Ibis Contest: Bonus New Prizes! Last Day Today! Donate Now!!!

10.20.2009 | 11:23 am

Believe it or not, today — up until Midnight (MDT) tonight — is the last day you have to enter the Win An Ibis, Take it Anywhere You Want, and Ride it With Andy Hampsten, Chuck Ibis, and Fatty” Contest.

Just in case you have forgotten, here is what you win with this contest:

  • You get a bike. But not just any bike. An Ibis bike. And not one we pick out for you. You get to decide which one suits your fancy best: a Mojo SL? A Tranny? The Hakkal├╝gi? Or a Silk SL? Really, you can’t go wrong.
  • You get to take it for a ride. Where would be a great place to take that new bike for a ride? Think about it long and hard. Cuz we’re going to send you there.
  • You get to ride your bike with two famous people, and one beloved, award-winning, Internet cycling blog celebrity (me): Andy Hampsten and Chuck Ibis are going to go riding with you at your awesome place. Seriously. Andy. Freaking. Hampsten. And I’m coming too, because Chuck is awesome and because I want to meet Andy, too. And because I love you.

So, that’s not a half-bad prize, is it? No sir, it is not. Especially considering the fact that even if you don’t win, your donation is still doing a heckuva lotta good. Specifically, it’s going straight to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, to help them bring the fight to cancer.

But guess what? Just to help those of you who are on the fence about donating get off the fence, today we’re going to throw in a couple of last minute prizes (and for those of you who already donated, don’t worry: if you win, you still definitely get these prizes).


First off, you’ll get this Tour of California jersey, which is signed by Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, and Bob Roll.

I’ve been holding on to this jersey for a long time (since the Tour of California), waiting for the right moment to give it away. And the last day of the last big contest seems like a good moment.

And, as if that weren’t enough, you’re going to get one more thing:


Yes, that’s right. The winner of this contest gets a pair of Oakley LiveStrong JAWBONEs. Now, I have a pair of these, myself. And I don’t mind saying that they are, bar none, the best cycling glasses I have ever owned. Changing out the lenses takes seconds. The glasses fit so comfortably. And they look good, even on a doofus:


So, you know what I think you should do? I think you should read the contest details here, then click here to go enter.


And Now for a Little Bit About the Ibis Silk SL

You know, this isn’t the first time we’ve given an Ibis bike away. Last year, we had a similar contest, and Friend of Fatty Matt Kreger won it.

Well, he’s had that bike for a year now, and it’s looking darned good:


Along with this photo, Matt emailed me, saying, “As it sits, this bike weighs under 15 pounds. I love my Ibis Silk SL.

And let me add my own two cents. I also have an Ibis Silk SL — currently being built up as a 13-pound SS Road Climber’s Delight project — and I love mine too.

This is a great bike. A really great bike. Which leads us to Chuck Ibis’s final installment in…

The Great Bike and Ride Pairing Miniseries

It’s time to talk about the wine country.

One of the things I’ve been lucky enough to do is spend a lot of time riding in the great cycling regions of the world and in particular Mediterranean Europe: Spain, Italy, France and Switzerland. Even luckier, I get to guide for Andy Hampsten’s touring company based in Tuscany, where he’s found some of the best roads on the planet. Here’s an example (Courtesy of our friend Arnaud).

Not only do Andy and and I have hairy legs in common, we both share a love for riding in Sonoma County, where I live. It’s also where another pro you might have heard of lives, named Levi Leipheimer. The point is, these guys ride all over the world in the best places, and one of their favorites (enough so that Levi lives here and Andy rides here and leads tours here) is Sonoma.

Here’s a picture of me riding my Silk SL out on King Ridge road on this year’s GranFondo route.


The “King” of rides around here is called King Ridge road. That’s only the tip of the iceberg as far as our choices go. Years ago we made a water bottle celebrating our favorite rides in the area.


That’s right, the Safeway pony is one of them.

Raffle Winner, if you choose any of these rides, prepare to smile. And for the rest of you, you might want to save this graphic. If you ever need a ride guide for Sonoma County (and over into Napa) this will serve you well.

After the winner’s glorious ride in Sonoma, maybe a trip down to San Francisco (an hour south) will be in order.


You could do worse!

PS From Fatty: This contest is seriously the best I can do. The last big contest of the year. The grand finale. I’m maxed out here. Exhausted, really. And you’re fighting cancer when you enter. So, one last time: Click here to enter,

And I hope you win.


  1. Comment by SkiMoab | 10.20.2009 | 11:41 am

    Really Fatty? This is the best you can do? This is amazing! I can’t wait to ride my new Mojo in Fruita/Moab with You, Chuck, and Andy sporting my new Jawbones while flaunting my new jersey.

  2. Comment by kellene | 10.20.2009 | 11:45 am

    I hope I win too! A family affair…..I will even be so gracious to give back….I will only keep the bike and pass forward the glasses because you have already given me a pair that I love, love, love!
    Have a good one!

  3. Comment by Jessica @ How Sweet It Is | 10.20.2009 | 11:46 am

    Inspirational doesn’t even begin to describe you!!

  4. Comment by Canadian Roadie | 10.20.2009 | 11:50 am

    An amazing contest, win or lose, I’d love to ride with you one day! Thanks for being an inspiration for everyone fighting the good fight.

