Fight Cancer, Win Just About Any Ibis You Want, then Ride It with Chuck and Fatty Wherever You Want

10.13.2009 | 12:17 pm

“What,” I sometimes ask myself, “would be the most insanely cool contest I could ever come up with?”

Give away a bike? Done that. A lot.

Give away a trip? Done that, too.

Take a winner on an awesome ride of their choosing? Hmmm. Haven’t done that, though it’s certainly a good idea.

But what if I gave away an Ibis? And what if you got to choose what kind of bike you win? It could be a road bike (the Silk SL), a mountain bike (a Mojo or Tranny), or a cyclocross bike (the Hakkalugi).

And what if it were spec’d to the nines, whichever way you go?

200910131125.jpg And what if I hand-delivered – along with the Ibis Honcho and Mountain Bike Hall-of-Famer Scot Nicol (aka Chuck Ibis) — that new bike to you at some awesome cycling destination that you get to pick (but which Chuck and I get veto power over)?

And then what if we all went on a ride together?

And then, just for a little air of extra mystery, what if a cycling legend — whom I will not name at this time, but will announce this Thursday — joined us for that ride?

Would that kick butt?

Why yes, I do believe it would kick butt. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it would kick mucho butt indeed.

Well, that’s the next big Fat Cyclist fundraising contest, with – as usual – all money going straight to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

And I think this is one you’re going to want to enter.

Let’s Think About the Bikes for a Moment

Usually – by which I mean “always,” as far as I know – when someone does a bike giveaway, they have a certain bike in mind. You either win it, or you don’t. If you’re a roadie, maybe a new MTB doesn’t really trip your breaker. Or vice-versa. Or maybe as a hardcore cyclocross guy you’ve been wondering when someone’s going to give away anything but the lowest of the low end cyclocross bikes.

Well, this is the contest of your dreams, buckaroo. Consider the following hotness, if you will, and begin to obsess about which you would choose if you win (click any of the photos to see them up close and personal):

MTB: The Ibis Mojo SL


The Mojo may be the most beautiful mountain bike in the world, and now with the SL, it’s seriously light, too. And still practically bombproof. Though I do not recommend detonating explosives around it, because really, what would that accomplish?

If you don’t know about the Mojo, you will learn in the coming days. If you do know about it, well, we don’t need to say any more, it’s a Mojo SL.

I think I saw about 10 of these at the 24 Hours of Moab. All the riders looked happy. And strong. And not fatigued. And I think they were better looking than the other riders.

Road: The Ibis Silk SL


I ride and love an Ibis Silk SL, which I currently have built as a 13-pound road singlespeed. Yeah. It climbs pretty well. Built as a regular ol’ road bike, you can get it to around 15 pounds, easy. And it flies. Except not literally. Cuz that would be scary, and not safe.

We raffled one of these off last year, and our winner – Matt Kreger — has done it right, riding in Livestrong rides, centuries and just commuting to his job.

Although in typical Ibis fashion this bike is understated and classy, it’s sexy as all get-out. Choose from clear gloss – showing off the carbon weave – or British Racing Green or a rich Red. Me, I’d go with the green, if I got to pick. Again.

MTB: The Ibis Tranny


It’s a carbon fiber hardtail. It’s a geared bike. It’s a single speed. It’s a travel bike.

It’s all of the above. And so much more. It’s the Ibis Tranny.

It’s probably the coolest bike you’re never heard about. But you’re going to hear more in the days ahead.

Cross: the Ibis Hakkalügi


This is the best-named bike in the entire world. The Hakkalügi used to be a steel bike, but the elves at Ibis magically changed it to a carbon frame. For you purists out there, sorry. For you weight weenies out there, you’re welcome. We used to say “Steel is real.” Now we say “Steel is real…heavy.”

Chuck says if the winner chooses this bike, he’s got some amazing rides-part dirt, part paved-that will be unlike any ride you’ve ever done. Unless you regularly ride with Chuck that is, then it will be the same old same old.

