I Am The Best Event Organizer In the Whole World

06.24.2008 | 5:06 pm

I’ve tried at least three times to start this post humbly. To give credit where credit’s due. To thank all the people who made the 2008 Fat Cyclist TriathAlon.

But the truth is, this magnificent event was awesome because I am awesome.

I will explain my reasons forthwith.

Very Clear Messaging
Back when I first announced that there would be a TriathAlon, it was with the intention of making it four events: Mountain Bike, Sliding Rock, Road Bike, Brats.

Then I thought about it and decided it was just too much of a hassle. So I got rid of the road bike part.

The thing is, Boots of Everett, Washington has been on a road trip for several weeks, and so didn’t get the change memo. So when he showed up on Saturday morning, ready to ride his road bike, I would have felt really stupid about such a nice guy traveling so far for the ride, only to be turned away.

That is, I would have felt stupid and bad if I weren’t convinced that I am the Best Event Organizer in the Whole World. So instead I just chatted with Boots for a bit, gave him a bottle and pair of socks, and sent him on his way.

But only after apologizing like, a million times.

Again, Boots: Sorry. Really.

And that makes 1,000,001.

Excellent Preparation
At around 10:30ish, we all gathered at the designated parking lot. It occurred to me as I rode into the lot that I probably should have asked permission to use that parking lot. And that it was also possible that the parking lot would be reserved by somebody else who had thought ahead.

I banished the thoughts immediately, for I knew that if it had been important for me to get permission to use the parking lot, it would have occurred to me earlier.

Then, as befitting a top-notch organizer, I tooled around in the parking lot, talking with people and generally feeling kind of giddy about the fact that I wasn’t the only one there.

I have photos as proof (taken by Sue Richardson, of Sue Richardson Photography, and used by permission — because as an Excellent Event Organizer, I know having a photographer on hand is vitally important to any event).

I have reason to believe this is Kenny’s leg. Well marked, Kenny!

One of my nieces, marking the other one of my niece’s leg. Note the Paris Hilton-esque sunglasses being worn.

Sleepy’s wife, making the Fat Cyclist jersey look good.

After a while, I thought to myself, “Are we ever going to get started?” At which point I recalled that I was the one who would need to start things.

This was also the moment when I remembered that I needed to have group leaders to show everyone around on the course they had selected.

So I called everyone together, made a very motivational speech, during which I surprised various people by announcing that they would be leading groups of riders.

Many people approached me after my speech and told me it was both touching and uplifting, and that furthermore they now understand the meaning of life much more clearly.

It was that good of a speech.

Then we had a group photo (click photo for larger version).

I’m pretty sure I’m in there somewhere. 

Meticulous Course Marking with Lots of Course Marshals on Hand
I fired the starting gun (or at least shouted, “Let’s go!”), and we all took off. As we started to ride, I realized that this was the first time I had ever been on a large ride where lots of people would be riding different routes on unfamiliar ground…without course markings or anyone to give directions at the numerous unmarked intersections.

Of course, I did this on purpose. Course markings and marshals are for the weak of mind.

My Medical Staff Is Always Prepared
To my surprise and pleasure, nobody got lost, as far as I know — although, to be fair, I probably wouldn’t know if somebody did get lost. I figure that we’re all adults, after all.

Well, except the kids. But I’m sure their parents have noticed they’re gone by now.

The trail itself is only moderately technical, except for the parts where you are riding across sand-strewn granite with exposure on both sides. Or the part where you’re flying down a ravine and the trail sometimes switches sides, veers sharply in another direction, heads directly into a tree, or occasionally vanishes altogether.

That’s OK, though. Nobody got hurt.

OK, it’s possible, I suppose, that both my nieces had endos after catching big whoop-de-doo air coming down the chute. And so did a few other people.

But really, what are scars but conversation pieces you never lose?

Location, Location, Location
It’s a well-known fact that a big group goes slower than a small group, and so the Hogg’s Hollow ride — which I do in about two hours a couple times per week — took about four hours.

