(Some of) The Winners

10.9.2008 | 12:33 pm

In my entire life, I believe I have won exactly zero raffle-style drawings. Random numbers seem to avoid me, for some reason.

So I can’t help but get excited when I get to tell someone else that they’ve won something big — I know it’s as close to winning a drawing as I’m ever going to get.

This morning I got to send out email to the three winners in the Ciclismo Classico Cycling Trip in Italy or France raffle. The thing is, one of the winners — the second place winner, in fact — hasn’t yet responded. So, if you entered the contest, you might want to check your email. You may be a winner and not even know it yet.

Meanwhile, let’s meet the winners who have responded.

Minehaha Canvas Grocery Bag Pannier Third-Prize Winner: Steve Campbell
Steve, of Seattle, WA, wins the Minehaha Canvas Grocery Bag Pannier, a case of Usinger Brats, and a 2009 Fat Cyclist jersey. Here’s what Steve has to say about himself:

First off thanks, it already felt good to give money to a worthy cause.

The last thing I won was a trip at a minor league baseball game about thirty years ago, and that includes all of the criteriums I entered in college.

My wife Katherine and I have been married 3 years. We decided to tempt fate this year and buy a tandem (aka the divorcycle). This has been great because now Katherine wants to go for rides, and I might be able to fulfill my lifelong dream of getting a speeding ticket on a bike.

I also own two other road bikes. I’m hoping space in the garage will open up for a third bike someday. It’s the one sport I’m where I feel like I’m actually above average, and unlike golf and tennis I get better at it the more I do it.

Congrats, Steve!

David Hartley Grand Prize Winner: David Hartley
David, of Cape Town, South Africa, gets to make the very difficult decision of racing in the Dolomites or riding the routes and seeing the stages of the Tour de France. I don’t envy him having to make that choice.

No, that’s stupid. I totally envy him.

Here’s some of what David has to say about winning:

I will have to do some more reading up and decide which trip to take, though right now I’m leaning towards Italy. I’ve got to admit that I just donated because it was a worthy cause. The possibility of winning something was just a bonus!

I’ve been riding for about 10 years, and have amassed a good collection of bikes: 1 road and 2 mtb. I’m afraid that you have not convinced me about a single speed bike yet!

dilbertI just returned from a mtb holiday in France, Les Get, playing around in bike parks. Probably one of my best holidays. I’m currently being
counting the pennies to try get back next year and also do some road riding, so now I’m super stoked! I may have to sneak in some mtb afterwards.

As an electrical engineer I, of course have just been seen doing the engineer’s victory dance. Work colleagues are looking at me strangely.

All I ask, David, is that you send some pictures of your trip to post.

Chest Thumping, Etc.
The coolest thing of all about this raffle, as far as I’m concerned, is that in one week, you all raised around $20,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

That’s remarkable.

Huge thanks again go to Ciclismo Classico, for being extremely generous in donating a cycling tour this way. This probably goes without saying, but I will anyway: I’m a big fan of supporting companies that do the right things for the right reasons like this. At some point in my life I’m going to go on a cycling tour, and you can bet it will be with these guys.

And finally, a giant thanks out to Brad Stratton, who had the idea for this raffle and did all the heavy lifting in pulling it off, all as a very meaningful tribute to his mom and her fight against cancer.


  1. Comment by Franky & Mer | 10.9.2008 | 12:44 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners! Even though I would have loved to win the trip to Italy or France, I’m really bummed out for not winning the case of brats. Being a native German I’m quite fond of sausages and wanted to try these wonder brats ever since you mentioned them. BTW, I got the 2009 FC jersey and LOVE IT!

  2. Comment by Finland | 10.9.2008 | 12:51 pm

    Congrats to the winners, prizes were cool, and the cause is all important!

    The new Fat Cyclist jersey arrived in Finland, too! Looks cool, great, stylish and a host of other superlatives! Hopefully when people see it out and about next summer, more people will find your blog (and the causes you work towards).
    Sorry, can’t promise short-sleeve jersey weather any sooner than that!

    All the best to Susan! Win!

  3. Comment by Jeff | 10.9.2008 | 12:54 pm

    $20,000 for the LAF in one week, that’s pretty awesome.

    I too, have a lifelong dream of getting a speeding ticket on my bicycle. Perhaps I need to move to Seattle and spend some time drafting Steve and his wife on their “divorcycle.”

