Let’s Break Some Records

11.12.2008 | 3:32 pm

Here are some interesting facts for you:

  1. Team Dell — you know, the computer guys — had the largest LiveStrong Challenge team ever last year, with more than 260 people in it.
  2. Team Toi raised the most money ever, raising over $350,000 for the LiveStrong Challenge.

Here are my thoughts on both of these records: Pffff.

Team Fat Cyclist: Fighting For Susan

For 2009, I am going to form Team Fat Cyclist: Fighting For Susan for the LiveStrong Challenge, and I want you to join me. If you’re willing to put in some work, together our neighborhood will not simply break these records; we will crush them.

No, we will demolish them.

And humiliate them, just for fun.

Oh, and by the way, by either joining the team or contributing to the team — your choice — you will automatically be entering yourself in raffles to win prizes that will make your head spin.

Let’s Talk About The Prizes A Little Bit

I love to give stuff away; that’s one of the things I like best about my blog. And as part of this LiveStrong Challenge, I have asked my friends in the industry to donate some cool stuff to raffle off to those who donate.

And they have come through in spades.

Here are just a few of the things you can look forward to. I’m being vague here about brands and so forth until I have things nailed down, but the truth is, the odds are good that there will be more — not less — than what I’m talking about.

  • An ultra-high-end 29″ single speed mountain bike. And by ultra-high-end, I mean ultra-ultra-high end.
  • An ultra-high-end road bike. By which I mean, ultra-ultra-ultra high end.
  • A bombproof, light wheelset for mountain biking
  • A featherweight wheelset for road biking
  • A ridiculously high-end road group — one of the first of its kind available, in fact.
  • A top of the top-end MTB group
  • A full-service mountain MTB vacation with a top-notch touring outfit
  • A beautiful and functional commuter bike.
  • Be the first person alive to ever meet, ride with, and learn the identity of Bike Snob NYC. Yes, really. But you can’t photograph him or tell anyone else who he is. Or you’ll be sorry.
  • Bike Clothes, Components, and Gear Galore.

And there are more prizes I haven’t mentioned here because I’m not perfectly confident they’ll come through. But I will say this: I am amazed at how many generous people there are in the bike industry, and am incredibly impressed at how badly they want to fight cancer.

The short version: if you’re willing to donate some time and / or money, you’re going to help me create an incredible legacy for Susan, and you might win some cool stuff. Really, really cool stuff.

How It’s Going to Work

I love competition, and I love silliness. So we’re going to have fun making a huge impact and raising money.

Here’s what we’re going to do.

  1. On December 1 — the first day it’s allowed — of this year, I’ll be creating Team Fat Cyclist: Fighting for Susan.
  2. Anytime on that day or after, you can join the team, which will give you your very own fundraising page. It costs $50 to register. That’s your entry fee to be able to participate in the event.
  3. Start bugging your friends and family to donate to your fundraising page.
  4. I will start holding raffles on a frequent basis. Sometimes, anyone who wants to donate will be included in the raffles, sometimes the raffles will only be available to team members.
  5. Sometimes, I’ll give prizes to people who are kicking butt at fundraising. The prizes will not be trivial. At all.

This may sound crazy, but I really believe it’s possible: If 500 of us join this team, and then we each raise $1000 — an easily attainable sum — we’ll shatter the previous team fundraising records with half a million dollars.

If, on the other hand, we all kick butt and each raise $2000, we’ll astound the world by having raised a million dollars together.

And I love the idea of telling Susan that 500 of her friends got together and raised a million bucks to fight cancer in her honor.

What You Should Do Right Now

Actually, there’s not too much you need to do just yet. I can’t form Team Fat Cyclist: Fighting For Susan until the beginning of next month.

But there are a few things you can do. Most of them are easy.

  1. Decide you’re going to join. You’ll be part of something big, and worthwhile, and hopefully record-breaking. Start saving up your $50 membership fee, and some extra to donate for your own page, so you’ll have a good chance of winning one of the prizes.
  2. Start making a list of who you can ask to donate. There will be some giveaways where team members who have earned the most will get prizes.
  3. If you’re in the bike — or a related — industry and want to be a part of this, you can. Think about what you’d like to donate, and then email me. I will give you the recognition you deserve, and you’ll have done something awesome. If you need to convince the higher-ups at your company that you’re reaching a sizeable audience, let them know that Fat Cyclist averages 60,000+ unique visitors, 250,000 visits, and 640,000 pageviews per month. Which is quite a few.
  4. Tell other cycling friends they need to join. Last year the team competition was dominated by a computer company (Dell) and a fashion designer (Toi). Seriously, that’s just sad. It’s like having Richard Simmons beat you up for your lunch money.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be revealing more about what the contests will be like, what you’ll be able to win, and some more surprises.

