Begging for Nominations

01.8.2010 | 8:24 am

I have many admirable qualities. I have a twinkle in my eye, for example, and a ready smile. I have a firm handshake and can be relied upon to repay loans to friends.

Furthermore, I keep my hair neatly trimmed, chew with my mouth closed, and shower every single day.

I guess you could say that I am very nearly a perfect man.

However, in the midst of my nearly innumerable strong points is one — yes, only one! — failing: I need positive reinforcement.

No, “need” is too weak a word. I require it. Demand it. Crave it. Dream about it.

Which means, from time to time, I’m going to ask you to go vote for me for some award or another. It’s just part of who I am. A tiny imperfection in what would be — I think you’ll agree — an otherwise perfect specimen of a man.

But right now I am not going to ask you to vote for me. No. Because right now it’s Bloggie nomination time, and so I am begging you to go nominate me.

Asking for a vote is much different than begging for a nomination, you see.

Here’s what I would like you to do. It’s a pain, so you may actually need to follow the steps here:

  1. Go to .
  2. Nominate me and a couple of other blogs. The award I’m really gunning for is best sports blog, though I wouldn’t complain if you nominated me for other categories, too. Because I’m shameless. Anyway, you have to nominate at least three different blogs, so here are some suggestions of who to nominate and for what:
  3. Scroll all the way to the right side of the page.
  4. Enter the obscured “captcha” words.
  5. Check the box that says you wouldn’t mind being on the panel of voters who chooses the finalists.
  6. Enter your email address. It’s important you don’t enter a bogus one, because you’ll have to verify your vote by email.
  7. Click the “Submit Your Nominations” button.
  8. Go to your email inbox. Within a minute, there should be a mail from “Weblog Awards” with the subject “Tenth Annual Weblog Awards vote verification.” If there isn’t, check your spam folder.
  9. Click the URL in the email to verify your vote.

Please Hurry. I’m (Still) Begging You

The nomination period for this award ends this Tuesday. Now, I don’t know if that means it ends right at the beginning or at the end of Tuesday. Regardless, there isn’t much time.

So please facilitate my personality defect and go vote for me now.

Consider this: if I win the “Best Sports Blog” category here, it’ll be my third time, and I won’t be eligible to win it again after that. Which means I’ll leave you alone.

That right there is enough of a reason to go nominate me right now, if you ask me.


  1. Comment by Dan O | 01.8.2010 | 8:57 am

    Done for all of them, I do like Dug’s rantings from time to time.

    Life is good

  2. Comment by AngieG | 01.8.2010 | 9:13 am

    Next year we can start your 3 yr reign over “most humorous blog”.

  3. Comment by Paige | 01.8.2010 | 9:18 am

    I will do my best.

    I’ve been reading Dug’s site for the past few weeks and he truly cracks me up. He probably wonders why someone from Georgia was reading his archives for about 2 hours yesterday.

  4. Comment by NYCCarlos | 01.8.2010 | 9:34 am

    Nomination taken care of. I was unable to nominate you for lifetime achievement though because your blog started after 1/1/2005, but next year we’ll knock that one out. I did manage to nominate you for blog of the year… you deserve it. I’d like to see what other blogs raised $130k in 72 hours or chronicled the most incredible (both incredibly heartbreaking and inspiring) year of someone’s life or even brought the kind of community together that you have.

    FoF, I think we should all go ahead and nominate him for blog of the year. Do it! Do it now! And if you already did a nomination with your personal e-mail address and you’re cursing that you didn’t think of this earlier… do one with your work address!

  5. Comment by Frank | 01.8.2010 | 9:45 am

    you forgot to mention you drive a shiny SUV;)

  6. Comment by enretard | 01.8.2010 | 9:59 am

    You can’t win as you are not a) vindictive and bitter, b) use the internet to pour out purile and impotent hate, c) useless. If it ain’t broke…

  7. Comment by Annie | 01.8.2010 | 10:04 am

    Consider yourself nominated! :) It was my pleasure. I have only been following you for the last couple months but your blog always makes me smile. Keep it up! Next year will be sure to nominate you for the best blog EVER.