I want this bike so bad.

Where Would You Go?

If I were going to pick somewhere in the U.S. to go ride, I think I’d pick somewhere in Colorado. Crested Butte, maybe. I haven’t ridden there, and I hear it’s incredible.


Chuck won’t shut up about it.

But Chuck’s lips keep flapping and then he starts thinking maybe he’d like to go riding at Thunder Mountain.


Or in Sonoma County (his backyard).

Or maybe you’d like to go to Moab. You could do worse than go MTBing there with a couple guys who have been dozens and dozens of times.

Or maybe you’d want to go somewhere else. Somewhere I haven’t thought of, but which would be really awesome.

It’s fun to think about, isn’t it? And I suspect it’ll be fun to do, as well.

A Little Bit About the Mystery Person

I’m not telling you who the mystery cycling icon is strictly because I’m coy and don’t want to give everything away quite yet. But I will tell you this. If you think it’s Lance Armstrong, you’re wrong. However, it is someone who is a beloved former pro road cyclist with a resume that is pretty darn stratospheric, and you will be over the moon to meet and ride with him. Yes, that’s a clue: our mystery rider is a male. Which rules out Jeannie Longo.

I’ll say who he is this Thursday.

Let’s Recap

  • The winner gets an Ibis bike of his or her choice, color and size is your choice.
  • We’ll fly you to the best possible riding spot in the US, according to you (and ratified by us).
  • You’ll get to ride with Chuck, Fatty and a Mystery Hottie.

Wow. I mean, really. Wow.

The Details

Entering this contest is easy. And here are the rules.

  • The contest begins now (October 13) and goes through Midnight (MDT) October 20.
  • For every $5.00 you donate at this LiveStrong Challenge Page, you get a chance at winning this incredible bike / trip / ride with Chuck and Fatty and the Mystery Man. Just click here to donate, make your donation in multiples of $5.00, and you’re automatically entered.
  • If you are a member of Team Fatty Austin, every $5.00 you raise on your OWN LiveStrong Challenge page between now and the end of October 20 gets you a chance at this prize.
  • The date of the trip depends on finding a day that works with your schedule, my schedule, Chuck’s schedule, and the Mystery Man’s schedule.
  • Where we go: This has to be somewhere in the U.S., with reasonable access to an airport. And Chuck, the Mystery Rider, and I seriously do have veto power. If we don’t want to go somewhere, we won’t. But if you can make a case for mountain biking in Ohio, more power to you. We’ll listen.
  • You can select any Ibis bike, except the Mojo HD.
  • We’ll box the bike after the ride and ship it by UPS to you. If you want to get it sooner than we’re willing to pay, or if you want to fly it home with you, you’ll need to cover those costs.
  • If you live outside the contintental US and win the bike, it is your responsibility to get into the US; we’ll fly you the rest of the way.
  • Customs and taxes for the bike are your own problem.
  • The prize for this contest is exactly the things listed here. If it’s not explicitly mentioned, it’s not part of the prize. In other words, your hotel is your own problem. As are your meals. Although we might foot the bill for burritos afterward. Because we’re like that.

Why This Matters

Why are we doing this monster giveaway? Well, we have reasons.

  • Ibis is a dangerously cool company, and loves to do things creatively and differently. I like that.
  • Chuck Ibis is – in addition to being a mad genius – an extremely good guy.
  • Everyone hates cancer, and when a really cool people get together – Ibis, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Mystery Cyclist whom you are really really really going to want to meet – get together, we can do more in the fight than any of us can alone.

So, go donate now. This is the big one. The Grand Finale. Seriously. Go.


  1. Comment by Hilslug | 10.13.2009 | 12:30 pm

    Sounds like a Clue game:

    San Juan Islands
    Ibis Silk
    with Fatty,Chuck and Bobke?

    What a great contest!

  2. Comment by Alyssa | 10.13.2009 | 12:35 pm


    (I don’t know that there’s all that much else to say)

  3. Comment by Dan O | 10.13.2009 | 12:39 pm

    Where to ride? Serious dilemma about that, there are way too many cool places to ride in the US!

