12.10.2009 | 8:13 am

A Prize and Timing Note from Fatty: Quite a few people have been asking whether they can still enter the contest, and when winners will be announced. Here are the answers:

  • The contest goes ’til Friday, December 11, at noon, MST. ‘Til then, you can still enter the contest.  Click here for the LiveStrong Page, and click here for the World Bicycle Relief page.  
  • Winners will be notified on Friday and Saturday. I’ll email and call winners as soon as possible on Friday. If I can’t reach them on Friday, I’ll try Saturday morning. I’ll announce the winners as soon as I get confirmation from all of them.

By the way, our total amount raised is now up to $115,871. Incredible!

Here’s something that will surprise exactly nobody who has read this blog for more than a couple weeks: I don’t actually know all that much about professional sports. Apart from cycling I don’t watch any pro sports at all, and I follow pro cycling with what I would call an “active-but-not-obsessive” interest.

Which is to say, when I look at the roster for Team RadioShack, there are quite a few names I do not recognize. And that’s kind of embarrassing, since I’m going to be riding with them all in a couple days.

So, in preparation, I am preparing Team RadioShack flash cards, and learning their names.

Fortunately, I already speak fourteen languages, so that barrier will not be a problem. Ok, actually I only speak English and a little Finnish. But I can do the Monty Python-style French accent very convincingly, so I think that should count as a language too.

Today, then, I am asking for your help. I am going to be riding and eating and talking with these guys. Who should I seek out? What should I ask? What do you want to know? What do you want pictures (and video) of?

You guys are the ones who made it possible for me to go to this camp; I’m going to bring back the stuff you’re interested in.

Also, you should know that I’m coming loaded, camera-wise. Specifically:

  • The helmetcam
  • The digital camera
  • A Flip Mino HD

Also, I’m told that there’ll be someone on hand taking video and pictures during the stay, and that I’ll have access to those, too.

So the big problem will be what images and video to show from the huge pile I expect to amass.

The other problem will be the fact that there’s no possible way in the world that I will be able to hang with these guys. At all.

Please, please, please let it be a “rest” day for the team.

PS: What would be suitable “thank you” gifts to bring to the team?


  1. Comment by squirrelgirl | 12.10.2009 | 8:18 am

    Any pictures with wardrobe malfunctions, non-fatal crashes and pro-cyclists eating crow would be good.

  2. Comment by MSM | 12.10.2009 | 8:19 am

    Put Levi and Horner in Fatty Jerseys.

  3. Comment by John | 12.10.2009 | 8:25 am

    Every interview I’ve seen makes Jani Brajkovic seem like a really nice guy. You might want to say hello.

  4. Comment by KateG | 12.10.2009 | 8:26 am

    Bring them Fat Cyclist jerseys to remember you by!

  5. Comment by Munich_Biene | 12.10.2009 | 8:27 am

    I think a nice thank you gift would be fat cyclist socks :-)

  6. Comment by Jason | 12.10.2009 | 8:28 am

    fat cyclist socks indeed!!

  7. Comment by kt | 12.10.2009 | 8:33 am

    i think Beppu is on the team, so a handy catch phrase to throw around him is “okami sama de” which basically means “by the grace of God . . .” “gambatte” is also good as it is an emphatic “I am giving it my best!”

    I would suggest you consider wearing elevengear’s Velo Poseur kit and gift them fatcyclist kits . . .that would be a fun group shot, but don’t know if they can wear anything but their contractual garb.

  8. Comment by TomE | 12.10.2009 | 8:33 am

    How about doing a fund raiser with them so Team Fatty can get over the $1M mark for the year. The winner would get not 1, not 2, not 3 BUT FOUR of your favorite water bottles…the Garmin Slipstream ones ;)

  9. Comment by El_Animal | 12.10.2009 | 8:35 am

    Give Lance a tandem bike. Convince him that your extra weight is an asset for his training.

  10. Comment by Clara | 12.10.2009 | 8:35 am

    Honestly man, I think most of us want the same thing. We want you to have the time of your life.

    Have an awesome weekend. :)

  11. Comment by JAT in Seattle | 12.10.2009 | 8:36 am

    They could probably use some little Motorola two-way radios.

    If you go with the jerseys (I mean – if you want international exposure and all…) be sure to bring plenty in sizes smaller than you might at first think… Maybe you should just bring bagels.

  12. Comment by Mike A | 12.10.2009 | 8:38 am

    Fat Cyclist Jerseys for sure!

  13. Comment by Julie | 12.10.2009 | 8:38 am

    Bring them white jerseys. Or streamers. I’d love a picture of Lance with streamers on his bike.

    Ask them if they are still having fun riding their bikes. I’ve always wondered if it’s a job for them or if it’s as fun for them as it is for me.

  14. Comment by David | 12.10.2009 | 8:39 am

    Fatty Arm Warmers.

  15. Comment by Sandra | 12.10.2009 | 8:40 am

    I agree with Clara… Just enjoy every moment of this chance of a lifetime.. we are all jealous and extremely happy for you. it was an honor to help you!!! See you in Philly next August.. Just registered!!

  16. Comment by DavidV | 12.10.2009 | 8:40 am

    I’m not sure about a thank you gift, but here is an idea I’d be interested in. If you wear your helmet cam for any group rides, I’d love to be able to buy that video for training purposes. I’m in Canada and we have a winter where I’m too wimpy to ride outside. So I ride watching cycling videos and some of my favourite videos are those in groups where you can pretend you’re riding outside with a group.

    I’d pay for a video of a ride with Team Radioshack, and the money you raise could go to the Livestrong. Just a thought.

  17. Comment by devin | 12.10.2009 | 8:41 am

    Chris Horner is the man, you’ve got to talk with him. Levi has Utah connections, went to the U and I believe still holds the record for the Snowbird Hill Climb.

  18. Comment by kingsbridgedr | 12.10.2009 | 8:46 am

    I second DavidV’s request… I’m also in Canada and dealing with a foot of new snow yesterday makes riding (Road or Dirt) very hard!!

    Have the time of your life!

    Skip and the KingsBridge crew

  19. Comment by rich | 12.10.2009 | 8:50 am

    I was going to say Fatty T-shirts instead of jerseys. Less cost for you and they’re more likely to wear non-team stuff when they’re off the bike.
    I would assume they have to wear the team kit when on the bike….

  20. Comment by TimRides | 12.10.2009 | 8:51 am

    David has it right: FC arm warmers.

    But really, the “thank you gift” is your trip; they’re thanking you, remember? Let’s not get into one of these:
    “Thank you.”
    “No, thank you.”
    “No, thank YOU.”
    “No, seriously, thank YOU!”

    Just have fun, and don’t forget to bring stuff back for the kids.