By then, everyone was very hot. And out of water.

Which, of course, was exactly my intention, because that made the Sliding Rock that much more inviting.

The Sliding Rock was running fast, making it even more fun than usual. And the cold water felt great.

Photos are more useful than words to show off this part of the event, although I am certainly happy to add commentary to those photos.

Which is whiter: the churning water, or Grizzly Adam’s skin?

Rick Sunderlage’s wife (not his real wife) was supposed to be judging the event, not participating. I’m certain that participants are going to lodge complaints.

For years, I have been afraid to go down the Sliding Rock headfirst, this trick being Dug’s trump card over all of us. Well, no more. Turns out that all I needed was an audience.

There are lots of things I love about this picture. First, I love what a beautiful area this is. Second, it’s cool that there are so many Fat Cyclist jerseys there. And third, I love the protective way Rocky is standing watch over his daughters. “Nobody come near these two, or face the consequences,” his posture snarls. 

Here I am, losing the Wet Jersey contest. And losing badly, I might add. Note my Triathalon Number: 42. My age.  

I wish I knew what they’re laughing at.

Now, if I could take just a moment, I’d like to boast. Once we finished our Sliding Rock shenanigans, we rode our bikes back to my house. And here comes the part I want to boast about: That ride takes about seven minutes. Yes, that’s right, folks: I live seven minutes from that gorgeous, rideable waterfall.

Envy me.

I Am A Delegating Genius
Back at my house, we were ready for the third event. Bratwurst.


The most beautiful picture that has ever been put on my blog.

And here’s where you’ll become completely convinced that I am the Best Event Organizer In the Whole World: I had Kuleani Fisher — better known simply as “Fish” — do the cooking.

And nobody does it better than Fish.

Fish takes care of the grill one-handed and still nails it.

A quick aside: I have known Fish ever since I have started riding, back when he worked at a bike shop. Now he’s a patent attorney, and probably has an obligation or two. But he jumped right in and volunteered to do the food for this Triathalon.

Fish is just a great guy.

And the same thing goes for Kenny, who brought in six loaves of homemade bread to go with the brats. And you know what, those loaves lasted for the entire meal, with plenty left over.

Bible comedy, folks. It’s hilarious.

Meanwhile, the rest of us got to just hang out, relax, and eat.

Mmmm. Bratwurst and homemade bread.

Mocougfan and Chtrich rehydrate.

It’s a shame you can’t see the back of Steve, here. His shirt is shredded and his back is bloody. He’s one of the lucky ones who turfed it coming down the Chute. 

Oh, and did I mention that we had music for the event? Yeah, Jeff — a friend since we were both 18 — borrowed a professional sound system from a friend and set it up under the blue pavillion you see in the picture below.


Music included pretty much the stuff you would find on my iPod, including some personal favorites Jeff must’ve had to dig to find. Ebn Ozn, Jean Michele Jarre, and plenty of Devo.

I Give Away Awesome Prizes
Because I am an Excellent Event Organizer, I had many prizes on hand, including:

  • Ibis: Obviously, the guys who donated the Silk SL. That’s quite a grand prize.
  • Anonymous Guy: Someone who wants to remain anonymous gave away a used Gary Fisher Rig. Aaron in Arizona won that. Nice!
  • Twin Six: Gave away bottles and T-shirts galore.
  • Gary Fisher: Brand Manager Travis Ott donated two jerseys, a very nice shell jacket, and a whole buncha t-shirts.
  • Rich (formerly of Colorado Boomerangs): Thanks to Rich, every kid at the Triathalon went home with a prize: a very cool kid’s boomerang. Thanks, Rich!
  • CarboRocket: Brad’s CarboRocket gives you laser vision. True fact.
  • Timpanogos Audiology / Tour de Donut: The folks putting on the Tour de Donuts gave away a bunch of great prizes. First, a set of custom-made iPod headphones, and several passes into the Tour de Donut, which I think may be the greatest race ever created.

