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With the final cobbled monument fast approaching the Peloton Service Course looks at three new pieces of gear inspired by and designed for the cobbles. One will actually be raced on Sunday – Boonen’s custom CeramicSpeed pulleys, while the latest from Mavic and CrashTag are inspired by the Cobbles, but designed for those of us watching on Sunday.
Tom Boonen and CeramicSpeed
As four time Paris-Roubaix champion Tom Boonen sets his sights on a record fifth win, his massive watts will be sent through a custom gold set of CeramicSpeed pulley wheels. The team at CermaicSpeed have engraved the wheels themselves – “Tom Boonen, Roubaix 05-08-09-12, Congratulations on a great career, @bomtoonen” – to celebrate not just the big man’s final Roubaix, but final race, as he will end his career in the velodrome of Roubaix when he climbs off his bike on Sunday.
Titanium Crashtag – Flanders Edition
We all hate to think about crashing, but it’s a part of this sport we love and certainly a part of any cobblestone race – just ask Peter Sagan about last Sunday in Flanders. When we headed to Flanders for the race and some cobbled climb recon we went prepared with our very own Titanium Crashtag. Plenty of design options are available, but we went with the Lion of Flanders alongside our important personal information. That information can just be read off the tag directly or accessed with a QR code or dedicated URL. A magnetic clasp laniard and beer opener – important in Belgium for post ride activities – make the CrashTag useful in more ways than one. Room for a personal slogan adds even more customization.
Mavic Cosmic Pro Limited Edition
More Lion of Flanders goodness awaits on the Mavic Cosmic Pro Limited Edition. Only a limited number will be available, but some will make their way to the US, so you don’t need a pro contract and a deal with Mavic to enjoy them. Like all Cosmic Pro shoes they use the Endofit tongue and Dual Ergo Dial QR for a fit adjusted 1mm at a time and the stiff Energy Carbon Outsole, because if two things matter on the cobbles it’s power and comfort.
$320, 480 grams per pair; mavic.com