A Movember Update from the Best Blog in Utah, Plus a Tease

11.9.2009 | 8:03 am

I know I said I would be back Tuesday, but I just wanted to post three important items that occurred over the weekend.

photo.jpgFirst, I became officially recognized as the Best (Freaking) Blog in Utah, according to the Social Media Club of SLC.

OK, actually, I was one of several blogs to receive this award, but I have a difficult time sharing glory, and I have an even more difficult time understanding how multiple blogs can share an exclusive superlative. So I’m going to persist in thinking of myself as the best, as opposed to among the best.

Also, my head is going to swell up and explode, due to self-congratulatory self-importance. Better stand back.

Big thanks to my friend Jeff Hadfield, who — as he did with the Bloggie — accepted the award on my behalf. I would have been there myself, but I was busy driving to Fruita for a weekend of mountain biking with the Core Team. I believe I was somewhere between Price and Green River when Jeff accepted the award.

Second, Movember is going just swimmingly for me. Check out my progress on my “Tallahassee” Mo, as of my first shave of the month last night:


Yeah, I think this one’s a keeper.

Here’s another shot I took of myself, trying to simultaneously get a good look at the tricky-to-shave bottom part of the mo, smile, and see whether I was pointing the camera correctly:


All ready to be institutionalized.

If you would like to support my efforts in growing an outrageously awesome mo while raising money and awareness for the fight against cancer, do me a favor and donate here.

Or, if you’re thinking of joining the Movember movement yourself, why don’t you join Team Fatty? As you can see, I’ve grown this much mo in just one week. Surely you still have have plenty of time in Movember to grow your own.

Third, last weekend was the annual Core Team’s Fall Moab event. Which we held in Fruita, Colorado this year. I took hours and hours of helmetcam video, which will take hours and hours and hours to convert and edit down to something you’ll want to watch.

As a teaser, though, here’s an unretouched photo from the trip.


The video should be interesting, no?


  1. Comment by Marla Gnarla | 11.9.2009 | 8:09 am

    Nice ’stache!

    Umm..video SHOULD be interesting, did he make it??

  2. Comment by DC | 11.9.2009 | 8:14 am

    There’s no way he didn’t collapse his wheel.
    Is there?

  3. Comment by Mom of Fatty | 11.9.2009 | 8:19 am

    How dare the person in the background not rush over and rescue the insane person going off the cliff?
    Glad you are not writing from the hospital.

    Don’t worry, Mom — that is definitely not me. – FC

  4. Comment by Heather | 11.9.2009 | 8:22 am

    Loving the Mo! And all I can say about the picture is OMG!! Is everybody ok? A nice reminder of why I’m a runner…not a biker…SCARY… :)

  5. Comment by Susie | 11.9.2009 | 8:33 am

    Looking good! Why is it called a Tallahassee mo?

  6. Comment by bikecopVT | 11.9.2009 | 8:35 am

    Taco anyone? Of the front wheel variety that is.

    Fight Like Susan!

  7. Comment by Josh | 11.9.2009 | 8:40 am

    It’s the mo that Woody Harrelson (sp?) had in Zombieland. His character in the movie was named Tallahassee

  8. Comment by Erin | 11.9.2009 | 8:41 am

    If I had to pick a moustache for a guy named Elden, THAT would be it! Nice!

  9. Comment by Jenny-Jenny | 11.9.2009 | 8:43 am

    Quite the Mo. And is that hair I see on top as well? Taking No Shave November to new heights!

  10. Comment by Jenni Laurita | 11.9.2009 | 8:44 am

    Um, ok, I wouldn’t rock climb UP that thing without a crash pad and spotter. Who are these crazy people?!!

  11. Comment by VeloLoser | 11.9.2009 | 8:50 am

    The moustache looks good! You should compile your photos into a time-lapsed mo-growth video.

  12. Comment by Mikeonhisbike | 11.9.2009 | 8:54 am

    Dang, you can certainly grow a mo. That looks like a keeper.

  13. Comment by stuckinmypedals | 11.9.2009 | 8:58 am

    The mo and the cycling photo are equally terrifying.

  14. Comment by misterbuba | 11.9.2009 | 9:01 am

    There is living and then there is, well, are compound fractures, hemorragic bleeding, missing teeth, crushed larynxes, fractured eye sockets, ruptured spleens…LOL Guess I am not as gung-ho as I thought! Enjoy and I’ll just watch! Nice MO Fatty!!
    WLS – LS

  15. Comment by Jennie | 11.9.2009 | 9:07 am

    1. A friend of mine agreed to grow a mustache for me- yay! As soon as I get photographic proof from him I will set it up on the Movember website for team Fatty.
    (Do I get extra points if I can convince the boy to dye his mustache pink?)

