Fight Cancer, Help Kids In Africa, and Win a Custom Fat Cyclist-Edition Superfly or Madone Signed by Team RadioShack
[UPDATE: This contest now includes a Trip to see the Tour de France. Click here for info.]
A Note from Fatty: If you already know the score and just came here to get to the links to donate, here’s what you need:
- Click here to donate to the World Bicycle Relief Fund for a chance to win the signed Madone.
- Click here to donate to LiveStrong for a chance to win the Fat Cyclist Edition Superfly.
And now, on with the story.
First, a little background. Last Thursday, I wrote and posted a letter to Johan Bruyneel, the gag behind the letter being that I was applying for a job as a professional cyclist in the exact same way I’d apply for a job in the business world — by listing my business experience, talking about my ability to use PowerPoint, and so forth.
I did not expect Johan Bruyneel — the head honcho of Team RadioShack (the team Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Chris Horner, and Andreas Kloden are all on for 2010) to reply in his own blog the following day.
You should read his post for yourself, but basically, he said that he’d be happy to have me be a pro cyclist — for a day, at the team training camp in Tucson, Arizona this Sunday. But first I’d have to prove myself, by doing the following:
- Raise $10,000 for World Bicycle Relief by Friday — less than a week from now
- Raise $10,000 for LiveStrong by Friday — less than a week from now
Wow. That’s a lot of money, in a short period of time. But then Johan (yeah, I’m referring to him by first name) takes it a step further. If I raise $25,000 for each of these causes by Friday, they’d give me a Trek Madone 6 Series bike powered by SRAM Red.
[Update: we have passed the first milestone: we've raised more than $10,000 for each of these causes. We're now focused on the big stretch goal: $25,000 for each!]
Wow. That’s a serious challenge.
And I am more than happy to accept. And with your help I think I can knock this challenge out of the park. Cuz if you help, you might win some prizes that are going to make your head spin.
Let’s talk about those prizes now.
What You Can Win
I really, really, really want to go to Tucson and ride with Team RadioShack. Really really.
But a business week is not a lot of time to raise $20,000. And it’s definitely not a lot of time to raise $50,000. So I pulled out all the stops, and am giving away two bikes as part of this fundraising contest.
First, I’m giving away a 2010 Gary Fisher Superfly — geared, hardtail version:
This bike retails for $4200, and is my absolute bike of choice when I’m riding with gears (Yes, I own the 2009 version of this bike, purchased retail at my LBS with my own money, so I’m not just saying this because I’m friendly with the Gary Fisher folks).
These bikes are hard to come by, so on its own merits this is an incredible prize. But here’s the thing that has had me walking around in a daze since Travis Ott — Brand Manager Extraordinaire — told me:
This bike will be custom painted with the Fat Cyclist colors and logo, as well as the winner’s name.
Jesse Lalonde is doing the custom paint design, and I love his work. As soon as he has a mockup of the design, I’ll post it here.
So, to recap: the first bike you could win is a personalized, one-of-a-kind Fat Cyclist edition of the Gary Fisher Superfly, an ultra-high-end carbon 29″ high-end mountain bike, worth $4,200.
That does not suck at all, and ordinarily would be plenty of prize for a fundraiser. But like I said, I’m on a tight schedule here, so I’m going to ramp things up a bit.
Win a Madone 6-Series Road Bike, Signed By Team RadioShack
To tell the truth, I felt a little bit funny about me getting a bike when I’m asking you to donate money (don’t worry, I’m donating too).
So I asked Johan’s rep if — assuming we hit that $50,000 mark — I could offer the Madone as a prize to someone who donates.
He loved that idea, and took it one step further: “If you give the bike to a donor, I’ll get the team to sign that bike.
So yes, you can win a bike like this — but with different colors, SRAM Red components, and signatures by Lance, Levi, Andreas, Chris and others on it:
That, my friends, is a collector’s item and an extraordinary prize on its own merits. And it is not easy for me to give away. But — provided we raise $25,000 for LiveStrong and another $25,000 for World Bicycle Relief — one (very very) lucky donor will get this $6.6K+ collector’s item.
One big challenge, two great causes, two incredible bikes.
How to Enter
Entering this contest is easy. And here are the rules.
- The contest began last Friday (December 4) and goes through Friday, December 11, 12:00 noon, Mountain Standard Time. That’s less than a week, so don’t wait.
- To win the Madone: For every $5.00 you donate at this World Bicycle Relief Page, you get a chance at winning the Team RadioShack-signed Madone 6-series bike. Just click here to donate, make your donation in multiples of $5.00, and you’re automatically entered.
- To win the Superfly: For every $5.00 you donate at this LiveStrong Page, you get a chance at winning the Fat Cyclist Edition Gary Fisher Superfly. Just click here to donate, make your donation in multiples of $5.00, and you’re automatically entered.
- If you donated at either of these pages before I announced these prizes, then yes, you are still entered to win these prizes.
- If you win the Superfly, you’ll get it in February or March, 2010.
- If you win the Madone, you’ll get it as soon as the team can sign it, and you’ll need to understand that their schedules can be busy. In other words, you’ll get it in a reasonable period of time, but you’ll need to be patient.
- Customs and taxes for the bike are your own problem.
- Winners will be contacted by email and phone.
Note that the Madone will only be given away as a prize IF a minimum of $25,000 is raised on both the LiveStrong and World Bicycle Relief pages. If this does not occur, then donations for the Madone contest will be entered into the Superfly contest. So you can enter the Madone contest without worrying that you may not have any chance at all of winning anything.
I want to take a moment and give a shout-out to Johan Bruyneel for his awesomeness. He took a jokey post I wrote and replied with humor and the chance to do something really amazing. Consider the effects of his reply to my post:
- I’m going to have a chance to ride with the pros, which will be completely insane, because I am a babbling fool when I am around famous people.
- We’re going to raise money to fight cancer.
- We’re going raise money to help secondary-aged students in Zambia who face extraordinarily long commutes to and from school (typically 8-12km per way) that often restricts their ability to complete basic education.
- We’re going to give away some prizes that are just unimaginably cool.
That, folks, is class.
PS: Bonus Prizes of Awesomeness
Nick Howe, Road and Triathlon Brand Manager at Trek, read my letter and Johan’s reply and has jumped into the fray with an some career guidance for me. And as part of his post, he has offered up some very cool bonus prizes I can give away to people who donate.
First, a jersey, signed by Lance:
And second, a never-for-sale long-sleeved edition of the Astana jersey from the team most of the RadioShack guys were on last year.
I’ll give both of these away to random donors.
PPS: As of Monday, 6:45 AM (MST), we’ve raised $30,462!
As of Monday 8:50 AM (MST), we’ve raised $45,371. Holy smokes. You people are a whole new kind of generous. Thank you.
As of Monday 1:27 PM (MST), we’ve raised $55,753!