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Le TOUR'19: First Week Photo & Video Gallery
Tour Photo and Video Gallery: Seven stages down and thousands of images shot of the first week of what's been an exciting 2019 Tour de France... thank goodness. We've picked some of the coolest images of the French Grand Tour to present in our 'Tour First Week Gallery'.
The Tour de France Publicity Caravan Photo Gallery
Tour Caravan PeloPics: The Tour de France publicity caravan is the hight point of the race for many people, after the riders of course. It's not just the free gifts thrown out by the girls and boys atop the different vehicles, but all the noise and excitement building up to the main act of the day.
Le TOUR'19: Teams Presentation - Photo Gallery and Rider Quotes
Tour'19 Presentation PeloPics: Thousands of spectators watched the teams presentation on the Grand-Place in Brussels and honoured Eddy Merckx. Some teams held their pre-race press conference in the headquarters at Brussels’ Expo and others have issued statements. The 2019 Tour de France starts here.
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CIPOLLINI MCM Bike Project Build & Review
The Cipollini MCM road bike offers all the flash & panache you'd want from a brand that's all about performance, but with a slightly more forgiving frame design, and a custom tube-to-tube carbon construction option for this Italian original. Here's my long term review...
REGGIE Kit Review: A Ride On the Wild Side!
Clothing Review: PEZ readers be forewarned... If your cycling attire tastes lean conservatively or you prefer murdered out black, this is not the kit for you. But if you’re not afraid of a little color and standing out in the crowd, then please continue reading as PEZ looks at the REGGIE kit.
SCICON Aerotech Sunglasses Review: Armor For Your Eyes
PEZ readers familiar with SCICON probably know the brand for their air travel bike cases which are used by more than a few professional bike racing teams. But SCICON isn’t only in the business of protecting your bike. With their recently released Aerotech sunglasses, SCICON now offers protection for your eyes.
Sidi Wire 2 Carbon Air Shoe Review: Hole-y Moly
Sidi Wire 2 Carbon Air Shoes roll in as the brand's second-from-top line kicks, but are they really second best? With double dial closure, a soft instep strap and LOADS of ventilation, I think these are the top dogs…
LIMAR Air Pro Helmet Review: More Air Flow and Aero
Limar introduced the world's first foam-in-shell cycling helmet and were also the first lid-maker to sponsor a pro cycling team. They’ve also been the lightest production helmet in the world on several occasions, but they’ve only ever had “good” ventilation until now… Enter the new Air Pro.
DannyShane - Classic and Classy Kit
Clothing Review: Spring has finally arrived and that means warmer weather. So I’ve ditched the arm and knee warmers to do some riding in shorts and short-sleeve jersey – including DannyShane kit I teased in my review of their Fall City Line casual clothing.
Ed's Le Tour'19: Rest Day Rant #1 in Albi!
Tour Rest Day No.1: Ten days down and it's the 2019 Tour de France first rest day. Ed is in a 'virtual' cafe in the historical town of Albi with a café au lait avec brandy and this morning's copy of L'Equipe. Time to look back over what has been a very good first week in the 'Grande Boucle'.
Jordan Cheyne Wins Westminster Savings Road Race
Kelowna, BC’s Jordan Cheyne, riding for Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, can now add his name to those engraved on the Hans Steida Memorial Trophy as he dominated the 2019 edition of the road race, breaking away from a group of seven with just over 40 kilometres left.
Le Tour'19 Stage 10: Wout Wins in the Wind!
Stage Report: Cross-wind chaos! The damage to the overall placings today was not caused by mountains or crashes, but the invisible enemy - The wind. The race split with Jumbo-Visma's Wout Van Aert in the front group and the cross champ took some big scalps in the sprint. Losers on the day: Pinot, Landa and Bennett.
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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.
Travel: PEZ Rides L'Eroica on the Strade Bianche!
