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Fall is Fabulous - So Get Off Your Bike!
Fall is a fabulous time of the year to log long and fun rides. So why am I telling you to take 7-14 days off the bike? Today we’ll talk about the importance of taking a physical and mental break from the bike, and how doing so can super-charge your results for the next year.
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Retro Rider: Marino Basso - Classy, Fast and Cunning
PEZ Retro: After looking at two climbers in our 'Retro Riders' series, it's time for a sprinter. The fast-finishers have a reputation for fast living and sailing a bit close to the wind when it comes to their chosen art. Marino Basso was a typical sprinter, he stabbed his teammate in the back for the 1972 rainbow jersey - but that's what sprinters do. . . Signore 10,000 Volts, a classy rider, but cunning with it.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Nov 11, 2019 - Mathieu van der Poel takes his third Euro cross title - Report and video. Sky's Dr. Freeman in court - Top Story. Loads of cycling news: New route for Gent-Wevelgem and Algarve, TDU, Tour of Saudi Arabia, Jumbo-Visma sponsor, Bernaudeau against UCI points, Froome operation, Van Aert on cross reforms, rider and team news, plus Keisse and Cavendish '6 Days' of Gent.
PEZ BookShelf: The Shattered Peloton
Tomorrow, November 11th, marks the end of World War I, the “War To End All Wars,” as it turned out to be inaccurately described. Throughout the world ceremonies will take place to note the end of that conflict 100 years ago, but also to remember those who died in other wars, both those serving their countries and civilians who lost their lives or suffered through the trauma.
Readers' Rigs: Specialized E5 Smartweld
It's a few years since his last appearance in Readers' Rigs, but PEZ fan Joey from San Fransisco is back with a very different rig - a very smartly presented black Specialized E5 Smartweld. Quite a difference from his loud and proud pink ride previously featured on PEZ.
PEZ Picks the Top 'Young Guns' of 2019!
Top Young Guns - The Bakers Dozen: Ed Hood is feeling his age and all these fresh faced riders in the pro peloton are not helping. 2019 has seen a bumper crop of new riders hit the headlines and they haven't wasted any time in making their mark. Ed chooses his top 13 young riders of the year - Sad to say Mathieu Van Der Poel and Wout Van Aert are too old.
Alexandr Vinokurov Talks 2019 and Looks Forward to 2020
Interview: After the finish of 2019 season and at the start of the preparation for the upcoming 2020 season the general manager of Astana Pro Team Alexandr Vinokurov talks about overall results of the season, evaluates performances of the team leaders and progress of the Kazakh riders and accentuates the importance of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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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 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'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.
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.
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Retro Rider: Marino Basso - Classy, Fast and Cunning
PEZ Retro: After looking at two climbers in our 'Retro Riders' series, it's time for a sprinter. The fast-finishers have a reputation for fast living and sailing a bit close to the wind when it comes to their chosen art. Marino Basso was a typical sprinter, he stabbed his teammate in the back for the 1972 rainbow jersey - but that's what sprinters do. . . Signore 10,000 Volts, a classy rider, but cunning with it.
PEZ BookShelf: The Shattered Peloton
Tomorrow, November 11th, marks the end of World War I, the “War To End All Wars,” as it turned out to be inaccurately described. Throughout the world ceremonies will take place to note the end of that conflict 100 years ago, but also to remember those who died in other wars, both those serving their countries and civilians who lost their lives or suffered through the trauma.
PEZ Picks the Top 'Young Guns' of 2019!
Top Young Guns - The Bakers Dozen: Ed Hood is feeling his age and all these fresh faced riders in the pro peloton are not helping. 2019 has seen a bumper crop of new riders hit the headlines and they haven't wasted any time in making their mark. Ed chooses his top 13 young riders of the year - Sad to say Mathieu Van Der Poel and Wout Van Aert are too old.
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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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Fall is Fabulous - So Get Off Your Bike!
Fall is a fabulous time of the year to log long and fun rides. So why am I telling you to take 7-14 days off the bike? Today we’ll talk about the importance of taking a physical and mental break from the bike, and how doing so can super-charge your results for the next year.
Plant-Based Diets for Cyclists - A Game Changing Resolution?
Toolbox: When a Netflix documentary gets more attention than actual research, I fear for whatever may come next. I’m obviously referring to the recent documentary #Gamechangers that is getting everyone turned on and apparently making the general population and athletes wanting to go vegan (now “plant-based”). But the advice is based on faulty science and anecdotal evidence.
CYCLING ADDICTION Prevalence and Risks
TOOLBOX: We know that exercise and an active lifestyle provides huge benefits to our overall health. But even something as positive as exercise can become addictive and take over our lives for the worse. What are the risk and risk factors for exercise addiction in recreational cyclists?
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Zwift Academy Announces 2019 Finalists
Zwift, the global online fitness platform for cyclists, has now selected the final six riders who will progress to the Zwift Academy finals, moving a step closer to a professional cycling contract with top ranked women’s and men’s teams.
