How To Do the Flemish Weekend Like A Pro

2019 Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne: Ed Hood is missing his Flemish weekend at the first of the Spring Classics in Belgium; we look back at his trip to Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in 2019. No frites and cobbles for Ed in 2021. Ed and his gang visited the EF Education First team and the ‘Koers’ […]

PEZ Bookshelf: Higher Calling

Ah, mountains! Perhaps they share only with the sea something that universally arouses us to flights of poetry and fancy. Naturalist John Muir wrote in his journal: “We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” And mountains have a […]

Nikolai (& Froome) Put The Brakes On Disks!

Thoughts from behind the Iron Curtain: Chris Froome is not sure about disk brakes, he never had them at Sky/Ineos Grenadiers, but with his new team and bike he has no choice. Ed Hood has been talking to our Soviet friend, Nikolai Razouvaev, who has his thoughts on the disk situation. Some of you won’t […]

PEZ Bookshelf: Essential Road Bike Maintenance

In 1970, Eugene Sloane took North America by storm with his “Complete Book of Cycling” as the bike boom exploded and people began to look on bicycles as more than children’s toys. His book was truly complete, covering history, bicycles types and maintenance, including now-archaic things like 3-speed hub gears and coaster brakes, and it […]

Super Tuck & Puppy Paws: What the Riders Think

The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced new measures to improve rider safety. The UCI will be stricter if riders ‘take dangerous positions on the bike’. The UCI refers to the ‘super tuck’ and ‘puppy paws’ positions. Riders will first receive a warning, but after April 1st may be suspended. Here is what the riders think. […]

The Aero Evolution: Pushing the Limits to Cheat the Wind

Ed’s rant: The UCI has announced that they will be looking at dangerous behaviour in a peloton, including adopting dangerous positions on the bike; descending on the top tube. Ed Hood takes a look at descending, handlebars and aerodynamics in general. No more ‘puppy dog’ ‘The UCI Management Committee also decided to reinforce the regulation […]

Ed’s Aero Descending HandleRant!

Ed’s rant: The UCI has announced that they will be looking at dangerous behaviour in a peloton, including adopting dangerous positions on the bike; descending on the top tube. Ed Hood takes a look at descending, handlebars and aerodynamics in general. No more ‘puppy dog’ ‘The UCI Management Committee also decided to reinforce the regulation […]

How Did The Dutch Dominate The Cross Worlds?

Dutch World Domination: Last Sunday there were four cyclocross rainbow jerseys on offer in Oostende and Holland won all of them. Of the twelve medals, Holland won eight and the kings of cross, Belgium, only won three. So why were the men and women from the Netherlands so good? Because they all learnt their trade […]

Goodbye Poland’s Best: Ryszard Szurkowski

Obituary: On Monday we learned of the passing of Poland’s top bike rider, Ryszard Szurkowski. The man from Lower Silesia came to prominence before the fall of the Iron-Curtain, but in those days the Russians and East Germans made life hard for everyone. Ed Hood remembers Poland’s best. It’s the summer of 1975 and Dave […]

PEZ Bookshelf: The Plant-Based Cyclist

Bookshelf: On January 18 history was made as the Michelin Guide awarded its first-ever star to a vegan restaurant in France. And it is not those hoity-toity folks at Michelin who are alone in recognizing new trends. The release of “The Game Changers,” a flashy documentary about athletes switching to primarily non-meat diets, in 2019, […]

Dutch Cyclist Suspended for Four Years for Inhaler Use

Opinion: A Dutch amateur cyclist has been suspended for four years by the KNWU (the Dutch cycling Federation) disciplinary committee for a doping violation. The rider tested positive for the asthma drug Salbutamol in an in-competition doping control on June 2, 2019. According to Dutch cycling website, WielerFlits; at the beginning of this month, the […]

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