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August 15, 2014 – Every race fan has special memories of Jens Voigt, whether it’s his crazy solo escapades or selfless work for teammates on the front, Jens is one of a kind. Sadly, it appears Jens may actually be serious about retiring. To commemorate Trek has given the big German a custom bike and custom kit for the upcoming USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Here is all the info directly from Trek Factory Racing, including links to register for farewell parties during the race.
Trek will be hosting special events open to the public at the Aspen and Vail stages as well as offer limited edition Jens gear at their presence in the US Pro’s expo. They’ll also be including a chance to win one of only two Farewell Jens special edition bikes created specifically for his send-off. To send Jens out in proper fashion, Trek has created a chrome bike, kit, and limited edition t-shirt that will also be available at the brand’s expo space.
Jens’ team-issued Madone 7 Series is a chrome-colored vision that took Trek Project One artists more than a week to perfectly polish. Trek designers, having worked with Jens in the past, understood the moments and teams throughout the rider’s seventeen year career that hold the greatest significance and incorporated them through a graphic that runs the length of the top tube. The down tube includes a running tally of the number of souls Voigt has crushed in his career of attacking, though the number is a conservative estimate.
The Bontrager Velocis helmet that will adorn Voigt’s head has been painted to match the bike, complete with chrome and a graphic complimenting the artwork appearing across the top tube of his Madone. His Bontrager XXX shoes have been given the same chrome treatment, creating an almost mirrored effect. The Bontrager Race Shop Limited jersey and shorts have also been updated slightly. Written across the back of the jersey is Jens’ goodbye message, “Farewell Fans!”. As if to promise the rest of the peloton that his retirement is real and that their days of futilely chasing the hard-charging German are soon over, the rear panel of his shorts reassures the competition with the message, “One last time”.
Throughout the race, fans can tweet their congrats and favorite Jens moments and quotes using the hashtag #FarewellJens. Jens, Trek Factory Racing, and Trek will be re-tweeting our favorites to over 450,000 collective followers across social media platforms.
Check out all the info on Trek’s events at the race here.
For more info on the Farewell Tour head to Trek Factory Racing’s site.