Miscellaneous Stats from the KTR

05.20.2007 | 5:45 pm

I’ve got quite a story to tell about doing the KTR yesterday, but am not yet exactly lucid. So, I’ll start writing the story tomorrow and post it in installments over the week. For right now, here are a few miscellaneous numbers that should give you an idea of what the day was like.

  • Distance of the Kokopelli Trail: 142 miles
  • Amount the BLM Fined Adam Lisonbee for “Organizing” an Event Without a Permit: $275
  • Amount Racers Immediately Reimbursed Adam: $253. (My guess is that since some racers didn’t have money on hand and promised to send money to him as soon as they got home, Adam will eventually be reimbursed the full amount of the ticket. )
  • Number of Participants in the 2007 KTR: Around 60 (exact number not known; nobody keeps track)
  • Number of People who Completed the 2007 KTR: Around 30.
  • Winning Time for the 2007 KTR: 12 hours and change, by Dave Wiens — the guy who has won the Leadville Trail 100 every year for as long as anyone can remember
  • Kenny’s Time for the 2007 KTR: 15 hours and change. On a rigid singlespeed, with a blown-out shoe for more than a quarter of the race.
  • Fatty’s Time for the 2007 KTR: 20:20. Yes, I did in fact finish the race.
  • Number of Shot Bloks Fatty Consumed During the KTR: 90 (3000 calories)
  • Number of Honey Stinger Peanut Butta Protein Bars Fatty Consumed During the KTR: 5 (1750 calories)
  • Other Food Items Fatty Consumed During the KTR: None
  • Estimated Number of Calories Fatty Expended During KTR: 16,000
  • Quantity of Water Fatty Filtered from Available Water Sources (Colorado River, trailside creeks) During KTR: 2.5 gallons
  • Number of Working Gears That Fatty Had Access to After Falling Less Than an Hour into the Race, Disclocating his Shoulder and Gashing His Knee: 3
  • Fatty’s Pride at Finishing the Most Hardcore Event He’s Ever Participated In: Not measurable with conventional mathematics


  1. Comment by bikemike | 05.20.2007 | 5:54 pm

    bravo, my good man, bravo.
    can’t wait to hear details.

    always remember, bosses don’t mind if we take naps at work if we’ve done something cool (stupid).

  2. Comment by bikemike | 05.20.2007 | 5:56 pm

    bravo my good man, bravo.
    can’t wait to hear details.

    take a nap or something.

  3. Comment by Kathy | 05.20.2007 | 6:30 pm

    Ridin’ through the pain, just like Tyler. Although he would have switched to another bike with all the gears working. Awesome job! Congratulations! It portends other great victories ahead, and I’m not talking about the bike. Love to Susan!

  4. Comment by Kathy | 05.20.2007 | 6:34 pm

    P.S. Haven’t you people heard of bananas? Might try one if the thought of another Shot Blok makes you want to hurl.

  5. Comment by Jill | 05.20.2007 | 7:31 pm


    Amazing ride. I am so impressed I have goosebumps, especially after reading that you did the whole thing on nasty protein bars and who knows how little training due to all of your more pressing recent trials.

    I read Dave Wiens completed the course in 12:45, which is just five minutes over Dave Harris’s KTR record.

    Bummer too about the BLM. I was really hoping to do this ride someday, but it doesn’t seem like it will be organized again after this year’s fiasco.

    Either way, amazing. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  6. Comment by MTB W | 05.20.2007 | 7:31 pm

    Congrats on finishing, dislocated shoulder and all!!!!! I am very impressed! I think your new nickname should be the Iron Willed (and Pain Ignoring) Cyclist. As Kenny (King of the ss) might say, you had 2 more gears than you needed anyway.

    Bummer about the shoulder – is it going to hurt your training for Leadville? With your dedication and ability to ignore pain, I am still sticking to my prediction of 8:56 – Landis, watch out!

    BTW, 90 shot blocks? Just the thought makes me want to hurl. I don’t want to imagine your stomach convulsions during the race. What happened to the cold chicken stars soup? I bet you were wishing you had some of that!

  7. Comment by Born4Lycra | 05.20.2007 | 7:40 pm

    fabulous – look forward to the detail. Hope it has helped in relation to all the other things going on at the moment. Take care Sue.
    FC reading between the lines I note you must dip into the realm of unconventional mathematics which is where my daughter hangs out judging by the standard of her homework and marks. If you find her there just send her on home please.

  8. Comment by fatty | 05.20.2007 | 8:38 pm

    jill – here’s the thing about the honey stinger peanut butta protein bars: i bought one on impulse while at rei a month ago. i was hungry on the way home, so ate it then. it was so good i went back to rei and cleaned them out. they taste like reese’s peanut butter cups, but with honey. i would eat them recreationally, but they have 350 calories and 15g of fat each. great for long rides, not so great for day-to-day snacking. if you get a chance i STRONGLY recommend them.

    everyone – you can bet i’ll make a big deal of it when writing the story, but the truth is i dislocate my shoulder so often that it registered more as a painful nuisance than a race-ending tragedy. basically, i knew that it would mean throbbing discomfort for the duration of the ride, then achiness and weakness in the shoulder for the next several weeks.

    mtb w – my stomach felt great the whole ride. 300 calories per hour is just about right for me on the bike. mostly carbs, supplemented by protein and fat. that said, you would have to pay me $5 to eat a packet of shot bloks today (i would eat another honey stinger peanut butta bar for free, though). the bum shoulder will keep me on the road bike for a couple weeks. it’ll be 2-3 days before my butt will be ready for the saddle, though. i didn’t eat soup during the race because soup is heavy and i didn’t want to carry it (already packing a gallon of water, that’s enough liquid).

    kathy – i love bananas, but they don’t travel well in the heat in a jostling backpack. plus even though the peel is biodegradable, in a desert that process can take years, during which the mummified peel looks ugly. and you know, i used to use tyler as my example for staying tough through the pain, but that’s changed recently. more on that in my story.

    bikemike – you know, i believe i will go take a nap right now. or better yet, i think i’ll just go to bed for the night.

    born4lycra – the ride gave me some much-needed perspective, time to think, and a great road trip with some old friends, as well as a chance to meet some new ones.

