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PEZ Photo Gallery: Valencia'20 Stage 4 - Road to Nowhere
Roadside PEZ: The best laid plans are bound to go wrong, especially if you are 'Race Chasing', as our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, found out on the mountainous stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana last Saturday. He didn't make the ultra-steep summit finish, but there still a lot to take in 'Roadside'.
PEZ Photo Gallery: Valencia'20 Stage 2 Summit Finish
Roadside PEZ: Stage 2 of the 2020 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana finished only an hour away from our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, so we had to send him to the coastal town of Cullera to take in the action. 181 kilometres from Torrent to the summit finish in Cullera, the final 3 kilometres rises 173 meters to the line.
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Bill Kund's 70s Cycling Remembered
Interview and Photo Gallery: After hearing all about Bill Kund's rapid rise from young novice cyclist to Olympic rider in the 1960s, we move on to the 1970s and being a professional in Holland. It wasn't all cycling, there was also a career in the music business and teaching, plus a World championships and rubbing shoulders with the best.
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Gear Break: New Clothing, Cycling on TV and Race Relief Gel
Gear Break: The mix doesn't get more varied than this week's 'Gear Break'. Do you want to watch race action? Then check-out fuboTV. New on the market: Race Relief cold therapy gel from Zaelios, Rapha's Pro Team range and Stages® Cycling new Shimano MTB and gravel power meter options. Plus 2% of La Passione purchases to Helping Animals Australia and St. Patrick's Day socks from SockGuy.
Gear Break: Deals, Holidays and New Kit!
Gear Break: Another varied collection of goods and discount - 40% off in the Craft end of season sale and see the Giro d'Italia in Sicily with Grand Tour Project. New clothing from La Passione, Boulder Denim launches bike-friendly jeans and Sidi Sixty limited edition shoes. Plus gluten-free protein bars by Naked Nutrition.
Gear Break - Special Offers and Innovations
Gear Break: Another fine selection from the World of bikes. The GORE® R5 GORE-TEX insulated jacket wins 'Product of the Year', new ToeTector and BroTector, Mathieu van der Poel limited-edition 100% neon orange eyewear, winter raffle from Katusha, State Bicycle Co.'s Undefeated goes electric and CeramicSpeed supports Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal team.
Gear Break - Discounts and Innovations
Gear Break: This week's 'Gear Break' mixes beauty from Officina Battaglin with a discount on G4 bib-Shorts and tights. Chasing them are the new Campagnolo Bora WTO 33 multi-purpose wheels, Wahoo announces ANGi crash sensor integration with ELEMNT GPS computers, essential winter headgear by Giordana and the special edition bourbon titanium kit by Silca. Something for everyone.
Gear Break - The Best and the Different!
Gear Break: In this week's 'Gear Break' we have a big mix of top and inventive kit. The new CHAPTER2 AO Gravel bike and the electric ÖSA bike by CAKE. Trek-Segafredo will be using Pirelli tyres and you can help Australian wildlife with DeFeet, new bar tape by Silca with a crash replacement policy and check-out D1x electronic shifting from Archer Components.
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LIMAR Air Master Helmet Review & Ride
The Limar Air Master road cycling helmet offers low profile compact fit and aerodynamic style designed to be the all-round riding helmet in your collection. Here's my first look and initial riding impressions of the tricolor Italian flag version made exclusively for the North American market.
Ed on the Boards: Three Nights in Copenhagen
Copenhagen '6 Days': Ed Hood couldn't miss the last '6 Day' of the 2019/20 season in Copenhagen. A full six days was not possible in the Danish capital, but three is better than none and the winners were dominant. The City of the little mermaid is one of Ed's favourites, as he always says "wonderful, wonderful..."
Ed on the Boards: Bremen '6 Days' - The Big Finalé!
Bremen '6 Days': The final three days of any '6 Day' should be the most exciting and the 2020 Bremen event was not a disappointment. Ed Hood was track side (the inside) for the climax as he worked away helping out the riders before the '6 Day' circus rolled up the big top to move on to Berlin for the final event of the winter season.
Ed on the Boards: Bremen '6 Days' - Three Nights In!
Bremen '6 Days': Ed Hood has moved on from the final night in Rotterdam to work the full 6 days in the German City of Bremen. Loud music, bright lights and fast racing on the new boards of Bremen, Ed was there for all the razzamatazz and 'Party Time', but there are riders to look after and that camper to sleep in. The fun of the track centre.
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Col du Tourmalet: Top Ride & Descent Video
TOP RIDE: My one ascent and descent of the mighty Col du Tourmalet remain a vivid memory - even some 16 years later. So when Allan Reeves of France From Inside Tours sent me a video of him riding the full descent of the Tourmalet's west side, I knew it was time to dig into the vault and relive my own day riding over the highest paved pass in the Pyrenees.
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.
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PEZ Bookshelf: Bicycles: Past, Present and Future
Italian book “Bicycles: Past, Present and Future” by Roberto Gurian, with graphic design by Maria Cucchi, has been translated by Robert Bethel into English, but marvelous bike photos speak in all languages. PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, gives us his thoughts on this wonderful bike book.
Classic Winner: Ireland's Shay Elliott
Shay Elliott - Irish Hero: Irishman, Shay Elliott is the first English speaker to have won the early season Classic, the Het Volk, or as it is now known; The Het Nieuwsblad. But there was much more to the man from Dublin. Ed Hood looks back at the life and career of one of his heroes.
