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PEZ Bookshelf: Higher Calling

Ah, mountains! Perhaps they share only with the sea something that universally arouses us to flights of poetry and fancy. “Higher Calling” is a book by Max Leonard that endeavours to explain this attraction to “up.” Beautifully written and multi-faceted, it elegantly ranges from the personal to the historical to the geographic and even to the macabre.

PEZ Bookshelf: Climb!

We have shelves full of books about the great climbs of the world, and about effective training but, oddly, one cannot recall a book specifically devoted to the art and practice of going uphill. Now Selene Yeager, has nicely filled that gap with her book, “Climb!", which indeed deserves the exclamation mark.

The Biomechanics of Climbing: Stand and Deliver

TOOLBOX: Cycling is built on the lore of climbing big mountains, that epic battle of humans versus the environment. But surprisingly, not that much research has explored the biomechanics of climbing, notably the differences in biomechanics and physiology of seated versus standing climbing.

PEZ Bookshelf: Top Ten Best Reads of 2018

PEZ Bookshelf Top Ten: From the near fifty book reviews we posted on PEZ in 2018 we've collated the numbers and come up with the 'Top Ten' most popular book appraisals. And what a mixed bag we have, from the gods of cycling through training, doping, climbing and adventure cycling. Here are our Top Ten most read reviews of 2018.

How Teammates Benefit Climbing Aerodynamics

Toolbox: Since the era of Banesto, Postal, and now Sky, the Grand Tour climbs have turned into massive team leadouts, with Indurain, Armstrong, Wiggins, Froome, & Thomas protected by an armada of climbing domestiques. But is there an actual benefit to having teammates pacing on climbs?

Best Training Intervals For Climbers

Toolbox: If you're preparing for an event with some major climbing this season, or if you simply want to improve your climbing ability in general, you probably already know that you need to build your power-to-weight ratio. The more watts you can sustain and the less you weigh, the faster you will be able go uphill.

The Biomechanics of Climbing: Stand and Deliver

TOOLBOX: Cycling is built on the lore of climbing big mountains, that epic battle of humans versus the environment. But surprisingly, not that much research has explored the biomechanics of climbing, notably the differences in biomechanics and physiology of seated versus standing climbing.

Training For Epic Climbs

Ultra climbing events not only take a specialized fitness, it requires some unique performance “habits”. Here are few tips to help you survive and thrive in an ultra climbing event.

Toolbox: Climbing Skills 1

Last month we discussed the tactics of sprinting as the Queen of the chess board analogy. Great climbing can seem to be as straightforward as a Rook or a Bishop’s path in that the fittest is assumed to win. But in reality, climbing is a much more subtle and complicated skill that encompasses not just fitness but strategy and psychology.