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Back 5.16.2012

Rolling through California Gold Rush Country

If you’re close to Yosemite National Park odds are pretty good you’re close to some rugged and challenging terrain. And that was exactly the case for Wednesday's Stage 4 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California.

The race, which started in the California Gold Rush town of Sonora, was 130 miles – the longest of this year’s race. And by the race’s own website, it was a tough one with “numerous KOMs, twisty and technical descents, and raging rivers, but very few sections of flat roadway.”

So, what was the wheel choice for Tom Boonen of the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team? The 404 Firecrest, with its 58 mm deep rim designed not just for aerodynamics but also for optimized stability. And yet at 1,282 g for a set of 404 Firecrest Tubulars, the wheels are light enough to help Big Tom get over those big climbs.

Boonen’s Specialized Tarmac SL4 also featured his usual go-to choice of the Zipp SLSpeed carbon seatpost, Zipp Service Course SL stem and a 44 cm Service Course CSL handlebar with its Super Short Reach drop shape for improved aerodynamics and optimized hand positioning.

In photo above, Zipp tech PR manager David Ripley, SRAM Road PR manager Michael Zellman and Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team mechanic Kenny Latomme discuss Boonen’s bike on camera.