2010 Team Fatty LiveStrong Challenge Registration Starts Today!

12.1.2009 | 1:40 am

Those of you who have read my blog know that I’m not an especially serious person by nature. In fact, I may well be the antonym of serious. But 5+ years of living with this evil disease as it killed my wife a little bit at a time has made me serious about this.

I hate cancer, and I’m never going to stop fighting it.

And the ugly fact is, either you already have seen cancer close up, or you will sometime in your life. It’s that common. And you’re going to hate it too. It’s that evil.

So let’s fight it together. And have fun and win stuff and meet an incredible group of people and break some records while we do it.

In 2009, Team Fatty raised more than $800,000 for the LiveStrong Challenge — an amount that took all previous records, smashed them, crushed them, tore them into small pieces, and broke them down into their constituent atoms.

We came close to hitting our goal of $1,000,000 — but didn’t quite get there. So that’s our goal again this year: $1,000,000.00.

Registration for Team Fatty for the 2010 LiveStrong Challenge is now open! As in 2009, we’ll be in all four cities. And as in 2009, we’re looking to build the largest team, raising the most money for this critical fight.

To sign up with Team Fatty, just click the city you’d like to join (if you don’t plan to actually attend the event — you just want to help Team Fatty raise money — it doesn’t matter which city you join), noting the event dates. That will take you to the Team Fatty page for that city. From there, click the “Join Our Team” link and follow the instructions from there.

And now, for a few frequently-asked questions (as in “questions I’ve been asked once or twice, or questions I think I ought to be asked”) about Team Fatty.

Q: Is there anything special I need to do to be part of Team Fatty?
A: All you need to do is register as part of Team Fatty in any of the four LiveStrong Challenge teams linked above. And then you need to start working on raising money. You need to raise at least $100 to be counted as part of the team, and $250 to attend the event. But really, if we’re going to seriously raise a million dollars, basically a thousand of us needs to raise a thousand dollars each. That’s a lot of people raising a lot of money. But I believe we can do it.

Q: I want to join Team Fatty and raise money in the fight against cancer, but I know I won’t be able to attend any of the events. Do I still have to pay the $35 registration fee?
A: No, you sure don’t. When you register, choose “Virtual Challenge” and you don’t have to pay anything at all. But I still expect you to do your part in the fundraising, OK?

Q: How do I get a Team Fatty jersey?
A: Most sizes of the Team Fatty (pink) version of the Fat Cyclist jersey are available right now at Twin Six. Click here for Men’s, or click here for Women’s. You’ll also find t-shirts, stickers, bottles, vests, shorts, arm warmers and caps by clicking here.

Once these run out, we’ll gauge whether we need to do an extra pre-order of Team Fatty jerseys. If we do, we’ll make sure we do it in plenty of time for you to get your jersey before any of the LiveStrong Challenge events.

And you should know that the profit from these jerseys goes right back to the LiveStrong Challenge, and that the Twin Six guys helped us raise more than $50,000 last year between jersey sales, supporting the 100 Miles of Nowhere, and sale days where all their profit went to LiveStrong. So when you’re picking up your Team Fatty gear, maybe consider buying a couple other jerseys and t-shirts as well. Support a small business that is not only designing the most awesome bike clothes out there, but is spending a ton of their money and time doing the right thing.

Q: Do I have to buy a Team Fatty Jersey?
A: Absolutely not. But my bar-none favorite thing to do at the LiveStrong Challenge events is to hang out at the finish line and high-five Team Fatty members as they cross the line. And since the team’s big, if you don’t have a team jersey on, it’s unlikely all recognize you for the awesome person you are.

Q: Are there going to be fundraising contests, like last year?
A: There sure are, and being a fundraising member of Team Fatty improves your chances of winning, since all funds donated to your LiveStrong Challenge page are counted toward your chances of winning.

Of course, hope of winning a prize isn’t the reason we do any of this. But it is a nice little bonus.

Q: Is there any special reason I should join now?
A: Yes there is. Right now — and through this month — registration costs $35. After the end of this month, that cost will go up to $45. So if you join now, you’ll save a little money. Also, you’ll be all set to tell friends and family that if they have been wondering what to get you for Christmas, that joining you in the fight against cancer and making a donation on your page would be a fantastic, meaningful gift.

PS: Got any more questions? Ask them in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer them either directly below your comment, or I’ll add it to this list.


  1. Comment by aussie kev | 12.1.2009 | 3:11 am

    go team fatty – i will try much harder this year

    allez team fatty

  2. Comment by Gordon In Melb, Australia | 12.1.2009 | 5:17 am

    What Aussie Kev said from another Aussie.