  21. Comment by Gil Middlebrooks | 12.10.2009 | 8:53 am

    My suggestion for a gift is far more personal: Find a great picture of Susan and your kids. Print it in a 4×6 size. Write each rider and team staff member a note telling them why you do what you do. Tell them why you think Susan’s story (and yours) has connected with so many people and how that has resulted in all of this great fundraising. Challenge each to find his own cause to be passionate about.

    . . . and throw in a set of training wheels for Horner.

    Carpe diem,

  22. Comment by brokeMBA | 12.10.2009 | 8:56 am

    Give em all a big hug and see if that letter from future comes true???

    Be sure to have the helmet cam on during all waking moments. It’ll be hysterical to see how many times they roll their eyes.

    Another gift idea? Avacado sandwiches and your mashed potato recipe. Have a blast! We are all excited for you.

    BTW…be sure to take a turn pulling on the rides. How cool is it to play domestique at your max for the Radio Shack team! It may be only 20 seconds and your cooked, but you were doing it!

  23. Comment by Chris Horner | 12.10.2009 | 8:58 am

    Ok guys. Knock it off. I don’t need training wheels. Airbags, armored jerseys and some better luck? Well probably…

  24. Comment by MattC | 12.10.2009 | 8:58 am

    I’d seek out Horner..he is THE MAN! If the pace is too high, maybe he will let you sit on his seat while he pedals! (remember a few years was the Oregon race I believe…where a competitor had crashed out near the end and his bike was unridable…Chris comes along and picks the guy up and rides him across the line so he can officially finish).

    But hey…just ENJOY the moment! Soak it all in for us…Monday will come around all too soon and it’s back to your day job (just what IS your day job again?? Besides riding and blogging I mean?)

  25. Comment by Sramtaro | 12.10.2009 | 8:59 am

    A CostCo size jar of Nutella should cover the gift element for the team. Just remember to take one for yourself, too.

    Have a great time, Fatty!

  26. Comment by Dan O | 12.10.2009 | 8:59 am

    Give them all Fatcyclist T-shirts.

  27. Comment by Ed W | 12.10.2009 | 9:02 am

    Tell Levi that a hometown race for him, the Butte 100 mountain bike race, is calling him. And Lance, too, I suppose. Or any Radioshack team member who thinks he’s tough enough to finish it. You’re invited to our race, too, Fatty. See for details.

    Helena, MT

  28. Comment by jayman | 12.10.2009 | 9:02 am

    Right on Fatty! Have a great time! But – three cameras? A word of caution perhaps, don’t be one of *those* guys taking pictures *all the time*. sure, take a few but don’t experience the whole thing through the lens of a camera. live it, see it, take lots of “mental pictures”, and enjoy!

    also, love Gil’s idea. very awesome.

  29. Comment by cece | 12.10.2009 | 9:05 am




  30. Comment by Jouni Ranta | 12.10.2009 | 9:08 am

    You should offer to cook a dinner of your world famous beer-braised brats, complete with Finnish sinappi.

  31. Comment by martinsillo | 12.10.2009 | 9:08 am

    +1 on T-shirts instead of something bike-specific…and +1 adding something personal too, but that’s personal :p

    but be sure to have a lot of fun there!

    I vote for you not taking your helmet cam off for the whole trip! hehehe

  32. Comment by Salski61 | 12.10.2009 | 9:11 am

    Since the Radio Shack kit isn’t finalized, I think that you should get a team picture wearing Fat Cyclist jerseys.

  33. Comment by Bill G | 12.10.2009 | 9:12 am

    Gil Middlebrooks nailed it – that would speak volumes to them all!

    And to add on from others also – have a great time.

  34. Comment by Gary | 12.10.2009 | 9:13 am

    I like the streamers… better yet, ask them ride with a playing card so they make that really nifty clicking noise against their spokes. A W E S O M E!

  35. Comment by Weiland | 12.10.2009 | 9:13 am

    What to bring as gifts, how about something Utah centric:
    Green jello
    Chocolate covered cinnamon bears
    Utah honey

    Find out what kind of hazing rituals the veterans put the rookies through. Is it the “shave”? Curious what shenanigans it is for pro cycling.

  36. Comment by NYCCarlos | 12.10.2009 | 9:13 am

    I nearly wet my pants after reading the end of Gil’s comment. I’d say no gift is required, but something fatty branded would be sweet for them to have… Socks or Tee-shirts would be great if you have enough! Don’t bring anything bigger than a medium though :-P

    Have fun dude… can’t wait to see pics and videos.

  37. Comment by Meghan Rachelle | 12.10.2009 | 9:15 am

    Make them all jump. High. For a group photo.

    I echo several others: you are the gift, we will enjoy seeing photos and video, and cherish the time. This is amazing!

    Also, don’t forget your helmet cam batteries.

  38. Comment by Susan | 12.10.2009 | 9:16 am

    “Tell them why you think Susan’s story ( and yours) has connected with so many people…”

    Yeah-that’s what I wanted to say…b/c she is the REAL reason you are going on Sunday. You are her knight, still defending your princess against the forces of evil.

    Let them thank YOU.
    Or just bring bagels, :P

  39. Comment by DNAtsol | 12.10.2009 | 9:21 am

    I just like the idea that Fatty must train as hard as possible to prepare for training camp and hang with the group on their rest day. Welcome to my life (I’m training hard to stay with the local avid enthusiast :) )

  40. Comment by XAFMO | 12.10.2009 | 9:21 am

    Whatever you decide on for a gift, don’t forget the mechanics and others behind the scenes. (Nobody ever remembers the mechanics.)

    And most of all, have a great time! You deserve it!!

  41. Comment by Rich Wielgosz | 12.10.2009 | 9:22 am

    Fatty, don’t forget batteries, and to charge any rechargeable batteries that you have… and bring the chargers too!


  42. Comment by Thad | 12.10.2009 | 9:22 am

    I would take them all Crown Burgers, the pastrami will hopefully clog their arteries long enough to give you a chance to break free, if but for a moment.

  43. Comment by Ryan in the Rock | 12.10.2009 | 9:22 am

    I would love helmet cam of riding in the pack at a good pace. What does it feel like riding with pros on the road and then eventually helmet cam of the pack pulling away! lol

  44. Comment by Jenni | 12.10.2009 | 9:24 am

    Yes, I’d say try to get stuff to do more fundraising later in the 2010 season when people’s drive is a little low.

    Also, please remember to
    1. charge the battery for the helmet cam
    2. remove the lens cover for the helmet cam
    3. anything else that you screw up for the helmet cam

    I’d like to see a quad pose-off contest with as many team members as you can get.

  45. Comment by Hawkeye | 12.10.2009 | 9:28 am

    Talk to everyone. Ton of talent on that team. Ton of personality. Get to know them on a friend level, not some guy that asks questions for other people. This is your time, your ride, your adventure of a life time. I’ll be happy just to read your stories when you get back.