    2. Team Fatty gear turned up in the mail Friday- jerseys rock – so do the caps- glad I ordered one of each color- my roomate has stolen the pink cap.

    3. I can’t figure out why you need a twisty thing on the water bottle top rather & the bottle doesn’t say it’s PBA-free anywhere obvious & it does say it’s made in China… so I’ve decided to use it as supplemental storage instead as it has a wide enough neck to get my multi tool and my wallet down through and it’s tall enough to put pedro’s trixie in… so it’s very cool just, y’know, not what I want to keep my water in.

  16. Comment by judi | 11.9.2009 | 9:10 am

    nice! (testing again too).

  17. Comment by stu | 11.9.2009 | 9:30 am

    Nice tache – definitely looks like a ‘go-faster’ one to me!

  18. Comment by Annie | 11.9.2009 | 9:31 am

    I assume “unretouched” does not mean the same as “untouched”?

  19. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 11.9.2009 | 9:36 am

    That’s a sweet mo! And I can’t wait to see the video of that rock dive!

  20. Comment by liz | 11.9.2009 | 9:37 am

    this mustache is quite becoming! thanks for the progress pic, fatty.

  21. Comment by Rose | 11.9.2009 | 9:39 am

    Excellent mo! And the crazy mtn. biker is giving me chills. Can’t wait to see the carnageoutcome.

  22. Comment by Rantwick | 11.9.2009 | 9:52 am

    I am in awe of your Mo. I started mine Nov 4, and I’m nowhere near that kind of Mo. Curse you, Fatty…

    BTW Team Fatty Canada has a staggering 3 members so far. Those other 2 guys are awesome.

  23. Comment by rich | 11.9.2009 | 10:16 am

    awesome Mo!
    Got the fatty jersey in the mail Friday Totally cool!

  24. Comment by axel in texas | 11.9.2009 | 10:24 am

    at least the landing/crashing zone looks soft…
    can’t wait for the video!

  25. Comment by KanyonKris | 11.9.2009 | 10:58 am

    That rock drop was the craziest mountain biking stunt I’ve seen in person. It looked impossible. Elden got it on video – I can’t wait to see it.

  26. Comment by SurlyCommuter | 11.9.2009 | 11:24 am

    Of all your super powers – growing facial hair appears to be the most developed. Excellent zombie killin work there Fatty -

  27. Comment by Bill | 11.9.2009 | 11:26 am

    Alright I really smell a conspiracy going on here. You, Fatty, conveniently post a blog today even though you said nothing until tomorrow and BikeSnob posted one today as well.

    I am sticking by my story that these are just 2 blogs run by Lance A. and he hires seconds to take photos.

    BTW – that drop off of the rock is nuts! Nice launch Lance or should I say snob or maybe Fatty????

  28. Comment by AngieG | 11.9.2009 | 11:35 am

    Fatty- as an award winning judge of facial follicular development, this is a gold medal MO! AWESOME!!!

    I’m thinking next year we need Brent and Ryan to design us a Movember T shirt with the proceeds going to Team MoFatty. Just a thought.

    I hope there is not a vacancy on the core team after this weekend. YIKES!!!! I think I like being a roadie more now than ever.

    Glad your back, glad you had fun! Happy Movember :-)

  29. Comment by Chris | 11.9.2009 | 11:43 am

    I am a native of Tallhassee FL and now I am extremely curious of why the character and subsequent mo is named after my homeland.

  30. Comment by joe blow | 11.9.2009 | 12:02 pm

    A little too DZ for my tastes.

  31. Comment by wishiwasmerckx | 11.9.2009 | 12:04 pm

    Just stencil in a neck tattoo, and you will be ready for your big break as an extra in a prison movie.

  32. Comment by cdags | 11.9.2009 | 12:12 pm

    That is one money mo, Yo.

  33. Comment by Brandon in Parker | 11.9.2009 | 12:25 pm

    I haven’t shaved my face at all since Nov 1, but it doesn’t look nearly as good as yours! I need some grow time before I can decide what kind of shape my prepubescent growing pattern will allow. (Maybe when I turn 30 in Dec, my facial hair will catch up.) Love your mo, though!

    Looking forward to the vid. Was the guy going down diagonal? It looks like a line to be had there.