For now, I’m just excited to be doing something positive, and am looking forward to having you be a big part of it.

We’re going to kick butt.

PS: Big thanks to Mike Roadie for emailing me with the suggestion of doing a Team Fatty this year. I’ll be relying on him for a lot of the logistics and whatnot, since he clearly knows his way around his program.


  1. Comment by Anonymous | 11.12.2008 | 3:39 pm

    Dear Fat Cyclist:
    Hi, I’ve read your blog for a while, but never commented or had any contact. Just wanted to write and say “in.”
    Cheers from Ireland.

    PS: First!! How’s that for silly competition?

  2. Comment by dug | 11.12.2008 | 3:40 pm

    i know this is going to sound crazy, but one time, at fat camp, I beat up Richard Simmons and took HIS lunch money.

    which admittedly, wasn’t much.

  3. Comment by Michael in TN | 11.12.2008 | 3:41 pm

    I’m in!

    Win Susan!

  4. Comment by bikemike | 11.12.2008 | 3:48 pm

    is it going to be “hit yourself in the head with a hammer head spin” or “linda blair in the exorcist head spin”, cause there really is a difference.

  5. Comment by drapisking | 11.12.2008 | 3:49 pm

    I love breaking records… so in.

  6. Comment by Aaron | 11.12.2008 | 3:54 pm

    Count me in.

  7. Comment by Charlie | 11.12.2008 | 3:57 pm

    Another one to join the growing crowd!

  8. Comment by Stevo | 11.12.2008 | 4:00 pm

    Delurking again to let you know I’m in!


  9. Comment by Robb Sutton (198) | 11.12.2008 | 4:01 pm

    Sounds like fun and a great cause…I’m in…

    Robb Sutton (aka. 198)
    Mountain Biking by 198

  10. Comment by mo | 11.12.2008 | 4:06 pm

    I’m in – for San Jose

  11. Comment by Grizzly Adam | 11.12.2008 | 4:10 pm

    In! This is going to be big I think. Great idea Fatty.

  12. Comment by Big Boned | 11.12.2008 | 4:10 pm

    Count me in. Awesome idea. WIN SUSAN! 2:01pm

  13. Comment by Dan O | 11.12.2008 | 4:12 pm

    I’m in, I might even be able to ride in the San Jose Challenge next year, even if I do live in Colorado.

    life is good

  14. Comment by pipebaum | 11.12.2008 | 4:17 pm

    I’m in, as long as I don’t have to ride with BSNYC (he scares me)…

  15. Comment by cyclechic | 11.12.2008 | 4:28 pm

    Count me in! I can’t wait.

  16. Comment by Trialsdude | 11.12.2008 | 4:34 pm

    This is gonna be great. Catch you on the flip side.

    Win Susan!

  17. Comment by curlyklick | 11.12.2008 | 4:35 pm

    I can’t wait. We are definitely going to win this for Susan!

  18. Comment by Mike Roadie | 11.12.2008 | 4:37 pm

    Hey, where did you get that idea……

  19. Comment by Jeff | 11.12.2008 | 4:38 pm

    Fatty, you are a genius!

    I haven’t done the Livestrong challenge before, but this may pull me in. (Of course, your joining facebook didn’t pull me into that…but this is different!)

  20. Comment by km | 11.12.2008 | 4:45 pm

    Genuinely interested, count me 85% in….for now when my head stops spinning I’ll figure out where the other 15% stands.

  21. Comment by Charisa | 11.12.2008 | 4:46 pm


  22. Comment by Cliff | 11.12.2008 | 4:47 pm

    Awesome idea!! As a recent new reader to your blog, I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to help out and this is perfect! With all your dedicated readers, let’s put social networking to use. There’s no reason why we can’t shatter the previous records.

    Heck, my 9-yr old son sold over $1500 in popcorn sales in less than 2 weeks fundraising for his cub scout troop. If *I* can’t beat that over a year’s time, I should be ashamed of myself. Thank you again for taking the fight to cancer and for all the generous sponsors who are making this all possible.


  23. Comment by montanapat | 11.12.2008 | 4:48 pm

    This is awesome! I am in for the win!
    WIN Susan!

  24. Comment by highwaymunky | 11.12.2008 | 4:53 pm

    I love it when a plan comes together!
    I’m in.


  25. Comment by aussie kev | 11.12.2008 | 4:56 pm

    i am so in

    win susan


  26. Comment by Woody | 11.12.2008 | 5:03 pm

    Those records are SOOOO broken!

