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Valencia'19 Hits The Hills - Photo Gallery
Valencia Stage 2 Photo Gallery: After the easy 'photo-shoot' at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana stage 1 time trial, it was time for Al Hamilton to do a bit of 'Race Chasing' as Italian PEZ-man Ale Federico calls it. Stage 2 was set in the mountains behind Alicante, take it away Al.
Valencia'19 Stage 1 Time Trial Photo Gallery
Valencia TT Photo Gallery: The pro peloton kicked off the first stage race on the European main-land of 2019 on Wednesday with a 10.2 kilometre time trial in the Spanish town of Orihuela. PEZ-man Alastair Hamilton made the trip south to catch the action and get some early season sunburn.
Photo & Video Special: Wanty-Gobert Team Presentation
Photo and Video Special: The Wanty-Gobert team have had their presentations in Spain for a few years, in 2019 they are using a different venue, the Albir Gardens resort just a few kilometres from Benidorm. There was food and drink on offer and so our man Al Hamilton was there for the occasion.
Tech N Spec
Enigma Bikes Echelon Review: NAHBS Best Campagnolo Winner
England’s Enigma Bicycles offered a nice Canvas in their Echelon Ti frame. Technical Editor Charles Manantan took that up a few notches sending Cyclo-Retro a full Campagnolo group for refinishing and engraving and then selecting custom paint to match the custom leather saddle re-wrap and Bar Tape.
PEZ Reviews the Full Castelli RoS Collection
I braved torrential rains and white knuckle driving on the I5 to make the 6+ hour journey to visit the Castelli USA headquarters in Portland. The rough weather set the stage for my visit - to finally see and ride the much anticipated complete RoS Collection - including jacket, gloves, shoe covers, cap, and the Nanoflex Pro 2 bibtights.
CHAPTER2 RERE: Speed, Style & Comfort Reviewed
The Rere by Chapter2 Bikes is a blend of aerodynamic styling, fast handling responsiveness, and a surprising amount of comfort for a bike that on the surface looks to be built for pure speed.
Ma' Bad Ass 7-Layer Baselayer Breakdown!
Just like Mrs. Pez - the right cycling baselayer is essential to keep me warm on cold winter days. Modern fabrics, design, and construction have opened up more choices than ever before, so here are seven different baselayers from Castelli, Alé Bikewear, Nalini, and Assos that I've been using for a variety of cold weather rides and warming requirements.
Stink Stomper: Win Detergent for Performance Clothing
Win Detergent, specifically designed for performance synthetic fabrics, works very well in cutting the dirt, grime and oily residue that bactieria feed on to create that "synthetic clothing stink" that we all loath...
PEZ Holiday Last Minute Gift Guide'18 #7
Gift Guide #7: Christmas Eve and time is about to run out on the gift buying front, just when men start thinking about going to the shops. Here is a mixed bag of last minute presents from Alé, Sportful, Chapter2, Arundel, Rudy Project, HideMyBell, G4, Silca, Craft, ROAD iD, Katusha Clothing and GF Gimondi-Bianchi charity entry. Have a great festive holiday time.
Top Ride: Pez Climbs The Trivigno & Mortirolo
Roadside St. 19: That was one hard stage. The kind that conjures up long lists of Rainman-like repeated swear words in your head as you grind and grapple your way over the kind of super-hard climbs only the Giro serves up. At least it was for me as I rode the final 85 kms of today’s corsa…
Trackside Ed: Single Speed Says Goodbye to Copenhagen
Copenhagen 6 Day: As the curtain came down on the final days of the Copenhagen 6 Days, Ed Hood was working hard bellow the boards to see out the last three days... or nights, and so the '6 Day' gerbils stop racing round in circles until next winter.
Trackside Ed: Fixie Action from Copenhagen!
Trackside Ed: The '6 Day' circus has moved from Berlin to Copenhagen and the Ed Hood caravan was hitched up for the ride. After the long journey across the frozen wastelands, the track-centre cabin is set up and it's business as usual for the opening days of the '6 Days' of Copenhagen.