    Thank you gifts… All amazing ideas. I even had a few of my own. But Gil’s idea about the picture and letter shut me down. I think you should go with that if you have time. Armwarmers, shirts, gross sandwiches and training wheels are nice and all. But giving inspiration… that is forever.

    Rock out. Show them what their newest teammate is made of. I would say make us proud… but you already have.

  46. Comment by Jonathan | 12.10.2009 | 9:28 am

    And for god sake, please don’t redline in the first 20 minutes and blow up like you usually do. We would actually like you to have a good time, and bring back some stories from the ride. Just hang on, and make sure your helmet cam is lined up correctly.

    Thanks! Take em socks.

  47. Comment by Not a Cyclist.......ok, maybe a little | 12.10.2009 | 9:29 am

    How about mouse-pads with a picture of your face on them?

  48. Comment by Sylvia | 12.10.2009 | 9:30 am

    I like the idea of a team photo wearing Fat Cyclist jerseys. That would be awesome. For a gift, how about Reese’s Peanut Butter cups?

  49. Comment by steve | 12.10.2009 | 9:30 am

    Beer is the universal “thank you”

  50. Comment by Peter Hall | 12.10.2009 | 9:32 am

    I would like pictures of them without their shirts on. It makes me feel better to know that as physically unimpressive as I am; these amazing athletes actually look skinnier and less developed than I do.
    To be honest I would be frozen with inferiority trying to ride with those people. Good luck with all that. I can’t decide if I should be jealous of you or pity you trying to ride with them.

  51. Comment by Yukon19 | 12.10.2009 | 9:33 am

    First have fun. Second bring back a team jump photo. And last take them Reduced fat Oreos and Peanut Butter!

  52. Comment by Erik | 12.10.2009 | 9:34 am

    Bring em WIN t-shirts and get a group photo of all wearing them.

    Don’t do a Fatty Jump. That’s a sure way to make the letter from the future come true.

  53. Comment by Juls | 12.10.2009 | 9:34 am

    Take Horner some Bubble Wrap. (Levi could use some too)

    Take Eki the new Metallica CD

    A lot of the team could use toddler sized Fatty Tees.

    Actually, scratch all that….

    Just get your racing schedule for 2010!!

  54. Comment by Mikeonhisbike | 12.10.2009 | 9:46 am

    I think you should give them two things
    1. An autographed photo of yourself (who wouldn’t want that)
    2. A packet of mayonnaise to tape to their helmet (Just in case you induce bonking on their part)

    I’d be interested to know what nicknames that they’ve given each other.

    Also, What’s your favorite recovery drink or food. Triple Thick Chocolate Shake? Oreo Blizzard?

  55. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 12.10.2009 | 9:47 am

    I’m with the others…I know you’ll take pictures and video, and I can’t wait to see them. But mostly, just soak up the experience. You deserve it!

    I like the t-shirt gift idea. Not too expensive and something they’ll very likely actually use. Plus, they’re super cool.

  56. Comment by Frank | 12.10.2009 | 9:50 am

    I think Levi would really like that hair piece that you made for him. As for Lance, what do you give to someone who has everything? A contador voodoo doll…

  57. Comment by Anonymous | 12.10.2009 | 9:53 am

    I go with the Oreos idea.

    I would however, steer clear of the whole purple snipe story?

  58. Comment by Bo | 12.10.2009 | 10:02 am

    I like the T-shirt as a gift. Bring enough for all of the team, not just the riders. My favorite way to get shirts on the cheap is to buy a few packages of white shirts and a can of spray paint.

    Also, spend time getting to know the lesser-known team-members. If you were to do interviews with the guys that have less publicity, you could have blog material and give these guys free press.

    Umm, I want video of some landmark sprints. “Race you to the sign” is a favorite battle cry of mine.

  59. Comment by Jeff | 12.10.2009 | 10:03 am

    Be sure someone gets a shot of you suplexing Levi!

  60. Comment by Nathan | 12.10.2009 | 10:08 am

    I think a great thank you gift would be the best cake in the world. I routinely make it for my team on race weekends and it is always a hit.

  61. Comment by Allez Nate | 12.10.2009 | 10:09 am

    Any Fatty clothing at all would be good. Most of them are still wearing Astana gear. And after seeing that Shack jersey that Lance was sporting a couple of days ago – they’ll all be clamoring for something with some style to wear next year.

  62. Comment by Thomas from Belgium | 12.10.2009 | 10:10 am

    Hi Fatty,

    I think you should tell them your story and why you are doing all this! And you’re the gift, man!

    Also, when meeting Lance, please talk him about this: as you can see, I come from Belgium, a small but purely cyclist-nation, and I would like to organize a Livestrong Cycling Event here in Belgium to raise money for Livestrong, possibly on the roads the Tour will take next July. If you could have Lance’s feeling about having such an event organized outside the US for Livestrong and put me in contact with Livestrong people for this event, it would be so great…

    Enjoy the ride, will be amazing!

    Greetings from Belgium, and congrats for what you’re doing!


  63. Comment by mike_jarrett | 12.10.2009 | 10:15 am

    Bring them a Ham! Everyone loves a nice ham. I grew up with Levi and his brother rob (levi is a little younger)
    and I know he would love a nice fat ham!

  64. Comment by Jay | 12.10.2009 | 10:19 am

    Lance, Levi, and Chris are great, but how about the U23 guys? I think there are two on the team that had been on Lance’s Live Strong U23 team.
    Check out Bjorn Selander and get his full story and how he is handling riding with Lance and Team RS.

  65. Comment by Wendy | 12.10.2009 | 10:24 am

    Gil hit the nail on the head with his suggestion. We look forward to living vicariously through your experience. Nothing says thanks like a high speed team fatty shirt for the entire team.

  66. Comment by Animator Thom | 12.10.2009 | 10:26 am

    Be sure to talk to Matt Busche and Bjorn Selander, both from Wisconsin. Busche only began racing last year, I kid you not.

  67. Comment by Rachel | 12.10.2009 | 10:27 am

    For thank you gifts, you should give them what they really want and never have: chocolate and cheeseburgers.

    Good luck and have fun!

  68. Comment by Dr. Lammler | 12.10.2009 | 10:35 am

    Bring them Brussels sprouts.

    They will never forget you.

  69. Comment by Patty Guinta | 12.10.2009 | 10:36 am

    Gift= Sharpie Markers for autographs. Every time you see these guys they are never prepared for an autograph!
    For us= Have the time of your life, but remember this is a working JOB interview so be on your best behavior and bring your A game. RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT.
    PS. Is it Monday yet? I can’t wait for the details!

  70. Comment by CJ | 12.10.2009 | 10:38 am

    bring them some carbo-rocket and make them your world famous parfaits.