  3. Comment by Mike Roadie | 12.1.2009 | 5:48 am



    Join my team!!!


  4. Comment by Erik | 12.1.2009 | 6:40 am

    I’m in! And dang it registration problems prevented me from being first to register for Austin, but I think I was #4!

  5. Comment by DC | 12.1.2009 | 7:08 am

    Philly will be my first century-time to step up the training!

  6. Comment by Bruce Bebow | 12.1.2009 | 7:27 am

    I’m registered for Austin 65 miles.



  7. Comment by Penina | 12.1.2009 | 7:28 am

    Don’t forget Fatty, you have some Runners and Walkers…and this year Philly has 5K AND 10K! WHOOT!
    And timing chips are available!

    Likin the lower registration till 12/31…but how does 35+35 (Run & Cycle) = 75?????
    Someone at LS needs to review their math!

  8. Comment by bikecopVT | 12.1.2009 | 7:31 am

    As much fun as (P)hilly was last year I am going for the big show this year. Austin here I come.

    Fight Like Susan!!

  9. Comment by Philly Jen | 12.1.2009 | 7:39 am

    Bring it!!!

    New in Philly this year: Run on Saturday (5K or 10K, your choice), ride on Sunday. Who’s ready to throw down?

    Fundraising tip: By registering in December, you’re saving $15 per event on fees. Consider giving some or all of that back to Team Fatty.

    Remember, every time you receive a donation (even from yourself), you’ll receive a congratulatory email that contains the all-important “short” version of the URL for your fundraising page — the one that looks like this:

       http://philly2010.livestrong.org/phillyjen Yay!

    and not this:



    Come on Fatties! Allez-allez, today-today!

  10. Comment by Jamieson | 12.1.2009 | 7:50 am

    In for Philly – to start. Likely add Austin, and then maybe Seattle.

  11. Comment by Marilyn | 12.1.2009 | 8:11 am

    Philly here I come and doing a “Dying to Ride” bike ride to hopefully raise enough money to get me to Austin also. Can’t wait to tackle all the hills in Philly again. I did 5 centuries this year and Philly won with just under 7700 feet of great climbling. Come on bikecopVT do Philly again also.

  12. Comment by KK | 12.1.2009 | 8:14 am

    I’m in again for Philly.

  13. Comment by Eric | 12.1.2009 | 8:20 am

    Nancy & I are in for Philly again. Hopefully, I’ll also make it back to Austin again this year.

  14. Comment by bikecopVT | 12.1.2009 | 8:25 am


    Well see how the fundraising goes and where I am living at that point. If I can I’ll do (P)hilly again too. bikecopVT may become bikecopMO soon.

  15. Comment by Turt99 | 12.1.2009 | 8:38 am

    I’m still trying to figure out the details of how I can manage a road trip from Toronto to Philly to join the team. My wife is all for the idea as long as New York shopping is part of the trip, but we need to work the financials :)

  16. Comment by Philly Jen | 12.1.2009 | 8:40 am

    Hold it, Ben, you’re already BikeCop(WithAnAwesome)Mo…


  17. Comment by fatkatonabike | 12.1.2009 | 8:42 am

    I just registered for Philly, my first century! I can’t wait to meet you all!

  18. Comment by TimRides | 12.1.2009 | 8:51 am

    I’m in for Austin! The plan for this year is to actually have some energy left when I cross the finish line. See y’all there!

  19. Comment by TimRides | 12.1.2009 | 8:56 am

    Huh. They went from a 2-character year (austin09) to a 4-character year (austin2010) in the fundraising links, so my last link was wrong. I’ll get this new-fangled interweb figured out yet…

  20. Comment by Kyle | 12.1.2009 | 9:05 am

    #13 for Austin!! Going for 90 this year…and a whole lot more $$$

    Fatty, can you shoot me a logo for my fundraising propaganda?

  21. Comment by Lana | 12.1.2009 | 9:06 am

    So I have a delemma – Philly is closer, but Ironman Austin 70.3 is a week before LiveSTRONG Austin, so I could fly my bike out and do two events for the price of one bike flight…. what to do what to do…

  22. Comment by Erik | 12.1.2009 | 9:09 am

    Fatty’s in the Colorado area, let me know if you want to get together for training rides and any of the races leading up to the Challenge series.

    Shoot me a note here: epearso AT msn DOT com

    Or comment here.