    Austin here we come!

    life is good

  4. Comment by El_Animal | 10.13.2009 | 12:39 pm


    I’m a member of team fatty and I want to send an e-mail to my friends with this contest but i have a big question, does anybody that donates at my Team Fatty page is entered in the contest or it’s just me who gets the tickets?

    If people donate at your site, it’s you who gets the tickets. If, however, you would like to donate the ticket to one of your donors, that would be majorly awesome of you. Personally, I don’t think I could do it. – FC

  5. Comment by Nancy P | 10.13.2009 | 12:41 pm

    Holy Cow! That’s Crazy!!

    You’ve outdone yourself (with some help, of course)

  6. Comment by UpNorth | 10.13.2009 | 12:49 pm

    Hmmmm… The best thing about this contest is that I’m very unlikely to win – so I don’t have to try & choose between a few very nice bikes.

    My boyfriend has the Mojo SL, so maybe that narrows it down a bit (we ride the same size, so I’ve borrowed it more than once).

  7. Comment by Todd | 10.13.2009 | 12:52 pm

    You’re awesome Fatty – I’m going to talk it over with the wife, but I dare say this may be my largest donation yet!

  8. Comment by DallasBikr | 10.13.2009 | 12:55 pm

    I’m in. Maybe I’ll fianlly trade in the Wal-Mart MTB ;)

  9. Comment by Hamish A | 10.13.2009 | 12:59 pm

    To sound totally like a Valley Girl: Oh. My. God!

    It’d have to be Crested Bute (not sucking up at all but always wanted to find out if it’s as good as they say), a Tranny. I’ll even make the burritos afterwards.

    Awesome competition. I don’t know quite how you do it but I wish I Had 1/25th of your powers of persuasion!

    Ever considered getting into politics?

  10. Comment by tcrdave | 10.13.2009 | 12:59 pm

    I’m not sure if I’d even need to ride if we were to hang out Bobke. Any one portion of the prize is fantastic. Thanks to all for putting this together. I need very little persuasion to donate but this is over the top.


  11. Comment by Turt99 | 10.13.2009 | 1:03 pm

    WOW, That is just awesome! Insane!

    I know I would pick the road bike, I’ve been dreaming of a new road bike for a while now.

    As for the ride, I think I might have to pick a day riding Fatty’s daily routes.

    Could you imagine if the core team joined in? Talk about being part of Team Fatty.

  12. Comment by Haven (used to be Kt) | 10.13.2009 | 1:08 pm

    Yeah, that’s just really cool.

    I’d pick either the road bike or the cross bike.

    However, I’m way intimidated by the prospect of riding with such cycling luminaries as Fatty, Chuck, and Mystery Man. I wouldn’t be able to keep up, I’d be walking up hills, it would be embarrassing for me.

    So it looks like I’m going to have to try to win a bike for my partner. He’ll be way less intimidated than I would, he would be able to keep up, he won’t be walking up any hills, it would not be embarrassing for anyone. Maybe.

    Sigh…. Fats, you’re making everyone else trying to raise money look bad. Yay you!!

  13. Comment by Mike Roadie | 10.13.2009 | 1:20 pm


    Let’s go Team Austin…..NOW is the time to pull ahead and show the rest of the cities what Team Fatty Austin can do!!!!

    Now I wish I hadn’t gotten those four new donations yesterday!!!!!


  14. Comment by Walter | 10.13.2009 | 1:21 pm

    WOW!! That is all I can say! I’m speechless. What an awesome prize you have assembled.

    Hmm, so it’s a guy. I guess that rules out Niki Gudex. Bummer. OK, never mind, I think riding with 3 legends (I guess that means FC is a legend) is acceptable.

    mtb w

  15. Comment by Mike | 10.13.2009 | 1:22 pm

    When I win, and select the road bike, can I still plan a mtn bike ride with you guys?