  8. Comment by leroy | 01.8.2010 | 10:13 am

    Those are all great suggestions and I follow most of them and nominated them.

    I have one additional suggestion.

    Ex-frame builder Dave Moulton has a blog where he posts about cycling history, bike building and life in general.

    He’s very good. I nominated him for the Best Topical Weblog category.

    For those who haven’t read him, here’s the address.

  9. Comment by Demonic1 | 01.8.2010 | 10:16 am

    Perfect man huh?
    So how often to you leave the toilet seat up?

    Actually, I never leave the toilet seat up. In fact, very early in life I made a habit of putting both the seat and the lid down, then acting all offended and repulsed when women don’t put the lid down after they’re done. I hereby call on all men everywhere to do the same. – FC

  10. Comment by Bryan (not that one) | 01.8.2010 | 10:30 am

    Why the requirement to nominate three blogs for a category? is the only blog I read regularly.

    You don’t have to nominate three blogs for a category; just three blogs altogether. – FC

  11. Comment by Jodi | 01.8.2010 | 10:32 am

    Whoa. My personal assistant forgot to remind me that the pandering should start again. Good thing your personal assitants are on the job…

    Thanks for suggesting a nom for me!! You’re a shoe in, I’m betting the farm.

    If your readers will nominate me, I’ll buy each of them a knish on the corner of 57th and 5th on the day it’s announced. No really, I will. With mustard and everything.


  12. Comment by Flatoutjim | 01.8.2010 | 10:32 am

    I’ll do you if you do me!!!

  13. Comment by Lisa | 01.8.2010 | 10:38 am


  14. Comment by dug | 01.8.2010 | 10:41 am

    “That right there is enough of a reason to go nominate me right now, if you ask me.”

    you said a mouthful there, brother.

  15. Comment by Steve | 01.8.2010 | 10:44 am

    Done. Good luck, Fatty.

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  17. Comment by mark | 01.8.2010 | 11:02 am

    “However, in the midst of my nearly innumerable strong points is one — yes, only one! — failing: I need positive reinforcement.”

    You don’t say.

    Here’s my only hangup: I was really leaning towards voting for Phat Spanky for best sports blog. Think of it, just like you, he’s fat, and he’s a cyclist. And that guy is on fire lately.

  18. Comment by ump32 | 01.8.2010 | 11:09 am

    Done. Well worth it.

    Nice work..

  19. Comment by Hamish A | 01.8.2010 | 11:11 am

    Nominations done. And I already do the toilet seat & lid thing so I guess that makes my ‘How to attain perfection’ checklist that little bit shorter.

  20. Comment by Dan | 01.8.2010 | 11:28 am

    You’ve just got a vote from tiny Luxembourg, the home country of the Schleck brothers :)
    Good luck!

  21. Comment by skippy | 01.8.2010 | 12:06 pm

    well i guess i can trade my vote for yours, you see if your people vote for you and then me it cuts into the competitors!following me on @skippydetour and becoming a follower of will guarantee Fatty the podium.
    so many times at protour starts i have told people they will be on the podium that night and all they have to do is rehearse “aiuto disabili or aider handisport” which in english means “help disabled!”
    if you have not visited then take the time to look at pictures of Fatty amongst the stars of sport.
    i am not the best looking guy around, definitely Fatty has the advantage but i get to kiss “oneone woods, kerstin armstrong, leontin van moorsell and jeannie longo from time to time.
    at bormio i got kissed for luck by most of the ski ladies, there was one hold out and julie mancuso skied out of the course that day!


    all of us are doing good and deserve your support

  22. Comment by skippy | 01.8.2010 | 12:10 pm

    forgot to mention that the racers include chris horner, thor husvoyd,robbie mc ewan,matt white, magnus backsted, brad mc gee,mick rogers and Lance the man.
    no i didn’t kiss them!

  23. Comment by Kathleen Lisson | 01.8.2010 | 12:16 pm

    I nominated The Runner’s boyfriend for best sports blog!