PEZ 'Enjoys' Garda Bike Hotel
Most PEZ Readers know a bit about the 'bike hotel' concept, and many of you have enjoyed staying in one location, hospitality by gracious hosts who know the best rides, food and wine, all in a cycling dreamland like Italy. The Garda Bike Hotel was one of the first to cater to road cyclists, with over ten years experience, it's no wonder they've become THE place to stay at Lake Garda.
Top Ride: Cycling Piedmont Italy
Any ride is generally a good ride but what separates a good ride from a Top Ride? Well usually it's the location but it could be your riding partner, your equipment or even the rest stops. This past summer our own Chris Selden discovered a truly top ride cycling in Piedmont in Italy where he had the perfect combination of everything.
My Favorite Climb: Montebello Road - Cupertino, CA
Last week I rode my favorite climb. Not at all unusual I know, but in this case it was my first “real” ride in almost two months thanks to a recurring injury that kept me off the bike and largely on crutches. I rode it because a favorite climb is like an old friend and I needed the comfort of a friend to ease back into regular riding.
Riding l'EROICA With Scatto Bike Tours
The preparation for any new tour requires a lot of planning and ground work. Scatto Bike Tours' EROICA/GF Roma is their newest trip and this last weekend they drove from Vicenza, their home base, to check out the EROICA event and sort out some of the logistics and details. This is what they found.
Fifteen Years After: Marco Pantani Remembered
14 February 2004. Marco Pantani dies alone in Rimini. In a motel, after three days spent in a small room without seeing anybody. Pantani was still a Pro rider. During the previous year, during the Giro, he was able to show great moments and I remember, all over the winter, many people wondering about Il Pirata’s plans for the 2004. Then it all ended.
Marco Pantani's Top 10 Moments
How could you not love a guy who styled himself a modern-day Pirate? Bandanas, ear rings, bleached goatee, “aargh matey – ‘tis time to plunder us some mountain stages...!” He had the legs to back it all up, and lit up racing of the early-mid ‘90’s with his explosive style and ability. We recall our favorite Pantani Moments…
Pantani Remembered: The Beginning of the End
For many of us February 14th marks Valentine’s Day – the day to remember and be with someone special. For cycling fans; this year also marks the 15th anniversary of Marco Pantani’s death – a spectacular and controversial rider still loved by thousands of fans today. Ale Federico was one of these fans, and remembers that day his hero started to fall...
Pez Videos
Cippo di Carpegna (Pantani's Climb) with Davide Cassani
Although the Apennines may not be as famous as the Alps to the north that's not to say they are any less of a challenge, often deserted their steep and irregular pitches are a playground of pleasure and pain.
The Legendary Luz Ardiden is Here!
Luz Ardiden: With a prestigious list of winners including Delgado, Indurain, Virenque, Jalabert, Armstrong and more, its close proximity to Spain means it’s one of the rare climbs that has featured in the Vuelta a España as well as the Tour de France.
How to Survive Winter?
In this episode of Behind the Ride I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at some of the ways I “try” to survive winter, a time of year I particularly struggle with. From bike set-up to staying visible and some key items of kit that I’ve found particularly useful. I hope it helps you be safe, seen and comfortable during the darker months of the year.
Best Trainer Base Building Workouts
Toolbox: Power training and indoor cycling trainers simply belong together. The pure efficiency and controlled environment of training indoors partners amazingly well with precise training based on specific targeted power numbers. The combination of accurate power measurement and controlled smart trainers has taken this to new levels.
Best Tips To Become a Positivite Thinking Cyclist
Toolbox: Negative thinking, especially during difficult rides, will certainly hurt your cycling confidence and prevent you from riding your best and achieving your cycling goals. Your goal is to retrain your negative thinking into positive thinking and high confidence that propels you to your very best rides.
How Many Sprints are There in a Field Sprint?
Toolbox: Whether it’s amateurs or professionals, a very high proportion of races ends up in a mass sprint. While we all see the dramatic final burst to the line, the frantic leadup to that final sprint is the critical springboard to success…
Team Novo Nordisk and Wahoo Fitness Announce Two-Year Partnership
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, and Wahoo Fitness, the global leader in indoor smart trainers and connected cycling computers, announced that Wahoo will be the team’s official technical partner for smart trainers, heart rate monitors, and bike computers through the 2020 season.
