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PEZ Bookshelf: Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep-The First Tour de France
Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
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Readers' Rigs: Litespeed T1SL
I don't think today's reader Mitch could disagree with me describing him as somewhat of a Litespeed tragic as his past stable of bikes have included a number of Litespeed steeds. After a chance meeting with the firm's Head Designer and Engineer at the Richmond Worlds there was only one way that this story was ever going to end - a new Litespeed!
Riwal Readynez's James Shaw - PEZ Talk
Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been keeping an eye on James Shaw since he interviewed him as a stagiaire with WorldTour team, Lotto Soudal. Since then; Shaw spent two years with the Belgian formation before 'stepping down' to Swift Carbon for 2019. In 2020 Shaw will ride for Riwal Readynez, back in the big races. Ed caught up with him before the serious training starts.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'19 #5
Gift Guide #5: Another mixed bag of great gift ideas in our 5th holiday guide: Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed tires, DeFeet Woolie Boolie socks, La Fausto Coppi Officine Mattio - Special Event, Colnago e64 bike, Rapha Explore down jacket, Spurcycle Hip Pack, Lezyne Connect Smart lights, PEARL iZUMi Women's Blvd Merino vest and PEARL iZUMi X-ALP® gravel shoe. Get those presents bought!
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Dec 12, 2019 - Rohan Dennis finds a new team and WADA blocks Russia - TOP STORY. All the other news from the week: Bahrain McLaren new look, big news from Circus and Wanty, bikes for Vital Concept, WorldTour licenses, problem for Mitchelton-Scott, Boom off-road, Sutherland breaks leg, team and rider news, doping, Kuurne course, UAE in Spain and Mitchelton for 2020.
PEZ Picks the Best 'Cross Men Ever!
Ed's Cross Choice: In the last couple of years we have seen cyclo-cross riders do rather well on the road and brining more fans to the muddy discipline. But there has been some big stars that have made their name 'Fighting in the Fields' of northern Europe in the winter months. Ed Hood has listed the multi World cross champions, and looks at their careers.
Nutrition for Those Amazing Women in Cycling!
Toolbox: Over the past few years we have been witnessing a very positive growth in women’s cycling, with not only an increasing number of athletes in the pro ranks, but also in the number of amateur and recreational riders. While some of the best WorldTour cycling teams have a female UCI team, information on specific nutrition for female cycling It is still scarce.
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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.
Rockland Supercross Cup 2019 - Day 2 Report and Photo Gallery
The 2019 Rockland County Supercross Cup stood out from earlier iterations for two reasons. One was that the weather was consistently good, if unseasonably cold, both days. The second was that teamwork dominated both the women’s and men’s elite fields.
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.
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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'19 #5
Gift Guide #5: Another mixed bag of great gift ideas in our 5th holiday guide: Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed tires, DeFeet Woolie Boolie socks, La Fausto Coppi Officine Mattio - Special Event, Colnago e64 bike, Rapha Explore down jacket, Spurcycle Hip Pack, Lezyne Connect Smart lights, PEARL iZUMi Women's Blvd Merino vest and PEARL iZUMi X-ALP® gravel shoe. Get those presents bought!
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'19 #4
Gift Guide #4: Another week down and another week nearer the holiday season and those gifts won't buy themselves! In our fourth 'Gift Guide' we have offerings from NormaTec recovery systems, Rapha, Sidi, Genus by Vadolibero, Bont, FSA wheels, Nalini clothing, Basso and WIN Sports Detergent.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'19 #3
Gift Guide #3: As the Holiday Season gets closer and closer, we have more gift ideas for that special cyclist in your life. Another mix of suggestions: The Darrell Parks calendar, Donnelly LCV Tires, Hiplok's wearable locks, PEARL iZUMi, Muc-Off valves, Calfee cage, 45NRTH Ragnarok Boa, Sarto Seta+, SockGuy holiday socks, Trail Butter and Rapha Cycling Club membership.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'19 #2
Gift Guide #2: Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is less than a month away. In the 'PEZ Holiday Gift Guide #2' we have a mixed bunch of suggestions: Inflator by Arundel, Diesel Sunglasses, MINT socks, Shortfit Carbon FX Wide by Selle San Marco, EnCase by Wolf Tooth, PEARL iZUMi, HydraPak hydration system, Smith helmet, and Nathan's AdaptiveFit VaporAir/Airess.
Zwift on a Shoestring!
How to Zwift for cheap-Oh: 'Never!' 'Not for me!' Those phrases were used when 'Zwift' was suggested, but if you don't try something how will you ever know? Our PEZ-man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, has dipped his toe in the virtual cycling World, but he has spent as little money as possible on the Zwift experience.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’19 #1
Gift Guide #1: It's nearly that time already; the trees will be going up and the halls will soon be decked with boughs of holly. So it is also time for the PEZ Holiday Gift Guide and in #1 we kick off with offerings from Boyd Cycling, OROS, LEM, Zwift, Arundel, Nathan Sports, SockGuy, BioLite and Muc-Off. Not many shopping days to go!
2020 GIRO D'ITALIA: The PEZ First Look - Never an ‘Easy’ Giro!
Race Preview: La Gazzetta dello Sport announced the 2020 Giro d'Italia 'percorso' last week, giving our PEZ Grand Tour specialist, Ed Hood, time to ruminate over the route and give us his stage-by-stage thoughts. From Hungary to Milan with three time trials and 45,000 metres of climbing - Avanti!
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 2019's Top Ten 'Winningest' Riders
Top Ten of 2019: The 2019 season is over and all the results are in, so who has the biggest palmarès? Ed Hood has run his eye over the UCI results from all around the World and has put together the 'Top Ten' UCI race winners from the season gone, Dylan Groenewegen top... but there are a couple of surprises in there.
