The final three days of any '6 Day' should be the most exciting and the 2020 Bremen event was not a disappointment. Ed Hood was track side (the inside) for the climax as he worked away helping out the riders before the '6 Day' circus rolled up the big top to move on to Berlin for the final event of the winter season.
Ed on the Boards: Bremen '6 Days' - Three Nights In!
Bremen '6 Days': Ed Hood has moved on from the final night in Rotterdam to work the full 6 days in the German City of Bremen. Loud music, bright lights and fast racing on the new boards of Bremen, Ed was there for all the razzamatazz and 'Party Time', but there are riders to look after and that camper to sleep in. The fun of the track centre.
Ed on the Boards - Rotterdam '6 Days'
Rotterdam '6 Days': The '6 Days' season seems to be getting shorter every winter, it certainly has been a curtailed activity for Ed Hood. This year he flew into Rotterdam for the final night before moving on to Bremen. Here is Ed's report from the Rotterdam trenches.
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PEZ Rides The MURO di ca' del POGGIO
TRAVEL VIDEO: Could this be Veneto's toughest climb? Giro d'Italia 2020 Stage 14 Preview: I rode the 19% grades of the Muro di ca' del Poggio as part of the Prosecco Cycling gran fondo, and survived. This climb is the major obstacle in the 2020 Giro d'Italia's stage 14 time trial from Conegliano to Valdobbadiene, and here's my on-bike video of the climb, some of the roads in this gorgeous region.
PEZ's Must Do Milan City Tour
VIDEO: It took me a few tries to get it right, but now Milan is one of my favorite cities. Over the years I've honed this mini tour to get my dose of Italy's fashion & industrial capital - which usually happens after a long flight when getting out there is the best way to power through the jetlag and soak in the culture, vibe, and negronis - of this vibrant city.
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.
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PEZ Bookshelf: Pantani Was A God
January 13th would have been Marco Pantani's 50th birthday: Don't be misled by the title of this excellent book. “Pantana Was A God” is not a panegyric, a worshipful recounting of the life of the last pro cyclist to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. It is two books in one - a masterful look at when Pantani triumphed, and brief remembrances by those who knew him.
Ed's New Year Rant - Cycling’s Biggest Questions Answered
Ed's Rant: 2020 and a new season is about to start, but there are a few unanswered question rattling around we need to address before we go any further. They maybe 'What Ifs' and 'Should Haves' but still important nonetheless. From Lance Armstrong to retro equipment, Ed hood brings the curtain down on those burning puzzles of the past... maybe.
Teddy Richter: A German Champion
January 2nd not only marked the 60th anniversary of Fausto Coppi, but also the 80th anniversary of the death of another world champion cyclist but under very different circumstances. Financial hardship, addiction, mental illness, suicide, murder and war have all left their mark on the peloton. The story of Teddy Richter is not familiar to the English-speaking world but worth the telling.
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Breathe deep and let the Aspin fill your mind with dreams!
Nestled between the infamous Col du Tourmalet and Col de Peyresourde in the beautiful Hautes-Pyrénées, the Col d’Aspin has a long and illustrious history with the Tour de France, first featuring in the race as part of the inaugural mountain stage (a mere 326km from from Luchon to Bayonne dubbed the Circle of Death) in 1910.
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.
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How Not to Fail on Your New Years’ Diet Resolution
Yes! It’s that time of the year again. “New year new me!”. And so once again we embark in a journey of all-in dieting to ease up the guilt of holyday excess and in hope to keep on the momentum throughout the year. We became specialists in setting unrealistic goals that ease our spirits but all it does is set us for failure. Let’s try and provide some reasonable strategies to avoid this.
Evening Exercise and Sleep Quality?
It can be challenging to fit training in around our busy lives. Some adapt by training in the evening after the rest of “life” gets done. Does hard exercise in the evening, and the attendant stimulus, affect our sleep quality and subsequent recovery?
Toolbox Top Pick - PEZ Goes Gravel: Racing Demands
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.
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PEZ-Man Matt McNamara Needs Help
Matt McNamara has been one of the main 'PEZ ToolBox' contributors for... years, and a very valued coach to many, but in November he crashed on a training ride and sustained severe injuries, but is still here to tell the tale. As you can imagine, Matt's medical bills are as frightening as his injuries and a fundraiser has been set up to help a man who has helped others.