  27. Comment by BunE | 11.12.2008 | 5:06 pm

    In – Kansas City

  28. Comment by wayner61 | 11.12.2008 | 5:06 pm

    Count me in.

    WIN Susan!

  29. Comment by Ellen | 11.12.2008 | 5:06 pm

    I am in like flynn.

    Win Susan!

  30. Comment by rich | 11.12.2008 | 5:06 pm

    This is freakin awesome! I’m SO in on this….

  31. Comment by Duncan Watson | 11.12.2008 | 5:10 pm

    I like this idea. I would be honored to join your team and shatter this record.

  32. Comment by Bluenoser | 11.12.2008 | 5:16 pm

    I’m in.


  33. Comment by Rob Lorey | 11.12.2008 | 5:20 pm

    Long time reader, never posted before.

    I am in — Seattle.

  34. Comment by MikeonhisBike | 11.12.2008 | 5:20 pm

    This is a great idea for a Most Excellent cause. This is exciting. I’m not intimitated by Richard Simmons. Bring him on.


  35. Comment by Yukirin Boy | 11.12.2008 | 5:34 pm

    very excited, great idea

  36. Comment by matt (ming) | 11.12.2008 | 5:38 pm

    oh heck yeah, im in.

    matt in seattle

  37. Comment by ryed4fuhn | 11.12.2008 | 5:39 pm

    great idea…definitely count me in on this!

  38. Comment by Co | 11.12.2008 | 5:52 pm

    I’m in. $50 for website, $50 for Dug having beat up Richard Simmons and taken his lunch money, and I’m going for $2K minimum in fundraising. My sis rides for MS every year (Coke team) and raises $2,500 by asking everyone she knows for $10. I can do that (although I don’t know *that* many people). Once she gives me her $10, I’ll let her loose with her own FC website. :-)

    Go Team FC!!!! (once it’s created, of course)

    um, er, we can start on 12/1/08, how long do we have to raise the $2K?

  39. Comment by Hillary K. | 11.12.2008 | 5:57 pm

    Yay! This is such an awesome idea. I’m totally in and I’m already starting to think of other riders I can get on board. What a stellar idea! I’m looking forward to 12/01!

  40. Comment by larry | 11.12.2008 | 5:58 pm

    And not to get too far ahead, but when and where will the actual Livestrong ride take place?

    All in good time I suppose…

  41. Comment by hobgoblin | 11.12.2008 | 6:02 pm

    There is something seriously wrong with me. I saw all of these awesome prizes, and the one that really made me say “Wow! Cool!” was the ride with BSNYC.

  42. Comment by Jenni | 11.12.2008 | 6:05 pm


    I was just talking to my friend the other day that there should be a Fat Cyclist Team. Were you spying on us? No matter. I am IN IN IN. Wow, exciting.

    In honor of Susan, in honor of my grandmother, in honor of myself.

  43. Comment by KatieA978 | 11.12.2008 | 6:05 pm


    And, if there’s any FC readers in Sydney (apart from me, I’m sure there are) – who votes we get together and do a mass event to raise even more money?

    We can sell brats, and if I can nick the recipe for the bread, it could be a true FC event! :)

  44. Comment by BikeCopVT | 11.12.2008 | 6:06 pm


    You are the man, and with you Team Fat Cyclist will blow those previous records out of the water. I think you would do it without the prizes but what a motivator prizes can be. You of course already know that. I will be doing what I can and hopefully I can make the trip from Vermont to Philly and do my part. I see over $1,000,000 from the team in the future. I think I read it on some island newspaper I found while I was rescuing this lost doctor a while back.

    Win Susan Win
    Fatty you already won

  45. Comment by Tony | 11.12.2008 | 6:07 pm

    On December 1st I’ll be signing up. I was going to try and raise money for Livestrong this year anyway, so I might as well be part of Team Fatty!

  46. Comment by Mariah | 11.12.2008 | 6:11 pm

    In honor in Susan and my Papa, I am so in.

  47. Comment by Megan | 11.12.2008 | 6:15 pm

    Can’t wait to find out which city you pick. Sad that I read a cycling blog and will likely enter as a runner…

  48. Comment by Karl | 11.12.2008 | 6:24 pm

    KatieA978 – if you mean Sydney, NSW then count me in.

    aussiekev, are you nearby?


  49. Comment by Juls | 11.12.2008 | 6:24 pm

    Nowhere I would rather be than ‘IN’!! I have been supporting LAF for years. I would be more than happy to continue supporting such a wonderful foundation in Susan’s name.