NUTREND D.S. a.s. made a collaboration agreement with WorldTour cycling team KATUSHA ALPECIN. For the upcoming 2019 season, NUTREND will be an exclusive partner in sports nutrition.
Team Novo Nordisk Announces Partnership with Veloflex
Team Novo Nordisk is racing on Veloflex tubulars and clinchers during the 2019 season. Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, and Italian-based Veloflex announced a partnership naming Veloflex as the official tire for Team Novo Nordisk.
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Readers' Rigs
Readers' Rigs: Unique Baum Corretto From Down Under
A completely unique Baum from Down Under that's custom in every way. Stephen Amos in Brisbane, Australia has a very unique steed: A hand crafted Corretto by Baum, shod with a Campagnolo Super Record group and Enve wheels and finishing kit. A custom paint job classic look with a unique twist. It's Retro Readers' Rigs time!
Retro Readers' Rigs: Fuso Stainless Steel Custom
It's time for another Retro Readers' Rigs, the column where PEZ-Fans send in photos and a story about their bikes. A Readers' Rig could be anything from a $15,000 carbon fibre super machine to a vintage racer or something that's completely out of the ordinary like this custom painted stainless steel bike with retro style downtube shifters and drilled out brake levers.
Retro Readers' Rigs: Custom Bottecchia
Today's Readers' Rig may come from England but it's certainly not a standard British machine and with its Bottecchia frame and custom painted parts by its owner Phil this is a bike that certainly stands out.
Catching Up with Mitchelton-Scott's Nick Schultz
Rider Interview: Nick Schultz has stepped up in the best possible fashion in 2019. The young Australian made the move from the ProContinental Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team to the WorldTour with Mitchelton-Scott and immediately showed his gratitude with a win in the Herald Sun Tour. Ed Hood spoke to Nick after his win.
CCC's Joey Rosskopf gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Joey Rosskopf is entering his ninth year as a professional cyclist and in a new 'old' team as BMC becomes CCC for the 2019 season. We caught up with the man from Georgia at the CCC presentation and training camp in Spain, just before Christmas 2018.
Retro Talk: Canadian Tour Yellow Jersey Alex Stieda
Retro Rider Interview: The first North American to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey - Canada's Alex Stieda. The coveted Maillot Jaune wasn't on his shoulders for long, but that claim is set in the stone of cycling history for ever. Ed Hood hears all about it.
Wanty-Gobert's Andrea Pasqualon Gets PEZ'd
Rider Interview: Andrea Pasqualon has been building on his professional career for the last nine years with many top ten places and some good wins to add to his palmarès. PEZ caught up with the man from Bassano del Grappa at the Wanty-Gobert team presentation in Spain to hear his thoughts on the future and the past, all with a smile.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 14, 2019 - St. Valentine's Day and we remember the passing of Marco Pantani 15 years ago - Top Story. Tour Colombia; video with reports and results, plus previews of Oman and Provence. Other cycling news: Pauwels retires, Schelderprijs, Roubaix route - no U19 race, Limburg date, Tour of the Alps, Jakobsen extends, Lotto up-date and video of the Paul Sherwen Memorial Service.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Feb 11, 2019 - Reports and results from the la Vuelta a Valencia and the Etoile de Bessèges, plus cyclocross from Lille and Hoogstraten, all with video. Glasgow gets the first 'Super World Championships' - Top Story. Other cycling news: Philippe Gilbert starts his season, Florian Stork steps up to the WorldTour, Deutschland and Oman 2019 and more women in the UEC. A full EuroTrash.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 07, 2019 - Racing has started in earnest. Volta a Valenciana and the GP La Marseillaise reports and video plus Brico Cross. Too much pressure on Evenepoel-Top Story. Wildcards for Flanders, Wevelgem and Dwars door. Froome for Catalunya-Thomas for Strade Bianche? Contador Wants Mas for WorldTour team, Démare for Giro, no Woman's Tour, Limburg and Obree looks at UCI bans.