  71. Comment by NYCCarlos | 12.10.2009 | 10:44 am

    I almost forgot… since it is a job interview, don’t forget to wear your suit – – you wouldn’t want them thinking you’re unprofessional!

  72. Comment by Kathy McElhaney | 12.10.2009 | 10:49 am

    Love Gil Middlebrooks’ idea. Put your artistic twins to work on homemade thank you cards… or are they busy making your flashcards?

  73. Comment by Andrew | 12.10.2009 | 10:50 am

    Nothing says “thank you” like zabriskie’s nut cream.

  74. Comment by Jenni | 12.10.2009 | 10:51 am

    Well, if you like food, and I think you do, you should hang with Horner. And if you want to laugh your butt off, you should hang with Horner.
    And frankly I’m a little shocked that you exaggerated on your resume.
    Have fun Eldon, you deserve it!

  75. Comment by Brandy | 12.10.2009 | 10:52 am

    oooh I agree with Andrew.
    Or give them “WIN” t shirts.

    Have fun!!!

  76. Comment by Rob M. | 12.10.2009 | 10:59 am

    Fatty, just remember that you are part of Team Radio Shack, at least until the big pile up that I read about.

    It seems to me that taking constant photos will distance yourself from the others. Your fans and generous followers want you to enjoy this experience to the max. Don’t go crazy with the pictures. Except for the video. Take lots with the helmet cam.

  77. Comment by Flying Ute | 12.10.2009 | 11:00 am


    I am interested in what takes place at their training camp. Having gone through a football camp I’m curious what similarities there are.

    Do these guys watch race footage and talk strategy? What is the team meeting like?
    Do they break into different groups and meet? For instance, do the domestiques have their own meeting?

    What do they do if they are late for something? Do some extra sprints?
    Are they all given target weights to hit?
    When do they get yelled at? What do they have to do to get Johan fired up?


  78. Comment by Lisa | 12.10.2009 | 11:06 am

    it’s always great for a guest to bring something to the party so that’s a great, thoughtful idea. Maybe a small, humorous gift for everyone, including mechanics, etc as suggested. Then t-shirts or something like that that they can wear outside of team activities or give away.

    You could also take an extra supply of Fatty jerseys and ask various members to sign them so you could give them away.

    As far as questions, this is your time to connect with them and enjoy yourself. and let them get to know you.

    When you are asking questions on behalf of your readers, be clear when you are doing so.

    I think they’ll be a lot more comfortable with you if they don’t have to worry that everything they share with you will make it onto your blog.

    As you said with Lance, the best secrets are the ones you don’t tell but that people know you have, or something like that.

    Have the best time ever. I”m sure they all can’t wait to meet you.

  79. Comment by Dan O | 12.10.2009 | 11:12 am

    Are you going to ride the Electra you rode in Austin when you rode with Lance last time?

  80. Comment by desrtdog | 12.10.2009 | 11:13 am

    I like Gil’s suggestion…could also go with the mouse pad, but if you manage a breakaway, then rather than your face, could put a different view….

    Don’t forget Johan, either…a picture of you but signed “Stanley Tucci” would be good….

    I’ll be looking forward to the post-camp wrap…and as others have said – have a great time…

  81. Comment by gumoore | 12.10.2009 | 11:14 am

    Fatty, I think there are two good ideas for gifts. As everyone keeps saying, Fat Cyclist t-shirts. But Gil’s suggestion for the photo and the note is no doubt one of the best ideas ever.

    But for the rest, I agree with Clara: have the time of your life.

    I am looking forward to photos and video. Have an awesome time.

  82. Comment by Jake | 12.10.2009 | 11:16 am

    Talk to Bjorn Selander (he is a little shy). Tell him everyone from the midwest is pround of him, and that I said “hi”

  83. Comment by Jeff MacDonald | 12.10.2009 | 11:20 am

    I think it would be great if in your followup post you could talk a bit about just how much speed and power these guys posess. Like one or two times, just ask them to drop the hammer and get a helmet video of just how friggen fast these machines can pull away.

    I bring this up, cause once I was hauling my fat ass around with a group of riders and some 22 year old Cat 1 racer kid, stood up out of his seat and jumped on the pedals. It blew my mind.

  84. Comment by Bryan | 12.10.2009 | 11:22 am

    Have a great time first and foremost! Your gift is the $100,000+ that you and the team raised! What an incredible feat in such a short period of time.
    I guess if you had to bring something I would bring the fatty caps. I would love to see a pic of the whole team sporting them!

    Have a blast!!

  85. Comment by Brent Irish | 12.10.2009 | 11:23 am

    I say you give them some camel bak Slipstream sports water bottles in the argyle.

  86. Comment by Mike Russell | 12.10.2009 | 11:24 am

    Dude, take them some Polygamy Porter from Wasatch Brewing Company. I don’t drink too much, but having some Utah beer that pokes fun at us would be great…

  87. Comment by bikemike | 12.10.2009 | 11:26 am

    farting is the universal language, i’m fluent if you need any pointers. it also a great icebreaker, you get the guys laughing and relaxed and then drop the hammer on ‘em.

  88. Comment by axel in texas | 12.10.2009 | 11:39 am

    talk to Kloden (nickname is Hilde) in your best German. He is such an enigma. Maybe ask him why he never rides for himself. Oh and makes sure he eats enough, he always looks so skinny.
    Guten Tag Hilde, ich bin der beruhmte dicke Radfahrer. Warum fahrst du immer fur andere und nie fur dich selbst? Und bitte iss mehr von diesen leckeren Bratwuersten!

  89. Comment by Haven (KT) | 12.10.2009 | 11:45 am

    First, tell Chris Horner that Oregon is proud of him, in spite of his crashes and injuries. We really are. He’s a trooper and a great guy, and we’re rooting for him all the way!!

    Second, Fat Cyclist socks in the pink clydesdaleway are a great gift and one they can wear any time. I don’t know if you have time to get a pair for everyone, but you should try. And don’t forget the people behind the scenes, without the mechanics, chefs and masseusses (massuei?) the cyclists wouldn’t be able to ride as well as they do. You might need to ask Johan how many people are actually on the Shack team.

    Third, have fun. And take Gil’s suggestion, it’s a great one.

    Can’t wait to see the footage and the pictures!!! Maybe you need to take a photographer so you can focus on your interview? I’d volunteer but I suck at taking pictures. :) I’m great at being plucky comic relief, though.

  90. Comment by Beth | 12.10.2009 | 11:52 am

    Well…it is the holiday season so a fruitcake might be nice…..but seeing as part of the money raised is going to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, I think the black WIN t-shirts would be very appropriate.
    Have a great time !

  91. Comment by FatPedro | 12.10.2009 | 11:56 am

    How about a little FatCyclist cookbook?