  50. Comment by Drew | 11.12.2008 | 6:25 pm

    I have a score to settle with a certain Livestrong Philly century course. And a brand spanking new Fat Cyclist 2009 jersey. I guess its fate. Count me in.

  51. Comment by Jenni | 11.12.2008 | 6:30 pm

    P.S. I just got my first $50 pledge.

  52. Comment by Jeff | 11.12.2008 | 6:31 pm

    Sure, why not. Not like I’ve got anything else going on…

  53. Comment by Marrock | 11.12.2008 | 6:35 pm

    *starts counting out pennies for his registration fee*

    I’m in if I don’t get evicted first…

  54. Comment by Heather | 11.12.2008 | 6:39 pm

    I’m a cycling newbie, but count me in!

  55. Comment by Hamish A | 11.12.2008 | 6:49 pm

    That heavy, dull thud you just heard was me jumping wholeheartedly onboard.

    I’m going to state the obvious here: This, is going to be HUGE!

    Great plan, Fatty.

    WIN Susan!!!

  56. Comment by Scrod | 11.12.2008 | 6:49 pm

    Oh this is so great to be able to be a part of something like this. Will feel like I am no longer just a passive reader, but part of things.

  57. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.12.2008 | 6:54 pm

    Of course I am in. I will be registering for the Seattle LiveSTRONG Challenge, as well as the Austin Challenge.

    My goal this year is $30,000. For which I will need some help.

    My son and wife will probably be registering as well. Daniel raised over $600 last year.


    There is another prize(s) you did not mention, Fatty – LAF will invite you to Ride For The Roses (which amounts to extra honors and priveliges for LSC registrants. Among the perks, those who raise over $15,000 get airfare and hotel in Austin. Over $30,000 and you are given airfare & hotel for you and a guest.

  58. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 11.12.2008 | 6:56 pm

    Wow fatty, you really did turn into an A-list blogger. Who knew?!? lol

    (No wonder you don’t facetiously brag that you’re famous anymore.)

    Oh, and I’m in. :)

  59. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.12.2008 | 6:57 pm

    LSC schedule – I just got this from my LSC mentor:

    Seattle, WA: June 13-14, 2009 (this date to be finalized shortly)
    San Jose, CA: July 11-12
    Philadelphia, PA: August 22-23
    Austin, TX: October 23-25

  60. Comment by Di | 11.12.2008 | 7:01 pm

    If I have the $50, I’m in.

  61. Comment by Janet | 11.12.2008 | 7:10 pm

    Oh, it is SO ON. Maybe that will be my first century, even!

  62. Comment by Don | 11.12.2008 | 7:12 pm

    YOU RAWK ON SO MANY LEVELS FATTY! I am SO in it’s making me CRAZY! I also really want to do Livestrong Challenge this year. Is there a way I could tie one into the other, do you know? I hope one wouldn’t negate the other or anything…
    Wait, couldn’t I just register as part of Team Fatty?!
    So confused, will figure it out.

  63. Comment by KatieA978 | 11.12.2008 | 7:21 pm

    Karl – yep, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

    I reckon there’s at least half the city we can annoy for money.

  64. Comment by Rob | 11.12.2008 | 7:30 pm

    Brilliant. I hate asking people for money, but for the chance to meet BSNYC….totally in. 8^)

    WIN Susan

  65. Comment by Marla | 11.12.2008 | 7:35 pm


  66. Comment by Bjorn 4Lycra | 11.12.2008 | 7:38 pm

    One member of the Adelaide branch of the Australian Connection is in. Livestrong hits Adelaide big time next January so how can we not be in.
    Send BSNYC over here to ride with us. Proud to do it for and with Susan

  67. Comment by swtkaroline | 11.12.2008 | 7:41 pm

    Heck Yeah!

  68. Comment by Kathleen | 11.12.2008 | 7:54 pm

    In! Great idea Fatty – can’t wait to get started.

    WIN Susan!

  69. Comment by ricky | 11.12.2008 | 7:57 pm

    yup. great idea. win susan!

  70. Comment by Dorothy | 11.12.2008 | 8:03 pm

    I’m in!! It’ll be great.

  71. Comment by Rob L | 11.12.2008 | 8:05 pm

    In to Win!

    And its not even about the loot. Though a new FC jersey would be tasty. Damn I wanted a woolie. Alas, now I’d rather save for my seed fund for this.

  72. Comment by Dobovedo | 11.12.2008 | 8:19 pm

    Dell who?

    I’m absolutely “in”. Can’t say I’ll actually be able to get to a ride (depends on which one, when, and where), but I’ll do the fundraising anyway! Got a blog sidebar space just waiting for the promo.