  23. Comment by VeloLoser | 12.1.2009 | 9:18 am

    I’m in for Philly. See you there!


  24. Comment by Midge | 12.1.2009 | 9:30 am

    As much fun as Austin was, I’m in for Philly. Registered for the 10K and 70 mile ride. A bit worried that the hills around Philly are reported to be worse than Austin (yes, I found 5 of them significant, not just the one that Fatty noticed), but I’ve got time to train for it.

  25. Comment by George G. | 12.1.2009 | 9:49 am

    In again for Philly.

  26. Comment by Jennie | 12.1.2009 | 10:26 am

    Do I have to decide whether I’d rather run or ride before I register? (and are there elevation charts to help me decide this sort of thing?)

  27. Comment by Jennie | 12.1.2009 | 10:34 am

    also, if I make a decision now re: run v. ride v. both can I change my mind about which and/or distance later?

    (or if I go with ‘ride’ & decide later I’d rather run can I just run the ‘ride’ while carrying a cyclocross bike & call it riding?)

  28. Comment by Kelly Bulkeley | 12.1.2009 | 10:48 am

    I’m in for Philly!


    Hope to meet you; my husband and I are huge fans/supporters. And we both hate cancer. Alot.


  29. Comment by pipebaum | 12.1.2009 | 10:50 am

    Have you picked a 100 Miles of Nowhere weekend yet?

  30. Comment by mo - team fatty s.j. | 12.1.2009 | 10:53 am

    This will be my third San Jose Challenge :)… Shooting for my second free trip to the Austin Challenge ;) – Can’t wait!!!!!

  31. Comment by Kamala | 12.1.2009 | 10:53 am

    #1 for Seattle! Bring on Montreaux!

  32. Comment by Jennie | 12.1.2009 | 11:11 am

    if I’ve never ridden a bike up a hill before (I live at the beach where it is all totally flat) how bad of an idea is riding Philly?

  33. Comment by Patty Guinta | 12.1.2009 | 11:18 am

    Austin here I come! This will be my first 100 mile any tips?

  34. Comment by TheOtherArmstrong | 12.1.2009 | 11:47 am

    I’m in for Philly again! This time I will be tackling the 100 miles of hills!


  35. Comment by anonymous | 12.1.2009 | 12:03 pm

    Here’s another great reason to participate in this fight against cancer. NY Times article on Seun Adebihi –he’s training to be first Nigerian winter Olympian (in skeleton) while at the same time battling two rare forms of cancer. Check out his blog!



  36. Comment by Lana | 12.1.2009 | 12:20 pm

    Re the 75 for both costs in Philly, I got the following response from LiveSTRONG

    Hey Lana,

    Thanks for your interest in our Philly LIVESTRONG Challenge and for your question as it is pertinent. I hope you’re doing well today.

    The question surrounding the $75 is also fair and something we discussed at length internally. The true value of the registration for each portion of the event is $50. Although we’ve developed a limited window registration process that gradually increases the cost of participation per event from $35 to $45 to $50, the price to participate in both events will remain fixed throughout this time to cover our cost of hosting the participant and holding the event. We’d like people to understand that while the price to register for both is $5 more now than registering for each separately, this is money that will be put back toward the fight against cancer and help cover the cost of their attendance in our event. We realize some people may feel it necessary to register separately to save $5 but we hope this isn’t the case. In the future, when the cost of registration increases, the $75 option will still be offered and will be considered a price break.

    I hope that helps to address your question, but if there’s anything else I can help you with, please feel free to get in touch with me at any time. Have a wonderful day and I’ll talk to you soon.



  37. Comment by AngieG | 12.1.2009 | 12:47 pm

    In for Team Fatty San Jose!!! Going for the free trip to Austin. Lofty goals, but I hate cancer soooo much! It will be worth all the hard work.

    Come join us in San Jose and help us take over the city!!

  38. Comment by Mindi | 12.1.2009 | 1:05 pm

    In for Team Fatty Seattle! My first LS Challenge and excited to be joining you crazy people. :)

  39. Comment by Judy | 12.1.2009 | 1:21 pm

    I’m in for San Jose. This will be my first event- I’ve only been riding a few months. Any other San Jose’ers want to help me out?

  40. Comment by Clydesteve | 12.1.2009 | 1:51 pm

    Question for Fatty: re: the 3rd question from the bottom:

    Is ‘All’ a synonym for I’ll? Or just a homonym?

  41. Comment by Clydesteve | 12.1.2009 | 1:53 pm

    Comment for Team Fatty Seattle people:

    Dudes. I know we are all westcoast/PNW grungy cool and all. I get that.

