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Readers' Rigs: Cyfac Absolu V3
Today's readers' Rig is Adnan Kadir's pride and joy, and you can see why. A fine piece of carbon frame work by French manufacturer, Cyfac, draped with Campagnolo Record 12 speed components, with extras by Time, Selle Italia, Zipp, Schwalbe and Verve. This bike doesn't just ride around at home in Portland, but is well traveled, taking in Californian, European and Asian roads.
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Marvin Smart Talks Velodromes
Interview: Ed Hood has interviewed riders, managers, masseurs, mechanics and even podium girls, but here's a new one... The guy who paints the advertising on the velodromes! It's not all signage, Marvin Smart also knows cycling inside and out and has some great stories from the past.
Gear Break - The Best and the Different!
Gear Break: In this week's 'Gear Break' we have a big mix of top and inventive kit. The new CHAPTER2 AO Gravel bike and the electric ÖSA bike by CAKE. Trek-Segafredo will be using Pirelli tyres and you can help Australian wildlife with DeFeet, new bar tape by Silca with a crash replacement policy and check-out D1x electronic shifting from Archer Components.
UAE's 'Young Gun' Tadej Pogačar Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Tadej Pogačar is one of the 'young guns' in today's peloton and 2019 was an enormous season for the Slovenian. Wins in Algarve and California were top performances, but then in the Vuelta, Pogačar won three stages and third step on the final podium. Alastair Hamilton caught up with Tadej at the UAE Team Emirates Spanish training camp to get the full story.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Jan 23, 2020 - The TDU goes from the women to the men and we have the first three stage reports and video. Chris Froome back at the UAE Tour - Top Story. Other news: Team line ups for Roubaix, Flèche Wallonne and Liège. Race news from UAE Tour and Scheldeprijs. BMW cars for Circus-Wanty and Caja Rural De Rosa bikes. Plus the Quick-Step mobile coffee bar.
1980 London 'Skol 6' Photo Gallery by Bill Kund
'Skol 6' Photo Gallery: We all know of Ed Hood's love of the '6 Day,' and everything else cycling, so you can imagine his excitement when he happened across a collection of photos from the 1980 London Skol 6 by Bill Kund. Bill has kindly given us permission to reproduce some of his brilliant track shots along with how it all came about.
Astana's Jakob Fuglsang Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Jakob Fuglsang has been on the cusp of big things for a while, with wins and podium places in his 14 year pro career. 2019, in his own words, was his best with a Classic win in Liège and a Vuelta a España stage win. Alastair Hamilton caught up with Jakob at the Astana team presentation in Spain to hear his thoughts on 2019 and looking forward to 2020.
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1980 London 'Skol 6' Photo Gallery by Bill Kund
'Skol 6' Photo Gallery: We all know of Ed Hood's love of the '6 Day,' and everything else cycling, so you can imagine his excitement when he happened across a collection of photos from the 1980 London Skol 6 by Bill Kund. Bill has kindly given us permission to reproduce some of his brilliant track shots along with how it all came about.
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.
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Gear Break - The Best and the Different!
Gear Break: In this week's 'Gear Break' we have a big mix of top and inventive kit. The new CHAPTER2 AO Gravel bike and the electric ÖSA bike by CAKE. Trek-Segafredo will be using Pirelli tyres and you can help Australian wildlife with DeFeet, new bar tape by Silca with a crash replacement policy and check-out D1x electronic shifting from Archer Components.
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LIMAR Air Master Helmet Review & Ride
The Limar Air Master road cycling helmet offers low profile compact fit and aerodynamic style designed to be the all-round riding helmet in your collection. Here's my first look and initial riding impressions of the tricolor Italian flag version made exclusively for the North American market.
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.
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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When Life Gives You Lemons - Injury Comeback
Toolbox: It’s not how many times you get knocked down - it’s how many times you get up. Cycling teaches many valuable lessons, and one of the most valuable is how to handle adversity. Understanding how to best recover from a cycling injury can greatly reduce your comeback time and get you to a better place than before.
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?
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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: Cyfac Absolu V3
Today's readers' Rig is Adnan Kadir's pride and joy, and you can see why. A fine piece of carbon frame work by French manufacturer, Cyfac, draped with Campagnolo Record 12 speed components, with extras by Time, Selle Italia, Zipp, Schwalbe and Verve. This bike doesn't just ride around at home in Portland, but is well traveled, taking in Californian, European and Asian roads.
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.
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Marvin Smart Talks Velodromes
Interview: Ed Hood has interviewed riders, managers, masseurs, mechanics and even podium girls, but here's a new one... The guy who paints the advertising on the velodromes! It's not all signage, Marvin Smart also knows cycling inside and out and has some great stories from the past.
UAE's 'Young Gun' Tadej Pogačar Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Tadej Pogačar is one of the 'young guns' in today's peloton and 2019 was an enormous season for the Slovenian. Wins in Algarve and California were top performances, but then in the Vuelta, Pogačar won three stages and third step on the final podium. Alastair Hamilton caught up with Tadej at the UAE Team Emirates Spanish training camp to get the full story.
Astana's Jakob Fuglsang Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Jakob Fuglsang has been on the cusp of big things for a while, with wins and podium places in his 14 year pro career. 2019, in his own words, was his best with a Classic win in Liège and a Vuelta a España stage win. Alastair Hamilton caught up with Jakob at the Astana team presentation in Spain to hear his thoughts on 2019 and looking forward to 2020.
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.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Jan 23, 2020 - The TDU goes from the women to the men and we have the first three stage reports and video. Chris Froome back at the UAE Tour - Top Story. Other news: Team line ups for Roubaix, Flèche Wallonne and Liège. Race news from UAE Tour and Scheldeprijs. BMW cars for Circus-Wanty and Caja Rural De Rosa bikes. Plus the Quick-Step mobile coffee bar.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Jan 20, 2020 - The 2020 season is here. The women's TDU, Nommay cyclocross and the Schwalbe Classic all the results and video. Contador tells Tour to look for harder climbs - Top Story. Other news: Vos successfull operation, Thomas, Roglič, Bernal and Carapaz for the Tour and no Tour for Démare. Race news, doping, wild cards and Circus-Wanty. Plus Chris Froome video.
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!