    Under one condition… I hereby waive all rights to the prize to meet BSNYC. A) I can’t keep secrets and B) it would ruin all the fun. Kinda the reverse of finding out there really isn’t a Great Pumpkin (sorry if I ruined that for anybody).

  73. Comment by BigShorty | 11.12.2008 | 8:20 pm

    I’m in………….

    Win Susan….keep it going Fatty!

  74. Comment by Higgins | 11.12.2008 | 8:33 pm

    I’m in. Fatcyclist is my favorite blog. I can’t wait to be part of this!!

  75. Comment by Rebecca | 11.12.2008 | 8:41 pm

    Some of us already have little teams we are committed to. Is there anyway we can join as sub-teams? Or be on two teams? I want to be on the Fatty Team, but I can’t abandon my little team.

    Oh, what to do!?!?

  76. Comment by Jennifer | 11.12.2008 | 8:47 pm

    IN!!!! (and I’m also one who is thrilled at the idea of meeting BikeSnob)

  77. Comment by Keith | 11.12.2008 | 9:02 pm

    Livestrong is coming to Seattle this year, so yeah — my wife and I are most definitely “in”.

  78. Comment by Paul | 11.12.2008 | 9:06 pm

    I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO doing this!!!!
    Great idea!!!

    I am in Philly and will be riding here :)

  79. Comment by Mike from Melbourne | 11.12.2008 | 9:12 pm

    I’m in. Unfortunately the Aussie dollar is not worth much now but we’ll see what we can do.
    All the best to Susan

  80. Comment by Formely Bent022 | 11.12.2008 | 9:14 pm

    So in!!! I will have to decide between San Jose, CA and Austin, TX.
    Fatty maybe I will have to see about a jersey for the raffle. I will check with my ‘contacts’ for something very special.

    WIN Susan!!!!

  81. Comment by Bike Rider Guy | 11.12.2008 | 9:17 pm

    I’m in from Newcastle, Australia.
    Good thing i’ve got time to save for registering. That $50 USD equates to $46000 AUD at the moment or 1/8th of a pair of assos knicks.

    *exchange rate may not be entirely accurate.

  82. Comment by sllym | 11.12.2008 | 9:26 pm

    LOVE IT!! I’m in.

  83. Comment by Peter | 11.12.2008 | 9:39 pm

    Kick butt! Awesome idea, and those records will fall like fatty on a unicycle. Time to call in some favors from the corporate office…can you say “year end donations”!

  84. Comment by Mocougfan | 11.12.2008 | 9:42 pm

    Great idea. I’d love to help. this will be a perfect way to do it.

  85. Comment by harald | 11.12.2008 | 10:09 pm

    Terrific idea. I’ve done the Philly Livestrong Challenge the last two years riding for my dad. I’m really looking forward to being part of your team next year. WIN Susan.

  86. Comment by JT | 11.12.2008 | 10:16 pm

    Long time reader BC Canada Seattle ride I’m in! WIN!

  87. Comment by ann | 11.12.2008 | 10:31 pm

    Do you have to actually ride a cycle of any kind to do this? Or anything related to that? Or are we talking a VIRTUAL team? Or is this a metaphor for something else, and I missed it.

  88. Comment by dr_robert | 11.12.2008 | 10:39 pm


  89. Comment by Joe S | 11.12.2008 | 11:07 pm

    Greetings from the Jersey Shore!

    I rode livestrong Philly in 2007 and it was a great event. I mentioned once that my wife is a breast cancer survivor and I’d be honored to ride with Team Fatty in Philly in 2009.

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
    Chef Joe
    “Wrinkle only go where the smiles have been.” (Jimmy Buffett)

  90. Comment by LuckyLab | 11.12.2008 | 11:15 pm

    Okay, Fatty. I’m in. I’m going to need one of those jerseys, though, so you may want to get the boys over at Twin Six going on a special Team Edition. :-)

    BTW, I am planning on getting a booth at my town’s spring festival (The Keizer Iris Festival for those in Oregon) to pass out survivorship books and raise money. It’s an odd idea, but I figured I’d toss it out there in case anybody else wants to try something like it.

  91. Comment by Jill | 11.12.2008 | 11:37 pm

    Count me in! I have some ideas.

    This is a wonderful idea. Bring the bike blogging community together and great things will happen. They already have.

  92. Comment by Lisa | 11.13.2008 | 12:14 am

    In to the extent I can be! If karma finds me a new job by registration time, I’ll definitely pay the fee and join – otherwise I’ll donate what I can and see if I can hassle others to do the same :)

  93. Comment by Nix | 11.13.2008 | 12:42 am

    Would like to be in, but I don’t live in the States. Will donate what I can.