  92. Comment by Frank | 12.10.2009 | 11:58 am

    Bring some of the Team Fatty sticker and ask the team to put them on their forehead next year at the Tour de France. Team Fatty T-shirts are a good idea too.

    Take some German beer and brats along for Klödi. I’m sure he’s tired of Michelob by now.

  93. Comment by Steph | 12.10.2009 | 12:00 pm

    Fatty, you thank us every time you write this blog. We all get to live vicariously through you. So go have the time of your life. You deserve it!

    Fatty Stickers for sure!!! Who doesn’t love stickers?

    Looking forward to pictures and video!

    I’d really like to know how soon after eating do they race?

  94. Comment by Philly Jen | 12.10.2009 | 12:01 pm

    (1) Load up the new UStream Live Broadcaster app for iPhone, configure a UStream account, then live stream a little video on Sunday. (If you show Lance how to use this, he’ll totally go apesh*t.)

    (2) Give the team chef the recipe for The Best Cake In The World before you get there. Have them bake up several batches. Let the guys dig in. Mass outbreak of happiness.

    (3) Bring something for Johan’s kids, Victoria and little baby Christian. (Victoria is just a little younger than the twins, so they will give you the best advice on what to bring.) T6 can always overnight some awesome kids’ gear to your hotel.

    (4) If Dr. Allen Lim (the newly signed team sports physiologist) happens to be around, ask him:
    • how to optimize your winter training
    • whether you can try out the “space legs”
    • if he will marry me

    Have a great and memorable weekend!

  95. Comment by mark | 12.10.2009 | 12:04 pm

    I would focus mostly on the Americans on the team. The Euros are doing a training camp in Europe and won’t be there.

  96. Comment by Marc J | 12.10.2009 | 12:04 pm

    Give em the “Fight Like Susan” t-shirt…there is no better gift than that!

  97. Comment by ANON | 12.10.2009 | 12:06 pm

    A BSNYC approved AC Fingerbang bundle.. tee shirts, hats, FINGERS. I’m sure they’ll be appreciated.

  98. Comment by Terri | 12.10.2009 | 12:06 pm

    Most everybody can use an iTunes gift card and the t-shirts of course. Have a great weekend!

  99. Comment by ZiaBoulder | 12.10.2009 | 12:18 pm


    Enjoy yourself. I think you should talk to newest, fastest upgrading rider in the bunch MATTHEW BUSCHE (boo-shay), I’m sure you saw his piece in VeloNews. His nickname is Flip. He’s a great mid-west kid (Wisconsin)and is getting married in early January.

    Besides that have a ride of a lifetime.


  100. Comment by wishiwasmerckx | 12.10.2009 | 12:26 pm

    “…the huge pile I expect to amass…” What an unfortunate selection of words. Above all, keep yourself and all those around you UPRIGHT.

  101. Comment by Rochelle | 12.10.2009 | 12:34 pm

    I’m with Gil, tell ‘em what it’s really about and encourage them to do the same and Fatty, just have the time of your life. Even if most of the pics and video turn out we just want you to enjoy the ride. You’re getting to fulfill a dream most of us would love to have and you deserve it. Susan would be proud!

  102. Comment by kentucky joe | 12.10.2009 | 1:00 pm

    I keeping envisioning this scene from Breaking Away but slightly altered….

    When a professional RADIO SHACK bicycling team comes to town for a PRACTICE, FATTY is thrilled to be competing with them. However, the RADIO SHACK TEAM becomes irked when FATTY is able to keep up with and even talk to them during the PRACTICE. One of them jams a bike pump in FATTY’s wheel, causing him to crash.

    We would expect details and photos, of course.

  103. Comment by Merri J. | 12.10.2009 | 1:09 pm

    Hey Fatty,

    I hope you have a great time with the team! Since you asked, I would really like to know what kinds of questions they ask you. Being an International Superstar Blogger such as you are, and for the amazing fundraising that you accomplished, something tells me that you may be a hero to more than one of them too!

    And personally, I would love to know a little bit more about Kloden. He doesn’t seem to be as well known, but he has played such a key roll in more than one TdF, it would be interesting to know more about what makes him tick. Maybe Johan can help translate :-)

    Definitely enjoy your dream come true! And please tell Johan and the others that we are honored that they gave us an opportunity to make a difference!


  104. Comment by Jim | 12.10.2009 | 1:13 pm

    See if you can be the first to show photos of “The Shack” Team kit. We’ve already seen how the Trek Madones will be painted, from some other cycling news web site.
    You should ask for the exclusive on the team kit. (that is of course if its not already been released)

  105. Comment by Traci in FL | 12.10.2009 | 1:25 pm

    I’m thinking Snuggies in Fat Cyclist orange with a giant clydesdale logo on the front. It’s kinda chilly in Tucson at night, so imagine Lance, Levi, and Johann sitting around the fire in their Snuggies with cups of cocoa.

  106. Comment by sleeper | 12.10.2009 | 1:28 pm

    Try to get some footage of the mechanics working on bikes, or other behind the scenes stuff. That’s the kind of content none of us ever get to see. Perhaps I’m a nerd…but I love that kind of stuff. What gearing are they using? What type of training wheels are they on?

    I would comment on which riders you should “seek out”, but I’m afraid they may feel bothered by anyone (even someone as cool as you) simply going up to them and asking questions. i’m sure they’re all very nice guys, but this is also their first camp with an all-new team. something to keep in mind.

    one last thing, if Leipheimer’s wife is there…be careful with her dog Bandit! Don’t get close to it. It bites!

  107. Comment by Mike Ride Bike | 12.10.2009 | 1:35 pm

    Get Kloden to say, “I want to pump…you up” or anything at all for that matter. Then have a blast. I mean seriously, how freaking cool is this? I’m excited about it and I’m not even invited.

  108. Comment by Steph in San Jose | 12.10.2009 | 1:48 pm

    Give them all a signed photo of yourself so they never forget that one time at training camp when they got to ride with Fatty!

  109. Comment by Charisa | 12.10.2009 | 1:55 pm

    Photos of behind the scenes stuff would rock – we see the athletes on TV all the time, but not the guys who take care of the bikes, etc.

  110. Comment by Joanna | 12.10.2009 | 2:05 pm


  111. Comment by Tim K | 12.10.2009 | 2:23 pm

    A poll of how many of them ride mountain bikes (that might answer the question of which ones still ride their bikes for fun!)

  112. Comment by Jen | 12.10.2009 | 2:23 pm

    It’s amazing the lengths Fatty will go to in order to appear as a Fat Cyclist again. I like the idea of getting them all to do a jump picture. As long as they don’t all twist their ankles.

  113. Comment by Rob L | 12.10.2009 | 2:33 pm

    Low Fat Oreo’s with Peanut Butter
    PB and Bacon sandwiches

    I guess water bottles are a bit pointless. :P

  114. Comment by Eufemiano Fuentes | 12.10.2009 | 2:35 pm

    You know what to bring.