  5. Comment by Clydesteve | 10.20.2009 | 12:00 pm

    Wow! Both Scott Nicols AND Andy Hampsten have hairy legs! I was on the fence for Austin, but this cinches it.

    (I havle always had barely any hair on my shins – Now I am holding my breath until it starts growing.)

    And the contest rocks, too.

  6. Comment by The Lone Roller | 10.20.2009 | 12:10 pm

    Hey Fatty – Who won the last contest? The jersey signed by you and that other guy? I don’t recall seeing that.

  7. Comment by Mikeonhisbike | 10.20.2009 | 12:11 pm

    A jersey signed by Bob Roll? If I won that Jersey would I be forced to talk with my hands?

  8. Comment by AngieG | 10.20.2009 | 1:01 pm

    Seriously folks. If you get the opportunity to ride these Sonoma County rides you will be looking for a realtor when your done. Sonoma County is very cycling friendly and the scenery is amazing.
    Right now as you ride through the wine country you get the smell of fermenting wine from the grape pumice that is dumped after the grapes have been crushed. It’s truly AWESOME!!!
    If you do ride King Ridge, your legs will make sure you remember that ride for at least another week. :-)

  9. Comment by brian chasm | 10.20.2009 | 1:09 pm

    Total Donations : $3,752,126
    LIVESTRONG Challenge

    are you kidding me?

  10. Comment by Jae | 10.20.2009 | 1:10 pm

    I would definitely take the SL if I win but be warned that I will be obsessively apologizing through out the ride for slowing you down.

  11. Comment by NoTrail | 10.20.2009 | 1:30 pm

    What an amazing ‘pairing’ of prizes! Makes me even more glad that I jumped off the fence earlier today!

    Looking forward to riding with you Fatty.

  12. Comment by Yvette | 10.20.2009 | 1:55 pm

    You look like Batman.

  13. Comment by Aaron | 10.20.2009 | 2:05 pm

    He IS Batman.

  14. Comment by bubba seadog | 10.20.2009 | 2:16 pm

    its not about the bike its about the cause but the bikes are very nice. im in and iwant to fight like susan

  15. Comment by Leigh Anne | 10.20.2009 | 2:57 pm

    So I have to agree, the GranFondo ride in Santa Rosa/ Sonoma was possibly the best ride ever. I only managed the 65 this year the threat of King ridge kept me away but watch out next year, especially if I have an Ibis to ride. The Coleman Valley Climb was more than enough for me. It would be great to see some more team fatty( there were a few) members out on the ride next, mark your calendars( date TBA soon!)I wore my socks as my 2010 jersey wasn’t in and sleeveless wasn’t an option along the coast. See you in 2010 at the GranFondo!

  16. Comment by AngieG | 10.20.2009 | 3:39 pm

    Leigh Anne- I worked in registration for 3 days and SAG’d Coleman Valley on Saturday. I saw quite a few Team Fatty members, I can proudly say none of them SAG’d Coleman. Way to Go Team FATTY!!!

    Congrats on finishing. Coleman Valley is a killer climb. You get to the top and think your done and don’t realize until about 4 miles later that you have another climb before you descend into Occidental. YIKES!!! Again Good Job to all the Team Fatty members that rode the Fondo!!!!

  17. Comment by GenghisKhan | 10.20.2009 | 4:16 pm

    In by the hair of my chinny chin chin! I’ll take he Mojo SL with Cobalt wheels, thank you very much. See you somewhere cool!

  18. Comment by TimK | 10.20.2009 | 5:53 pm

    Oh, the agony. I seriously want every single one of these bikes. And I want to go on every one of the rides. If by some crazy chance I should happen to be one more guy in New Jersey who wins an FC contest, how much time do I get to make up my friggin’ mind?
    Maybe we could work out something where I did each ride with paired bike as test ride until I found the bike I wanted to take home as a souvenir. I’ll buy dinner.

    Now a tough question, would you go see Race Across the Sky with some friends or go on a ride with some other friends if they were split in what they wanted to do on a Thursday night?

  19. Comment by GC | 10.20.2009 | 10:53 pm

    I’m in:

    My pairing is the Mojo for a tour of downtown NY.

    Or possibly the Silk for a spin around White Rim.

    Or the reverse (whichever is easier)


  20. Comment by buckythedonkey | 10.21.2009 | 2:14 am

    I am so in. If I win I will mostly spend the day saying “sorry”.

  21. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 10.21.2009 | 3:47 am

    Over $761k Team Fatty stand proud. When this whole thing started I thought $300k would be a reasonable total across the 4 rides. Magnificent and it’s not over yet. I’m so proud to be a part of this team.

    FLS Livestrong Team Fatty Rules OK!

  22. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 10.21.2009 | 3:49 am

    I should also add honoured to be a part of this team.

    FLS Always

  23. Comment by Mike Roadie | 10.21.2009 | 4:28 am



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  25. Comment by Seattlegirlz | 10.21.2009 | 8:33 am

    Cannot wait to meet all the fatties in Austin! We are sooooo excited to be part of the team this year, and yes as such we will be saying, “sorry we are so slow” a lot.

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