Here’s me, giving away free stuff:

Soon, the focused light of the sun will melt a hole through my scalp. 

And here are a bunch of people watching me give stuff away.

They seem confused. I am told that I mumble.

Final Assessment
I had a great time. I mean, a really great time. And not just because I am such a fantastic event organizer.

We’ll definitely do this again next year. But this time, we’ll start earlier in the morning, so we can do all four events (Mountain Bike, Sliding Rock, Road Bike, Bratwurst), as a proper TriathAlon should.

PS: Other folks have posted about the TriathAlon in their blogs. Lots of good pictures and details I didn’t get to. Check them out:

Edible art.


  1. Comment by Jill | 06.24.2008 | 5:38 pm

    No offense to your organizational skills, but Tony hasn’t stopped talking about the Brats since Saturday. Any way you can convince Fish to post the recipe?

  2. Comment by Aaron | 06.24.2008 | 5:48 pm

    That looks like FUN! Living in AZ, I forget that WATER actually flows through streams, and not sand.;-)

  3. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 06.24.2008 | 5:52 pm

    MMMMM Brats.

  4. Comment by Kino | 06.24.2008 | 6:15 pm

    Fatty – I know we have never met so please excuse my familarity in using your nickname.
    It looks like a really great day was had by all but perhaps most importantly you had a great time despite the many many hours that clearly went into organising the day!
    Seriously though it can be tough to enjoy a party when your running the show so I am gald you really did have a good time – you deserve it.

    I would have loved to come but its a b****y lng way from my house here in the UK and the wife would not give me the weeks pass out or the several grand it would cost to attend.

    Keep up the good work and best wishes to Susan.

  5. Comment by TrEmLo | 06.24.2008 | 6:16 pm

    While I am a big fan of you and your organizational skills, I’m only a big fan of you because of Sue Richardson (of Sue Richardson photography) who is a friend from long ago and far away in Germany. I think she rocks and I’m really glad she was there to take such gorgeous photos of the event because you can kinda taste the brats.

    Great job!

  6. Comment by aussie kev | 06.24.2008 | 6:37 pm

    well done fatty looks like an awesome day was had by all.

    i am presently trying to organise my wedding, i am not the best event organiser in the world. you forget how awesome it it is to live so close to nature, only 7 minutes to the water slide, i figure if i lived at your house most of my rides would only be 14 minutes long !!!!!!

    take care k

  7. Comment by carolyn | 06.24.2008 | 6:44 pm

    Good job. ‘Course since you’re the best event organizer in the whole world.

    Grilled meat looks yum.

  8. Comment by Jeff | 06.24.2008 | 6:49 pm

    Wow, cool event. Wish I could have gone. Wish I had commented on your blog before today. Wish I wasn’t a really lousy mountain biker.

    The group photo surprised me, though. I would think that a party like this, posted on the internet would net roughly 7,000 attendees. I’m glad you didn’t get 7,000 attendees (you probably wouldn’t have felt like such a great organizer).

    Now if you excuse me I need to fantasize about those brats a while…mmmm…brats.

  9. Comment by Born4Lycra | 06.24.2008 | 7:16 pm

    Great write up. How did the immediate family enjoy the day? Also congratulations Sleepy your wife does make the FC top look good.

  10. Comment by Lori | 06.24.2008 | 7:19 pm

    Looks like everyone had a great time. Sure wish I could have been there. Maybe next year!?!

  11. Comment by Grizzly Adam | 06.24.2008 | 7:20 pm

    holy cow…I AM white.

  12. Comment by Duane | 06.24.2008 | 7:26 pm

    The only thing that kept me away: $4 a gallon gas and a really long drive from Atlanta.

    Next year…

  13. Comment by Sue Richardson | 06.24.2008 | 7:34 pm

    Elden- I figured the brat pictures would be your very favorite! I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of Fish’s AWESOME potato salad. DOH! Fish, will you pretty, pretty please (with sugar on top) post the recipe?

