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02.2.2009 | 11:44 pm

Apparently, my letter to Bryan Smith had an unintended — but very welcome — consequence.


Evidently Mr. Smith was unaware that I am happy to sell out for much, much less than this.


  1. Comment by Doug MacDonald | 02.2.2009 | 11:53 pm

    I don’t know why this brought such a smile to my face, but it did. I guess I just like seeing good things happen to good people. Congrats Fatty, and congrats on all the good work you’re doing with the team.

  2. Comment by stuckinmypedals | 02.3.2009 | 12:03 am

    This is SO much better than Charlie’s golden ticket.

  3. Comment by Heidi Rae | 02.3.2009 | 12:10 am

    That Chipotle card is awesome…the weird thing is tonight when I left the gym I was thinking about your earlier post about the free burritos for a year! I love Chipotle and know that if I were given that privilege it would be totally abused to my complete obesity within 3 months!

  4. Comment by matt (ming) | 02.3.2009 | 12:57 am

    i call that a win, how many chipotles in your town?

    man, one of those would make an EXCELLENT raffle prize (hint hint)

    rock on chipotle (i say chip OH tootle)

  5. Comment by BikeCopVT | 02.3.2009 | 1:24 am


    Once again your ability to bring out the best in people amazes’ me. The big question is… Did you get the full argyle club membership or just the free burritos?

    P.S. It doesn’t seem right to say just free burritos.
    P.P.S. I see another prize coming.

    Win Susan
    Elden Won!

  6. Comment by KanyonKris | 02.3.2009 | 1:29 am

    You’re already behind a whole month! Better up the eating tempo to get back on pace.

  7. Comment by Wild Dingo | 02.3.2009 | 2:39 am

    Daaahmmnn! How lucky for you! This kind of pandering will get you everywhere.

  8. Comment by Duncan | 02.3.2009 | 2:51 am

    You are going to need serious self-control or a new, larger set of clothes. Good job you know those guys at Twin Six who can sort you out with something of suitable volume and coverage.

    In eleven months time the key question will be, do you pay to renew…

  9. Comment by kelvinnewman | 02.3.2009 | 4:38 am

    That’s a clever stunt from the garmin guys, must be celebrating the quatar ttt win ;)

  10. Comment by Bluenoser | 02.3.2009 | 4:53 am

    Ha, now bring on the weight lose challenge.


  11. Comment by Bluenoser | 02.3.2009 | 4:54 am

    …loss that is


  12. Comment by buckythedonkey | 02.3.2009 | 5:26 am

    I am so excited by your potential to gain weight with that thing in your pocket.

  13. Comment by buckythedonkey | 02.3.2009 | 5:28 am

    Sorry for the double post, but I forgot to say A HUNDRED THOUSAND BUCKS!?!!

    Amazing! WIN SUSAN!!

  14. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.3.2009 | 5:42 am

    Your perspecacity is only outdone by boundless energy and limitless appetite.

    I have NO idea what that means.


  15. Comment by Louie | 02.3.2009 | 6:12 am

    i had a dream that one of these might actually exist.
    i am so extremely jealous.

  16. Comment by Phil | 02.3.2009 | 6:43 am

    Oh man, this is like getting the Golden Ticket, but with cilantro lime rice.

  17. Comment by mikeonhisbike | 02.3.2009 | 6:49 am


    That rocks. You’ll definitely be living up to the name fat cyclist now. Enjoy.

    Mike J

  18. Comment by Jamieson | 02.3.2009 | 6:52 am

    That’s completely awesome and a very smart public relations move.

    Too bad that the nearest Chipotle is about 40 miles away.

  19. Comment by xpo | 02.3.2009 | 7:04 am

    Oh crap….gotta sell my Chipotle stock. They’ll never survive with this new liability on the books. Maybe they can get some TARP money to stay afloat?

  20. Comment by Big Shorty | 02.3.2009 | 7:04 am

    Fatty….Awesome for you, but your family will pay the penalty! Maybe a letter to an air freshener company is in order?

    Good on ya!

  21. Comment by WheelDancer | 02.3.2009 | 7:24 am

    Wow, this is so inspiring! I working on a post that mirrors your post that garnered this awesome win but it will be around the Gary Fisher single speed that I didn’t win…

  22. Comment by Sean | 02.3.2009 | 7:26 am

    Wow, I would sell my yet to be conceived first born for one of those.

  23. Comment by Michael | 02.3.2009 | 7:47 am

    What’s the over/under on days until you hit 200 lbs?

    Congrats, though. Very nice of them.