    Like the idea of a Limited Edition Team Fatty shirt. Perhaps we can use Kenny’s tattoo as well on it?

  94. Comment by airgod | 11.13.2008 | 1:47 am

    I have been reading your blog for short time and have donated a few times. This is awesome! I am in!! How will the work? Will it be set up for us? or do we need to design it?

  95. Comment by Alex | 11.13.2008 | 2:31 am

    I’ll say I’m in but I can’t find an event in the UK…guess I might just have to organise one!

    South West UK

  96. Comment by Graham | 11.13.2008 | 2:47 am

    Hi Alex (South West UK) Was just reading through the comments and came to yours at the end. Was thinking something similar, and I’m in Exeter. I feel a plan coming together!


  97. Comment by Philly Jen | 11.13.2008 | 4:01 am

    So. Totally. In.

    Philly’s got attitude, and your readers have Fattitude. Come on over and be sure to Bring It!

  98. Comment by Lizzylou | 11.13.2008 | 5:25 am

    And we already have our team jerseys too… how perfect!

    I’m not sure how teams work for these rides since I’ve never been in a team before, but I’m guessing we all get to ride in our own local races, right?

  99. Comment by buckythedonkey | 11.13.2008 | 5:44 am

    I’m in.

  100. Comment by buckythedonkey | 11.13.2008 | 5:44 am

    I’d like to meet Al Maviva.

  101. Comment by nosferaustin | 11.13.2008 | 6:21 am

    In. I’ve been wanting to go back home (to Austin) to ride this anyway. It’ll be great to do it with even more of a reason. Win!

  102. Comment by Fifth Column | 11.13.2008 | 7:16 am

    I’ve always been an avid runner who just cycles on the weekends to cross-train. This is just the push I need to start racing my mountain bike! I’ve done charity teams for marathons and this is such an awesome idea. Great job Fatty.

  103. Comment by Brian | 11.13.2008 | 7:31 am

    That is an awesome idea!

  104. Comment by Vet Sculler | 11.13.2008 | 7:40 am


    My geography is a bit hazy, but London counts as SWUK right ?

    I’m in, but need some playmates; can I join you ?

    Paul W

  105. Comment by Fifth Column | 11.13.2008 | 7:41 am

    Correction: This is the push I need to start racing my ROAD bike. See what happens when you are trying to read blogs at work?

  106. Comment by jwbikes | 11.13.2008 | 7:57 am

    The fat man from New Hill is in.

  107. Comment by Kevin | 11.13.2008 | 7:59 am

    Awesome, awesome, awesome idea. I’m definitely in.

  108. Comment by Julie Hoover | 11.13.2008 | 8:19 am

    Hi! I’ve been silently following this blog for a while but I wanted to tell you how excited I am about raising some money for you! I just finished my first triathlon. It’s one I invented that is for slow people. It’s called the Grueling Triathlon of Doom. (The t-shirts are amazing.) We needed a cause to raise money for during our next slow triathlon in May and I think that this will be perfect. I AM SO EXCITED to raise some money for you and Susan.

    I’ve lost many people in my life to cancer and I’m only 30 years old. Clearly someone needs to cure this horrible horrible disease. I’m glad the Grueling Triathlon of Doom will be able to help this year.

  109. Comment by Donald | 11.13.2008 | 8:28 am

    This is going to be one HELLUVA Team!

  110. Comment by TomE | 11.13.2008 | 8:42 am

    I’m IN Fatty!!! You need to ask the Twin Six guys for a special jersey for this event!!!

  111. Comment by gus | 11.13.2008 | 8:50 am

    I’m in, if only to have another reason to wear my pink Fatty shirt and pink Chuck T’s.

    WIN SUSAN!!!

  112. Comment by Nina in Ohio | 11.13.2008 | 8:53 am

    Thanks Fatty & Mike Roadie for giving us the opportunity to do something for Susan (and your family) and help defeat cancer – looking forward to it!

  113. Comment by Ethan | 11.13.2008 | 8:59 am

    Awesome! I plan on doing whatever it takes to win the ultra-ultra-ultra high end single speed mtb. It’s my second-favorite prize that you mentioned (behind meeting BSNYC).

    But most of all, I’ll be doing this for my friend Andrew. And your wife Susan.

  114. Comment by regina | 11.13.2008 | 9:10 am

    this is a splendid plan for dominating the competition, and I smile when I think competition because there will be none mwahahahahahahahhaha, oh sorry you should be making the evil laugh. hehehe.
    I am in.