    I only have two regrets about the triathAlon. One, that pregnancy precluded me from having a go on Sliding Rock and two, that I had to leave early to shoot a wedding. I mean, wedding cuisine has nothing on beer brats and mashed potato salad!

    TrEmLo, Chris is that you? You have so many handles, I can’t keep track! Thanks for the props!

    Susan was looking great on Saturday and was kind enough to give me a quick tour of Brice’s budding photo skills. He’s definitely got an eye for it. Can’t wait to start classes!

  14. Comment by Rick S. | 06.24.2008 | 7:43 pm

    That event set a new standard for a ride. Well done. Maybe next time, we can all take a nap on the lawn and then eat more brats?

  15. Comment by David | 06.24.2008 | 7:47 pm

    I am so jealous. I was at the worst-organized ride of my life this weekend. And there were NO brats at the end.

  16. Comment by clambertsmith | 06.24.2008 | 8:02 pm

    Hey Duane – I’m in the Atlanta area too – maybe we can carpool next year!! Those Brats look tasty enough to pay $4.00/gallon for! :)

    Glad you all had fun Fatty – it looks like it was a blast. Any chance you could send some of that beautiful water to GA – we really need it!

  17. Comment by Triflefat | 06.24.2008 | 8:18 pm

    Looks like you all had a hoot!

    One of the photos raises an interesting query -
    “Does Fatty have a doppelganger?” In the wet jersey photo, who is that topless, hairless person who also appears to be sporting number 42 (bit indistinct I know) on his arm?

    Could it be that this ghostly double was merely summoned for his masterful organizing skills?

  18. Comment by Don | 06.24.2008 | 8:24 pm

    That’s awesome! Hey, not to be dorky but to speak of prizes, did Jeff ever send out the Ergon grips? Digress, I wish I could’ve been there. Maybe next year??
    OH! And four events would make it not a triathalon, by definition of course.

  19. Comment by IamMatt | 06.24.2008 | 9:18 pm

    mmmm.. snicker doodles.

    earlier time, same place, next year?
    Id love to donate to the grub.

  20. Comment by Mark | 06.24.2008 | 10:06 pm

    Thanks again. I didn’t realize how much I loved triathalons until Saturday. Call me a tri geek all you want, that was a blast!

  21. Comment by KanyonKris | 06.24.2008 | 10:14 pm

    Thanks, Elden, for putting on a fantastic event – especially the food, drinks and party at your house! I’m not much of a cola drinker, but after a long ride on 90 degree day, that diet coke with lime was like nectar of the gods.

    I’m miffed that I didn’t win an award for my stylish rock sliding. In fact I saw no judging at all – what a sham. That costume took me minutes and minutes to think up and assemble! Nah, you head first guys (dug and Elden) take the prize, and bearded white-man Adam was sliding in style. Good times. I was just happy to cool down after the ride – truly impeccable event planning.

  22. Comment by stupidbike | 06.24.2008 | 11:04 pm

    That was the most fun I have had on the bike in some time. The slide occurred at the right time of the ride i especially enjoyed the confused stares of those at the falls not in the group, many freaks in spandex, most wearing the same jersey. Must be some sort of CUlt :), umy left booty cheek is still a bit sore. The brats and food were great. Thanks for the wonderful day. And I know you were holding back on Clarks.

    Funny, I don’t think you’ve mentioned Kenny’s latest hardware.

  23. Comment by boots | 06.24.2008 | 11:32 pm

    Elden, No apologies necessary;you put out the word and I just failed to visit friends with Wi-Fi. My regret is that I forgot to leave my limerick with you. But I notice that limericks were notable by their absence. Bummer – do you have any idea how difficult it is to come up with a limerick that can be recited with women and children present. Well, maybe just children!
    In the spirit of what looks like a first class event, I will spare you my limerick – but I want you to know that I have one!
    Thanks for the water bottle and socks.

