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Monday December 9, 2019
I have previously tested a variety of First Endurance products in isolation, but in preparation for gravel races earlier this year, I used a suite of their products. This started with their new Optygen-HP supplements, and included their EFS drink mix, EFS Liquid Shot, Ultragen recovery mix, and Pre-Race capsules.
Monday December 9, 2019
Gift Guide #4: Another week down and another week nearer the holiday season and those gifts won't buy themselves! In our fourth 'Gift Guide' we have offerings from NormaTec recovery systems, Rapha, Sidi, Genus by Vadolibero, Bont, FSA wheels, Nalini clothing, Basso and WIN Sports Detergent.
Monday December 9, 2019
Dec 09, 2019 - Two different winners at the weekend. Reports and results from Zonhoven and Essen with video. Liege'10 case closed - Top Story. As always, lots of other Monday morning cycling news: Cadron in a coma, Dumoulin fit, Landa happy, rider, team and contract news, Norsgaard breaks leg and Canyon dhb Powered by Soreen looks forward to 2020.
Sunday December 8, 2019
In the movie “Breaking Away,” there is a scene in which the hero competes in a bike race where we realize that nobody in the race has a clue about tactics. Peter Cossins' excellent book, “How the Race Was Won: Cycling's Top Minds Reveal the Road to Victory,” presents the story of tactics from a historical standpoint and also through interviews with those involved in the sport.
Saturday December 7, 2019
In today's Readers' Rigs we have two Specialized Allez Sprints for the price of one! Corey and Lucia featured their special steeds in the 'To be Determined Journal' and thought they would be a perfect fit for PEZ Readers' Rigs. Two very special Specialized.
Friday December 6, 2019
Gift Guide #3: As the Holiday Season gets closer and closer, we have more gift ideas for that special cyclist in your life. Another mix of suggestions: The Darrell Parks calendar, Donnelly LCV Tires, Hiplok's wearable locks, PEARL iZUMi, Muc-Off valves, Calfee cage, 45NRTH Ragnarok Boa, Sarto Seta+, SockGuy holiday socks, Trail Butter and Rapha Cycling Club membership.
Thursday December 5, 2019
Young Gun Interview: As ever, Ed Hood has been keeping his eye on the results of the 'promising riders' and the name Teniel Campbell has stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb. The twenty-two year old Trinidadian has been winning at home and now in Europe and will be a pro for the Valcar Cylance team in 2020.
Thursday December 5, 2019
Dec 05, 2019 - No Poggio in Milan-Sanremo? - Top Story. All the other cycling news: Evenepoel wins Kristallen Fiets, no Olympics for Cavendish, Gilbert on Evenepoel, no Giro for Total Direct Energie, O'Grady TDU director, Alaphilippe for Flanders, Cecchini suspension, rider contracts, Van Avermaet early season, Bahrain-McLaren, hansgrohe until 2021 and Astana on Wilier Triestina.
Wednesday December 4, 2019
Rider Interview: It seems like Steve Cummings has been in the pro peloton for ever, but just a couple of weeks ago he announced he would be hanging up his race bike. A bad crash in the Tour of Britain brought a disappointing end to a successful career. Ed Hood caught up with Cummings while recovering and looking forward to the future and back at his years in the saddle.
Tuesday December 3, 2019
Toolbox: Hydration continues to be a hotly debated topic in sport science. That debate extends even to winter when conditions are cool. Equally, it is an issue when training indoors. What are some of the considerations for hydration this winter season?
Monday December 2, 2019
Rider Interview: 'Once a champion, always a champion!' That could refer to many a rider, but one very special guy is Australian multi champion Steele Bishop. World champion back in 1983 and now again in 2019. Ed Hood has been following the career of the multi champion for a long time and managed to catch up after the successful veteran’s World track championships.
Monday December 2, 2019
Dec 02, 2019 - 35th cross win in a row for Van der Poel in Zilvermeer. Reports and video from Mol and Kortrijk. Philippe Gilbert still has contract problems from 2011 - Top Story. An unbelievable amount of other cycling news: Van der Poel races, Van Aert kit, Giro/Tour for Bernal? Team and rider news, new bikes, Angliru, Hammer, De Jongh talks and Alaphilippe wins Velo d’Or.
Sunday December 1, 2019
One of the most remarkable sportsmen in cycling history came not from what we typically consider the heartlands of cycling and did not make his mark on the track or in famous stage races. In an age of hard men, Sir Hubert Opperman, “Oppy,” as he was universally known, is the subject of a book by Daniel Oakman about the very full life of a public figure, both as an athlete and a politician.
Saturday November 30, 2019
Gift Guide #2: Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is less than a month away. In the 'PEZ Holiday Gift Guide #2' we have a mixed bunch of suggestions: Inflator by Arundel, Diesel Sunglasses, MINT socks, Shortfit Carbon FX Wide by Selle San Marco, EnCase by Wolf Tooth, PEARL iZUMi, HydraPak hydration system, Smith helmet, and Nathan's AdaptiveFit VaporAir/Airess.
Friday November 29, 2019
This submission is a very sharp looking Eddy Merckx EMX-3 that's a bike with Belgian origins but an Italian heart and is owned by an Asian from Mexico - it doesn't get much more international than that. A fine mix of traditional Campagnolo and modern design KCNC, topped off with a stunning paint job.
Friday November 29, 2019
Ed goes cyclo-cross: Due to being in Cyprus, Ed Hood missed the Gent '6 Days' this year, which also means he missed the regulation Sunday cyclo-cross, the 2019 Belgian trip cross race would have been the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee Flandriencross in Hamme. Not to be outdone, he went to see a local 'cross in Dunfermline, Scotland and was pleasantly surprised.
Thursday November 28, 2019
Rider Interview: Michael Mørkøv is one of those rare beasts that can ride a full road season, including grand Tours and win on the indoor boards at the highest level. Ed Hood is an old '6 Days' colleague of the great Dane and managed to have a word before the 2020 training starts.
Thursday November 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019 - Wout van Aert in the news this week, winning his court case and a Roubaix recce - Top Story. A fun packed EUROTRASH with loads of cycling news: Astana bikes, Aru unhappy, rider contracts, no contracts for Roompot riders, CCC, Cofidis and Androni line-ups, Metek bus, Saint-Étienne Grand Départ, Ganna wants gold and Floris Gerts at club level.
Wednesday November 27, 2019
Team Manager Interview: Times are hard in the World of cycle team management, but Bruno Reverberi has been a team boss for 39 year... and counting. There are not that many Ineos, Deceuninck and Boras around, and state sponsors like Astana, UAE and Bahrain are even fewer, but Reverberi has managed to pull it all together for at least the next three years. Ed Hood hears all about it.
Wednesday November 27, 2019
How to Zwift for cheap-Oh: 'Never!' 'Not for me!' Those phrases were used when 'Zwift' was suggested, but if you don't try something how will you ever know? Our PEZ-man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, has dipped his toe in the virtual cycling World, but he has spent as little money as possible on the Zwift experience.