  34. Comment by 100poundsago | 11.9.2009 | 12:34 pm

    Nice Mo!

  35. Comment by Ryan | 11.9.2009 | 12:41 pm

    Great ’stache! I think you need to sign up for at least one of the Utah Cyclocross races this year. There are 4 or 5 left. I’d love to see your write up of the fun that is cyclocross. Your Walt or Singlefly would work great.

  36. Comment by Jeff L. | 11.9.2009 | 1:00 pm

    Nice Mo! I wish I could join the Mo movement. Unfortunately, I have to testify in a federal trial next week (no, not my own) and I don’t think the jury would take me seriously with a mo. Maybe I’ll start growing it right after I step out of the witness box. My wife will love me for bringing that kind of joy to Thanksgiving dinner!

  37. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.9.2009 | 1:15 pm

    I cannot imagine making that landing without Danny Mac skills.

    To be honest, I also cannot imagine having Danny Mac skills.

  38. Comment by Boomer | 11.9.2009 | 1:33 pm

    Nice mo’. Had to give mine up or sleep on the couch for a month.

    Jersey is here: http://blog.bbkld.com/2009/11/08/fight-like-susan

  39. Comment by sarah | 11.9.2009 | 1:52 pm

    wow, that’s a pretty impressive photo…i like the dude off to the right who is clearly not going next.

  40. Comment by Tom F | 11.9.2009 | 1:53 pm

    If the crazy one was on a fixie would it be possible to get this far down and then back up? I have no idea, just askin’

  41. Comment by Powerful Pete | 11.9.2009 | 2:08 pm

    That is a sweet Mo.

    And I am really intrigued to see what happened to the guy trying to fall off that boulder thing.

    There are moments where, as a roadie, I really, really do not get the MTB people.

    Mamma mia.

  42. Comment by bikecopVT | 11.9.2009 | 3:36 pm


    According to the Camelbak website the bottles are 100% BPA Free! Feel free to drink up.

  43. Comment by Mike Roadie | 11.9.2009 | 3:53 pm

    Beautiful Mo

  44. Comment by jeff | 11.9.2009 | 4:33 pm

    I try so hard to NOT ride off the mountain!

  45. Comment by Joel P. | 11.9.2009 | 5:06 pm

    After seeing your most recent self portraits, I am afraid not to support your Movember fund raising. All you need is a swastika tattoo on your forehead and a copy of the Beatles White album. Keep the Mo’ growing.
    Joel P.

    P.S. My Team Fatty gear is here! My Team Fatty gear is here! I’m somebody now!

  46. Comment by not a cyclist......ok, maybe just a little | 11.9.2009 | 5:51 pm

    Can’t wait to see the video!

    Also, I’ve been out of town at a scientific peer review meeting for breast cancer research proposals (run by an extremely well-known breast cancer charity that I can’t mention the name of of but it starts with “K”), and was thrilled to come home and find my new Fat Cyclist jersey stuffed into my mailbox (along with 27 or so catalogs)!! It rocks, and I REALLY wish it was warm enough to ride with a short-sleeved jersey still. Oh well; gotta wait til spring I guess.

    Oh, and a certified bike geek cyclo-cross racer moved into my building while I was away, so now I have someone to fix my bike for cheap :)

  47. Comment by JamesInPhoenix | 11.9.2009 | 6:07 pm

    Is that Ryan T? I have a shot similar to that of him doing about the same level of insanity in Moab one of the times we went down there when we were at BYU together. Let me look for it when I get home and I’ll e-mail it to you.

  48. Comment by Charisa | 11.9.2009 | 6:23 pm

    That is just scary!! The mustache and the bike pic!

  49. Comment by Mary from NC | 11.9.2009 | 6:30 pm

    I miss Stanley Tucci. sorry hate the new facial hair.

  50. Comment by TimK | 11.9.2009 | 7:43 pm

    Looks to me as if you need to start riding a different kind of bike altogether. To borrow from Stevie Nicks, “Give to me your leather, take from me my lycra.”

  51. Comment by Born 4Lycra | 11.9.2009 | 8:37 pm

    Powerful Pete I’m with you as a roadie I look at the picture and just wonder why? An answer of because it’s there does not cut it for me. If he lives (and i hope he does) i’m sure I can get an answer.

    The video should be interesting yes.

    Look at that Mo all one colour – not a hint of salt and pepper – excellent work

  52. Comment by JJ | 11.9.2009 | 9:11 pm

    Once you grow it out further – you’ll hear it whistle in the wind. It’s awesome.