  24. Comment by Emily | 06.25.2008 | 12:34 am

    All those bike nerds there and no one had an extra mountain bike they could lend poor Boots?? My goodness.
    Sorry I missed out on it…

  25. Comment by Jacqui | 06.25.2008 | 3:07 am

    You need to organise an international one of these! LOL

  26. Comment by buckythedonkey | 06.25.2008 | 3:27 am

    Well, I knew that those of us who couldn’t make it were going to be missing something very cool. The Sliding Rock takes the biscuit though.

    I have questions:

    Fatty: and the date of next year’s event is?
    Fatty: are those *new* Oakleys burning ahole in your skull?

    Oh, and Boots: come on mate. the limerick, please!

  27. Comment by Gavin | 06.25.2008 | 3:52 am

    Hey Fatty,
    So how did the furthest away person travel to get there?

  28. Comment by Gavin | 06.25.2008 | 3:52 am

    how *Far* .. idiot Gavin

  29. Comment by mike | 06.25.2008 | 5:14 am

    Damn i’m hungry now!

  30. Comment by Ms. Moon | 06.25.2008 | 5:54 am

    What beautiful people!

  31. Comment by Joni | 06.25.2008 | 6:12 am

    Yes!! I also beg for the limerick!! For all of us that were not able to be there due to various reasons such as distance….cost of gas….prior commitments…and oh yes….no biking experience that extends past a jaunt around the block :)

    Looks like the best planner in the world pulled off a great event that many enjoyed. What a great time. Amazing what happened with the bread :) I dont even like brats and they looked amazing. Glad you all were able to enjoy such a beautiful day. We have forest, Great Lakes, hiking, fishing, etc… here in Michigan….but that sliding rock…that is way too amazing!!

    Hope all the family had a nice relaxing care free day!

    Win Susan!

  32. Comment by Ka_Jun | 06.25.2008 | 6:48 am

    Awesome ride report, nice banner, too btw. Nothing like getting hungry and wanting to get your Clyde on @ 8:30AM EST.

  33. Comment by Mocougfan | 06.25.2008 | 7:42 am


    That was seriously a fun day. I know your very good at planning things out well into the future, so if you could let us know when next years is that would be awesome. I’ll plan my vacation around it again.

    It was cool to be able to meet so many of the guys whose blogs I read or read about. The food was amazing. The ride was freaking hard for a crappy mtn biker like myself (I literally fell over when talking to Dug, Botched, and others cause I couldn’t get free of my clips…I’m sure Dug is still laughing), but challinging. The Slide was very fun. I got there early with Rocky and daughters. I saw all of the slides. Took videos of alomost all of them on my flip. No offense to you and Dug, but Kris wins that hands down with his PRIOR PLANNING.

    Big thanks to Gary who waited for me and took me on the right path after I got lost on the trail. Thanks again Gary.

    Thanks for planning it out so well. I loved it.

  34. Comment by DougG | 06.25.2008 | 8:01 am

    That looked liked a lot of fun! Good job Fatty!

  35. Comment by Daddystyle | 06.25.2008 | 8:04 am

    Great to see so many kids in that photo.

    That bevent report was almost as good as being there. I could almost taste those brats.

    Glad it was a sucsess and nobody hurt or lost.

    Love to the clan, cheers

  36. Comment by ann | 06.25.2008 | 8:10 am

    Again, though far, far away – where the world does not look like your world – I AM the best event planner in the world (professsional category) and all that kind of stuff happens to me regularly – the parking lot questions, the miscommunications, big and small – All you have to do is look at the pictures. Everyone is smiling. THAT is the evaluation tool – everyone is smiling = best event in the world. You win.

  37. Comment by Spiff | 06.25.2008 | 8:56 am

    Saturday, my wife and I ran our own “triathalon” consisting of a bike leg, Frisbee leg, and cake leg. The cake leg was the best ever. And I’m not exaggerating when I say it was the best ever – my wife’s cake recipe is literally “Best Ever Chocolate Cake.”

    As cool as our tri was, I’ll admit those brats sure look good! (Edible art is the best kind of art!)