  24. Comment by Marlys | 01.8.2010 | 12:34 pm

    Will definitely vote for you, who else would we all vote for? HA!

    Hey, heard you on the radio show last night and enjoyed it. Maybe you should start your own talk radio show . . . food for thought.


  25. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 01.8.2010 | 12:48 pm

    Nomination complete. Good luck!

  26. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 01.8.2010 | 12:49 pm

    BTW, I’ll put in a good word for as a travel blog. She just finished a 4 month solo ride across the country. It’s an inspiring read.

  27. Comment by MarkyMark | 01.8.2010 | 1:16 pm

    You’ve been such an inspiration over the years that it’s a pleasure to vote for you Elden.

    We’ll need to be voting for lifetime achievement soon mate!

  28. Comment by James | 01.8.2010 | 1:25 pm

    OK…done! I nominated Fat Cyclist for best sports blog and blog of the year. I voted Bike Snob NYC for most humorous blog too. Maybe that can be Fatty’s category next year after a 3 year in sports slot.

    Since I am shameless too, I will throw in a plug for my blog, , in the “art, craft, or design” category. Pulling off a win in that category would be a long shot, but it is certainly possible (OK…it is not really possible, but I would appreciate a few nominations).

    Congrats in advance, Fatty, on your 3rd sports category win. That lifetime achievement award is right around the corner for you…I can feel it.

  29. Comment by Jessica | 01.8.2010 | 1:31 pm

    Done but only because you kick ass.

  30. Comment by T Foster | 01.8.2010 | 1:32 pm

    Why do I feel like you are saying to me the equivalent of “These aren’t the droids you are looking for”…Just give a slight wave with the hand and I’ll go to the site and vote. – I read the last post of this one, seems like a great blog.

  31. Comment by James | 01.8.2010 | 1:46 pm

    Oops… I meant to say after a 3 year run in the sports slot, not “after a 3 year in sports slot”. Is there a category for least coherent blogger?

  32. Comment by Bryan (not that one) | 01.8.2010 | 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the help, Fatty. You’ve got another nomination. :)

  33. Comment by Carl | 01.8.2010 | 2:31 pm

    Good luck!!!

  34. Comment by Purduerose | 01.8.2010 | 2:33 pm

    But you are not perfect as you do not brush your teeth or floss. (GROSS).

    I do give you credit for entertaining me at work and raising money for breast cancer. I may meander over to the bloggies.

  35. Comment by Nathan | 01.8.2010 | 3:00 pm

    Good luck! I thought it was a bit weird that they required three nominations.

  36. Comment by Elena Wascura | 01.8.2010 | 3:10 pm

    Hello I heard you talking on NPR. I want to congratulate you on your success. I want to say how sorry I am to hear of your wife Susan not having been a survivor. I am a 20 year Breast Cancer Survivor. And below I want you to see what I did to raise $20,000 for the Susan G Komen for the Cure.
    I would love to hear from you and we can talk and we can put our thoughts together.
    Elena Wascura, Miami Florida
    Please see the video my sons put together of my Journey to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.
    Click on this link

  37. Comment by romyv | 01.8.2010 | 3:15 pm

    nominations in place, good luck Fatty!

  38. Comment by Hat | 01.8.2010 | 3:37 pm

    I’m still voting for Harlan.

  39. Comment by GenghisKhan | 01.8.2010 | 4:04 pm

    Aren’t those all just your other blog personas?!

  40. Comment by Jill in Juneau | 01.8.2010 | 9:11 pm

    Elden, you’re on a first-name basis with Lance Armstrong, you have your own line of bike clothing and the ability to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to fight cancer. I can’t believe you’re still vying for the Bloggie Award. That’s so 2006! :-)

    But I do appreciate your endorsement. I’ll certainly nomimate you.

    Happy New Year. Looks like it’s going to be a good one.

  41. Comment by Stewart Goodwin | 01.8.2010 | 9:55 pm

    Done! good luck!