    I know joining now seems, well, kind of enthusiastic.

    Just go ahead and join now anyway, K? Let’s rock the record books in the rain.

  42. Comment by NYCCarlos | 12.1.2009 | 2:14 pm

    First timer for the Philly 100 miler… Anyone live in/around NYC wanna train with me this winter/spring? E-mail me – carlosgperea AT gmail DOT com

    Eff cancer… FLS!


  43. Comment by Kamala | 12.1.2009 | 4:24 pm

    I can’t stand seeing the zero on my thermometer. The first day doesn’t end until I get my first donation to kick cancer’s ass. First $50 donation gets home-baked Key Lime Cake whipped up by Mrs. Kamala. If we get more than one $50 donation before 12 midnight PST today, I’m busting out the apron and baking cookies for every $50 donor.

  44. Comment by Stephanie | 12.1.2009 | 4:32 pm


    There are those of us out here that love you, miss your wife, and want to help battle the evil you are fighting. However, I do not ride and could not walk the distance in one of those challenges. Let’s just say some of us have other evil health problems. I would love to help and know others who would do. What do we do??

    Thanks – Fight Like Susan!!

  45. Comment by rightbehindyou | 12.1.2009 | 4:41 pm

    I’m in for Seatle, my first time. Clydesteve has been blowing my doors off for years so I’m mainly doing this to keep his morale up. jr

  46. Comment by Sasha | 12.1.2009 | 4:55 pm

    I’m signing up tonight for Austin (sorry PhillyJen!)! I need all the time I can get to train. :) I’m going to see if I can’t drum up interest from fellow Alaskans too! Woot!

  47. Comment by Philly Jen | 12.1.2009 | 6:07 pm


    You can be a virtual member of any of the four teams. There’s no signup fee to be a virtual Fatty, so all your moolah goes straight to the team fundraising total. You’ll get your own fundraising page and all your friends can pledge to show their support for you.

    It’s almost as good as being here! Join the Philly team, we’re the Fattiest. (Besides, Sasha just dumped me…)

  48. Comment by asmathews (Alex) | 12.1.2009 | 6:15 pm

    I’m in for Philly again. I can’t wait!

  49. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 12.1.2009 | 6:36 pm

    Bring it!

  50. Comment by Alex | 12.1.2009 | 7:01 pm

    Not sure if the timing works for me, but I am seriously considering joining for Philly. Cancer really is evil – it took my father this past August – and boy, do I hate it.

  51. Comment by Seattlegirlz | 12.1.2009 | 7:23 pm

    Totally in and getting others to join!!! Cannot wait. Even if Elden won’t friend me on FB. See you on the road.

  52. Comment by Erik | 12.1.2009 | 7:40 pm

    Sasha joined the cool Fatty’s in Austin. Sorry Jen

  53. Comment by Joel P. | 12.1.2009 | 8:43 pm

    Just registered for Philly. I am now a full fledged Team Fatty member for 2010. Already I believe I am standing taller, more handsome, people will probably perceive me differently at work tomorrow. I also am up for any Team Fatty training rides as weather permits. Anyone live near the Southern Tier of NY? I live outside of Binghamton and am willing to travel some to ride. It is only 3 hours to Philly.
    Joel P.

    P.S. Team Fatty Philly Rules because Philly Jen says so.

  54. Comment by Dave Mull | 12.1.2009 | 8:46 pm

    I was really wanting to participate this year, but my wife when and got pregnant! WooHoo baby due in late July, so I won’t be able to make it out this year. Maybe next! One great thing replaced another!

  55. Comment by jeanine dixon | 12.1.2009 | 9:01 pm

    I am not much of a cyclist… more of a runner. Would I be able to be part of Team Fatty and run the 5k or 10k? Will San Jose even have a run option?

  56. Comment by Jeremy | 12.1.2009 | 9:25 pm

    I’m in.

    The Team Fatty printable fundraising aids will remain up at http://teamfatty.luckylab.net and if you have ideas for things you would like to see, let me know.

    This year, I ride for my aunt.

  57. Comment by Shawn Wilkinson | 12.1.2009 | 9:58 pm

    Loved the 2009 Austin 90 mile ride so much, decided to make it an annual event! I like what Team Fatty is doing and hope to chalk up another 1200+ towards Team Fatty’s 1 mil mark. Go Team Fatty!!

  58. Comment by nosferaustin | 12.1.2009 | 10:12 pm

    Signed up for Austin again! And this time I will EARN my seat at the awards diner (thanks again Philly Jen, Mike and Fatty for the gracious invite this year!)

