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PEZ Bookshelf: The Art of the Cycling Jersey
“What is the well-dressed cyclist wearing these days?”, I hear you ask me. “Or back in those early days?” I am glad you asked because Rodale Press' excellent book, “The Art of the Cycling Jersey,” subtitled “Iconic Cycle Wear Past and Present,” shows us that looking good and going fast are not mutually exclusive.
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Readers' Rigs: Robert's Home Trainer Bike
This week's 'Readers' Rig' is a little bit different. Writer and poet, Robert Lee Kendrick's Specialized doesn't leave the house these days, but it still see's a lot of action on the home trainer. Robert's bike is maybe old, but has been armed with a Powertap hub and is a home trainer beater.
Catching Up With Deceuninck - Quick-Step's James Knox
Rider Interview: We spoke to James Knox two years ago when he was a young neo-pro in his first month with the all powerful Quick-Step team. Since then James has flourished into a Grand Tour GC man with a near 'Top Ten' place in the 2019 Vuelta a España. We caught up at the Deceuninck - Quick-Step Spanish training camp.
Gear Break: Deals, Holidays and New Kit!
Gear Break: Another varied collection of goods and discount - 40% off in the Craft end of season sale and see the Giro d'Italia in Sicily with Grand Tour Project. New clothing from La Passione, Boulder Denim launches bike-friendly jeans and Sidi Sixty limited edition shoes. Plus gluten-free protein bars by Naked Nutrition.
PEZ Photo Gallery: Valencia'20 Stage 4 - Road to Nowhere
Roadside PEZ: The best laid plans are bound to go wrong, especially if you are 'Race Chasing', as our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, found out on the mountainous stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana last Saturday. He didn't make the ultra-steep summit finish, but there still a lot to take in 'Roadside'.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 13, 2020 - The peloton moves on to the Tour Colombia-Reports and video. UCI change the rules for transgender riders-Top Story. Greipel out, no Dumoulin, Amador to INEOS, SD Worx sponsor. Murcia, Almería, Paris-Roubaix, Sicilia, Olympia's Tour, Klasika Primavera, UAE Tour, Amstel and Pologne. Turgis retire and Langeveld operation and Movistar video.
Rider Blog: Jason Saltzman - California to Austria
Rider Blog: Introducing a new member to the PEZ Crew: Jason Saltzman from California, who will be riding for the Austrian Sport.Land Niederösterreich UCI Continental team in 2020. Jason will be giving us the low-down on his Euro season with regular diary up dates from the peloton through out the year. In his first article we learn how it all came about.
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PEZ Photo Gallery: Valencia'20 Stage 4 - Road to Nowhere
Roadside PEZ: The best laid plans are bound to go wrong, especially if you are 'Race Chasing', as our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, found out on the mountainous stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana last Saturday. He didn't make the ultra-steep summit finish, but there still a lot to take in 'Roadside'.
PEZ Photo Gallery: Valencia'20 Stage 2 Summit Finish
Roadside PEZ: Stage 2 of the 2020 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana finished only an hour away from our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, so we had to send him to the coastal town of Cullera to take in the action. 181 kilometres from Torrent to the summit finish in Cullera, the final 3 kilometres rises 173 meters to the line.
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Bill Kund's 70s Cycling Remembered
Interview and Photo Gallery: After hearing all about Bill Kund's rapid rise from young novice cyclist to Olympic rider in the 1960s, we move on to the 1970s and being a professional in Holland. It wasn't all cycling, there was also a career in the music business and teaching, plus a World championships and rubbing shoulders with the best.
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Gear Break: Deals, Holidays and New Kit!
Gear Break: Another varied collection of goods and discount - 40% off in the Craft end of season sale and see the Giro d'Italia in Sicily with Grand Tour Project. New clothing from La Passione, Boulder Denim launches bike-friendly jeans and Sidi Sixty limited edition shoes. Plus gluten-free protein bars by Naked Nutrition.
Gear Break - Special Offers and Innovations
Gear Break: Another fine selection from the World of bikes. The GORE® R5 GORE-TEX insulated jacket wins 'Product of the Year', new ToeTector and BroTector, Mathieu van der Poel limited-edition 100% neon orange eyewear, winter raffle from Katusha, State Bicycle Co.'s Undefeated goes electric and CeramicSpeed supports Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal team.
Gear Break - Discounts and Innovations
Gear Break: This week's 'Gear Break' mixes beauty from Officina Battaglin with a discount on G4 bib-Shorts and tights. Chasing them are the new Campagnolo Bora WTO 33 multi-purpose wheels, Wahoo announces ANGi crash sensor integration with ELEMNT GPS computers, essential winter headgear by Giordana and the special edition bourbon titanium kit by Silca. Something for everyone.
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.
Ed on the Boards: Three Nights in Copenhagen
Copenhagen '6 Days': Ed Hood couldn't miss the last '6 Day' of the 2019/20 season in Copenhagen. A full six days was not possible in the Danish capital, but three is better than none and the winners were dominant. The City of the little mermaid is one of Ed's favourites, as he always says "wonderful, wonderful..."
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.
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Col du Tourmalet: Top Ride & Descent Video
TOP RIDE: My one ascent and descent of the mighty Col du Tourmalet remain a vivid memory - even some 16 years later. So when Allan Reeves of France From Inside Tours sent me a video of him riding the full descent of the Tourmalet's west side, I knew it was time to dig into the vault and relive my own day riding over the highest paved pass in the Pyrenees.