  53. Comment by scoty in salida | 11.9.2009 | 9:33 pm

    The new look is Wicked!

  54. Comment by RyanT | 11.9.2009 | 10:08 pm

    I just love being a tease.

  55. Comment by Heidi | 11.9.2009 | 11:59 pm

    Uh oh to the mo. I’m with a lot of the other women commenters.

    And hey, Pioneer Woman was in your neck of the woods for a book signing, taking photos of the few males in the shop. You could have been one of them! Her cookbook hit #1 on the NYT bestseller list.

  56. Comment by jenjen | 11.10.2009 | 12:24 am

    Congratulations Elden! I like the new look.


  57. Comment by Aaron | 11.10.2009 | 2:01 am

    Want to try a scary experiment. Slowly scroll down the blog to Fatty’s image and let your imagination do it’s wonders as to what horrors will become below the nose. *gasp*

  58. Comment by Powerful Pete | 11.10.2009 | 4:19 am

    Thanks Born 4Lycra, I was worried I would be banned as there is an unusually high quotient of MTBers here, or so I believe…

    I’m with you. Fatty, hurry up and post that video, wouldja please?Pretty please?

  59. Comment by Andy | 11.10.2009 | 5:52 am

    Great pic of the Mo, give it a couple of weeks, add a base guitar, a chopper, some denim, leather and you could be mistaken for Lemmy from Motorhead. It’s scarily close in the second pic now.

  60. Comment by Veteran Sculler | 11.10.2009 | 8:05 am


    Separated at birth I reckon


  61. Comment by Steve | 11.10.2009 | 8:20 am

    Once he gets 30 days under that new Fu Manchu, we won’t be able to live with him anymore… He will be the Terror of the Trails and self-crowned Bro’ Bodacious of Blogland.

    God help us!

    The Austin Sweeper (#2790)

  62. Comment by Paul | 11.10.2009 | 10:41 am

    Boo new Fat Cyclist Jersey…. Like the design, BUT NO FULL ZIP LIKE WAS PROMISED… And for those of us that really are fat cyclist this is a big deal…. :(

  63. Comment by Philly Jen | 11.10.2009 | 11:05 am

    Fatty, that mo is lookin’ so Tallahassee that I’m ready to lob a Twinkie in your general direction.

  64. Comment by GJ Jackie | 11.10.2009 | 3:08 pm

    Today I was driving 50 mph past the Tabagauche trailhead in Grand Junction, and spotted a Fat Cyclist jersey. Quick u-turn and yes, it’s Kellene! I was so excited to meet her and talk Team Fatty.

    See what you do, Elden? You make perfect strangers into immediate friends.

  65. Comment by Bruce Bebow | 11.10.2009 | 8:55 pm

    My new iPhone contact page for Fatty. http://twitpic.com/p2f7s

  66. Comment by BamaJim | 11.10.2009 | 9:21 pm

    Congratulations on the award. Waiting with baited breath for the ride video (and the new FC jersey)

  67. Comment by chefjt | 11.10.2009 | 9:26 pm

    From Stanley Tucci to Snidley Whiplash!

  68. Comment by Eugie | 11.11.2009 | 8:19 am

    Now that is a teaser!

  69. Comment by Swami Wheelo | 11.11.2009 | 5:24 pm

    My wife just commented you now look like you’d be buddies with Earl and Randy Hickey. You’d be on Earl’s list…Eldon Nelson: Made fun of his pink Schwinn in 3rd grade.

    Yeeehaw, got my FC jersey on saturday. A specially nice treat on a birthday weekend spent suffering from a narsty head-cold.

    When I’m asked what the 201 on the sleeve signifies, what do I tell em? 2010 abbreviated…?

  70. Comment by Surlyrider | 11.12.2009 | 1:56 pm

    I love the Mo, and after a few fits and starts, I am working on my Mo as well. I have a long way to go back to what I had before. Check the blog for some updates on how Moriffic I am looking these days.

  71. Comment by Bill Perehinec | 11.13.2009 | 9:35 am

    I love Movember. It’s for a great cause and all of us at work are doing it. Even some girls are sporting the “faux” Mos. :D Here’s a t-shirt design I made to commemorate the event:


  72. Comment by Bill Perehinec | 11.13.2009 | 9:37 am

    I love Movember. It’s for a great cause and all of us at work are doing it. Even some girls are sporting the “faux” Mos. :D Here’s a t-shirt design I made to commemorate the event:


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