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PEZ Rides The Amstel Gold CycloSportif

Normally this Saturday in Valkenburg Holland, maybe the largest cyclo-sportif event associated with any European Classic, the Amstel Gold Cylcosportif would be run, but covid has put a stop to that mass event. The Pez was lucky enough to join the 18,000 plus throng back in 2007, and it was quite a day.
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Malcolm Elliott Talks Amstel ’87!

Twenty years before the multi-million pound Sky Team rode the WorldTour, there was another 'ground breaking' British team that took on the Continentals in their own back-yard. The ANC team had its eventual problems, but it showed what was possible. One high point was Malcolm Elliott's 3rd place in the 1987 Amstel Gold Race.

Photog’s View: Amazing Amstel’16!

With the Amstel Gold Race this Sunday we look back at Wei Yuet Wong pic of his photos from 2016. Unlike this year, the start was in Maastricht, but the finish was in Valkenburg. Wei didn't miss a trick and this is his photog's back-stage pass to Amstel'16.

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Gear Break: Pirelli P ZERO, MyVeloFit, KOM Rocker Plate, Rapha/EF, ABUS Helmet…

This week we have a very varied selection of new kit: Pirelli P ZERO race tires, tested by PEZ's Chuck Peña, MyVeloFit launches A.I. powered bike fit tool, KOM Cycling's rocker plate for your home trainer, get your hands on the new 2021 EF Education-Nippo clothing, the ABUS Pedelec 2.0 - the next-gen micromobility helmet and SockGuy releases 38 new sock designs for Spring 2021.

PEZ in the Pain Cave: Indoor Riding with Open Road

Some of us - no, most of us - can be pretty obsessive over our numbers and getting the results into Strava and filling that Trophy Case is really important. But there are alternatives worth examining and one of these is Open Road, an attractive proposition that simply aims to replicate the real life experience of cycling in beautiful surroundings.

Shimano S-PHYRE RC902 Shoe Review

After a new bike, new shoes are right up there to make you feel like you can conquer the world. If you're looking at the best that different manufacturers have to offer (and want to channel your favorite pro rider), then have a look at the new Shimano S-PHYRE RC902 top tier road cycling shoe.

Gear Break: Primal, MAAP, 100%, S-Works, DynaPlugger & Swiftwick

New bike kit Friday: Primal Jens Voigt 'Shut Up Legs' range, a new era in cycling caps MAAP x New Era Cap, 100% – Rideley own the road, S-Works Prevail II Vent - Cooler heads will always prevail, the DynaPlugger - Featherweight tubeless repair kit and Swiftwick’s high-tech Flite XT socks.

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Malcolm Elliott Talks Amstel ’87!

Twenty years before the multi-million pound Sky Team rode the WorldTour, there was another 'ground breaking' British team that took on the Continentals in their own back-yard. The ANC team had its eventual problems, but it showed what was possible. One high point was Malcolm Elliott's 3rd place in the 1987 Amstel Gold Race.

PEZ Picks The Biggest Bad Asses In Pro Cycling

Cycling has its fair share of hard bastards, which isn't too surprising when you think what the riders put themselves through to win the world's hardest races. But some riders take the term 'hard man' too far. Ed Hood takes his pick of the 13 top 'Bad Asses' of the peloton.

Cobbled PEZ: Chasing de Ronde!

ROADSIDE Replay: I've been fortunate to see the Tour of Flanders in person and ride the famed Belgian cobbled bergs on more than one occasion - and as we plod into a 2nd year of locked down travel, a look back at happier times might serve as a look ahead to what's coming when travel opens up.

PEZ Bookshelf: Endurance – How to Cycle Further

Judging from the spate of videos and perhaps related to the explosive growth in interest in gravel riding, endurance riding has become A Thing. One can only be impressed by Mark Beaumont's circumnavigation of the world. Who better to write a book about endurance cycling? But “Endurance,” a fine volume from the Global Cycling Network, is a valuable instruction manual for those seeking to go the distance.