    And Fatty, I want in on some training rides come Spring, okay?

    Fighting Like Susan down the road in Salt Lake…


  59. Comment by Lief Zimmerman | 12.2.2009 | 12:43 am

    I’m in for Seattle.
    Fight Like Susan Team Fatty!


  60. Comment by Sasha | 12.2.2009 | 2:11 am

    I just registered for Austin! :) And only 90 miles??? I was thinking it was a century ride. I have a few two day events to help train for it (120 miler and a 162 miler and I might do a one day 100 miler). We have some wicked hills up here in Alaska so hopefully, the hills in Austin won’t be so bad. I really, really, really can’t emphasize how much I HATE hills. Well, gotta hit the sack. It’s 11:11pm and I have to be to work at 7am. I’m excited and plotting about fundraising. My goal is $1K, but I’d love to raise more. :)

  61. Comment by Sasha | 12.2.2009 | 2:12 am

    Crap, I’m tired, that should have read “My goal is to raise $1,000.” :)

  62. Comment by ChefJT | 12.2.2009 | 5:16 am

    Fatty and Jen:

    I’m in for Philly again!! First LiveStrong century here I come. Just had a good friend get diagnosed with Stage two lung cancer. We’ve all still got work to do!!

    Fight like Susan!
    Give like Fatty!

  63. Comment by Philly Jen | 12.2.2009 | 5:17 am

    Actually, Team Fatty Seattle rules. Clydesteve raises one eyebrow and *poof!* A thousand bucks appears.

    Well done!

  64. Comment by Karl | 12.2.2009 | 6:49 am

    So, since last year’s event, I have been diagnosed with advanced, malignant cholangiocarcinoma (a liver cancer). At 36. No family history, no causal factors. Non-smoker, non-drinker, fit and healthy. So it can happen to anyone. Prognosis not good, but keeping a positive attitude. At least I don’t have to worry about healthcare costs (Australia). But it still sucks.

    Whatever you can do to increase the amount and quality of research that goes into diagnosing, treating and managing cancer is terrific. If I could get on a bike and take part this year, I would.

    Sydney, Australia.

  65. Comment by VeloLoser | 12.2.2009 | 7:30 am

    Will we get to do a Team Fatty jumping-in-the-air photo?

  66. Comment by Kyle | 12.2.2009 | 8:14 am

    Karl, your comment gave me chills.

    None of us are exempt, are we?

    Feels good to be fighting back, though.

  67. Comment by Midge | 12.2.2009 | 8:53 am

    OK, silly question – where do I find the short URL to the donation page? I even made a donation to get the cool short version, but I don’t see it. What’s the trick??

  68. Comment by Frank | 12.2.2009 | 9:08 am

    Why does this silly winter have to get in between me and my beloved bike(s)? Isn’t it obvious that I’ve got to train for these rides? Maybe I should put spikes on my road bike…

    Philly-Jen, does this mean that your funny and entertaining multipage emails will soon fill up my mailbox again?

  69. Comment by Wine Dog | 12.2.2009 | 10:32 am

    Oh you know I’m in!

    Somebody whisper in Specialized’s ear that the Wine Dog would like to be riding her new S-Works Robauix by then.

  70. Comment by Lisa B in Seattle | 12.2.2009 | 10:58 am

    http://seattle2010.livestrong.org/lisabaker Done! One century in June, coming up! Riding for Team Fatty and my sister Jeri. Something I’ve wanted to do for years. Thanks for the opportunity, Elden.

  71. Comment by AngieG | 12.2.2009 | 11:06 am

    Jeanine- San Jose is not having a run event this year. However, if you need help with training for one of the cycling events, let me know. We can hook up and keep each other motivated.
    I did my first century last year at San Jose, as a FAT cyclist. :-)
    It kicked my butt, but it was totally worth it. Send me an email and we can chat. amg2@pge.com.
    Go TEAM FATTY San Jose!!!

  72. Comment by Clydesteve | 12.2.2009 | 11:24 am

    DaveMull – Hey LiveSTRON SEattle is in June! The baby is a month away. Your wife will really be grouchy then. It is a good time to catch a weekend in Seattle.

    Join Team Fatty – Seattle


  73. Comment by MattC | 12.2.2009 | 11:25 am

    Jeannie Dixon: runners are more than welcome! It’s only a 5K though. But that just gives you more time to schmooze around in the LiveStrong village. They have live bands, food, booths…it’s a blast! (and even though you say you aren’t a cyclist, there are many distances for the ride…just in case you were thinking about starting to ride). ! The run/walk/ride are just the icing on the cake. Bringing the fight to Cancer is the focus. Join the team…we need all the help we can get. See you out there!

