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Readers' Rig: Colossi XCR
From the woods of Hong Kong, Pez fan Ed sent us in this story of his custom Colossi XCR that has clocked up miles in a number of different countries and has even had a respray or two...it's Readers' Rigs time from South East Asia!
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2020 TOUR DE FRANCE: The PEZ First Look - ‘It’s all about the climbs’
Race Preview: Tour de France race director, Christian Prudhomme, presented the 2020 French Grand Tour route in Paris on Tuesday. The 107th edition of the Grand Boucle includes 29 categorised climbs (Cat.2 and above), 6 summit finishes, gravel roads and one mountain time trial. Ed Hood takes a 'First Look' at the French parcours.
Lotto Soudal's Carl Fredrik Hagen Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: 28 year-old Carl Fredrik Hagen rode his first Grand Tour this year - The 2019 Vuelta a España. The man from Oppegård in Norway performed well above expectation to finish in 8th place overall. Ed Hood caught up with Carl after his top ride in Spain and before he rode the World championships in Yorkshire.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Oct 17, 2019 - Two 'Top Stories' in today's EUROTRASH: Merckx and De Vlaeminck in hospital and the 2020 Tour route. Reports from Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen and the Superprestige in Gieten. Other news: Van Aert for the Tour, Cavendish-Keisse for Gent, Euro track champs, Tour of Guangxi, Phinney to retire, rider contracts, Specialized with Deceuninck and video of Dan Martin’s farewell.
PEZ Picks Top YOUNG GUNS of 2019
Season Review: The 2019 road season is over and it was full of surprises from the 'new guard' of 'young guns' bring a breath of fresh air to the top events. Philippe Gilbert showed that it's not all over for the 'mature' riders, but there is a new broom in pro cycling. Ed Hood looks at the year's top events and the bright future of the sport we love.
TOUR'20: Every Mountain Range on the Map
The Tour de France visiting five different mountain ranges is something that only happens once in a blue moon. It will be the first time that the route features mountain stages from the second day of racing until the eve of the finish in Paris, over a period of no fewer than 20 days.
Building Aerobic Power Through Strength Training
Toolbox: Base training has progressed significantly, and yet many cyclists (& triathletes), are stuck in the mindset of doing Long Slow Distance rides and maybe some random strength training “during base” or “the winter.” However, proper strength training throughout the year can greatly increase your aerobic power.
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Il Lombardia'19: Heather's Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery: The big race for last and Heather Morrison is 'Roadside' for the Giro di Lombardia and the sixth race of her Italian autumn week. Bergamo and Como for the best shots of the start and finish under the falling leaves of Lombardia.
Gran Piemonte'19: Heather's Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery: Race No.5 and the last before the big one: Il Lombardia, the 'Race of the Falling Leaves' the last big race of the season. Heather's day at the Gran Piemonte was the usual mixture of rider stalking, photographer scuffles and some great shots. Another day on the northern Italian roads for Heather.
Milano-Torino'19: Heather's Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery: Italian autumn race No.4 for Heather Morrison is the 100th edition of Milano-Torino. An easier day for our intrepid PEZ photographer, but one of the best so far with shots of the start presentation and the hard fight for the victory going to Canada's Michael Woods.
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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.
2020 TOUR DE FRANCE: The PEZ First Look - ‘It’s all about the climbs’
Race Preview: Tour de France race director, Christian Prudhomme, presented the 2020 French Grand Tour route in Paris on Tuesday. The 107th edition of the Grand Boucle includes 29 categorised climbs (Cat.2 and above), 6 summit finishes, gravel roads and one mountain time trial. Ed Hood takes a 'First Look' at the French parcours.
PEZ Picks Top YOUNG GUNS of 2019
Season Review: The 2019 road season is over and it was full of surprises from the 'new guard' of 'young guns' bring a breath of fresh air to the top events. Philippe Gilbert showed that it's not all over for the 'mature' riders, but there is a new broom in pro cycling. Ed Hood looks at the year's top events and the bright future of the sport we love.
PARIS-TOURS'19: Wallays the Winner!
Race Report: Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) won Paris-Tours with a great solo ride. The Belgian attacked more than forty kilometres from the finish to take the lead from Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb), who punctured on an unpaved section. Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R-La Mondiale) finished just behind Wallays.
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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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Magic Spanner-The World of Cycling According to Carlton Kirby
Book Review: Described as "Eurosport's legendary Tour de France commentator," Carlton Kirby has nearly three decades' experience in calling pro bike races and his new book, written with Robbie Broughton, not only provides often-hilarious insight into what it is like to be a broadcaster under extreme pressure, but also some worthwhile comments about the nature of pro racing.
Retro LOMBARDIA 1905: Gerbi The "Red Devil"
The Giro di Lombardia was born in 1905, and Giovanni Gerbi – called the red devil – was the first winner. The story of his break – planned in a devilish way, and realized with so much strength – has become a well known legend, which has the taste of a fable both ingenious and malicious.
Inside the 1952 Giro Di Lombardia Official Program
Lombardia Retro: Utter confusion was the look on my face when Alessandro handed me the old newspaper and said it was a gift. Upon closer inspection, I realized I was holding the official program of the 1952 Giro di Lombardia – in mint condition! Once I got over the shock that such a treasure still existed – I couldn’t wait to share it with PEZ-Fans…
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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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Building Aerobic Power Through Strength Training
Toolbox: Base training has progressed significantly, and yet many cyclists (& triathletes), are stuck in the mindset of doing Long Slow Distance rides and maybe some random strength training “during base” or “the winter.” However, proper strength training throughout the year can greatly increase your aerobic power.