  16. Comment by Rose | 10.13.2009 | 1:31 pm

    Holy sh*t, Batman! Best.Contest.Ever!

  17. Comment by Clydesteve | 10.13.2009 | 1:36 pm

    Bobkke? Horner?

    Greg LeMond??? Seriously?

    Must get off of the dope quickly.

  18. Comment by Dingbat | 10.13.2009 | 1:43 pm

    Holy Christmas.

    The only downside is all the training I’ll have to do before next cross season so as not to embarrass my bike.

  19. Comment by FNEditor | 10.13.2009 | 1:49 pm

    If I could win this for my husband I’d be the best wife ever! I probably already am, but this would definitely clinch it.

  20. Comment by Auris | 10.13.2009 | 2:17 pm

    Hey, Ohio has some really great trails! Of course riding in Colorado or Utah would be kick butt as well.

  21. Comment by Ed W | 10.13.2009 | 2:19 pm

    Oh my gosh I want to both support cancer research and win a Hakdalugi so bad!! I did the first part, now help me with the second!
    great job, Fatty.

  22. Comment by Todd DeAngelis | 10.13.2009 | 2:34 pm

    I can’t wait to ride my new bike with Chuck and the ghost of Fausto Coppi!

  23. Comment by Heather | 10.13.2009 | 2:37 pm

    OMG!!! What an awesome contest! I almost wish I were a biker but may have to donate anyway because who likes cancer!?! Good luck all!!

  24. Comment by GenghisKhan | 10.13.2009 | 2:59 pm

    Wow and amazing. Fatty and Chuck and that other guy are unstoppable!

    I’m thinking Mojo SL and Virgin River Rim Trail. Or, maybe, Mojo SL and the curb in my front yard, whatever, as long as the Mojo SL is there. Oh, yeah, and Fatty. And Chuck. And that other guy.

  25. Comment by Jamie | 10.13.2009 | 3:02 pm

    I’m totally voting for Bobke too. And even if it’s not Bobke, we should ask if he wants to come for the ride. I bet he’s up for it.

  26. Comment by GenghisKhan | 10.13.2009 | 3:03 pm

    @ Heather: Donate, win, give the prize back to Fatty, lather, rinse, repeat… ;o)

  27. Comment by Lisa | 10.13.2009 | 3:16 pm

    Hypothetical question, if that’s a proper way of saying this. *ahem* Let’s say I won this. I don’t ride (be quiet, I do know how to *ride* a bike-I’m just here for the laughs) so I would have NO idea what bike or place to choose.

    Could I donate the prize back to you for a second go-round at fun? That way, people could donate again, yielding more money for LiveStrong.

    Purely hypothetical question, of course, since I’ve not entered as of yet.

  28. Comment by Big Boned | 10.13.2009 | 3:22 pm

    I’m going to Sedona to let Bobke shave my head and ride my new Mojo SL. Fatty, I’ll have my burrito Christmas style, please.

  29. Comment by Julie | 10.13.2009 | 3:26 pm

    That’s an awesome prize that is so way behond my abilities but that won’t keep me from entering!! The only thing that would make it better is if Phil L. were there to do some commenting…nevertheless, wow!

  30. Comment by justrun | 10.13.2009 | 3:27 pm

    Oh, I would so love this and at the same time feel totally undeserving. (Not to mention overwhelmed and out of my league. Bad. Like the first day at a new school and you forgot your gym shorts bad.) But still, love.

    Also, “‘Now we say “Steel is real…heavy.’” Nice.

  31. Comment by drKim | 10.13.2009 | 3:35 pm

    Wow!!!!!!!!! I want a new bike so badly! I would have a really really really hard time choosing one among this set though. I also REALLY want to defeat cancer. I just gave a LOT of money to this thing…. :-) WIN!!!!! Thanks, Fatty and Chuck! Amazing prizes this time around!