  115. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 12.10.2009 | 2:40 pm

    I like Julie’s question about if the riding is still fun for them.

    I’m a Bay Area girl and Levi is a local and a great guy (from what my friends who know him say).

    With all the miles you’ll be putting in I’d bring some chocolate covered popcorn as a gift. Can’t go too wrong with food and the combo of sweet and salt is usually a hit.

    Tell the team we’re super psyched to have them together!!

  116. Comment by Adam | 12.10.2009 | 2:42 pm

    With out scrolling through the hundreds of comments above I would suggest you give them something that is practical, funny, and thoughtful considering their long season ahead… some dznuts. Nothing says goodluck on a long season like helping to keep their “taints” in pristine condition. Getting a picture of them in a Twin6 “Dopers Suck” shirt would be awesome also…

  117. Comment by JamesInPhoenix | 12.10.2009 | 2:57 pm

    Thank you gifts?!?
    Come on Fatty you know what they want! They want your famous brauts! Enough brauts that they eat till they’re sick! You’d better go get the ingredients now… I’m not sure how the TSA will react but those CANNOT be checked you’ve GOT to carry those on, in a silver briefcase chained to your wrist because these are, after all, for your teammates.

  118. Comment by Jayson | 12.10.2009 | 3:03 pm

    The only way you’ll be able to keep up is with one of these on Lance’s bike.
    And you’ll be helping him train too!

    As for gifts, get the whole lot StillerStrong headbands. I hear they’re really good at keeping the sweat out of your eyes.

  119. Comment by hogsgrl | 12.10.2009 | 3:10 pm

    keep the women reading this blog happy with a pic of Yaroslav Popovych ;)

  120. Comment by Tom | 12.10.2009 | 3:14 pm

    I think you ought to give each member Team Fatty something/anything. It will be the only matching clothing they have until they are all under contract with Radioshack.

  121. Comment by FNEditor | 12.10.2009 | 3:16 pm

    I don’t have time to read all the comments right now unfortunately, so sorry if this is a repeat. I think Fat Cyclist socks would be awesome, or stickers, or euro-caps…you get the idea.

    I’d like mostly to know what they’re like when press isn’t around. So maybe you should go as the Pink Panther.

  122. Comment by Sasha | 12.10.2009 | 3:25 pm

    Gil had THE best idea I’ve seen. I’ve recopied his post below. That is a priceless gift. What would be cool is if they’d take them w/ them to their races and ride with them. :)

    My suggestion for a gift is far more personal: Find a great picture of Susan and your kids. Print it in a 4×6 size. Write each rider and team staff member a note telling them why you do what you do. Tell them why you think Susan’s story (and yours) has connected with so many people and how that has resulted in all of this great fundraising. Challenge each to find his own cause to be passionate about.

    . . . and throw in a set of training wheels for Horner.

    Carpe diem,

  123. Comment by RachelGio | 12.10.2009 | 3:30 pm

    Hey Fatty….I met you in line for breakfast at the hotel in Austin. I rudely barged up to you and your sister and you kindly posed for a picture with me. Oh, and I am on Team Colleen; you remember us from there! Anyway, I live in Tucson and we have a trailer in our backyard you’re welcome to use. No heat, no plumbing but hey, it’s close to where the RadioShack team is staying. Please feel welcome. You can use our bike shed and of course, you’re welcome to bring any of your new riding buddies by to check out the super sweet digs.

  124. Comment by Math. | 12.10.2009 | 3:33 pm

    So many great ideas in there!

    Gil’s one killed everything else possible, I say you go with that if you have the time of course. Meghan’s jump shot was also excellent!

    As for gifts, t-shirts are the way to go if you really want to give something to them. They’ll wear it proud I’m sure.

    And most importantly: EN-JOY-YOUR-SELF!!!! You deserve it more than anyone else.

    Give ‘em hell boy!

  125. Comment by @PeckishCyclist | 12.10.2009 | 3:43 pm

    Bring bratwurst and beer!

  126. Comment by GJ Jackie | 12.10.2009 | 3:46 pm

    Tell me this doesn’t mean you’re going to shave your legs!?!?!?!? Take my word, girls think that’s stupid.

  127. Comment by AngieG | 12.10.2009 | 3:51 pm

    FC- I think many of these guys already read your blog and know your story. This is your trip.
    You are always so giving to all of us to the extent of sharing the most painful and joyous moments of your life, waiting for us at the finish line, indulging us when we ask for a picture or an autograph.
    When you ask me what I want…I want you to have a blast.
    Ok and one more thing, Could you also tell Levi we want Odessa on Team Fatty San Jose!! I saw her ride the Gran Fondo, finishing second out of all the women. Man that girl can ride!!

  128. Comment by Dave04 | 12.10.2009 | 3:57 pm

    $119,165 as of 2:55 MST… just realized that is just about $100,000 MORE than Johan’s original challenge. Incredible! And we still have ~9 hours to go…

  129. Comment by Born 4Lycra | 12.10.2009 | 4:13 pm

    The T shirts are an excellent gift (include Twin6’s business cards) if you feel you want to give them something but it should not be at a great cost to you. I agree with Clara (have a great time) and Gil (tell them why you have your super powers) and the photo should be from the set taken in what looked like a barn. Well from memory I am sure there was hay involved. There was definitely a very pretty lady and some good looking kids and a fat bloke.

    Tell them Adelaide is Ready for their debut.

  130. Comment by HH | 12.10.2009 | 4:54 pm

    You mean not all Shack riders understand Finnish? Not any? How is that possible (kuinka se on mahdollista)?

    Have tons of fun and tell us all about it when you have recovered a little.

  131. Comment by Bill | 12.10.2009 | 4:58 pm

    Please Santa Fatty, I would like a picture of Horner eating dinner for my facebook group. Thank you.

  132. Comment by Heather | 12.10.2009 | 4:59 pm

    I think Gil definitely had the best idea…I don’t know how you beat that. Although brats and beer aren’t bad either. And you can now buy Peanut Butter Oreo’s (saw those this weekend at the grocery store) so you can always grab a pack or two of those to share…or eat alone in your room after the ride… :) Have an AWESOME trip!!!

  133. Comment by Hoggy | 12.10.2009 | 5:11 pm

    Fatty, you have to get a video of you riding up alongside Lance, then do a bit of a surge to get in front then give him the “Look” as you then ride away. watching hime take the 5 seconds to catch you again will also be fun to watch.

    have a great time

  134. Comment by Megan | 12.10.2009 | 5:19 pm

    Johan Bruyneel’s thank you is up now!

  135. Comment by zach | 12.10.2009 | 5:20 pm

    Wow, check out Johan’s video on youtube to you Fatty. I can’t wait to hear what happens in Tucson.