Travel: Italy, land of vino, pasta, Fausto Coppi and home of the ultimate retro-ride. L’Eroica, “the Heroic,” runs every October and of course PEZman Leslie Reissner had to join the lucky participants enjoying some fine weather, great food and some truly terrible roads on heavy bicycles with inappropriate gearing and lousy brakes. What could be better?
TOP RIDES: Chasing A Stranger On Italian Roads
What have we learned from this year's Giro? Well, Italy has it all and should be on everyones ride bucket list, but maybe riding with Italians has different rules than other cultures. Corey Sar Fox takes us on one of his old winter routes that becomes something memorable when a stranger comes along. Usually you go looking for Top Rides, but sometimes they can find you.
Italian Life: Starting Your Day with the Giro
Life with the Giro d'Italia: Peter Easton could guide you on a trip just about anywhere in the world. But Italy... well it's in his blood. As the 2019 Giro d'Italia is about to kick-off in Bologna with a tough 8.2 kilometer time trial, Peter gives us his take on the Italian spirit.
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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 TOUR Bookshelf: Tour de France Climbs from Above
PEZ Bookshelf: The highest drama in the Tour de France takes place in the mountains and the changing beauty of these alpine landscapes differentiates pro cycling from all other sports. “Tour de France Climbs from Above” is an excellent introduction to the legendary climbs, not only from the historical standpoint but for someone planning to experience the roads themselves.
Paul Sherwen's Tours Remembered
As the 2019 Tour de France congregates in Brussels for the Grand Départ, there is one man missing from the biggest bike race in the World - Paul Sherwen. Paul, along with Phil Liggett made up the 'voice of cycling' and the Tour will not be the same without him. Most years we managed to have a chat with Paul during the build-up to the start of the Tour - Here is a selection of Paul's best memories.
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What I Learned Chasing le Tour in a Cheap Rental Car
In 2003 I went to cover my first Tour de France as part of the press. I had almost no readers and even less money, so I rented the cheapest car I could find. It was small, and had no a/c, but I managed to capture some of it on video. Let's set the Way Back machine for Lyon, France.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Dan Martin talks Tour de France, Mountains and More!
Starting off your day by the serene shores of Lake Misurina, a perfect Dolomite backdrop of two of the three "Tre Cime di Lavaredo" peaks is your every inspiration and, although this is only a short climb at just 7.5km, it's certainly not for the faint hearted.
Castelli's Top 10 Moments with Team Sky
As Sky’s involvement in cycling draws to a close, having inspired millions to take up the sport and achieved what they set out to, it means we enter a new era with Team INEOS.
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Training Priorities for Better Performance
It’s easy to become enamoured with the latest piece of training advice, or the new gadget adorning your team-mates machine, but which aspects of your training are the most important according to the evidence? Many things have changed over the years.
Inside Deceuninck - Quick-Step's Team Time Trial Preparation
Toolbox: I was a speaker last week at the Science & Cycling conference in Brussels. One of the talks I found fascinating was by Koen Pelgrim from Deceuninck - Quick-Step, all about the TTT testing that they have done. He shared some interesting info on what they've learned from wind tunnel and real world testing.
Le Tour: Sprinters' Checklist
TOOLBOX: With the 106th le Tour de France starting on July 6, much of the focus will be on climbers and general classification riders, but with half a dozen flat stages, the Tour is an excellent opportunity for the sprinters to shine too. This unique discipline requires a certain type of rider - with only a few possessing the physiology and mentality to bang shoulders and wheels at 50+ mph.
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Annual Mass Ave and Indianapolis Crits - Last Chance Entry
Crit racers of multiple categories will have the opportunity to race for three consecutive days in Indianapolis, Indiana, this Friday through Sunday, July 12 -14. Total cash payouts exceed $22,000 plus primes across the three days.
DeFeet EVO “Disruptor” - Most Aerodynamic Sock Takes Yellow Jersey
DeFeet International, manufacturers of performance socks and accessories for cycling, announces the arrival of the most aerodynamic cycling socks made, the new ​DeFeet Evo Disruptor.