  24. Comment by VA Biker | 02.3.2009 | 7:57 am

    He shoots and scores from under the opposing team’s basket, even though he casually threw the ball into the air. Congrats! Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

    (A Chipotle has opened in my town, but I haven’t gone yet, for fear of consuming what I hear are overly-large portions for a “normal person”. I’m only afraid in that I’ll like it too much and won’t stop. RE: see post by Michael 7:47 regarding the crack about hitting 200lbs in heart of winter…)

  25. Comment by MOCougFan | 02.3.2009 | 7:59 am

    Wonder what was for dinner last night?

    Congrats FATTY

  26. Comment by rich | 02.3.2009 | 8:04 am

    That’s awesome Fatty – it’s cool that you raffle off so many cool items and bring smiles to so many that now you are on the receiving end.
    You must feel just like the guy that won the superfly….except his win helps keep weight off and yours….well, I think it will have a different result.

  27. Comment by Big Boned | 02.3.2009 | 8:11 am

    That is awesome. Chipotles is the bomb and you got “the card”. Reading this post made me hungry for lunch (and there is a Chipotles just around the corner from my office!).
    Big Boned

  28. Comment by Don | 02.3.2009 | 8:16 am

    VA Biker… this is probably a insanely stupid, and yet equally mind numbingly smart move on your part. Everyone should partake of Chipotle at least once in their life. There in lies the problem. It is not possible to partake just one time. Good luck with that.

    Fatty, I’ll be praying for you, er, your waistline. I’m extremely happy for you, and at the same time I am extremely concerned for you. Looks like you’re going to need to up your riding? Maybe 14 hours per day? Congrats on the Argyle Club!!

  29. Comment by Al Maviva | 02.3.2009 | 8:21 am

    That’s a nice membership benefit, but it really ought to come with free defibrillation and reduced price Bean-O.

  30. Comment by Jason | 02.3.2009 | 8:26 am


    This awesome. Now you can carbo load the night before your ride.

  31. Comment by NoTrail | 02.3.2009 | 8:50 am

    Very cool. And I’m so glad it was you and not me who received that. Did you know that I’ve NEVER been to a Chipotle?!? We don’t even have one in my town! So yeah, it would be very wasted on me.


  32. Comment by Lowrydr | 02.3.2009 | 8:57 am

    So did it come with the free guacamole upgrade? Good on you soon to be the really Fat Cyclist.

  33. Comment by BurkeInTheOzarks | 02.3.2009 | 8:57 am

    Holy. Freaking. Crap.

    Huzzah, Fatty! Enjoy and, please, chronicle your weekly weight gain for your minions.

  34. Comment by Kris | 02.3.2009 | 8:58 am

    So jealous…but they don’t have freakin Chipotle in freakin England…just a lot of crap Kabab shops. Eat one for me. Chicken burrito with the medium corn salsa please.

  35. Comment by Jaime O. | 02.3.2009 | 9:26 am

    Does it come with a Weight Watchers membership? haha

  36. Comment by bikemike | 02.3.2009 | 9:27 am


  37. Comment by Rick S. | 02.3.2009 | 9:41 am

    something about a good burrito that always sounds good after a hard ride. Nice one.

  38. Comment by Nick Hawkins | 02.3.2009 | 10:06 am

    Fatty, you should take a month off of cycling and eat a burrito a day and document the hilarity.

  39. Comment by allison | 02.3.2009 | 10:18 am

    That is so awesome!!! I LOVE Chipotle :)

  40. Comment by RedNBlondies | 02.3.2009 | 10:22 am

    Congrats!! You deserve it! Does it include the guacamole upgrade?

  41. Comment by Chris in Boulder | 02.3.2009 | 10:36 am

    Hey Fatty, I’m here to help. As I am a member of the prestigious Argyle Club I have the very card that graces your wallet with its presence. In my opinion we have to be smart about this if we plan on surviving the year and avoiding unintended ‘Super Size Me’-like consequences.

    Here’s my plan:
    1) Order the Burrito Bowl, not the Burrito per se- the flour tortilla = 300 calories.
    2) Either the black or pinto beans (either one = 130 calories) are OK. Ordering both is OK if you want to skip the rice (240 calories), but hey, I’m riding every day and I like the rice so I order the rice.
    3) Add the fajita veggies (100 calories).
    4) I like the chicken (219 calories/11 grams of fat), but I’m sure before the year is out I’ll order the steak (230 calories 12 grams of fat).
    5) Salsa, whatever you want (25 calories, ballpark).
    6) No cheese or sour cream. But you only live once so get the guacamole (170 calories per 4 ounces). I should like to add here that they usually put on ridiculous amounts of guacamole, so I usually tell them just a bit ( a half serving) will do. Here in Boulder the phrase, ‘Solo quiero la mitad de una porción normal.’ is useful. And yes, the guacamole upgrade is included.
    7) They always hand me a drink cup, but I have not even asked them if this implies that I get free sodas because I figure if I’m going to get free refillable soda fountain drinks for a year I may as well forget steps one through six. I, personally, will only drink water at Chipotles for a year.