    Gil’s idea is good. Fatty T-shirts would also be good. I think they’re as excited to meet you as you are to meet them.

  136. Comment by Adam | 12.10.2009 | 5:31 pm

    Here’s the best piece of advice you’ll ever get: Since you’ve admitted you can’t hang with them (who the crap could, right?) just attack right out of the gate!!! You’ll never forget it, and neither will they!

  137. Comment by Shelley | 12.10.2009 | 5:35 pm

    Fat Cyclist jerseys – what else? Good luck, have a great time, we’re all jealous! :)

  138. Comment by Bill F. | 12.10.2009 | 5:37 pm

    1. I have heard that Levi holds the best time ever up the Squaw Peak Road. What is that time? Seems like I have heard 17 minutes.
    2. What is the inside scoop on why Garmin kept Hincape out of the yellow jersey this year.
    3. I can’t come up with anything but you always have a 3


  139. Comment by Bruce Bebow | 12.10.2009 | 5:39 pm

    Wear the helmet cam (yes I realize you are wearing a bike helmet) to a meal including when you or they arrive so we get the initial responses on video. Then leave it on for the entire meal. Please post the entire roll uncut and unedited. I have always wanted to see that and the TV crews usually only put about 5 to 10 seconds of ‘meal’ footage. Make it a post-ride meal if possible because they’ll be happier to be stuffing their faces. I think that will transfer well to film.

  140. Comment by WisconsinKevin | 12.10.2009 | 5:48 pm

    One of the young riders is Bjorn Selander from Wisconsin. He started his racing career here riding in Wisport,( races. Wisport is the only statewide citizen’s racing series in the country. His dad, Dag, rode on the Norwegian national team and was slated to ride in the Olympics in 1980, but that was the year of the boycott. I’d like to see his reaction if you mentioned Wisport.


  141. Comment by Scott | 12.10.2009 | 6:27 pm

    So many good posts here – I will concisely summarize and add to the list accordingly.

    1. Training Wheels for Horner
    2. Arm Pads for Levi
    3. Extra Piss Cups and a Contador Voodoo for Lance (dude has a sense of humor)
    4. German to English Translator for Kloden
    5. Fanmail for Popo
    6. Cheesecurds for Selander
    7. Tissues for Taylor Phinney (the IP is now officially gone from the Olympics)
    8. A fresh printed contract for Johan for you to serve as his own personal Director’s domestique
    9. “Fight like Susan T’s” for everyone needing a little inspiration to get started on their Epic Journey

    Have fun Fatty. You inspire.

  142. Comment by @jcmogensen | 12.10.2009 | 6:28 pm

    Fatty, atta boy! Some neutralizers might be to ask them to ride their mountain bikes to give you the edge on the road bike and keep filling their red wine glasses at the Saturday night team dinner. Not to put to much pressure on you but you will be carrying all of our hopes and dreams on your back…you have all our support – strap yourself in and enjoy the moment!

  143. Comment by aspiring cyclist | 12.10.2009 | 6:39 pm

    Yes, pictures of wardrobe malfunctions might be nice. And shots of their behinds, riding away from you (assuming they ever pull in front of you, of course). Shots of wardrobe malfunctions involving the behinds would probably be the best.

    I like the idea of taking them Team Fatty gear. They’re lucky to have it!

    Or just a slap on the ass (take pictures, please).

    Have a great time – you sure deserve it. Here’s to a nice ending to a crappy, crappy year.

  144. Comment by VA Biker | 12.10.2009 | 6:53 pm

    I have nothing to add for suggestions, though I wonder if the entire Johan Bruyneel offer was at the behest of Lance Armstrong so somehow Lance can finally get a link closer to Bike Snob.

    Maybe you should beware of any “special” desserts that are offered to the only non-professional cyclist among the group? (If it contains sodium pentothal, or some other would-be truth serum, politely decline.)

  145. Comment by bike girl | 12.10.2009 | 7:04 pm

    I’m so excited! YOU actually get a prize too! Can’t wait to hear what JB and the team have up their collective sleeves for you. It’s about time you get to keep one of the prizes. Go fatty, go. And ride like the wind on Sunday. Show ‘em how it’s done.

  146. Comment by Matthew | 12.10.2009 | 7:14 pm

    Ask Lance how often obnoxious drivers pull up alongside and shout “Get off the road, Lance!” because it happens to me all the time, and I don’t even look like him.

    For that matter, ask Levi how many times he gets told “get off the road, Lance!”

  147. Comment by Mike | 12.10.2009 | 7:23 pm

    Finnish is a pretty random language. What made you decide to learn it?

  148. Comment by CraigC | 12.10.2009 | 7:38 pm

    I have to agree with MattC above. Get a ride from Horner.

  149. Comment by GregO | 12.10.2009 | 7:49 pm


    The “Win” T-shirts and a photo with you and your family would be the best gifts. These would leave them all with great memories of your visit and remind them of how they are helping to give people fighting cancer or some other disease hope and inspiration by just riding their bikes.

    Though I agree with everyone else that we want to see lots of pictures and video don’t let it get in the way with you interacting with the team and having fun!

    We will all be living vicariously through you this weekend, do the best you can at documenting it and regale us with your stories and how you gave Lance “The Look” when you get back!

  150. Comment by Jan | 12.10.2009 | 8:16 pm

    Have fun!

    I love Gil’s idea, and also the socks ideas.

    But most of all, have a great time! Rubber on the down side, blood on the inside!

  151. Comment by cyclingeurope | 12.10.2009 | 8:28 pm

    I agree with GregO. Don’t discount the power of a good t-shirt, along with a photo of you and your family. I think these guys will wear a FatCyclist t-shirt with pride (while at the same time spread the FatCyclist brand all over the world).

    Fatty, you are always thinking of “us” your followers (and we thank you for that) but this one is for “You”! Holy bike race batman, this is the most freaking awesome thing to happen to any cyclist in the history of regular cycling folks!

    I like that Johann says he has a gift for you that you can’t give away. You deserve it. I will be thinking about you this weekend, imagining all the conversations going on, the photos being taken, the miles being ridden, the carbs being burned (and consumed). You ROCK!

  152. Comment by cyclebob | 12.10.2009 | 8:32 pm

    I agree with a previous poster that there are some questions / stories / scenes that you should keep to yourself. You’ve earned that, and I’m sure that the guys will appreciate the ‘inside baseball’ nature of keeping some things truly inside.

    That said, I’ve got a few questions that I’d like to hear the pros answers to if you’re not already bombed with questions…

    Who’s the most fun guy NOT on Team Radio Shack to ride next to on a long stage?

    Who’s the peleton’s biggest prankster/practical joker?

    Who doesn’t like to talk in the pack?