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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: Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep-The First Tour de France
Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
PEZ Picks the Best 'Cross Men Ever!
Ed's Cross Choice: In the last couple of years we have seen cyclo-cross riders do rather well on the road and brining more fans to the muddy discipline. But there has been some big stars that have made their name 'Fighting in the Fields' of northern Europe in the winter months. Ed Hood has listed the multi World cross champions, and looks at their careers.
PEZ Bookshelf: How The Race Was Won
In the movie “Breaking Away,” there is a scene in which the hero competes in a bike race where we realize that nobody in the race has a clue about tactics. Peter Cossins' excellent book, “How the Race Was Won: Cycling's Top Minds Reveal the Road to Victory,” presents the story of tactics from a historical standpoint and also through interviews with those involved in the sport.
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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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Nutrition for Those Amazing Women in Cycling!
Toolbox: Over the past few years we have been witnessing a very positive growth in women’s cycling, with not only an increasing number of athletes in the pro ranks, but also in the number of amateur and recreational riders. While some of the best WorldTour cycling teams have a female UCI team, information on specific nutrition for female cycling It is still scarce.
First Endurance Optygen HP Review
I have previously tested a variety of First Endurance products in isolation, but in preparation for gravel races earlier this year, I used a suite of their products. This started with their new Optygen-HP supplements, and included their EFS drink mix, EFS Liquid Shot, Ultragen recovery mix, and Pre-Race capsules.
Cycling Hydration In Winter
Toolbox: Hydration continues to be a hotly debated topic in sport science. That debate extends even to winter when conditions are cool. Equally, it is an issue when training indoors. What are some of the considerations for hydration this winter season?
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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.
Calling All Racers: Zwift Drops Flag on Crit City
Zwift, the global online training and racing platform for athletes, has today unveiled Zwift’s eighth map. Crit City will be an event-only course designed to deliver racing that is both fun to watch, and fun to play.
Zwift Takes Things Off Road
New dedicated MTB and gravel training plans as well as in-game equipment to better cater to off-road cyclists. Zwift, the global online training and racing platform for athletes, has today added increased functionality for off-road cyclists.
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Readers' Rigs: Litespeed T1SL
I don't think today's reader Mitch could disagree with me describing him as somewhat of a Litespeed tragic as his past stable of bikes have included a number of Litespeed steeds. After a chance meeting with the firm's Head Designer and Engineer at the Richmond Worlds there was only one way that this story was ever going to end - a new Litespeed!
Readers' Rigs: Two Specialized Allez Sprint from NY
In today's Readers' Rigs we have two Specialized Allez Sprints for the price of one! Corey and Lucia featured their special steeds in the 'To be Determined Journal' and thought they would be a perfect fit for PEZ Readers' Rigs. Two very special Specialized.
Readers' Rigs: Eddy Merckx EMX-3
This submission is a very sharp looking Eddy Merckx EMX-3 that's a bike with Belgian origins but an Italian heart and is owned by an Asian from Mexico - it doesn't get much more international than that. A fine mix of traditional Campagnolo and modern design KCNC, topped off with a stunning paint job.
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Riwal Readynez's James Shaw - PEZ Talk
Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been keeping an eye on James Shaw since he interviewed him as a stagiaire with WorldTour team, Lotto Soudal. Since then; Shaw spent two years with the Belgian formation before 'stepping down' to Swift Carbon for 2019. In 2020 Shaw will ride for Riwal Readynez, back in the big races. Ed caught up with him before the serious training starts.
Champ of the Future - Teniel Campbell Gets PEZ'd!
Young Gun Interview: As ever, Ed Hood has been keeping his eye on the results of the 'promising riders' and the name Teniel Campbell has stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb. The twenty-two year old Trinidadian has been winning at home and now in Europe and will be a pro for the Valcar Cylance team in 2020.
Steve Cummings Says Goodbye to the Peloton
Rider Interview: It seems like Steve Cummings has been in the pro peloton for ever, but just a couple of weeks ago he announced he would be hanging up his race bike. A bad crash in the Tour of Britain brought a disappointing end to a successful career. Ed Hood caught up with Cummings while recovering and looking forward to the future and back at his years in the saddle.
PEZ Talk: Multi-World Champion Steele Bishop
Rider Interview: 'Once a champion, always a champion!' That could refer to many a rider, but one very special guy is Australian multi champion Steele Bishop. World champion back in 1983 and now again in 2019. Ed Hood has been following the career of the multi champion for a long time and managed to catch up after the successful veteran’s World track championships.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Dec 12, 2019 - Rohan Dennis finds a new team and WADA blocks Russia - TOP STORY. All the other news from the week: Bahrain McLaren new look, big news from Circus and Wanty, bikes for Vital Concept, WorldTour licenses, problem for Mitchelton-Scott, Boom off-road, Sutherland breaks leg, team and rider news, doping, Kuurne course, UAE in Spain and Mitchelton for 2020.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Dec 09, 2019 - Two different winners at the weekend. Reports and results from Zonhoven and Essen with video. Liege'10 case closed - Top Story. As always, lots of other Monday morning cycling news: Cadron in a coma, Dumoulin fit, Landa happy, rider, team and contract news, Norsgaard breaks leg and Canyon dhb Powered by Soreen looks forward to 2020.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Dec 05, 2019 - No Poggio in Milan-Sanremo? - Top Story. All the other cycling news: Evenepoel wins Kristallen Fiets, no Olympics for Cavendish, Gilbert on Evenepoel, no Giro for Total Direct Energie, O'Grady TDU director, Alaphilippe for Flanders, Cecchini suspension, rider contracts, Van Avermaet early season, Bahrain-McLaren, hansgrohe until 2021 and Astana on Wilier Triestina.