  32. Comment by Uncle Bob | 10.13.2009 | 3:58 pm

    Very nice bikes, but there’s nothing for we commuter/utility cyclists! Cyclocross bikes *can* form the basis of a nice commuter, but I’d never choose a crabon bike for that, the road bike’s got no room for full mudguards, and the MTBs carry an unnecessary suspension burden. Naturally *none* of the bikes has mounting points for racks etc.

    Seriously though, best of luck with this.

  33. Comment by Chris | 10.13.2009 | 4:03 pm

    Can I join your team for the challenge as well?

    Absolutely! Click here. – FC

  34. Comment by Anonymous | 10.13.2009 | 4:27 pm

    omg! omg! omg! I may want to go empty my piggy bank!

  35. Comment by velowoo | 10.13.2009 | 4:56 pm

    Fatty, missed you at Interbike this year. awesome contest. I will spread the word!

  36. Comment by Andrea | 10.13.2009 | 5:02 pm


    You just had to mention Crested Butte, didn’t you? Already I’m pining away for the place I spent a measly week in way back in August. This would be a great opportunity to go back to Crested Butte, not to mention having a second chance at meeting you (when I don’t seem like a crazy groupie type begging you for a picture after you’ve just crashed out of Leadville). Meeting the other cool guys and getting a sexy new bike would just be icing on the cake. But here’s a couple questions: Would this be a no-drop ride? What are the chances I’d be mocked for my inferior cycling abilities? Even if the answers are no and yes, it would probably still be worth it.

  37. Comment by Rose | 10.13.2009 | 5:34 pm

    Is the mystery rider Louis Baker or Dr. Lammler?

  38. Comment by stuckinmypedals | 10.13.2009 | 5:59 pm

    I remember when you said you were going to honor Susan’s creativity by fighting cancer in creative ways. This is a master class in doing exactly that. Way to go, Fatty.

  39. Comment by Dan O (II?) | 10.13.2009 | 6:52 pm

    Holy Crapola Batman!!

    Being the Ibis and Fat Cyclist fan – this would be like a trip to Loopy Land, all expenses paid.

    I already have a Silk Carbon (dig it) and old school steel Hakkalugi. Scoring a Mojo, since the chances of me affording one in the next, ah – 10 years or so, is slim to none – would slice of awesome on top of awesome. And that’s pretty hard to beat.

    Plus it all goes to a good cause. It’s all good. Is the mystery rider Bob Roll?

  40. Comment by Kara | 10.13.2009 | 7:02 pm

    Ok, so I’m wondering… I’d love to enter and tell some family to enter, but can they or I then give this to my Husband?? My mom and I don’t ride bikes… but as one of the other posts said… I’d be the coolest wife ever if I won this for my Husband!!
    Thanks! This is a most incredible contest!! Could you do one of these that involves horses?? LOL

  41. Comment by DNAtsol | 10.13.2009 | 7:39 pm

    Fatty, you need to be more coy. Even I (a thundering dunderhead) can tell you are talking about get Axel Merckx to go for a ride. But if you were able to get Eddie…. then I will acknowledge your growing influence in all that is cycling (and donate a whole lot more!). Sweet looking rides!

  42. Comment by Anonymous | 10.13.2009 | 8:05 pm

    I think it may be not so mini Phinney!

  43. Comment by PennyPue | 10.13.2009 | 8:06 pm

    A plebe like me, riding with the likes of you three…..that would be enough to make you all sob while riding.

    I’ll have to enter. :-P
    An Ibis is so far beyond my abilities…….LOL.

  44. Comment by Miles Archer | 10.13.2009 | 8:28 pm

    I am not worthy to win this prize.

  45. Comment by Philly Jen | 10.13.2009 | 8:30 pm

    Could the Mystery Man may be Mr. Cake himself?

    I love the not-so-mini Phinney, but if that’s the ticket, I’d beg for a twofer. (“If I were a Carpenter…”)

    And oh, BTW, my faithful steel steed sends a raspberry in your general direction.

  46. Comment by my middle name is fred | 10.13.2009 | 8:46 pm

    I might have a really hard time deciding. What a great problem to have!

