08.14.2009 | 8:31 am

GeoTagged, [N39.24875, E106.29456]

As witnessed by my wrist bracelet, I am now checked in. If you’re in the area tomorrow, do me a favor and clang your cowbell when #247 goes by.


  1. Comment by kimbrolio | 08.14.2009 | 8:36 am

    Anyone know if there’s gonna be any TV coverage for the race? I saw where there’s a paid webcast, but haven’t found any TV listings yet.
    I really wish MTBing translated better to TV.

  2. Comment by Azriel Abramovi | 08.14.2009 | 8:42 am

    I can’t make it as I am across the ocean and waiting for the imminent birth of my fourth son (who said cyclist aren’t fertile?!)
    Enjoy the link (unless you’ve seen it) and kick ass!!!


    p.s: don’t forget to bonk!!!

  3. Comment by BikecopVT | 08.14.2009 | 8:47 am

    Warrior against cancer 24/7

    Fight Like Susan!

  4. Comment by alex | 08.14.2009 | 8:48 am

    Hey 247 with your “go until you blow” plan of attack you have to give the crowd the double finger gun action as you cross the finish line…Come on it is what all of the champions are doing these days….

  5. Comment by steventoby | 08.14.2009 | 8:50 am

    I found the 247 and 24/7 a little humerous as well. Did you request this number? I sure you fell like youv’e been at it 24/7 for quite some time now!

  6. Comment by Mike | 08.14.2009 | 9:04 am


  7. Comment by Aaron | 08.14.2009 | 9:04 am

    I think we need more cowbell!

  8. Comment by Bridget E. | 08.14.2009 | 9:08 am

    Good luck to you……can’t wait to hear how it went.

  9. Comment by Onan the Barbarian | 08.14.2009 | 9:13 am

    More cowbell??


  10. Comment by Paul G | 08.14.2009 | 9:20 am

    I’m guessing I didn’t win the Orbea, so congratulations to whomever did.

  11. Comment by GenghisKhan | 08.14.2009 | 9:31 am

    I think I won the Orbea, I just haven’t received the official notification! Waaaaaa-hooooooooo!

    I like the wrist band–looks like it could double for an emergency room fast pass. You know, just in case.

    Fatty–what’s your food strategy this year?

  12. Comment by schmutzie | 08.14.2009 | 9:37 am

    Your are being featured on Five Star Friday!

  13. Comment by Jaime O. | 08.14.2009 | 9:51 am

    Onan the Barbarian … Niiiiiccee with the Will Ferrell mini vid…just looking at him makes me lol

  14. Comment by RB | 08.14.2009 | 9:56 am

    Allez, Fatty!
    Fight like Susan!!

  15. Comment by Clark | 08.14.2009 | 10:02 am

    Nice, NKA = no known allergies for those of you who were wondering ;)

    Give ‘em hell Fatty, we are all proud of you for making it to Leadville given all your recent events.

  16. Comment by AngieG | 08.14.2009 | 10:11 am

    Pedal Fast Fatty!! Luck to you from NorCal.

  17. Comment by Chris Fly | 08.14.2009 | 10:11 am

    Go like hell! God Bless!

  18. Comment by KM | 08.14.2009 | 10:18 am

    is it NKA for no known allergies? My, they’re organized.

  19. Comment by Bob Lewis | 08.14.2009 | 10:31 am

    Hey Fatty,
    My wife Carrie helped you score the free jawbones, so I’m requesting one of the sweet camelback waterbottles. I would love to ride with you guys today but logistis are not in my favor. Best of luck to you tomorrow and give Lance a run for his money…

  20. Comment by Mike | 08.14.2009 | 11:10 am

    You know, I’m getting more and more optimistic about your chances, Fatty. I mean, really, you’ve done this race enough times now—you have a base of cumulative fitness to draw from. You shouldn’t have to put in a million 12-hour rides just to have a good performance anymore. Couple that with the fact that aerobic fitness can be stimulated pretty easily over a two or three-hour ride and the fact that, hey, I’ve been cheering you on for nearly four straight years now, and there’s only one inevitable conclusion:

    It’s your year. It’s your time. It’s the real thing. You can’t, you won’t, you don’t stop!

    GO GET IT!!!

  21. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 08.14.2009 | 11:12 am

    Great number! Very lucky. I think it means you’ll be able to ride 247 miles :-)

  22. Comment by bikemike | 08.14.2009 | 11:33 am

    Dude, don’t do that, i though that was a hospital bracelet. Crap! wheww….

  23. Comment by Johnny | 08.14.2009 | 11:51 am

    Best wishes from Calgary (not so) Fatty…

  24. Comment by Julie | 08.14.2009 | 11:56 am

    Good luck!
    Fight like Susan!

  25. Comment by Tom | 08.14.2009 | 12:03 pm

    I’ve got the feeva for some more cowbell! Allez Fatty!
    from Marietta, Ga.

  26. Comment by Robert | 08.14.2009 | 12:08 pm


    More COWBELL! Hammer time!

  27. Comment by douglas | 08.14.2009 | 12:33 pm

    Every race is go like hell then see what happens! Don’t forget to enjoy the view!

  28. Comment by Haven (used to be Kt) | 08.14.2009 | 12:36 pm

    Tagged and released back into the wild! Go get ‘em!

  29. Comment by Mike Roadie | 08.14.2009 | 1:34 pm

    FLS would have been better!

  30. Comment by Jamieson | 08.14.2009 | 2:12 pm

    No turning back now!

    Get in under 9 hours and make us all proud, Susan will be riding with you, to lift you up the climbs.

  31. Comment by Di | 08.14.2009 | 2:36 pm

    Good luck, ride hard, and survive!!

    I’ll be doing a much easier 17-mile race near my home, tomorrow. ;-)

  32. Comment by Julie | 08.14.2009 | 2:36 pm

    Maybe the local hospital supplied the bracelets just to save time in case of emergency. I wonder if they make lance wear a bracelet.

  33. Comment by Texasdan | 08.14.2009 | 3:47 pm

    Hey Fatty good luck tomorrow! Don’t know if you’re a Jimmy Buffet fan but any chance Leadville is the same Leadville from Jimmy’s “Incommunicado”? It goes like this…”I think I’ll ride into Leadville and have a few beers”. Hope you’ve got enough left after the race to live like Jimmy! Kick ass!

  34. Comment by regina | 08.14.2009 | 4:31 pm

    ride like hell fatty.

  35. Comment by Candice Flores | 08.14.2009 | 4:32 pm

    Jeez, dude, you look GREAT. Just caught up with your before and after pix. Ride as well as you look and you’re set.

    Beat Lance’s sorry ass. If you can recognize him with all the hair. His not yours. Battle of The Titans: Hair vs Nair, The Lance/Fatty Rumble

  36. Comment by bubbaseadog | 08.14.2009 | 6:43 pm

    maybe lance will give you a headstart maybe not maybe he gives the ulric look….hell just go have fun and beat someone even if its an old grandma…

  37. Comment by crazy commuting cyclist | 08.15.2009 | 6:57 am

    Can’t make it there but I will bang a cowbell here for you.

  38. Comment by Janet Lyn | 08.15.2009 | 8:57 am

    Tear the hell out of that mountain ride today, Elden, for you, for Susan, for your kids, for all of us who are pulling for you in spirit!!!! Allez! Allez!

    Enjoy the ride! Be sure to wave to ole Lance as you pass him on the trail!!! LOL

  39. Comment by cattio | 08.15.2009 | 10:38 am

    go fatty, go! :)


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