  38. Comment by chtrich | 06.25.2008 | 9:13 am

    I second Sue in asking for Fish’s potato salad recipe! In fact, I’ve already posted comments on Fish’s blogs asking for it. Please post it. Seriously, it was delicious! Shame on Fatty for not mentioning it.

    I agree with Rick S. – Next year we should nap and then eat more brats. And as for next year, how about June 20th? Another triathAlon birthday party celebration.

    Gavin – I’m just guessing, but I think mocougfan traveled the furthest by coming in from Missouri.

    Fatty – thanks for the wonderful event! Thanks for waiting for me at the end of Clark’s and leading me safely to the sliding rock – which as you mentioned was planned with perfect timing. That was unbelievably refreshing!
    Thanks to everyone else who helped out and donated food, prizes, and pictures as well.

    Truly a spectacular event! :-)

  39. Comment by chtrich | 06.25.2008 | 9:14 am

    Oh yeah, and I LOVE the new banner on the site.

  40. Comment by Uphill Battle | 06.25.2008 | 9:17 am

    Fatty, I can’t pick you out of the group shot now that you no longer sport your George Hincapie Oakleys. You simply blend into the crowd now.

  41. Comment by Mocougfan | 06.25.2008 | 9:21 am

    LOVE the Brats banner. They were so good.


  42. Comment by Heatherann | 06.25.2008 | 9:52 am

    Congrats! It looks like so much fun. Maybe I’ll be in-shape enough next year to join in the fun. As for your organizational skills… You da man!

  43. Comment by NEIN | 06.25.2008 | 10:05 am

    To anyone who did the triathlon,

    Do you think the single track is is something that could be handled on a cycle cross bike? I’m thinking disc brakes, no suspension? Skill set aside, are there any big drops or other features that would require a downhill bike? Just gearing up for next year Fatathlon (or maybe it’s called Fat Ath)!

  44. Comment by Mocougfan | 06.25.2008 | 10:46 am

    Nein…I could barely get up it on my Mtn Bike. Going down the chute would be dang hard. Kris is the one to answer this question tho.

  45. Comment by leroy | 06.25.2008 | 11:52 am

    I think Shakespeare put it best:

    And gentlemen in Brooklyn now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
    And hold their fixed gears cheap while any speaks
    That rode with us upon Fat Cyclist’s Triathlon day.

    I mean, I think he wrote something like that.

    Or he would have, if he’d known about the Brats.

  46. Comment by Caren | 06.25.2008 | 12:01 pm

    I’ve gained at least 5 pounds every time I’ve checked out the web page and seen the brats banner! My keyboard is starting to act up from salivation action!

    Next year – I am there even if I have to ride my bike from New Mexico!

  47. Comment by Shawna | 06.25.2008 | 12:21 pm

    it looks like you guys had a AWESOME time – so much fun…. I have to agree – the brats look really yummy!!
    Just one small comment – on the photo that you showed your hurt arm, it needed to taken with a XShot. It is this really neat camera accessory that allows you to take self-portraits with a background (your background there was probably a great one). Check it out: http://www.xshotpix.com

    Take care, S

  48. Comment by justrun | 06.25.2008 | 12:32 pm

    Ha! That is really, really great. And congrats for the money raised, and for giving people that memory (even those of us just reading about it from afar). Speaking of people, you seem to know a lot of beautiful ones. Great photos. :)

    Congrats, again.

  49. Comment by Pinkbike | 06.25.2008 | 1:52 pm

    Great pictures – what a blast. Wish we were there, too!

    A day like that needs a soundtrack:

    It’s a Beautiful Morning – Lovin’ Spoonful
    Better When We’re Together – Jack Johnson
    California Saga/California (I know, you’re in Utah, but the “water, water” part is perfect, and a natural rock water slide’s every bit as fun as a great wave) – Beach Boys
    Summertime is Here – War
    Watermelon Song – Poi Dog Pondering
    High in the Middle – Honk (the best surf band ever)
    Wipeout! – the Ventures

    Win Susan!!!