    Donation coming your way from Boston.


  47. Comment by Aaron | 10.13.2009 | 9:24 pm

    After drooling all over the Tranny at Interbike, I must have one. I MUST!!

  48. Comment by eandjmum | 10.14.2009 | 1:52 am

    Crikey!!!! Holy guacamole Fatman… oops Batman – I live in New Zealand and would bring the kids and maybe even my husband. I’d have to seriously train and ask your opinion on the best bike and the best trail… GO AND SUCK IT TO CANCER FATTY!!!

  49. Comment by Yorkshire | 10.14.2009 | 5:16 am

    Is it just me getting excited about riding a Silk SL with 3 legends in Fatty’s garage on next year’s 100 miles of Nowhere?

  50. Comment by Mtbboy | 10.14.2009 | 6:29 am

    ok….$50.00 from me headed your way Fatty!…Incredible!

  51. Comment by Munich_Biene | 10.14.2009 | 7:34 am

    Ihaaaaa. I’m already checking out where I can fly directly from Munich….Colorado sounds nice…so does the bike with the funny name….

  52. Comment by evilbanks | 10.14.2009 | 7:41 am

    I give up, is the mystery rider dug? That guy is a legend.

  53. Comment by Lord Sedgepig | 10.14.2009 | 7:47 am

    I have a feeling that the mystery rider is Adam West from the Batman tv series. On this basis I intend making multiple donations.

  54. Comment by Chris | 10.14.2009 | 8:43 am


    Here’s a question, our church has it’s own team that’s in the LiveStrong ride, I was going to support them. It’s a moral dilemma, support your friends, or support Team Fatty and have a chance to ride with legends?

    I suppose the obvious answer is support both.

  55. Comment by Give Away Today | 10.14.2009 | 9:07 am

    Hey there Fat Cyclist! Love your giveaway (and your site)! I have told my readers about it at the bottom of today’s post here Hope it helps, even though I hope I’m the one who wins the bike and ride! :)


  56. Comment by db | 10.14.2009 | 10:12 am

    Mystery rider = Bobke or BikeSnob.

    And since no one else will say it, I will:

    our mystery rider is a male. Which rules out Jeannie Longo.

    Not necessarily. Ever seen “her” in person?

  57. Comment by Chris | 10.14.2009 | 10:27 am

    Could it be that the mystery guest is one of cycling’s great personalities, Mr. Gary Fisher? Was the hug and man-kiss a deal sealer? I would like my Mojo in the nude please….actually, I would probably wear shorts so I don’t get it all messy…

  58. Comment by Mt. Wannahaukalugi | 10.14.2009 | 10:32 am

    Fingers crossed for the Ibis Silk — if only for the Crank Brothers Quattro pedals on the stock image — am I the only one who still rides them?

  59. Comment by SkiMoab | 10.14.2009 | 11:09 am

    Thanks Fatty! Once again, another perfect excuse for donating to an amazing charity.

  60. Comment by Curious About My Odds | 10.14.2009 | 11:22 am


    You’ve gone all stealth on us now? You’re showing as “undisclosed” under the team listing for amount of money raised…

    Kinda curious…

    By my calcs, you’ve raised another ~$7,185 so far, which is 1,437 raffle tickets issued!

    Keep up the great work – another amazing incentive!

    All for a great cause!

    - CAMO

  61. Comment by Rob M. | 10.14.2009 | 11:39 am

    Another great contest.

    Bobke and Gary Fischer are good guesses for the mystery rider but I’m guessing it will be Chris Carmichael.

    Fatty and Chris rode together at the LS challenge in Philly.

    Fatty has gotten really fit since Philly. It makes sense that it’s Chris.

    Except that Carmichael Training Systems didn’t sponsor Team Fatty at Moab. I could be wrong, but it’s fun guessing.