Hammer Series Indoor Virtual Cycling Challenge on Kinomap
After a 1st successful indoor challenge in 2018, Kinomap and Hammer Series are renewing the experience for the second year in a row. The Hammer Series Indoor Challenge on Kinomap will allow fans from all around the globe to compete on the official Hammer Series courses, recorded by the pro riders’ on-bike cameras during the actual events.
Inaugural American Bike Racing Stakeholders Summit kicks off at USA Cycling Headquarters
The National Association of Professional Race Directors (NAPRD) kicked off the inaugural American Bike Racing Stakeholders Summit in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, November 6th at the USA Cycling headquarters. During the three-day conference, U.S.-based Pro and Domestic Elite road teams and key staff members from USA Cycling are joining the NAPRD to discuss the future of the sport.
Zwift: Move for Movember!
Zwift, the global online training platform, is proud to support Movember this November. This month’s in-game mission with Movember is the beginning of a new year-round approach to help support and raise money in aid of great causes. Zwifters can support Movember throughout the month not only by cycling, but also running on the platform.
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Readers' Rigs: Specialized E5 Smartweld
It's a few years since his last appearance in Readers' Rigs, but PEZ fan Joey from San Fransisco is back with a very different rig - a very smartly presented black Specialized E5 Smartweld. Quite a difference from his loud and proud pink ride previously featured on PEZ.
Readers' Rigs: Cannondale SuperSIX Evo carbon
Reader Chris from California or 'Big Chris' as he's known has got one big bike to go with his 6ft 6in body - A 63cm Cannondale SuperSIX Evo Carbon kitted out with Ultegra Di2 and DuraAce wheels and there's nothing more he loves then riding down the South Pacific Highway on his steed as he explains....
Readers' Rigs: Cannondale SuperSix Evo
Cannondale's SuperSix Evo has been a popular bike all over the world and today we have one reader who is certainly in love with the model - and the brand having a couple of Cannondales in his collection in South Africa. The SuperSix Evo featured today is light, stiff and looks damned fine - what else could you want as reader Raymond explains....
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Alexandr Vinokurov Talks 2019 and Looks Forward to 2020
Interview: After the finish of 2019 season and at the start of the preparation for the upcoming 2020 season the general manager of Astana Pro Team Alexandr Vinokurov talks about overall results of the season, evaluates performances of the team leaders and progress of the Kazakh riders and accentuates the importance of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
SEG Racing's Harrison Wood Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been keeping his keen eye open for more 'Young Guns' in the peloton. The SEG Racing Academy rider line-up is one of the best places to start and the name Harrison Wood stands out. Ed caught up with the 'Up and Coming' rider form Devon to hear his hopes for 2020.
Irish Ex-Pro Ronan McLaughlin - 'There IS Life After The Flatlands!'
Rider Interview: Ronan McLaughlin became the first rider since a teenage Sean Kelly to win back-to-back Shay Elliott Memorial races, all this after six years with the AN-Post team plying his trade on the roads of Belgium. Ed Hood caught up with him after a chance meeting at the recent Yorkshire World championships.
UAE Team Emirates Talk: Pogačar, Gaviria, Kristoff and Aru
Rider Interviews: 2019 has probably been UAE Team Emirates best season so far. Sprint wins form Fernando Gaviria and Alexander Kristoff's Gent-Wevelgem victory were high points, but the performance from young Slovenian Tadej Pogačar shows great promise for the future. The team are in the UAE at the moment and we caught up with their top four riders.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Nov 11, 2019 - Mathieu van der Poel takes his third Euro cross title - Report and video. Sky's Dr. Freeman in court - Top Story. Loads of cycling news: New route for Gent-Wevelgem and Algarve, TDU, Tour of Saudi Arabia, Jumbo-Visma sponsor, Bernaudeau against UCI points, Froome operation, Van Aert on cross reforms, rider and team news, plus Keisse and Cavendish '6 Days' of Gent.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Nov 06, 2019 - Vinokourov and Kolobnev cleared of any wrong doing in Liège'10 - Top Story. Other news: Flandrien awards, Greipel to Israel Academy, Ganna pursuit record, Keisse not retiring, Devolder does, another year for Mancebo, WCC director fired, Mas and Fuglsang talk Movistar, De Marchi returns, contract news and Cancellara honoured at TDU. Video of Phinney's LA.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Nov 04, 2019 - Mathieu van der Poel win his first cross race: Ruddervoort and Koppenbergcross. Contador in hospital - Top Story. EUROTRASH Monday cycling news: Minsk, Štybar, Corendon to la Vuelta, TDU, Trek-Segafredo kit, SaudiTour, Tour of Britain, Team Novo Nordisk 2020 roster, Bigla-Katusha, Deceuninck, UAE meeting and video of the Lotus/Hope bike.