    I got my card on Saturday. So far I have eaten at Chipotle three times on it, bringing my cost basis down to $331.67 per ‘burrito’ (Burrito Bowl). Today I hope to get that average down to $248.75 per ‘burrito’.

    So far I have lost one pound, but I should add we’ve had spring like weather in Boulder so I have been riding a lot lately. I should also like to point out that I was one of the losers in 2006’s B7 Body Weight Challenge, probably due to my propensity to do things like hang around places like Chipotle and have free-burritos-for-a-year cards in my wallet. I mention this because I did pony up my end of the bet when I lost: the entry fee for the Triple Bypass, and I would like to suggest to you (Fatty) that this (riding the Triple Bypass), too, might be a way to avoid the almost unavoidable weight gain issues inherent in having this card in your wallet, because you sure need to rack up some training miles for the Triple and then there is the ride itself. That would get you through July 12th of this year. After that you would be on your own.

    I’ll be riding it. I hope to see you as you have yet to ride it.

    I tell all my friends to ask me if I want a burrito on New Year’s Day of 2010. Good luck, Chris

  42. Comment by Mariah | 02.3.2009 | 10:36 am

    Fatty, the Force is strong with you. Good on ya!

  43. Comment by GenghisKhan | 02.3.2009 | 10:49 am

    Nice and, to boot, the URL http://www.superfatcyclist.com is available–ya might wanna look into it… ;o)

  44. Comment by JT | 02.3.2009 | 10:52 am

    I’m even more jealous since the nearest Chipotle is a ferry ride and a 1 hr ride (car not bike)! i’ll even wear argyle everyday if they make a move north well northwest in my case! enjoy!

  45. Comment by Annie | 02.3.2009 | 11:00 am

    Unbelievable. I love it! And I’m jealous of all the guacamole you can have now, for free…

  46. Comment by M2 | 02.3.2009 | 11:10 am

    Dude, by the end of the year you’ll need to change the name of your blog to the “Extra Fat Cyclist”. LOL

    P.S. – I love Chipotle, and yes, I too am jealous!

  47. Comment by USAFANARC | 02.3.2009 | 11:27 am

    I am so, so, so, so jealous!

  48. Comment by USAFANARC | 02.3.2009 | 11:28 am

    I’ll probably have one for lunch today, just because I’m so jealous.

  49. Comment by Charisa | 02.3.2009 | 11:48 am

    Awesome. So it REALLY does exist?! :)

  50. Comment by LidsB2 | 02.3.2009 | 11:55 am

    Yesterday it took serious self-reflection and discipline to avoid a confirmed violation of the 10th commandment. Today, however, all is lost. If I happen to show up in Alpine, UT sometime this year, may I please borrow your card…just for a day?

  51. Comment by Shiny Flu | 02.3.2009 | 12:11 pm

    Hello easy meals for the kids!

    Congratulations you sellout :P

  52. Comment by DP Cowboy | 02.3.2009 | 12:21 pm

    Hoo boy…I have eaten a few of those burritos and they are dangerous. I am in the gym all the time, and I go for bike rides all the time, too, and I barely lose any weight. (Of course, I am not responsible for sleepwalk induced 2:00 AM runs to the fridge for Tiramisu). I was doing the math, and the number of required miles to offset the inevitable burrito binge would be, well, significant. Elden, you should try to abstain from using that card; Only two outcomes are possible if you use it…1) You are going to weigh 208. 2) You are going to be incredibly fit from all the guilt miles. (probably unlikely!)

  53. Comment by Nick | 02.3.2009 | 12:26 pm

    That is the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen. A few friends have called me “Burrito Ninja” but I’ve never been able to conjure up anything like that.

  54. Comment by tea-rider | 02.3.2009 | 12:26 pm

    I am SO jonesing for Chipotle now!!

  55. Comment by Isolation Helmet | 02.3.2009 | 1:00 pm


    I see that no one has picked up on the actual reason they have sent you this golden ticket. Obviously Mr. Smith plans on taking you up on your diet challenge and is currently involved in a covert operation to sabotage your own dieting effort.