Rider Blog: Jason Goes Racing in Turkey!

After Jason Saltzman's hit and miss 2020 season in Austria, he has bounced back with a new team, Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling, and managed to kick-off 2021 with a good block of training and racing in Turkey. Thinks are looking up for the PEZ blogger.

SANREMO’21: Going Long with Peroni, Menabrea, Moretti

Settling in for hours of watching the 2021 race season come alive as Milan-San Remo blooms along the sparkling Ligurian coast requires more than good wifi - that's where Peroni, Menabrea, Moretti, and other select Italian birri joined Ed Hood for his hours-long view-a-thon.

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Canyon’s Jake Scott Gets PEZ’d!

Racing is not easy at the moment for any British based UCI Continental Team, the combination of Covid and Brexit have been a big problem. The Canyon dbh SunGod team has managed some trips abroad, Ed Hood caught up with Canyon rider Jake…

Italian Road Star Andrea Tonti Gets PEZ’d!

Having moved from London in 2016 to Casale Volpe, a small, secluded cycling-orientated B&B in Le Marche region of Central Italy, a gloriously hot July day gave Mike Curtis the chance to meet up to ride, relax and chat over lunch with…

Catching Up with Shifting Gears’ Eamon Lucas

After a year of... not much due to covid, US rider Eamon Lucas is back in Belgium and looking forward to more wins and a professional contract. Ed Hood catches up with Eamon from his Belgian base in Brugge to hear about life since pre-covid…

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AMSTEL’21: Who Will Take the Beer?

Holland's only one-day Classic was cancelled in 2020 and nearly didn't happen this year, but with a closed circuit and no fans, the Amstel Gold Race will go ahead this Sunday. Ed Hood gives us his 'lowdown' on the race and the likely 'Top Men' for the Dutch Golden Race.
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BASQUE COUNTRY Breakdown: What It Tells Us About The…

The Itzulia Basque Country was won on the final stage, which sounds familiar, by Primoz Roglič. The Slovenian champion pulled the victory away from Brandon…
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FLANDERS Breakdown: Kasper Crushes on the Kwaremont!

The Tour of Flanders came up to all expectations, but 'The Big Three' of Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and World champion Julian Alaphilippe were usurped…
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Supplement and Equipment Tips for Beginner Cyclists

Many cities are also starting to close off some roads to allow for people to use them for cycling, and with more people staying at home to work, the roads are less busy than ever.

Odds for the Upcoming Giro d’Italia 2021

We recently wrote about Giro D'Italia and the fact that this event threatens to cast a shadow on Tour de France's popularity. 

Macogep-Tornatech Gitondins de Bordeaux Women’s Cycling Team

The Macogep-Tornatech Girondins de Bordeaux Women’s UCI Cycling Team, Canada’s largest and longest-running team, joins forces with Sportful to create its new image. A breath of fresh air and new colors that will allow the team to continue their ascent to success!

Museum of Design Atlanta Set to Reopen this Spring

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) – the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design – is set to reopen this spring. After closing due to the pandemic in March 2020, the museum furthered its mission to bring design to the community by offering online exhibitions and virtual children’s and adult programming, including designer talks, camps and more.

Specialized Partnership with Redwood Materials to Tackle Battery Recycling

With the expected growth in the e-bike market, local transportation looks a lot more like an e-bike than a car. And much like the conversation around electric vehicles, this means millions of e-bike batteries once they hit their end of life.

RVV Collection, The New Ltd Inspired by an Iconic Race

La Passione will be presenting its new and exclusive collection dedicated to the Ronde van Vlaanderen, one of the most fascinating and competitive races in the world cycling scene. The Ronde is a real institution, a mix of heart-pounding action and ancient traditions, a symbol recognized by fans and riders who dream of writing their name on the roll of gold, at least once in their career.

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