  4. Comment by Clydesteve | 10.9.2008 | 12:54 pm

    Cool! Does this mean I got 2nd place? Do you need my email address, Fatty? Phone number?

  5. Comment by JDogg | 10.9.2008 | 12:59 pm

    @Clydesteve – I think it was *my* address he forgot.

    Congrats to the winners!

  6. Comment by Kathleen | 10.9.2008 | 1:24 pm

    Thanks for posting comments from the winners…so cool to read about them and what they’re up to (I’m insatiably nosy about other people’s lives which makes blogging a great pastime for me).

    $20k large! We rock!

  7. Comment by Wildroadie (in Paris) | 10.9.2008 | 1:47 pm

    Awesome a Saffer won something!!!! Enjoy the prizes guys.
    Got my 2009 jersey today (the bestest farewell gift from friends in SA) – bugger the cold weather I am wearing it through winter!

  8. Comment by Jodi | 10.9.2008 | 2:16 pm

    That number is staggering. 20k in one week? It’s nice to be shocked and awed by a number that means things are getting better in this world.

    Nice job.

  9. Comment by matt (ming) | 10.9.2008 | 2:29 pm

    congratulations winners!

    37+20 = ~60k for laf this year? way to go fatty and everyone who donated.

    i am sad to see i didnt win the vacation, i tried to crunch the numbers of going two for two in the raffles and it kinda made my head hurt.

    steve in seatle. i dont know if you read comments but we do NOT have a saturday trek breast cancer ride here in seattle, but a couple of folks are getting together this saturday morning for 40-50 road ride over on bainbridge is. anyone in seattle or there abouts feel free to shoot me an email. if you want to go.

    congrats again,
    fatty army

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  11. Comment by ryed4fuhn | 10.9.2008 | 2:37 pm

    $20,000 and climbing. Sweet victory. You definitely help bring out the charitable side of people Fatty. Keep it up brotha.


  12. Comment by Mike Roadie | 10.9.2008 | 3:05 pm

    I got an email from you today. Does that mean that I am the 2nd place winner?? COOL!!!! And you already have my address, too!!!

    Way to go Brad!!!


  13. Comment by Don | 10.9.2008 | 4:10 pm

    Sadly enough I have no email… Sorrow.
    But I am extremely happy that so much was raised for an amazing cause!!

  14. Comment by Hamish A | 10.9.2008 | 4:19 pm

    I didn’t get an email either. Do I qualify for some kind of consolation prize? Brats would work but I’m easy. If you wanted to send me a certain someones belt drive Spot you wouldn’t hear me complain ;-)

    $20k is fantastic! Thanks for the ‘thanks’ email as well Brad. Still sending prayers your way.

    WIN Susan! WIN Diane!

    P.S. We still looking at November for the Fat Cyclist jerseys for those of us that blew the pre-order?

  15. Comment by bubbaseadog | 10.9.2008 | 7:51 pm

    someones gotta win someones gotta lose but thereare nolosers cause we all helped to win the day for the laf and that my friends means good time charlie aint got the blues. win susan win diane and torre.

  16. Comment by Tim E | 10.9.2008 | 8:54 pm

    Gosh, I’m not sure why the winning email didn’t make it to me, but I’m sure that it will arrive soon.

    $20K is so WOW! Ya watch the political news and lose faith in humanity; ya read Fatty’s blog and get your faith back again.


  17. Comment by Lifesgreat | 10.9.2008 | 10:05 pm

    Congrats winners! I enjoyed the humor in each of the responses. Divorcycle-heh heh I like Dilbert too.

    $20,0000 is fantastic.


  18. Comment by Alex from ZA | 10.10.2008 | 12:27 am

    Congrats Winners! And may I just say that I am uber-thrilled that a fellow Captonian won! GO ES AY!

    (and WIN SUSAN!)

  19. Comment by Onan the Barbarian | 10.10.2008 | 9:12 am

    Congrats to all the winners!

    Now I just have to score one of those sweet, sweet jerseys – yeah, I forgot to pre-order one. I guess that makes me a double loser.

  20. Comment by Me (still Kenny's neice) | 10.11.2008 | 8:12 pm

    $20,000!!!!! That is a ton!

  21. Comment by DubaiMTB | 10.13.2008 | 11:20 am

    Good for you David. Good to see a fellow South African supporting Fatty. See you at the Cape Argus in March!


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