    I say nice try Mr. Smith but Fatty will not by eating any Chipotle Burritos!

    (I’m right aren’t I? …. No Burritos?)

  56. Comment by Tod Schmidt | 02.3.2009 | 1:02 pm

    That is awesome! I always thought those guys were cool and now we know for sure.

  57. Comment by Lydia | 02.3.2009 | 1:22 pm

    I’d love a running tally of the cost per burrito for you, Fatty!

  58. Comment by Donald | 02.3.2009 | 1:41 pm


    Congrats on the great meal ticket! BUT… I can’t believe Kenny is still searching for the perfect tattoo. Even after your post a while back to solicit ideas from your readers… I thought it was a done deal. I will be anticipating a post soon on Kenny finally deciding on a design. Maybe you should also include a video of the inking process.



  59. Comment by Carl | 02.3.2009 | 1:47 pm


    You must keep a tally of the number of free burritos you (and your family/friends) consume this year. I’m sure we would all be interested in regular burrito consumption updates.

    From now on, 2009 will be known as “The Year of the Burritos”

  60. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.3.2009 | 2:05 pm


    Ignore Chris in Boulder. He is just a crank, teasing you.

    Burrito a day, huh? Venga, venga, venga!

  61. Comment by Kt | 02.3.2009 | 2:23 pm

    I notice that the card does not specify that you may only have one free burrito per day. It also does not specify that you can only get one free at a time.

    Unless there’s the fine print on the other side of the card….

    That means you can take the family out to dinner there! :) Provided everyone orders a burrito.

    Anyway, snarkiness aside, that’s pretty cool, Fats. :) I’m jealous, I don’t get free stuff. :)

  62. Comment by Chris | 02.3.2009 | 2:36 pm

    So,…. do you have to get the tattoo now? Show a little Chipotle Argyle good faith?


  63. Comment by Scrod | 02.3.2009 | 4:18 pm

    I smell victory!
    Or is that just the burritos?

  64. Comment by Kathleen | 02.3.2009 | 4:53 pm

    Ha! That’s fabulous! Good luck with diet though…endless burritos would be too much for me to pass by.

  65. Comment by AlicesYellowPorsche | 02.3.2009 | 5:34 pm

    That is the coolest thing I have EVER seen. congrats!

  66. Comment by Hilslug | 02.3.2009 | 6:28 pm

    Now you can take the money you have budgeted for your share of the family groceries and spend it on bike stuff. I like it when good things happen to good people.

  67. Comment by LittleChainring | 02.3.2009 | 6:53 pm


  68. Comment by Wild Dingo | 02.3.2009 | 9:11 pm

    Man, you’re just gonna be constantly stashing burrittos. Get used to people asking you “is that a Chipolte Burritto in your pocket or are you happy to see me?”

  69. Comment by Kala | 02.3.2009 | 9:18 pm

    Haha, Fatty that is amazing!!!! Enjoy those burritos!!

  70. Comment by Walter | 02.3.2009 | 9:23 pm

    Congrats on scoring the card… how ’bout a contest for your loyal readers to guess how many burritos you’ve eaten each month and for the full year, or somethin’?

  71. Comment by Jennifer | 02.3.2009 | 9:39 pm

    What a great thing! Congratulations, Fatty! Hooray for Chipotle!
    (now I want a burrito bowl…. mmmm so good! There’s a Chipotle not far from me)

  72. Comment by Debamundo | 02.3.2009 | 10:32 pm

    Ok, that does it. I’m starting my own blog.

  73. Comment by shuttleguy | 02.4.2009 | 9:10 am

    Jealous. Completely jealous.

  74. Comment by Sara | 02.4.2009 | 3:17 pm


  75. Comment by Penny | 02.4.2009 | 5:31 pm

    But, but…..WHAT ABOUT THE GUACAMOLE?????

  76. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 02.4.2009 | 5:37 pm

    Okay, so I’m slightly more than jealous! . . .

  77. Comment by Juls | 02.4.2009 | 10:05 pm

    Fatty, you’ll need to ride all 3 Grand Tours this year – just to burn of the calories of all those burrito’s. But who can resist the yumminess of lime cilantro rice? Not I.

  78. Comment by Si | 02.6.2009 | 9:45 am

    I seriously cannot stop laughing…I’m sat in my office and getting some very weird looks :D

  79. Comment by Beast Mom | 02.10.2009 | 2:08 am

    “or until this card is lost”

    Interesting assumption.

    Well anyway, enjoy!

    :) bm

  80. Comment by Mark | 02.16.2009 | 12:21 pm

    All I can say is:
    (double thumbs up)


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