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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.
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.
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The Road to Road Tubeless
Road Tubeless Tech: Thinking of making the jump to tubeless? PEZ-Man Chuck Peña has leapt into the unknown and fitted a set of Pirelli Cinturatos to his Irwin Cycling AON TLR wheelset. Chuck runs through the tire fitting and the potentially disastrous sealant injecting to find the ins-and-outs of going tubeless.
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.
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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Paris-Ancaster 2020 - Get Ready!
A gravel grinder classic before such things even existed, Paris-Ancaster is a highlight of the Canadian spring cycling season. Our gravel/CX fiend Stephen Cheung looks back at his 2017 humbling on the Ontario roads and trails...
Rest in Peace Raymond 'Poupou' Poulidor
Obituary: The sad news of the death of Raymond Poulidor was announced first by the sportspaper, L'Equipe last Wednesday and the French public went into mourning, as did the cycling World. Poulidor didn't have the palmarès he deserved, but more importantly he was loved by the public. Ed Hood looks at his career and life.
PEZ Bookshelf: The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman
Book Review: Belgium: it's an odd place. A country put together from pieces other nations didn't really want, it seems resigned to an eternal identity crisis. But beyond this historic and political mess, there is a remarkable sporting story - cycling and the Flemish, described by author Harry Pearson as “a grand romance.”
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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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Raymond Poulidor Dies at 83
Raymond Poulidor died at the age of 83, L’Equipe reports. Mathieu van der Poel's grandfather had been sick for some time. Pou Pou, the 'Eternal Second' passed away on Wednesday night at 2 o'clock in the hospital of his hometown Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat.
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.
Readers' Rigs
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Readers' Rigs: 2016 Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod
At over seventy years old our reader today Albert from Massachusetts is carving up the beautiful back country roads of his state on his Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod decked out with Dura-Ace, Zipp 303's and more. He loves it so much that it is supposed to be his 'last' bike....
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....
Interviews
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World Cup Winner Felix English Talks Track Racing
Rider Interview: It has been a while since Irish international rider, Felix English, suddenly became famous for beating multi Worlds and Olympic champion Chris Hoy in a sprint. There is much more to the man from the Emerald Isle, via Brighton and so Ed Hood caught up with Felix after a very successful World Cup on the boards of Glasgow to hear more.
Stuart Balfour - Worlds 'Young Gun' Rider
Rider Interview: Ed Hood caught up with his Scottish countryman, Stuart Balfour after a strong 2019 season that saw him cut his teeth on events all over Europe - The Baby Giro, Tour de L’Avenir, Tour de Bretagne, Peace Race and the Worlds, they don't come much bigger than that in the Worlds of the Under 23 rider. Balfour was there, here is his story.
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.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Nov 21, 2019 - Belgium gets a full compliment of riders at the Tokyo Olympics - Top Story. Raymond Poulidor laid to rest on Tuesday. No races to report, but lots of cycling news in EUROTRASH Thursday: World champ Down Under, rider news, new contracts. Deutschland Tour, Gasparotto not Italian, GF Gimondi Bianchi, NTT Continental, TDU rides and the wolves video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Nov 18, 2019 - Will the 2020 Vuelta a España climb the Tourmalet? - Top Story. All the results and video from Flandriencross, Tabor, Gent '6 Days' and Shanghai Criterium. Other cycling news: Vuelta in France, HEMA and Jumbo, Arkea on Canyon, BORA 2020, rider contracts, Fröhlinger retires, UAE legal action, Movistar wear Alé, Urán training. Col Collective climbs the Tourmalet.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Nov 14, 2019 - A sad EUROTRASH Thursday with the passing of French hero Raymond Poulidor - Top Story. Poulidor's grandson Mathieu van der Poel won the Jaarmarktcross, report and video. Other cycling news: Carapaz/Movistar on good terms, not good for Dennis, race news from Norway and Britain, rider and team news, Velon complain and UAE glasses. The battle of Puy de Dôme.