  74. Comment by Clydesteve | 12.2.2009 | 11:26 am

    jeanine dixon – Sorry no 5K in San Jose this year. Which means you will need to get your Nikes up to Seattle in June!


  75. Comment by MattC | 12.2.2009 | 11:26 am

    WHAT? No run in SJ??? Sorry Jeannie…I didn’t fact check…(Angie beat me to it)…just signed up this morning and ‘assumed’ they’d have the run again…sorry. Way to go Angie! Nice to know you’ve got my back!

  76. Comment by Clydesteve | 12.2.2009 | 11:34 am

    Karl – We would love to have you join any of the four LiveSTRONG Challenge Team Fatty’s (especilly Seattle!) as a VIRTUAL team member.

    Virtual member is one of the checkboxes in the registration process. There is no fee to register as a Virtual member! As a Virtual team member, you could raise funds for the team from down there in Oz.

    I guarantee you that when you tell your cancer story to friends, family and aquaintences and ask for a donation to fight cancer in your honor, you will be a phenomenal fund raiser.

    Just go to http://seattle2010.livestrong.org/teamfatty click the ‘Join Our Team’ link, and follow the instructions.

  77. Comment by Clydesteve | 12.2.2009 | 11:38 am

    Midge – Look on the email they sent you saying you had a new donation.

    OR— Go log in, then look about one inch down on the left side of your fundraising HQ page, above the little chart that tracks your donations.

  78. Comment by Kamala | 12.2.2009 | 12:06 pm

    First day Bake Sale ($50 for a batch of Kamala cookies) went over great! Anyone have thoughts on incentives for drumming up $10 to $25 donations from non-biking friends with something other than $5 raffle entries for something? My wife suggested Kamala action trading cards or fridge magnets with photos from Livestrong/tris/etc, but that didn’t strike me as a brilliant fundraiser.

  79. Comment by pgreen | 12.2.2009 | 12:40 pm

    PGreen is in the house for Philly again this year!
    I will even have my Fat Cyclist jersey this year so I won’t feel so out of place and Jen will not have to keep asking me if I have my FC wristband! :)

    Fight Like Susan!!!

  80. Comment by Not a Cyclist.......ok, maybe a little | 12.2.2009 | 2:54 pm

    So what is the terrain like? I can do 45 miles of mostly flat, but I’m too much of an amateur to handle true hills at that distance and might have to just do 20. Are their route maps posted anywhere?

  81. Comment by Not a Cyclist.......ok, maybe a little | 12.2.2009 | 2:55 pm

    Oh, and I mean for the Philly ride. duh.

  82. Comment by Yukon19 | 12.2.2009 | 3:07 pm

    OK Jen,

    I have signed up for Philly but only as a virtual member for now, I hope to be able to come to the Challange but I will have to wait and see.

    Since it was raining and I can’t ride today I made a goofey photo for my page complete with a jump. Not bad height for a Fatcyclist!



  83. Comment by pgreen | 12.2.2009 | 3:15 pm

    I just looked and the maps have been taken down off the site :(

    You might be able to find the cached on Google.

    Search for “Livestrong Challenge Philly Map”

  84. Comment by Mcochran | 12.2.2009 | 5:03 pm

    Year 2 for me in the Philly Livestrong – stepping it up, though from my first 45 (last year) to my first Century for this year.

    I’m more than doubling distance, and I’d like to match the increase in fundraising as well.

  85. Comment by johnhanrahan99 | 12.2.2009 | 5:18 pm

    count another member of Team Fatty Philly/NYC subdivision in!

  86. Comment by Jeremy Rickard | 12.2.2009 | 6:17 pm

    I’m in for San Jose!

  87. Comment by Joel | 12.2.2009 | 7:41 pm

    Back in for San Jose. Hopefully no cursed bib number this year, although it would save me from having to scrape the 666 sticker from last year off my bike.

  88. Comment by Marla Gnarla | 12.2.2009 | 8:00 pm

    Going to go sign up. And would love to see another 100 Miles of Nowhere!!