  62. Comment by bikesgonewild | 10.14.2009 | 11:49 am

    …the scary thing about that photo of chuck ibis is that if you know the man, you’ll also know that his right index finger is at least 1.5 inches longer than what can be seen…

    …i leave it to your imagination…

    …mystery rider = jacques anquetil…i mean, really, now that would be a mystery…

  63. Comment by Turt99 | 10.14.2009 | 11:55 am

    bikeradar Fat Cyclist/Ibis contest mystery rider revealed


  64. Comment by Corey | 10.14.2009 | 11:56 am

    A good friend of mine was one of those happy Ibis Mojo riders you mentioned. He was wearing a BRIGHT orange International Christian Cycling jersey…that should narrow it down, you can see those jerseys from miles away…

    Anyway, he raves about his Mojo all the freakin’ time when we ride, so the possibility of winning one and picking it up from the amazing threesome at Gooseberry Mesa has officially gotten me off the fence to donate to the Livestrong Challange for the first time ever!

  65. Comment by Ingrid Arling | 10.14.2009 | 12:29 pm

    Hello Fatty,

    What a great contest, I’m in. I donated all the way from the Netherlands. Can’t wait to go to Colorado to go biking with you on my new bike, wearing my Fat Cyclist 2010 shirt I ordered. Keep up the terrific work you are doing.

    Go Team Fatty!!!!
    Fight like Susan!!!

  66. Comment by CoolScreenNameToCome | 10.14.2009 | 12:38 pm

    MTB riding Crested Butte is indeed awsome. Go in the middle of the summer with the wild flowers in bloom, and ride the 401 trail (pictured in your blog, I think) – keep an eye out for Julie Andrews and the rest of the cast from “The Sound of Music” skipping through the meadow. If you’re a glutton for punishment, and we know you are, ride up the 401 to Schofield pass, over the pass and on to Lead King Basin, then back again. Baby heads abound, along with more picturesque views than your average post card rack. A perfect workout for that Mojo. Bonus crazy points for jumping off the cliff into the Devil’s Punch Bowl on the west side of Schofield.

  67. Comment by anewreader | 10.14.2009 | 2:32 pm

    I am concerned about that last line. Does the “grand finale” imply the end of the blog?

  68. Comment by VeloLoser | 10.14.2009 | 5:46 pm

    I am dreaming of winning this the way some (most?) people probably dream of winning the lottery, but I’m surely not the only one here who feels this way.

    Great contest, and of course, a great cause. Well done.

  69. Comment by Rupert | 10.14.2009 | 6:34 pm

    Here’s stiff competition in the fundraising department:

    He’s not giving away any bikes though. Although he does have you beat in the piercing / tattoo department. Wait, a single speed MtB guy without tattoos?

  70. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 10.14.2009 | 6:43 pm

    Anewreader I believe the term grand finale refers to this years Livestrong Fundraising only. Methinks Fatty has too much fun with the blog to end it for a while yet.

    It is a Brilliant Grand Finale and should I win (I won’t but I just wanted to sound wonderful with this gesture) I would take the Bike and then donate the ride back for someone in a position better than me (actually in the US for example) to take advantage of it.

    Al Maviva (a bit of history there) and the 3 Legends for example. Would make for some great pictures.

    Somebody mentioned a while back that we were not top in Austin anymore. I have not worked out how to check the overall standings on the website (I can tie my own shoes though so I am not completely useless) How do we stand at present. A Team fatty cleansweep would be a wonderful tribute to Susan so come everybody lets finish this off.

    FLS & Livestrong

  71. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 10.14.2009 | 8:18 pm

    Another amazing cancer fighting creation – Fatty, well done!

  72. Comment by Elaine | 10.14.2009 | 8:39 pm

    Okay, I live in Minnesota and you have to stop posting photos that make me envious. A long climb around here is about 10-15 minutes long, without the stellar scenery. Think corn fields. (Although, climbing isn’t my greatest strength, anyways)
    And BTW those bikes are awesome! Maybe I really do “need” 1 more.