    All of them have strengths as a rider….I’d love to know ‘if they could be any other pro rider…who would it be and why?’

    What sort of mental training do they do?

    Where’s their favorite place to train?

    Favorite ride/route in the US?

    Fatty, thanks for giving me the gift of participation.

  153. Comment by Adam | 12.10.2009 | 9:07 pm

    Make them gift baskets of energy gels, power bars, laxatives and Fat Cyclist shirts. That way they’ll be prepared for a tour no matter where they go

  154. Comment by spiKe lemming | 12.10.2009 | 9:39 pm

    Show up with doughnuts and coca cola for breakfast and horner will be purring in your lap

  155. Comment by stacy | 12.10.2009 | 10:01 pm

    My husband Bill called you Santa Fatty. Please do not take a picture of Horner eating dinner. Bill thinks he can eat that stuff and ride as fast as those guys.

    Thanks for your sense of humor that has had me smiling and laughing all week long. Bon Courage and Bon Route.

  156. Comment by Pinkbike | 12.11.2009 | 12:34 am

    How about some pie?

  157. Comment by Orbea Girl | 12.11.2009 | 1:05 am

    Are you kidding us? I bet the team’s looking forwrad to meeting The Fat Cyclist.

    At this time of year the pros roll along at a constant 19-20mph. You’ll have no problems staying with them.

    Check out Geoffroy Lequatre. He’s French but speaks English well, has a good sense of humour and designs clothes in his spare time.

    You should take Fat Cyclist gear as presents for the team.

    Have a great time.

  158. Comment by Neil | 12.11.2009 | 1:40 am

    There is a South African on the team and his name is Daryl Impey. Look out for him as this guy has got loads of talent and we are sure to see some amazing results from him as the season progresses.

  159. Comment by Eva | 12.11.2009 | 5:13 am

    A great gift would be your discretion and respect of their privacy… respecting what they wouldn’t like to see shared in the bloggosphere…

    There will be lots of good memories to offer generously to your readers and lots of others to keep in the secret of your heart.

    This will make eveyone at ease for the time together.


  160. Comment by K_Deck | 12.11.2009 | 7:14 am

    Have a blast – will be waiting for stories! And yeah, Lance with streamers on his handlebars would kind of rock.

  161. Comment by Niall @ Brisvegas | 12.11.2009 | 7:17 am

    +1 for Gil’s suggestion and the FC t-shirts.

    No point in wishing you have an awesome weekend…we know you will anyway. You have given so much and deserve this for all your efforts.


  162. Comment by Tom Fort | 12.11.2009 | 8:47 am

    Give everyone Fat Cyclist jerseys and socks.

    Ask Horner if he will have a chance to ride for GC at any stage race this year, where he’d like to be given free reign.

    Ask Leipheimer if he will be able to ride as sole leader for GC at the Giro or Vuelta, and whether he might be able to get in an early break at the Tour which could give the team a chance to play two leaders against Contador and Schleck.

    Ask Allen Lim what he’ll be doing differently for RS vis a vis Garmin.

    Ask Bruyneel how they’re going to manage their tactics without having the strongest rider in the Tour.

    Ask Lance when he’s doing the Ironman in Kona.

  163. Comment by ChrisMPLS | 12.11.2009 | 9:51 am

    Ask Jason McCartney about Snake Alley, then get the rest of the team to do it in 2011.

  164. Comment by robert orler | 12.11.2009 | 10:37 am

    Can you pick me up 2 thighs and a couple of calfs

  165. Comment by farandaway | 12.11.2009 | 10:55 am

    What to give them?:
    Give them all a Fatty Kit.
    What to bring back?:
    Bring back all of their new RadShack kits and burn them.

    In fact, tell them you’ll let them put the RadioShack and other logos on your kits and their designers can take the rest of the year off.

    Have fun. You’re gonna be with the best guys in bike racing–you earned it.

  166. Comment by sleeper | 12.11.2009 | 11:14 am

    As mentioned above: Please ask Lance if he knows that his name is used as an insult to many cyclists: “Hey Lance, go on the sidewealk.” It really means you’re an icon when your name is so well known that i can be used negativelly in a sarcastic manner.

    As far as a gift, what can you get a bunch of well-paid guys that get tons of stuff for free? It would merely be a token…so i think Fat Cyclist socks would be nice. They wont be able to wear them for most of the year (sponsors frown up on that sort of thing) but they’ll think they’re funny. most of them may not know your whole story…and there’s no way to convey it to them quickly…but if nothing else, socks that say “fat cyclist” are funny. especially on really fit professional cyclists, so i’m sure they’ll wear them when they’re home on training rides.

  167. Comment by MisterBuba | 12.11.2009 | 11:21 am

    I’ll tell you what we want from you Fatty!
    We want you to have no worries and enjoy the heck out of this amazing adventure! You were the catalyst that made it happen and may the lord bless you.

    Gil’s idea was spot on. Could not think think of a better way to alert those fellas as to why you do what you do.

    Now, get out there and sieze the moment!

    Allez Fatty!


  168. Comment by SYJ | 12.11.2009 | 12:59 pm

    Whew…thanks for the reminder, I managed to get mine in at 11:58.

    Have fun this weekend, and do try to hold your line (at least until they drop you).


  169. Comment by Frank F | 12.11.2009 | 1:18 pm

    Ypu need a Rear Looking camera so we can see Team Radio Shack from your position far in the front of the pack.

  170. Comment by Ross L | 12.11.2009 | 3:04 pm


    It’d be great if you would take a bunch of the raw footage and a ton of photos and put them all on a file hosting website….. Now why should you so this? I think since it was us, the readers, who powered the fundraising with your leadership, we should get to make our own videos about the experience. Funny ones, poignant ones, stupid ones, etc. View them, post your favorites. Let our creative juices flow.

    Have fun!

  171. Comment by John | 12.11.2009 | 8:17 pm


    Bring them each a FatCyslist jersey. IF we (meaning you, with minimal help from me) can raise $1,000,000 ($5m?) before the TDF, and IF the team wins the TDF, then they promise to wear the Team Fatty jerseys on their post-race victory lap of the Champs Elysees. And include you. And include me, since it was my idea. Of course, sponsorship being what drives the bus, a hybrid ‘Team Fatty-Shack’ jersey might have to be created for the occasion…but that’s easy!

    Have a great time this weekend–don’t even look at Horner (that’s enough to make him crash!)


  172. Comment by Lisa | 12.12.2009 | 2:22 pm

    Something like this dance video could be a fun next step after a jump photo but using yellow wristbands as props….and a fitting song from someone’s playlist.

    YouTube – Pink Glove Dance

  173. Comment by Claire B | 12.12.2009 | 7:55 pm

    Did you see the total is up to up to 133K now on Saturday evening AWSOME! that should be an impressive openener at the team dinner.



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