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.
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PEZ Bookshelf: The Art of the Cycling Jersey
“What is the well-dressed cyclist wearing these days?”, I hear you ask me. “Or back in those early days?” I am glad you asked because Rodale Press' excellent book, “The Art of the Cycling Jersey,” subtitled “Iconic Cycle Wear Past and Present,” shows us that looking good and going fast are not mutually exclusive.
Rider Blog: Jason Saltzman - California to Austria
Rider Blog: Introducing a new member to the PEZ Crew: Jason Saltzman from California, who will be riding for the Austrian Sport.Land Niederösterreich UCI Continental team in 2020. Jason will be giving us the low-down on his Euro season with regular diary up dates from the peloton through out the year. In his first article we learn how it all came about.
PEZ Bookshelf: Into The Suffersphere - Cycling And The Art of Pain
It is an apparent given that cycling requires not so much talent as an ability to suffer. Greg Lemond said that: “It never gets easier. You just get faster.” Now expat Brit Jon Malnick has written a droll and novel book about the relationship between pain and suffering, and riding your bicycle called Into the Suffersphere - Cycling and the art of Pain is a peculiar and engaging read.
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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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From Pillow to Podium: Nutrition Strategies to Increase Sleep Quality
It comes as no surprise that sleep is a fundamental part of recovery for optimal performance and training adaptations for athletes of all sports. In this article we go through the latest evidence on how (up until a certain point) nutrition can influence sleep.
Improving Pain Tolerance Through HIIT
TOOLBOX: Cycling is lauded as a sport of suffering and who can put up with the most pain. Is this pain tolerance trainable? And if so, are some types of training better than others at increasing pain tolerance?
The Biomechanics of Climbing: Stand and Deliver
TOOLBOX: Cycling is built on the lore of climbing big mountains, that epic battle of humans versus the environment. But surprisingly, not that much research has explored the biomechanics of climbing, notably the differences in biomechanics and physiology of seated versus standing climbing.
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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: Robert's Home Trainer Bike
This week's 'Readers' Rig' is a little bit different. Writer and poet, Robert Lee Kendrick's Specialized doesn't leave the house these days, but it still see's a lot of action on the home trainer. Robert's bike is maybe old, but has been armed with a Powertap hub and is a home trainer beater.
Writers' Rigs - Chuck Peña's Felt FC
Writers'Rigs: We have all seen Chuck Peña's fine Felt FC bike in his wheel, chainring and saddle reviews in the past, but we've not heard too much about the steed its self. Not to miss a chance to show off his bike and describe the ins and outs of its existence... Chuck's Writers' Rig in detail.
Readers' Rigs: Falco Custom Ti
Many of us ride Chinese made bikes but not many of us actually bought them in China like today's reader, Phillip from Australia did. Whilst working and living in Shanghai Phillip decided to get himself a custom titanium 'Falco' that he now is enjoying back home on the country roads of Victoria, Australia.
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Catching Up With Deceuninck - Quick-Step's James Knox
Rider Interview: We spoke to James Knox two years ago when he was a young neo-pro in his first month with the all powerful Quick-Step team. Since then James has flourished into a Grand Tour GC man with a near 'Top Ten' place in the 2019 Vuelta a España. We caught up at the Deceuninck - Quick-Step Spanish training camp.
Track Star Moreno De Pauw Retires
Interview: As the 2019/20 '6 Day' season winds down, one of the top men has announced his retirement from the boards... and he's only 28 years old. Moreno De Pauw - 6 Day, Worlds, European and National title winner, the list goes on. Ed Hood caught up with Moreno after his final '6 Day' in Berlin.
Catching Up With Graham Strugnell
Rider Interview: Ed Hood thought it was time to catch-up with the elder of the Strugnell family, Graham, to find out how his racing has been going since his bone marrow transplant in 2011.
UAE's Fastman Fernando Gaviria Get's PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: UAE Team Emirates' Colombian ace sprinter, Fernando Gaviria, took his second win of 2020 on Wednesday in the Vuelta a San Juan, emulating his victories of 2015. Alastair Hamilton caught up with the Colombian champ at his team's Spanish training camp before he flew to Argentina to start the new season, putting his less than successful 2019 behind him.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 13, 2020 - The peloton moves on to the Tour Colombia-Reports and video. UCI change the rules for transgender riders-Top Story. Greipel out, no Dumoulin, Amador to INEOS, SD Worx sponsor. Murcia, Almería, Paris-Roubaix, Sicilia, Olympia's Tour, Klasika Primavera, UAE Tour, Amstel and Pologne. Turgis retire and Langeveld operation and Movistar video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday
Feb 10, 2020 - Young Tadej Pogačar showed his class in Valencia - All the results from Valencia, Saudi, Bességes and Krawatencross. Valverde to retire-Top Story. Other cycling news: Colombia and Deutschland Tour, Degenkolb Roubaix cobble sector, Bigla-Katusha kit, women's Movistar team, association of women’s cycling, Lang and Macron in Warsaw and Gibbons first podcast.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 06, 2020 - The 2020 road season is in full swing with Valenciana, Saudi, Bessèges and Maldegem - Reports and video. Astana didn't work with Ferrari-Top Story. All the cycling news of the week: Tour'21 start, Rebellin in 2020, Denifl case, Verstrynge with Tormans, 2020 European Champs, Circus-Wanty on Cube and Giro stage cities turn pink.