Do we get a finder’s free, a VIP invitation to the race, free frites for life?
Organizers of the 2010 Gent-Wevelgem have extended the race an extra 50 kilometers and are apparently searching for more cobblestones.
Race director Hans De Clerq told Het Nieuwsblad that “We are still looking for another cobblestone stretch here and there.”
We say pave it and they will come. The well-respected firm e-cobblestone is ready to help with an impressive selection of granite cobbles, also known as “Dutch Block.”
New or reclaimed — for that nice ProTour Dutch classic effect — these cobbles are in inventory, ready to ship.
Truckload quantity is 850 sq. feet and these babies run from 6″ to 12″ in size, big enough to destroy bike rims, handlebars and rattle the bones of even the strongest riders.
Has Mr. De Clerq really done his due-diligence on the cobblestone question? A quick look at E-Bay turns up a number of exciting options, including antique cobbles at a fantasic 11 cents a pound. This could be the deal of the century for savvy cobblestone shoppers. Paris-Roubaix is already worried.
And why just drab, predictable grey? What’s wrong with a little dramatic Gent-Wevelgem flair? You want to make some noise on the UCI calendar? Earth-tone cobbles come in brown, red, taupe and buff. That’s right, big, buff chunks of ball-busting stone.
Twisted Spoke can see the rider quotes now: “I was okay on the Kemmelberg but I had trouble in the new multi-colored section.” Mr. De Clerq needs to work that Visa card. Gent-Wevelgem is about to stock up on quality cobbles.