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Photo and Interview Special: Deceuninck - Quick-Step Media Day
Photo Interview Special: Quick-Step Floors, the most 'winningest' team in 2018 had their media day and presented the new main sponsor, Deceuninck, this week in Spain. PEZ was there to take in the fun and talk to the riders as they build up to another successful season - From the young Evenepoel to the super-star Gilbert.
Photo Special: John's Cyclo-Cross Gallery!
Photo Special: Our regular photo contributor, John Thomson, has just returned from a cyclo-cross trip to Essen, Overijse, Zonhoven and the Scheldecross in Antwerp. From hundreds of pics, John has sent us his best/favourite shots from the snow and mud.
Photo Special: CCC-Liv 2019 Team Presentation
Photo Special and Interviews: Last Friday both of the new CCC sponsored teams had their presentation and media day in the Valencian region of Spain. First up was the women's CCC-Liv woman's team who were available for photos and chat in the morning in the Hotel Port Dénia.
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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.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'18 #6
Gift Guide'18 #6: There's not much time left to get those holiday gifts before the 25th, so here are some more handy hints. Silca T-Handle Kit, Condor hat, Cycliq FLY6 Rear dashcam, SIDI Winter Clothing, SCICON AeroComfort bike bag, Orbea Orca, World Bicycle Relief clothing, Velusso CC membership and gifts from WAHOO. There must be something amongst this lot of goodies?
First Look: Range Torque Ratchet
VIDEO: There's not better time for small tools than Holiday Season - they make poerfect stocking stuffers, as well as fitting into a jersey pocket. The Range Torque Ratchet wrench from Feedback Sports is small enough to take with you, but with all your bolts correctly torqued, you'll be fine leaving it in the safety of your tool kit.
Trackside Ed: Single Speed Tech at Bremen Six Day
Trackside Ed: The '6 Days' are not just some shiny clad fast-men spinning in continual circles for the entertainment of over fed and drunk spectators, there is a hive of activity 'below stairs'. PEZ has a man on the inside - Ed Hood is in Bremen and takes us behind the boards to see the soft underbelly of the event. Ed also has time for one of his famous rants on 'the good old days'.
Trackside: Bremen ‘6 Day’ – The First Three Days
Trackside Ed: The '6 Day' caravan has moved on from Rotterdam in the south of Holland to Bremen in the German northwest and Ed Hood was along for the ride. Another velodrome and another track with some different riders, but the routine is the same and... Those buckets to empty.
Trackside Ed: Rotterdam ‘6 Day’ – The Big Finalè
Trackside Ed: Part 2 of Ed Hood's Rotterdam '6 Day' adventure brings the curtain down on the Dutch track extravaganza. It's not only the riders who are feeling tired as the race comes to an end - More coffee is needed in the track centre to get through the final three days... And Bremen here we come.
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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.
Top Ride: Lombardia Corsa!
Lombardia Ride: Sometimes you gotta point the car at the cliff and give ‘er some stick. Okay, maybe heading out for an awesome solo ride may not be quite the same... but sometimes heading into the unknown is best approached with a ‘give ‘er’ attitude, and as I once again learned on this awesome ride around Lago di Como, the rewards can be worthy of a lifetime.
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PEZ Bookshelf: Japanese Steel
The first printed books were meant to emulate hand-written manuscripts and since the days of Gutenberg we continue to admire fine publications. The Rizzoli company is noted for its quality works and has not disappointed with “Japanese Steel”, a celebration of “bike boom” two-wheelers that features superb presentation along with exquisite photos of bicycles you probably have never thought much about.
PEZ Goes to the Movies: La Petite Reine - Downfall of a Champion
You would think that bicycle racing would be the ideal cloth for movies. Oddly, ficionalized cycling cinema has never caught on except for perhaps “Breaking Away” and “American Flyers”. In 2014 Québec filmmakers came up with “La Petite Reine,” and it is a shame it did not get wider notice in the film and cycling worlds.
PEZ Bookshelf: Re: Cyclists - 200 Years on Two Wheels
2017 marked the 200th anniversary of Baron Drais's ride around Mannheim on his Laufmaschine, generally held to be the predecessor of our carbon-framed, electronically-shifted disc-braked wonder bicycles. From then to now, with its detours, fashion victims, and astringent personalities, is the subject of well-known British author Michael Hutchinson's latest book.
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Ever Wondered Why the Col de Turini May be One of the Best Roads in the world?
Rising 1,607 metres above the Mediterranean, the Col de Turini may not be the highest pass in the Alpes-Maritimes but at 24.3 kilometres in length, starting from Sospel, it's a climb that definitely needs to be ridden with respect.
27.8km of Swiss Magic, Welcome to the Sustenpass!
At 27.8 kilometres in length Switzerland's Sustenpass can easily have you feeling quite daunted at the prospect of scaling it on two wheels. Lush meadows, dense forests and chocolate-box villages make way for a sensory overload of tunnels, waterfalls, high mountain lakes and glaciers!
The Legendary Col du Tourmalet!
Without question the Col du Tourmalet is one the all time greats of cycling, first featuring in the 1910 Tour de France and with over 80 appearances since make it amongst the very oldest, and the most frequently used, climb in the history of the race.