‘Friends for (Almost) a Day’: The Economics of a Breakaway
Toolbox: A breakaway in a cycling race is a hotbed of intrigue, with ‘friends’ working together for the common good while also plotting their betrayal of the group as a whole. What are the factors that actually enhance the odds that the early breakaway takes it all the way to the line?
Supplements: An Individual and Evidence-Based Approach
Toolbox: We ride, eat, sleep and repeat so we can harvest the results from that hard work in the competitive season. These adaptations are differently affected by your training volume, intensity, your current status and ultimately by your dietary choices and some ergogenic supplements. Here we’ll go through the ones worth considering from an evidence-based perspective.
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TOUR'20: Every Mountain Range on the Map
The Tour de France visiting five different mountain ranges is something that only happens once in a blue moon. It will be the first time that the route features mountain stages from the second day of racing until the eve of the finish in Paris, over a period of no fewer than 20 days.
DeFeet Team Deceuninck - Quick-Step Partnership Draws To A Close
DeFeet is announcing it’s long-standing partnership with Team Deceuninck-Quickstep will not continue into 2020. One of the longest relationships in the history of professional cycling, DeFeet has been involved with every iteration of the team since 1995. The 24 year span was an enormous success for DeFeet, allowing the brand to forever claim a historic number of victories in the sports biggest events.
Four Unforgettable Rides on the Jersey Shore
Referred to simply as the “Jersey Shore”, the Atlantic-faring side of the Garden State spans about 140 miles of oceanfront. And cyclists get to experience all of it thanks to some amazing rides on the Jersey Shore. Here are four biking routes that are sure to leave your heart, as they say here, “down the shore.”
The “Golden Window” To Rapid Muscle Recovery: OSMO Nutrition Introduces Rapid Recovery Drink Mix Train Hard and recover fast with OSMO Proprietary Rapid Recovery Mix
Recover quickly and efficiently with Osmo Rapid Recovery. Developed to be easily dissolvable while still giving you the same post-workout benefits, Osmo Rapid Recovery provides a full-body refuel in a single beverage.
Readers' Rigs
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Readers' Rig: Colossi XCR
From the woods of Hong Kong, Pez fan Ed sent us in this story of his custom Colossi XCR that has clocked up miles in a number of different countries and has even had a respray or two...it's Readers' Rigs time from South East Asia!
Readers' Rigs: Ritchey Swiss Cross or Gravel Bike
As winter approaches in the northern hemisphere, today's Readers' Rig is a gravel grinder from the back roads of Toronto, Canada built around a classic Ritchey Swiss Cross frame, Ultegra gearing and Enve carbon clincher wheels. The ultimate bike for some on and off bitumen adventures?
Readers' Rig: Kelly Bedford Customs
As a longtime lover of custom bikes, PEZ fan Greg from Pennsylvania couldn't help but get another custom rig when it came time to get a new bike, a Kelly bedford Custom in a very sharp looking green paint job with Sram Red 22 and Mavic wheels.
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Lotto Soudal's Carl Fredrik Hagen Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: 28 year-old Carl Fredrik Hagen rode his first Grand Tour this year - The 2019 Vuelta a España. The man from Oppegård in Norway performed well above expectation to finish in 8th place overall. Ed Hood caught up with Carl after his top ride in Spain and before he rode the World championships in Yorkshire.
PEZ Talk: Six Time RAAM Winner - Christoph Strasser
Rider Interview: Riding the Race Across America is one thing, winning it is another, but winning it six times is just taking it too far! Christoph Strasser is the man who achieved that remarkable feat, winning the 3000 mile - 4828 kilometer - race six times. Ed Hood caught up with Christoph to hear all about it.
PEZ Talk: Laura Kenny and Jamir Qureshi
Interview: Laura Kenny celebrated the birth of her first child a year after the Rio 2016 Games with husband Jason Within six months of the arrival of Albie, Kenny was back among the world’s elite – making her international comeback at the track World Championships. Performance psychologist, Jamir Qureshi, talks of the power of mental health in boosting sports performance.
Track Designer and Builder Peter Junek Gets PEZ'd!
Interview: How do you design and build a fast track? Ask master velodrome designer Peter Junek. The Aguascalientes track in Mexico was thought to be the fastest track in the World by sprinters and 'Hour Record' holder Victor Campenaerts. Now the Bolivian Cochabamba track is looking take that moniker. Who designed and built them both... Peter Junek.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Oct 17, 2019 - Two 'Top Stories' in today's EUROTRASH: Merckx and De Vlaeminck in hospital and the 2020 Tour route. Reports from Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen and the Superprestige in Gieten. Other news: Van Aert for the Tour, Cavendish-Keisse for Gent, Euro track champs, Tour of Guangxi, Phinney to retire, rider contracts, Specialized with Deceuninck and video of Dan Martin’s farewell.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Oct 14, 2019 - The 2019 road season is grinding to an end with Lombardia, Paris-Tours, Memorial Van Steenbergen, Tacx Classic and the Gran Piemonte, we have all the news and views. Laurens ten Dam retires - Top Story. News from the Tour Down Under, Tour of the Alps and Utah 2020, plus Silvelle ’19 CX European Champs. Rider contracts and TDU introduces Paracycling.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Oct 10, 2019 - The build up to the Giro di Lombardia starts here! Three races: Milan-Torino, Tre Valli Varesine and Binche point out who has the form for Saturday with reports and video. Legend Raymond Poulidor is unwell - Top Story. Lombardia, Gran Piemonte and Paris-Tours previews. Other cycling news: Hodeg goes home, rider contracts and Alaphilippe finishes his season early.