  73. Comment by buckythedonkey | 10.15.2009 | 2:41 am

    BikeRadar is spreading the word:

    If they’re right, you might want one of these:

    Amazing contest (again). Thanks Fatty.

  74. Comment by justin | 10.15.2009 | 5:32 am

    So, hypothetically speaking, what if I pick a loop that starts/ends in front of Mr. Armstrong’s house? I know he’s not the mystery rider but there’s a decent chance he’d look out the front window and thing, “Hey, that guy has an awesome bike; I should go ask about it. And what are Fatty, Chuck, and Mystery doing here?”


  75. Comment by MojoRider | 10.15.2009 | 12:47 pm

    this is the best contest and fundraising idea EVER. I have had a steel Mojo since 1998. As I am actually fat, and my friends are mostly fatter, it is good enough to beat them up most climbs and in nearly any race. Though they have more money than me, and ride these CF dual suspended rigs, makes me feel manly to crush them. If I win…how torn will I be?! All my rigs are over 10 years old…Tranny, Mojo SLF WTF, or Silk? Gee…and then there’s the 2×10 vs 3×9 debate…at any rate, I’ll turn the old mojo into a single speeder, and I can be 1/100 as cool as fatty.

    donation is imminent.

  76. Comment by MojoRider | 10.15.2009 | 12:50 pm

    btw, please don’t let this be the end….based on the posts, we need to run another contest for a ride with Bobke.

  77. Comment by Anonymous | 10.15.2009 | 1:48 pm

    so… what if I win but I barely know how to ride a bike and can’t keep up with y’all anywhere… ?

  78. Comment by citizenracer | 10.15.2009 | 7:05 pm

    C-note. Done. Where to ride? Where else but New Mexico. Lots of trails to choose from. South Boundary would be good. Although I could be talked into Crested Butte, pretty easily. Slick rock clockwise then counter clockwise. Dang, where to ride?

  79. Comment by Mark | 10.15.2009 | 10:20 pm

    Steel is real “heavy”, unless you have a Waterford 22 series frame. Let’s put all this carbon/plastic crab to bed, ok?

  80. Comment by MojoRider | 10.16.2009 | 10:10 am

    steel is real heavy, even chuck sez so. Still, not able to part with the 3-4K for a new ride, I’ll focus on dropping the 10 pounds from my gut…but oh, if I had the cash, a call to order a Mojo would be immediate.

  81. Comment by Chia | 10.19.2009 | 11:24 am

    Awesome idea. I just lost my mother to pancreatic cancer a week and a half ago. Now I get to donate to a good cause and have a chance at getting a great bike.

  82. Comment by Murphy | 10.19.2009 | 12:17 pm

    If I when could I have an Ibis tandem with S&S couplers?

  83. Comment by Daner | 10.20.2009 | 10:19 am

    I could go for:

    A) A Mojo SL and a few days in central Oregon (warm-up day on the McKenzie River Trail, then down to the North Umpqua Trail for a couple of days, or

    B) A Hakkalügi tour of Andy Hampsten’s favorite mixed dirt/pavement rides in Northern Italy. Yes, I know that isn’t on the list, but I’m already on this side of the pond so they wouldn’t have to pay for my travel, and I have a hard time imagining that Fatty and Chuck would have anything against such a trip.

    Of course, there would be absolutely nothing wrong with choosing the Tranny for some fruitful pursuits in Fruita, or a Silk SL for the ride from Carmel to Hearst Castle. It will be fun to see what the winner comes up with!

  84. Comment by peter | 10.20.2009 | 6:57 pm

    I am stoked that Team Fatty has raised 750K so far. We should be so grateful we are all healthy enough to participate and spread the love to our family and friends. When I tell people about Team Fatty and how a team of mostly complete strangers have laced together to make a small dent in the global fight against cancer, I am amazed at how fast people respond with kind words and also donation$. Fatty you are really doing a great thing….. Lets keep pedaling…..

  85. Comment by Alba | 10.20.2009 | 8:52 pm

    it’s Andy….


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