  42. Comment by Bob O'Bryan | 01.8.2010 | 11:37 pm

    Ok, Fatty… I’ve done my part. Now bring home the gold! In all honesty, you’re quite humorous and inspiring… I don’t generally follow many blogs, but Fat Cyclist is one of the happy exceptions. It’s my pleasure to vote for you. Go get ‘em!

  43. Comment by Renata | 01.9.2010 | 12:37 am

    You got it Fatty…….

  44. Comment by Lisa | 01.9.2010 | 12:40 am

    Great radio show on The Story. He really captured it when he said that you gave your readers the opportunity to express sympathy, solidarity and support (not sure about the last one, but he captured the essence of my experience as a reader exactly.)

    Voted with both of my email accounts, and yes it is a pain, but totally worth it since you deserve it AND because everyone needs and deserves positive reinforcement, especially for such a series of formidable contributions on so many levels this year such as you have made.

  45. Comment by Bruce Bebow | 01.9.2010 | 9:12 am


  46. Comment by Mike Roadie | 01.9.2010 | 9:47 am

    Done and done.


  47. Comment by MattC | 01.9.2010 | 10:07 am

    Nominations done….(I also put you in for Weblog of the year as others have done…thats fitting…

    ooh…I can FEEL your head getting bigger by the vote!

    And hey…just a thought…when are you going to link the new 2010 LiveStrong team pages from your site? I always liked that last year, a quick way to check up on the other teams.

    Have a great weekend Fatty! Ride ON!

  48. Comment by Lisa | 01.9.2010 | 10:27 am

    Although it seems that Fatty is a shoe-in for Best Sports Blog, I’m not taking any chances for my favorite blogger so I have tweeted to my paltry number of followers as follows:

    Please consider Best Sports Bloggie nomination of @fatcyclist -Begging for Nominations Bikes, humor, life, good works.

    If nothing else it might draw some interesting people to the site. I’ve spread the great story of Fatty going to camp and how it rallied and inspired everyone to so many folks, mostly non-cycling types. It has never failed to engage them and has touched many who have visited here and inspired other bloggers in other interest areas, especially one who was wondering how much of the blogger’s personal life/personality should be included in the blog entries that I sent here.

    Just my inspiration in action. Blog love don’t cost a thing, to paraphrase some pop song.

  49. Comment by BamaJim | 01.9.2010 | 1:20 pm

    Got my votes in. Good suggestions from other posters about some sites I wasn’t aware of.

  50. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 01.9.2010 | 6:50 pm

    I thought I invented the seat and lid down bit on the bog. I know my Mum thought it was a laugh. She did not laugh at the inclusion of glad wrap under the seat for parties tho.

    Nominations in and done. (including blog of the year)

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  52. Comment by Barbara | 01.10.2010 | 12:52 pm

    Fatty, I just listened to you on The Story. Great interview! I’m so glad they gave it enough time to get so much of your and Susan’s story out. You done good!

  53. Comment by Lori | 01.10.2010 | 8:00 pm

    He is impeccable in the toilet.
    His teen sons are as well.

    Try again.

  54. Comment by KenG | 01.10.2010 | 9:08 pm

    Votes are in, Fatty. Best of luck! New fan here in Memphis. I’ve spent the last few weeks catching up on your archives after reading the Bicycling article. Laughed, cried, then laughed and cried some more. Thanks for all you’ve done. This Navy Chief salutes you!

  55. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 01.11.2010 | 12:12 am

    Hey Fatty just found the time to catch up with the radio interview. Not sure if you mentioned it before but whoever it was in the inner circle that collected the comments regards Susan and bound them for you what a brilliant effort. Truly well done.

    Nominations done and FC for best blog as well.


  56. Comment by Brian | 01.11.2010 | 7:34 am

    Can we nominate for worst designed website? Horizontal scrolling? Really?

    But I cast my lot with Fatty. Good luck!

  57. Comment by Kalli@Fitandfortysomething | 01.11.2010 | 7:55 am

    You got my vote!

  58. Comment by gwadzilla | 01.11.2010 | 9:43 am


    once again

    no love for GWADZILLA

    Dude, you know I love you. I’m just not IN love with you. – FC

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