Boulder, Colorado based eBay cycling auction house The Pros Closet have teamed with a select group of professional riders and friends to support one family’s fight against cancer.
The Pros Closet will award 100 percent of the proceeds from multiple auctions of donated goods, including a one-of-a-kind bike, to the family, which will be used to pay bills related to their son’s cancer fight that aren't covered by insurance. The family wish to remain anonymous, asking that people focus on the generosity of the riders and their chance to win the auction.
Lots include Edvald Boasson Hagen's Pinarello Dogma 60.1 Sky Team bike with Rainforest Rescue green paintjob, which was used as a spare bike during the 2011 Tour de France; the auction for this bike is running now. “The bike is the big thing,” Pete Lopinto, co-owner of The Pros Closet, told BikeRadar. “It’s bike number two of three that he used during the Tour; number one was his race bike and number two was his spare. It’s pretty tricked out, it’s got all the Di2 stuff on it… and that color [Rainforest Rescue green] is pretty rare as well.”
Edvald Boasson Hagen's Pinarello Dogma 60.1 Sky Team bike in Rainforest Rescue green
Future one-of-a-kind items up for auction include a green SRM Power Control 7 head unit from Mark Cavendish, which was used to win the final stage of the 2011 Tour de France. SRM will add a power meter crank to go along with the custom head unit, which will likely contain the ride data from the final stage of the Tour. The auction for the power meter will start in roughly a week.
In addition to these, Team Sky have donated a jersey, a helmet from team sponsors Kask and a podium cap. Lopinto expects other items to trickle in over the next six to eight months. “We try to do as much as this stuff as we can,” he said. “Obviously it’s good for everyone – everyone wins. We’re not making any money off of it, it’s just to get it out there. We’re happy to help.”