Cobbles Revisited: Ed's Flemish Weekend'19
2019 Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne: As Ed Hood is planning his Flemish weekend to the first of the Spring Classics in Belgium; we look back at last year's trip to Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Don't worry, Ed will prepare his 'PEZ Het Nieuwsblad/Kuurne Preview' for next Wednesday before he heads off to the land of frites and cobbles.
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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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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.
From Pillow to Podium: Nutrition Strategies to Increase Sleep Quality
It comes as no surprise that sleep is a fundamental part of recovery for optimal performance and training adaptations for athletes of all sports. In this article we go through the latest evidence on how (up until a certain point) nutrition can influence sleep.
Improving Pain Tolerance Through HIIT
TOOLBOX: Cycling is lauded as a sport of suffering and who can put up with the most pain. Is this pain tolerance trainable? And if so, are some types of training better than others at increasing pain tolerance?
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PEZ-Man Matt McNamara Needs Help
Matt McNamara has been one of the main 'PEZ ToolBox' contributors for... years, and a very valued coach to many, but in November he crashed on a training ride and sustained severe injuries, but is still here to tell the tale. As you can imagine, Matt's medical bills are as frightening as his injuries and a fundraiser has been set up to help a man who has helped others.
La Vuelta a España 2020 Route
Vuelta'20 Route: This will be a very special year for the Spanish grand tour as it celebrates its 75th edition. La Vuelta 20 will take off from The Netherlands on the 14th of August, with a first stage taking place entirely in Utrecht (TTT); and will end in Madrid on the 6th of September.
Strava Year in Sport 2019
Strava has released its annual Year In Sport data report, which analyzes the activities of its more than 48 million community members to draw insights into the latest trends in cycling, fastest growing bikes, the impact of virtual rides and more.
Beginners Guide to Road Cycling as a Sport
Sponsored Post: Road racing became an organized sport in the late 19th century and has gone on to become highly popular in Europe. Of all the sports in the world today, cycling is among the very few that allow for mass participation.
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Readers' Rigs: Serrotta CSI
Today's Readers' Rigs is no latest generation show pony carbon wonderbike, instead it's a Real Steel semi-custom from the folks at Serrotta that has proven a worthy Rig for its owner Brock who has owned his bike for 20 years now...
Readers' Rigs: Robert's Home Trainer Bike
This week's 'Readers' Rig' is a little bit different. Writer and poet, Robert Lee Kendrick's Specialized doesn't leave the house these days, but it still see's a lot of action on the home trainer. Robert's bike is maybe old, but has been armed with a Powertap hub and is a home trainer beater.
Writers' Rigs - Chuck Peña's Felt FC
Writers'Rigs: We have all seen Chuck Peña's fine Felt FC bike in his wheel, chainring and saddle reviews in the past, but we've not heard too much about the steed its self. Not to miss a chance to show off his bike and describe the ins and outs of its existence... Chuck's Writers' Rig in detail.
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CCC's Alessandro De Marchi Gets PEZ'd
Rider Interview: Alessandro De Marchi is one of those guys who has been quietly building up a fine palmarès and the admiration of the other professionals as a strong rider to have along-side you in a break. Our PEZman in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, managed to have a word with Alessandro at the CCC team early season training camp.
Catching Up with Circus-Wanty's Andrea Pasqualon
Rider Interview: January saw the Belgian Wanty-Gobert team, now with Circus as the top line sponsor, present their 2020 line-up in the Spanish Costa Blanca town of Albir. The presentation has become a regular fixture since 2014 as has having a chat with Italian rider Andrea Pasqualon.
UAE's 'Young Gun' Brandon McNulty Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: When PEZman in Spain, Alastair Hamilton was invited to the UAE Team Emirates training camp last month he had to decide who to interview. Tadej Pogačar and Fernando Gaviria where obvious choices, but the name Brandon McNulty stuck out as a man to watch for the future. Worlds medalist and winner of an exceptionally hard 2019 Giro di Sicilia - A star in the making.
Israel's Track Coach Steve McEwen Gets PEZ'd
Interview: As it looks like Israel is becoming a force to be reckoned with on the road with the Israel Start-Up Nation WorldTour team, track cycling is also coming out of the shadows. Ed Hood managed to find out more from the man behind their future success - Steve McEwen - ex Dutch National coach and now Track Program Director in Israel.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
feb 24, 2020 - A very busy EUROTRASH Monday as the Ruta del Sol and the Volta Ao Algarve come to a close and the UAE Tour kicks off. Lefevere not happy with the UCI - Top Story. Other cycling news: Stefano (son of Johan) Museeuw signs for BEAT, Rowe extends with Ineos, Gazprom-RusVelo for Pologne, Giro di Sicilia teams and the 2020 Euro Champs’ Routes. All the fun of the road.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Feb 20, 2020 - Good news as the Poggio will be in this years Milan-Sanremo - Top Story. Race reports and video from Ruta del Sol and Algarve. Other cycling news: Degenkolb to miss Algarve and Het Nieuwsblad, Pinot to Paris-Nice, Dumoulin parasites, Greipel operation, UAE, Sunweb, CCC and Deceuninck - Quick-Step to UAE Tour, Mercado arrested, Tissot times the Giro and Eurovision extends until 2025.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Feb 17, 2020 - The Colombian's love cycling, specially if they are winning - All the news and video from the Tour Colombia, Provence, Murcia, Laigueglia, Almeria and the New Zealand champs. Pidcock no Van der Poel copy - Top Story. Team news from Algarve and Andalucia. Doping in Costa Rica, Colorado Classic's TV Streaming and 2020 for LUX Cycling.