  115. Comment by JAM | 11.13.2008 | 9:23 am

    Can’t wait for the the 1st. I am “IN” in Atlanta.

  116. Comment by NoTrail | 11.13.2008 | 9:30 am

    I will join the team.

    … for you Elden,
    … for Susan,
    … for my mom (who is going through the battle of her life right now),
    … and for everyone else who has ever had to deal with cancer in their lives.

  117. Comment by KyClyde | 11.13.2008 | 9:32 am

    “IN” in Western Kentucky. Can’t wait to register

  118. Comment by Jennifer Sage | 11.13.2008 | 9:49 am

    OMG my family and friends and associates are going to kill me – I just did a big fundraising event for the Challenge Athletes Foundation (another awesome organization) and asked everyone I knew for money.

    But next year is a new year, so I’m…..IN!

    I guess I’ll have to find a way to get to one of the events. …details, details!

  119. Comment by Dingbat | 11.13.2008 | 10:36 am

    I’m in. I know lots of people.

  120. Comment by Emily | 11.13.2008 | 10:44 am

    I wish they had an event taking place closer to me, or at least in a cooler city! Philly is a super long drive away, and then when you get there, you’re in Philadelphia.

  121. Comment by Gordon | 11.13.2008 | 11:17 am

    I like it, I am in!

  122. Comment by Rick S. | 11.13.2008 | 11:17 am

    In all the way.

  123. Comment by Rufus | 11.13.2008 | 11:46 am

    Count me in!
    Like Jennifer Sage, I just finished raising a bunch of money for the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk, but this will be a new year, yes? Besides, I love the idea of asking everyone and anyone for $10. Who can say no to that?

  124. Comment by Alex | 11.13.2008 | 12:21 pm

    I am in Cheltenham, about 1hr north of Bristol and 2hrs west of London near the Welsh border. The great thing about the UK is that unlike the US you are never far away from people :)

    Deffo up for organising something to raise cash to fight cancer, plenty of great routes round the cotswolds and Forest of Dean.


  125. Comment by Maria | 11.13.2008 | 12:49 pm

    I’m “IN” fighting for Susan in Northern California!

  126. Comment by Erik | 11.13.2008 | 12:58 pm

    I’m in. But isn’t there an event or a ride or something also involved in this?

    Anyway. Count me in. Win (my) Mom. Win Susan. Win everyone.

  127. Comment by Kt | 11.13.2008 | 1:20 pm

    I’m in, from Tigard, OR (Portland). Don’t know if I can get to the Seattle ride, I’ll have to do my own here in town on that day.

    So cool.

    Win, Susan, Win!!!!

    And Win Everyone, too!

  128. Comment by mmat | 11.13.2008 | 1:51 pm

    if canadians are allowed to take part, i’m in.

  129. Comment by JDogg | 11.13.2008 | 2:05 pm


    Philly is a short ride from NYC. This will kick some serious butt in the record department.

    (Also one of the BSNYC fans)

  130. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.13.2008 | 2:12 pm

    Emily – There are a ton of people I met this year in Austin that come from Charlotte, NC. IIRC, you are somewhere near there? Anyway, just raise $15,000, and the LAF will fly you to Austin and pay for the Hotel! (check the FAQ for the Ride for the Roses)


  131. Comment by GenghisKhan | 11.13.2008 | 2:13 pm

    Great! But, should Alex from Cheltenham really be talking about his cotswolds on this site?! I thought we were family-friendly! :)

  132. Comment by GenghisKhan | 11.13.2008 | 2:19 pm

    Oops! “Cotswolds” ain’t what I thunk it was–it’s beautiful hilly English country-side. Dang, Alex, you’ve got it good!

    P.S. Alex, between the two of us–if “cotswolds” it is what I think it is, I’ve got a nice poultice that just might do the trick…

  133. Comment by Will Swetnam | 11.13.2008 | 3:01 pm

    Okay – great idea!

    I will say that your target is a touch higher than you think… In 2006 – Team Cyclists Combating Cancer raised over $504,000 for the LAF… So we have the “team title” for the “ever” category… >chuckle<
    … but as I said that year, and in 2007 (just over $400,000 raised) I wanted a team (or teams) to knock us off the podium…

    Team Toi finally did just that this year…

    The more teams, the better! The higher the goal the better! It means that we will all push eachother to raise more money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the fight against cancer!

    $505,000 or more for the new title!

    I’m a 17 year non-Hodgkins lymphoma survivor, I lost my Aunt Rosemary in 1991 to her third bout with breast cancer, I lost my Father in 1996 to prostate cancer.