  50. Comment by MAJ Mike | 06.25.2008 | 2:15 pm

    Very, very cool. I’m jealous.

    I participated in my own version on Sunday. As a roadie playing as a mtn biker, I was riding on Franklin Mountain in El Paso. Given the two critical facts that 1) the whole park is loose stuff, uneven, and covered in thorns and cactus, and 2) I don’t have any idea what i am doing on a mountain bike, my three events were:

    -Riding the Mountain Bike
    -Pushing the Mountain Bike over large stretches of trail that I can’t handle because of my total lack of skills on the trail
    -Sweating profusely

    I am really, really good at the last two.

  51. Comment by KanyonKris | 06.25.2008 | 2:44 pm

    I dig the new banner image with the brats! I’m going to get hungry every time I visit here.

  52. Comment by Tony P | 06.25.2008 | 2:58 pm

    Ride, Swim, Eat Brats, Sleep in shade of house. Just wanted to help you plan next years ride. Excellent party Garth!

  53. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 06.25.2008 | 3:05 pm

    So as the best event organiser didn’t it occur to you to swap Boot’s pedals onto one of the plentysix-minus-one bikes that would be lying dormant in your garage and let him come along. Dude, that’s so disorganised.

    I notice Fish had a sling on. Obviously this was late in the day when his left AC joint had given out trying to keep up with your voracious appetite for post ride brats.

  54. Comment by Kevin | 06.25.2008 | 3:12 pm

    Next year, try to plan it a little further in advanced, and I’ll try to make the trip up/over from Atlanta.

  55. Comment by TrekMom | 06.25.2008 | 3:59 pm

    Totally fun day. My six year old thought that he would die on the 3 mile uphill trek to sliding rock, but after bribing him with a new Wii game, he made it. (Yep, I AM that kind of mom.) Our 4 year old who was happily riding on the tag-a-long on the back of my bike thought it was too easy. The cold water was AWESOME, the food was fantastic and we met lots of fun people– thanks Eldon!

  56. Comment by Hamish A | 06.25.2008 | 4:08 pm

    I’m so TOTALLY there next year. Looks like an awesome time was had by all. Well done Fatty! And a special well done to everyone who took part in the inaugural Annual Fat Cyclist Triathalon :o)

  57. Comment by MTB W | 06.25.2008 | 4:28 pm

    Very cool – too bad I couldn’t make it.

    I will ask the questions that I know is burning on everyone’s mind: Who won each leg of the triathAlon? In particular, who won the brat eating contest? How many brats did that person eat?

    BTW, love the new brat banner – it looks sooo good and is very appropriate for your site! Man, these funny posts just keep coming out of you (despite the circumstances); I thought you would have run out a long time ago.

  58. Comment by Clydesteve | 06.25.2008 | 5:20 pm

    Boots – the secret of recitable in front of women and children limricks is to forego the use of the words “from Nantucket” in the 1st line. Try it.

  59. Comment by fatty | 06.25.2008 | 5:52 pm

    everyone who wondered why I didn’t offer Boots an MTB: I did. Gave him his choice of 2 very good hardtails. He declined, for good and sufficient reasons.

  60. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 06.25.2008 | 9:02 pm

    That’s good news for Boots.

    Now can you negotiate a 2-for-1 deal for Fish’s shoulder and Susan’s 2nd hip?

  61. Comment by boots | 06.25.2008 | 10:13 pm

    OK,OK, I give in – here it is by popular demand (sans Nantucket)

    Pretty bad, huh? Maybe it’s just as well you nixed the limerick contest!

  62. Comment by Dave | 06.26.2008 | 5:00 am

    Hey Fats,

    Was wondering where the location of the rocks were. Looks like a great time! A few of my friends were thinking about ride ideas but with sliding rocks at the avail it looks like our choice might be made already! LOL

    Thanks a lot and keep up the good work on your blog! Tell Susan to continue to be strong. Best wishes and a speedy recovery too regarding the latest hip problems if and when she has surgery (if that is an option right now).

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