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Does Fitness Improve Pain Tolerance?
Toolbox: Cycle sport is intricately mythologized with the heroism and agony of suffering. We watch and marvel not just at the speed and power of the pros, but for the thrill (for us) and suffering (for them) inherent in racing over cobbles, high mountains rain, extreme heat, and even snow. Does being fitter also make you tougher? Does improved fitness actually alter pain tolerance?
How Teammates Benefit Climbing Aerodynamics
Toolbox: Since the era of Banesto, Postal, and now Sky, the Grand Tour climbs have turned into massive team leadouts, with Indurain, Armstrong, Wiggins, Froome, & Thomas protected by an armada of climbing domestiques. But is there an actual benefit to having teammates pacing on climbs?
Toolbox: Keeping New Year's Resolutions
The New Year is upon us again and for many that means New Year Resolutions and then a week later breaking them. Today best selling author and keen cyclist Bob Selden gives us his tips on how to make resolutions and more importantly - how to keep them!
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Roll Massif Reimagines Cycling with Eight Colorado Sportives
Roll Massif​ launched today with a collection of eight road, gravel and mountain bike sportives across the state of Colorado. Roll Massif builds on the legacy of existing road cycling institutions like Copper Triangle, Elephant Rock and Tour of the Moon with brand new sportives like Wild Horse Gravel in De Beque and Crooked Gravel in Winter Park.
Rapha Reveals EF Education First Kit
The new visual identity of the EF Education First pro cycling team, designed to disrupt the appearance of the professional peloton, will launch at Tour Down Under and at sequenced events online and around the world on the 12th of January (in Australia).
Zwift Partners with ABSA Cape Epic
Zwift, the multiplayer online training and racing platform, today announces a formal partnership with the Absa Cape Epic. As part of the partnership, Zwift will be hosting an eight week Group Workout series commencing on January 21.
Cold and Winter? No Problem with SIDI...
Riding never stops, not even when winter comes. There are those who ride for necessity, like the champions from the Sidi team, and those who simply want to follow their bliss, like so many enthusiasts throughout the world. Now when it comes to pedalling there are no limits.
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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.
Retro Readers' Rigs: Lawwill-Knight Pro Cruiser!
And now for something completely different - an MTB on PEZ! Yes, we're a roadie site and proud of it but when PEZ fan Dick - a keen roadie himself - sent in pics of his Pro Cruiser MTB even our roadie brains were interested in this bike. It's one of only 600 that were made between 1978 and 1984 and makes claim to being the first production MTB.
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Catching Up with TDU Leader CCC's Patrick Bevin
Rider Interview: New Zealand time trial champion, 8th in the Worlds TT, top performer in Tirreno, Yorkshire, Dauphiné, Britain, California and the Basque Country; Patrick Bevin performed beyond and above the call of duty in 2018. And now leads the 2019 Tour Down Under. Alastair Hamilton had a word with Patrick at the CCC team presentation.
Retro Track Talk: World Sprint Champ Gordon Johnson
Retro Interview: The life of a 'Sprint King' can be colourful and controversial; Australian Gordon Johnson certainly lived it to the full. Ed Hood spoke to Johnson to hear of his adventures on the boards of Europe, World championships and all the characters he came up against.
Retro PEZ Talk: Soigneur to the Stars - Pierrot de Wit
Retro Interview: Back in the days before team's had trainers, doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and masseurs, they had a very hard working soigneur who did all those jobs and more. One of the most famous of these men was Pierrot de Wit, Ed Hood had the chance to talk over old times with the Soigneur to the stars.
Star Finder: Christophe Andre Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Scout Interview: Becoming a professional cyclist is not easy, apart from the long training rides, hard racing and living the life of an athlete, you need that big break. Christophe Andre has been helping many riders from Britain and his home country of France with a step up to the pro ranks - Ed Hood has a word with the man who helped Adam Yates, amongst others.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Jan 21, 2019 - The 2019 season is well under way and Porte took his sixth Willunga victory and Impey his second TDU overall, plus Van Aert wins a cyclo-cross-Results and video. Careful with your GPS-Top Story. Other cycling news: Tafi for Roubaix? Kit for Van Avermaet, Greipel for Roubaix, Aru tests, Cofidis WorldTour, Wanty performance, Sunweb contracts and ride with the Deceuninck team Down Under.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Jan 17, 2019 - The Tour Down Under has three stages under its belt-Results and video from Australia. Plus Van der Poel takes another cross win. Top Story is good news. Other cycling news: Oman route, Bardet to ride San Remo, Catalunya wildcards, suspension for Brajkovič and Sola, suspensions for Tramadol, new suppliers for Dimension Data and UAE, BORA-hansgrohe team video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Jan 14, 2019 - The season has started and Caleb Ewan takes the win. Reports from Australia and the National cross champs. Chris Horner to race in 2019-Top Story. Other cycling news: TDU previews, teams for Tour and Het Nieuwsblad, Asgreen extends, Lotto look ahead, Jakobsen talks, Richeze accident, UAE/Stages, Astana/Northwave, Contador/Gobik and Froome-Borat/Sagan.