  89. Comment by Sasha | 12.2.2009 | 10:43 pm

    Oh PhillyJen, I didn’t dump you. :) This is my first Fatty event so technically, we haven’t “dated” yet. Hee hee And I’m hoping you’ll be in Austin again so then I can meet you. And maybe bike a little ways with you until you drop me for not signing up for Philly. :)

    Karl in Australia: Please email me – caribcrazy at gci.net – I would be most honored if you would allow me to fundraise in your honor. You would be my “honored” patient and my inspiration, with your permission, if you feel comfortable with that. You should check out http://blamedrewscancer.com/ and http://blameethanscancer.com/. They are pretty awesome. Keep your chin up and keep fighting. You have supporters in the cyberworld!!! YOU are the reason we fight and raise money for organizations like Livestrong. Hopefully, you’ll check back on the blog or maybe if Fatty has time between all his celebrity duties and winning awards and getting free loot from sponsors, he’ll forward my message to you. Please take care of yourself!

    Sasha aka AK Chick

  90. Comment by col | 12.3.2009 | 4:33 am

    Ah,missed jeresy in my size for 2nd year, that twin six never works for me when trying to order your gear. Guess cant represent Ireland, maybe next year.

  91. Comment by Pedalpink | 12.3.2009 | 7:13 am

    Mike and I biked the 90 miles (plus 25 miles from downtown Austin to Dripping Springs) on our tandem in 2009 and are looking at our schedules to pick the city for 2010. Together we raised $1,713 and fell short of our goal of $2,000. We’ll be working harder and having even more fun this year. We’re going to recruit as many tandem teams as possible – there were too few in Austin.

    Fight Like Susan … Give Like Elden.

  92. Comment by Lana | 12.3.2009 | 8:41 am

    Hey PedalPink,

    I see from your LiveSTRONG page you are from the Toledo area – any chance you are driving to/from Austin this year?


  93. Comment by paul | 12.3.2009 | 11:18 am

    I’m signed up for Austin, but Fatty Cyclist Jersey is sold out in pink in my size. Do the orange Fatty Cyclists jerseys support the same causs?

  94. Comment by Jennie | 12.3.2009 | 11:47 am

    OK, I’m almost definitely going to register for Philly and I think I’ll try to do both the run and the ride… just trying to decide what distance ride I should sign up for… (decided on 5K for the run just ’cause I don’t want to risk killing my legs before the ride… ’cause I don’t know about the riding part) …if I have no problem riding 20miles now (though on the flat and only averaging 16-18mph & drafting most of it) how many miles should I be able to ride by the end of August on hills (with very minimal training on hills ’cause I’ll have to drive over an hour to find any)? thoughts? thanks!

  95. Comment by Not a Cyclist.......ok, maybe a little | 12.3.2009 | 12:09 pm


    I’m in the same boat! I found a copy of the route from last year for the 45 mile route on http://www.mapmyride.com. Here’s the link: http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/pa/blue-bell/624124776412781927

    If you choose the option to view the elevation, you can see there are some big hills for those of us not use to riding in that type of terrain. I can’t decide if I should just sign up for it and set a goal to be in shape for it by then, or wuss out and just do the 20 I know I could handle easily. Sigh.

  96. Comment by Tambo731 | 12.3.2009 | 1:36 pm

    I’m in for Austin. http://austin2010.livestrong.org/tambo731. First for me (first to comment on this blog too). I’ve been following Team Fatty for about 2 months now, and I had to pull the trigger on the fight against cancer. Right now I’m just a virtual livestrong member because I won’t have the funds to make the trip from Cleveland even though my brother is in San Antonio.

  97. Comment by Judy (a different one!) | 12.3.2009 | 4:06 pm

    Hi Judy! I’m also a Judy in San Jose! I did the SJ 50 mile ride with Team Fatty last year and had a great time (even if I did a bit of “cross training” on two of the hills). If you’d like to get together for training rides (or anyone else for that matter!), email me at stitchinbabejudy AT yahoo DOT com.

  98. Comment by Philly Jen | 12.3.2009 | 6:29 pm


    Don’t worry too much about the distance you’re signing up for. There’s no Mileage Police on the course who will yank you off your steed if you ride a shorter or longer distance than the one you registered for. Mostly, the Livestrong folks want an approximate headcount so they don’t run out of nourishment and supplies at the rest stops.

    Register and train for the longest distance you’re comfortable with, and remember: the true “Challenge” is actually in the fundraising and awareness-building that takes place before we convene. The ride itself is just the culmination and celebration of all your hard work leading up to Livestrong weekend, buoyed by the amazing collective energy of all your fellow Fatties.

    Don’t fret. Just get on board. It’s fun. You’ll see.