Wahoo Announces Acquisition of The Sufferfest
Wahoo​, the leader in connected fitness devices, has today announced its intention to acquire ​The Sufferfest​, the most complete training platform for cyclists, triathletes and other endurance athletes.
Selle San Marco with Team Wanty-Gobert at the Tour de France
For the second year in a row, Selle San Marco will be attending the Tour de France with Team Wanty-Gobert. The Grand Boucle kicks off from Brussels, Saturday, July 6th.
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Readers' Rigs: My LeMond is Better Than Your Fancy New Bike!
Today a 'Readers' Rig' with a difference, not so much a tech description, but a love note to a dear, dear friend. Ryan Hamilton in Wisconsin has fallen head-over-heels with his LeMond that he bought in 2007 and this is the story of his love affair in his own words.
Readers' Rigs: Felt AR FRD
It's time for Readers' Rigs again, the column where everyday PEZ fans send in photos and stories about their pride and joy. Today's rig is a 2015 Felt AR FRD which comes to us from the beautiful state of Colorado.
Readers' Rigs: Specialized Allez E5
Today's Readers' Rigs is something different - Adam from California is in love with his rig - that's nothing new, but he hasn't just sent us pics and a story about his pimped out racing bike. No, instead he's sent us a story about his vanity styled training bike, an all black stealth Specialized Allez E5.
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Canadian Yellow Jersey Alex Stieda Talks Tour!
Tour Rider Interview: As the 2019 Tour de France hots up, Ed Hood talks to 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.
INEOS GB Champion - Ben Swift Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Ben Swift has had an up and down career so far, but the man is a winner. From World track championships to stage wins and podium places in Sanremo, he's back home with Team Ineos and has a National champion's jersey on his shoulders. Ed Hood caught up with Ben within days of his big win to hear all about it.
Team Novo Nordisk's Peter Kusztor Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Peter Kusztor - Multi-National champion, Worlds and Olympic rider and diabetic, but always an optimist. Peter only found out about his diabetes in August last year, but the Hungarian fast-man has taken it in his stride, and with a bit of help, is keen to show his talents with Team Novo Nordisk. Here is his story.
Ultra Distance Rider: James MacDonald Gets PEZ'd!
Ultra Distance Rider Interview: Ed Hood likes to find different people to interview; champions in the making or past heroes, as well as the men making the news of today. His latest 'victim' is a long distance record setter, James MacDonald, who holds the John O'Groats - Lands End and back record and ridden the RAAM. What next? The World velodrome 24 hour endurance record.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
July 15, 2019 - The Tour de France excitement is here in EUROTRASH Monday - Full catch up with results and video. Plus the Tour of Austria final. Johan Bruyneel's Book on Doping - Top Story. Race news from Utah, Colorado, Adriatica Ionica and the Tour Down Under. Bigla extends sponsorship, Patrick Müller to retire and behind the scenes at the Tour with CCC video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
July 11, 2019 - The excitement has been high in the Tour - We catch up with the last three stages with reports and video. Plus the Tour of Austria and BC Superweek. Top Story - 2025 Grand Départ in Amsterdam. Other news: No Katusha in 2020, contracts for Sénéchal and Steels, Arctic Race, EuroTrack19, Adriatica Ionica, BinckBank/BEAT and Wahoo/Sufferfest and Tastes of Le Tour.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
July 08, 2019 - Two stages into the 2019 Tour and we have all the action and results. Plus the Tour of Austria and the Tour de Delta. Changes at Lotto Soudal, Philippe Gilbert to jump ship? - Top Story. Other news: Lotto Soudal sponsorship, Bahrain-Merida with Rudy Project, Renshaw retire, new CUBE for Wanty, Sunweb and BinckBank, Boonen and Chavanel and Vuelta etapa.