  9. Comment by monkeywebb | 05.20.2007 | 8:42 pm

    Oi vey. To think that 24 hours ago I thought I was hardcore for pulling a trailer up a hill with my 37 pound dog in it. I know it’s not in your nature to take it easy, but you’re making some of us fat folks look bad.

    I’m proud of you, but please don’t tell my wife she could raise her expectations.

  10. Comment by Bob | 05.20.2007 | 9:42 pm

    No way I could do that. I’m going to try next year.

  11. Comment by Weean | 05.20.2007 | 11:32 pm

    Ooh, you’re a tease Fatty. I can’t wait for that race report now!

    Only three gears is bad, but which three? Did you sever the cable leaving you stuck in the 11 at the back? I hope there were some nice gentle gradients out there!

  12. Comment by Tim D | 05.21.2007 | 12:44 am

    Hero Hero

  13. Comment by buckythedonkey | 05.21.2007 | 1:11 am

    Blimey, you are indeed hard-as-nails.

  14. Comment by MAJ Mike | 05.21.2007 | 3:09 am

    So are you Riggs from Lethal Weapon? Why does your shoulder dislocate so easily?

  15. Comment by Bici Beeyatch | 05.21.2007 | 3:09 am

    can’t wait to read the whole saga! did you dig deep into the suitcase of courage? must have. only half finished and you were one! awesome fatty! i’ll be checking here every 5 minutes for the installments. you da man

  16. Comment by hobgoblin | 05.21.2007 | 3:41 am

    Wow. That’s all: wow. I am so impressed I’m speechless.



  17. Comment by Jynical | 05.21.2007 | 4:02 am

    Congrats! Looking forward to reading the story.
    Definitely hardcore. And definitely inspiring. :)

  18. Comment by allan | 05.21.2007 | 4:05 am

    Awesome. I can’t even put into words how impressed I am with everybody who did this race.

    Now. I have to run out and get some of those Honey Stinger bars before this weekend.

  19. Comment by Boz | 05.21.2007 | 4:58 am

    All hail the coquering hero !!! Broken (bike) battered (as opposed to breaded)(no actually shoulder), but triumphant.

  20. Comment by Clydesteve | 05.21.2007 | 5:03 am

    Well done FC! Eagerly awaiting all the details.


  21. Comment by Sean | 05.21.2007 | 5:13 am

    Nice work on getting to the end, looking forward to more words.

  22. Comment by Mocougfan | 05.21.2007 | 5:28 am

    Most impressive sir. I do not know what shot blocks are (forgive my ignorance), but I do know that I would probably starve to death and die before I ate 90 of the same thing in one day. Again, most impressive.

  23. Comment by TimK | 05.21.2007 | 5:29 am

    Holy spokes, Fatman!

    Just as I started reading this Pandora starts playing Winners and Losers by Social Distortion – Guess we know which category you fall in. Then again with a race like this I’d be inclined to put even the DNFs in the winner category for even trying.

    Kick ass, boss man! 20 plus hours on the bike.

    Look forward to the full story.

  24. Comment by Al Maviva | 05.21.2007 | 6:17 am

    To live is to suffer; to suffer is to live.

    Way to live, Fatty. Way to live.

  25. Comment by Jose | 05.21.2007 | 6:19 am

    It sounds like the hardest race anyone could ever do. I can not imagine spending 20 hours in the saddle. Any recommendations to avoid saddle sores? Congrats my friend, well done!

  26. Comment by wndnh2o | 05.21.2007 | 7:01 am

    Congratulations on riding strong Fatty… sounds like ride wasn’t pretty!

  27. Comment by dug | 05.21.2007 | 8:10 am

    i bet $650 for a luxury toilet doesn’t sound so bad NOW, does it?

  28. Comment by Clydesteve | 05.21.2007 | 9:16 am

    BTW, we want Kenny’s report eventually, as well.

  29. Comment by jb | 05.21.2007 | 9:55 am

    You definitely are steeper than you look!

    p.s. I haven’t left a comment on your blog since…well…you actually were a fat cyclist. But given the grace with which you’ve faced all the peaks and valleys these past weeks, I felt moved to send you a “well done, man!”

  30. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 05.21.2007 | 10:22 am

    You forgot an important number!

    Number of hours Botched waited at the Slickrock Trailhead parking lot: 11.

  31. Comment by Karst | 05.21.2007 | 10:29 am

    And just what did you do for 11 hours, Botched? Inquiring minds want to know.

  32. Comment by Mrs. Coach | 05.21.2007 | 11:46 am

    I can’t believe you survived on that few of calories during the race. Make sure you get some good recovery time in.

    Doesn’t anyone want to hear Botched’s race report?

  33. Comment by Novafrk | 05.21.2007 | 11:58 am

    Wow! You inspire me… truthfully.

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