La Vuelta a España 2020 Route
Vuelta'20 Route: This will be a very special year for the Spanish grand tour as it celebrates its 75th edition. La Vuelta 20 will take off from The Netherlands on the 14th of August, with a first stage taking place entirely in Utrecht (TTT); and will end in Madrid on the 6th of September.
Strava Year in Sport 2019
Strava has released its annual Year In Sport data report, which analyzes the activities of its more than 48 million community members to draw insights into the latest trends in cycling, fastest growing bikes, the impact of virtual rides and more.
Beginners Guide to Road Cycling as a Sport
Sponsored Post: Road racing became an organized sport in the late 19th century and has gone on to become highly popular in Europe. Of all the sports in the world today, cycling is among the very few that allow for mass participation.
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Readers' Rigs: A 1989 Greg Lemond Fixie
Today's Readers' Rig is from Florida and is a real Classic - A 1989 Greg Lemond. Over the years it has been shod with gears, but now the proud owner, Jeff Ogen, has gone 'fixie' on his steel steed. Campagnolo still plays a big part in Jeff's pride and joy.
Readers' Rigs: Calfee MantaFly 101
Today's Readers' Rig is a totally custom rear suspension Calfee MantaFly 101 owned by PEZ fan Andrew. Individual colors, Shimano DuraAce Di2, a selection of nice wheels to choose from and plenty of custom touches means Andrew and his Calfee get plenty of attention on his home roads of Colorado.
Readers' Rigs: Karl's Life of Reilly!
Karl Strugnell has come back to cycling after a break and is making a good go at it. But what about his bike? Specialist frame builders Reilly have built him a titanium work of art, which is also the perfect tool for his big return to the sport.
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Australian Track Star Stephen Hall Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: It's the depths of winter in the northern hemisphere and all the track racing is indoors, but in Tasmania the Christmas Carnival Series has been enjoying the outdoor concrete velodromes. Ed Hood caught up with one of the top riders of the series, Stephen Hall, to hear all about it.
Mickey Morrison - And The ANC Tour Story
Interview: Before the likes of Sky and Ineos, there was a British Pro team in the Tour de France. There had been National teams in the French Grand Tour, but when the organisers returned to sponsored teams, it looked like the dream of a 'British' équipe had gone. Then came along Tony Capper and ANC. Mickey Morrison was in there at the start of the 1987 Tour Journey.
Catching Up with Canada and Astana's Hugo Houle
Rider Interview: The Astana team presented their 2020 riders and staff in Calpe, Spain at the end of December. Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, was there for the bright lights and to catch up with Canada's Hugo Houle. It's been another good year for the man from Sainte-Perpétue in Québec, here is how he saw it.
Catching Up with CCC's Patrick Bevin
Rider Interview: The CCC team were in Spain for their yearly December training camp, get together and media day and our PEZ-man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, wasn't just there for the tiramisu. Patrick Bevin flew in from New Zealand for his regular PEZclusive catch up on the year past and to look forward to 2020.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Jan 16, 2020 - Spain or Australia? We are on the cusp of a new season and the riders are in the sun. Very bad news for Chris Hamilton down under - Top Story. Another win for Van der Poel - Report and video. Other cycling news: Tour Down Under up-date. Race news. Rider news. Team news. We finish with a video from the BEAT Cycling Club - Goodbye Brexit Britain!
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Jan 13, 2020 - The two big cross champions: One expected the other a surprise - Reports and video. 'Superman' misses the old way of racing - Top Story. Plus France and Australia champs. Other news: Riders for the TDU, Carapaz and Bernal for Colombia, Cavendish, Viviani and Jungles races, Evenepoel to Giro, Campenaerts on Riis, Vos, Utah towns and loads of team news. It's all go!
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Jan 09, 2020 - David Brailsford has confidence in Chris Froome for the 2020 Tour de France - Top Story. A load of other cycling news: Durbridge keeps his Australian TT title. Teams for the Tour, Paris-Nice and the Dauphiné. Paris-Nice Route and riders for the TDU. Rider news from Merlier, Fuglsang, Van Avermaet, Bakelants and Venturini. Riis back. plus Circus-Wanty and UAE new kit.