    So – Fatty and all your loyal readers… Bring it on!

    As the LAF says – Go Ahead – Pick a FIGHT!

    Fight for Susan… Fight for whomever you know who has been affected by cancer…

    and, as we say in the CCC…

    Ride to Live!

    - Will

    Team Captain,
    Cyclists Combating Cancer

  134. Comment by mtnbker | 11.13.2008 | 3:03 pm


  135. Comment by k | 11.13.2008 | 3:23 pm

    Fatty, count me in. I managed to raise just shy of $3k for LLS through Team in Training this year (did a triathlon) and was thinking of doing a century with them next year. I think I’ll do this instead. :)

    Team Fatty Fighting For Susan! WIN!!!!

  136. Comment by Heatherann | 11.13.2008 | 3:33 pm

    So Awesome! I can’t wait to see the numbers roll in!
    WIN SUSAN and Team Fatty!! Whoo hoo this will be amazing.

  137. Comment by Joshua Duggan | 11.13.2008 | 3:41 pm

    I will probably have to defer to making a donation. I’d rather donate a portion of that $350 airfare to the cause. But, if there were a Livestrong Challenge Chicago, I would so be there.

    Where’s the Midwest love, Lance?!?

    This is great news Fatty!

  138. Comment by sllym | 11.13.2008 | 3:43 pm

    I posted last night stating that I’m in, but I found out today that a dear family friend was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. So not only am I in – I’m ALL IN.


  139. Comment by JT | 11.13.2008 | 4:15 pm

    Hi the LAF sites FAQ’s says that

    5. Can team members participate in different cities?

    Unfortunately, no. One team can include walkers, runners and cyclists, but they do all need to participate in the same city. If you wish to have a team in each city, you must create a different team account in every city.

    Any idea which city(s) we are looking to attend?? Seattle San Jose Philly and Austin this year
    look forward to it!

  140. Comment by b_banks | 11.13.2008 | 4:18 pm

    Love it! I’m in!

  141. Comment by VeloMom | 11.13.2008 | 5:16 pm

    I’m so in!

  142. Comment by eclecticdeb | 11.13.2008 | 5:16 pm

    I’m so in.

    IN for Susan
    IN for my Mom.
    IN for my favorite Uncle Jim.
    IN for my cousin Scott.
    IN for my friend’s mother, Nancy.
    IN for my friend Jim.
    IN for Baby Ethan.

  143. Comment by Brandy | 11.13.2008 | 5:52 pm

    IN for Team “Fatstrong” =)

  144. Comment by Shannon | 11.13.2008 | 6:45 pm

    I’m in buddy!!!!!!!

  145. Comment by jheins | 11.13.2008 | 7:17 pm

    we are soooo in!

  146. Comment by SurlyCommuter | 11.13.2008 | 11:15 pm

    Dude – this rocks. You Rock. I’m in!

  147. Comment by chris | 11.14.2008 | 1:10 am

    Awesome idea! I’m in! WIN SUSAN

  148. Comment by Ross | 11.14.2008 | 7:07 am

    I’m in! All the way from Atlanta, GA. Any other Fatty fans in the Dirty South? I think i’m gonna throw a party…

  149. Comment by Andy Reed | 11.14.2008 | 8:09 am

    Count me in. Philly century for me!


  150. Comment by Maggi | 11.14.2008 | 12:18 pm

    I’m in. I skipped the Philly LSC this past August because it coincided with one of my cycling club’s biggest events (Lake Nockamixon Century, WOO!), but it looks like LSC will be winning out for ‘09!

  151. Comment by isela | 11.14.2008 | 2:03 pm

    I would love to ride to support Susan. Please let me know where the ride is, I am not very fast but I can ride long. Probably a bunch of my girl-friends would like to do it too. If the race is locally–Utah, we can mostly likely participate it.

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  154. Comment by Tim Jackson- The Masiguy | 11.16.2008 | 12:18 am

    I’m in Elden; http://masiguy.blogspot.com/2008/11/doing-good.html

  155. Comment by Spanky | 11.16.2008 | 8:23 am

    I’ll be doing my part in Philly. Thanks for all your good work.

  156. Comment by Rick | 11.16.2008 | 8:30 am

    I love a good fight, let’s WIN! I’m in.

  157. Comment by mark | 11.16.2008 | 10:05 am

    Looks like you have a great team already, but you just added one more. Let’s do this thing!

  158. Comment by lancitog | 11.16.2008 | 12:12 pm

    Hey Fatty,
    Most excellent idea. excited to be part of the team

  159. Comment by Little1 | 11.17.2008 | 4:33 am

    Hey fatty.
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