  99. Comment by Adam Levin | 12.4.2009 | 8:22 am

    I just signed up for my first century! I’m also working towards the goal of losing 50 pounds (20 to go). Let me know about any training rides! (I live in Manayunk)

  100. Comment by Jennie | 12.4.2009 | 9:25 am

    Do you have to raise $250 to run? or just to ride?

    thinking of dragging along a friend for the ‘run’ portion (he doesn’t ride at all) and was wondering if I could just register him for the run or if I needed to make sure enough money was donated through his page as well- roadtrips are always more fun with a friend along & it would be a much easier sell if they didn’t have to raise money too… though, of course, raising money is kindof more the point than just having fun… but, y’know, fun!

  101. Comment by Jennie | 12.4.2009 | 10:29 am

    OK, registered for the 5K run & 45mile ride hoping it will be brilliant – here’s hoping I can legit be off work that weekend :/ …if not I figure the registration fee just goes to livestrong and it’s all good, right?

    p.s. anyone around Richmond Virginia? I think you have my nearest hills… I might have to come up and ride there some

  102. Comment by TheOtherArmstrong | 12.4.2009 | 12:28 pm

    I’ve recruited a new rider for the Philly ride. Any way we can definitely do another order on the jerseys? She wasn’t in time to get a womens’ jersey in the size she needs (only smalls are left).

  103. Comment by Anonymous | 12.5.2009 | 10:30 am

    TheOtherArmstrong: women’s jerseys appear to be available in S,M,L,& XL : http://www.twinsix.com/gear/the-stuff/fat-cyclist/fatcyclist-w-v5jersey-pink at just this very minute though men’s jerseys are only available in small though… (looks like elden linked to the men’s jerseys both times)

  104. Comment by TheOtherArmstrong | 12.5.2009 | 7:44 pm

    ^^^Thanks! That was the problem!

  105. Comment by lbreyfog | 12.6.2009 | 3:56 pm

    Philly Jen-

    Inspired, I’ll be there! – I’d be glad to train with others in NYC- I don’t ride that often right now and needed some inspiration, so I signed up for 45. laura dot breyfogle at gmail dot com

    Laura B

  106. Comment by Ryan S.@athletic-diabetic.com | 12.9.2009 | 5:05 pm


    I’m a cyclist and runner in Hawai’i and seriously thinking about going to Livestrong Philly in 2010 to do both events, but I need to know… where’s the place to stay at and about how much it is? That’s going to be a big issue, because as usual, funds are an issue. I read the blog regularly and will keep checking back. thanks.

  107. Comment by Kathy K. | 12.16.2009 | 10:58 pm

    Also inspired! – so, signed up for the 70 mile ride in Seattle. My first livestrong challenge ride. It will also be my first event since having hip surgery in October. Hopefully ‘franken-hip’ (as I call it) will be good to go the distance by June. I am in Bellingham (WA) if anyone is up for some training rides in the spring.

  108. Comment by Ryan S.@athletic-diabetic.com | 12.31.2009 | 11:52 am

    Okay, I’m registered:


  109. Comment by Thomas Bagby | 01.10.2010 | 1:08 pm

    I joined team Fatty to ride the Seattle LiveStrong Challenge on June 20, 2010. I rode the first Seattle LiveStrong Challenge last year and had a blast. I want to be part of a team that shows how it is done. I will be riding the 100 mile course this year and plan to raise at least $1000 for the cause. Go Team Fatty and LiveStrong!!! See everyone there ready to ride!

  110. Comment by Jeff | 01.11.2010 | 10:27 pm

    Any idea if you will be ordering more jersey’s in an “X-Large” for those of us with…more than our fair share of “endearing qualities”…?

  111. Comment by AnneJuliet | 01.13.2010 | 9:18 am

    any chance at a new order? i joined team philly this year (i’m ridiculously stoked) and i REAAAAAALLLLY want to look the part!

    happy new year!

  112. Comment by Thomas Bagby | 01.16.2010 | 12:58 am

    I was also looking to get a Team Fatty Jersey. I am not a tiny biker build guy. Hence me joining a name that somewhat fits. I was looking for a XXL Jersey, preferably the orange one. Let me know if this is possible, Thanks.

  113. Comment by Sandra | 03.12.2010 | 3:57 pm

    Need more Jersey’s for women! I want a pink one!

  114. Comment by dwayne | 05.6.2010 | 9:16 am

    did the 45 miler as a member of team fatty last year, doing 100 this year! for anyone that hasn’t signed up for a Livestrong Challenge event, do it NOW! incredibly well run and for a great cause.

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