Grand Slam For Zambia: Big News, New Prize!

08.23.2011 | 1:24 pm

This Grand Slam for Zambia project is getting out of control, in the best way possible.

First of all, we crossed the 750-Bike mark (our 3/4 mark) today. What does that mean? Well, it means that Trek Travel is going to send some lucky donor to the 2012 Tour de France, to witness the final stage on the Champs-Elysées.

Seriously, that’ s amazing.

But you know what? There’s even more awesomeness I get to tell you about today. And that awesomeness comes courtesy of National Champion Ben King, who has a prize he’s going to add to the pot.

Here, he’ll tell you about it himself:

And check out the jersey:


Want to own Ben’s National Champion jersey, signed by the team? Well, head on over to the donation page.

Of course, you’re not just getting a chance at Ben’s jersey, you’re also getting a shot at dozens of other very nice prizes. For example:

I have never had such a prize list. Ever ever ever.

And with — as of this moment — enough money to buy 764 bikes raised we’re a mere $31.5K away from hitting our goal of $134,000.

At which point we’ll be able to give away the grand prize — a trip to Africa to see what World Bicycle Relief has been doing — as well as to put Grand Slam for Zambia stickers on a whole lotta bikes!

But time is running out. The last day you have to donate is August 28. So don’t put i off. Click here to learn the rules, and then click here to donate.

Why This Matters

Johan Bruyneel, the Sports Director for Team RadioShack, recently sent out an email to his subscribers. It explains how buying a bike — a $134 donation — affects the child you buy the bike for.

It’s worth taking a look at.



  1. Comment by Jenni Laurita | 08.23.2011 | 1:39 pm

    If you’re using Safari and have trouble, switch browsers.


  2. Comment by Jeff Dieffenbach | 08.23.2011 | 1:42 pm

    I tried donating twice via the “click here to donate” link above. Both times, it took all my information, but when I pressed “Submit,” I received this error message.

    Unexpected Error Has Occurred

    We apologize, an error has occurred while processing the page you requested.

    This error message has been sent to the Webmaster for investigation. Thank you for your patience.

    NOTE: You will not receive a response back to your issue. If you would like for your issue to be handled by a Kintera Customer Suppport representative, please click on the link below and re-submit a description of the problem on the Customer Support Request Form. Thank you.
    Customer Support Request Form
    Error Description
    Please provide as much detail as possible about what you were doing when you encountered this error. Providing detailed descriptions of what you were doing can help us to troubleshoot and solve the problem so that it does not occur again. Thank You for your assistance!

    I just emailed the WBR people asking them to check this out. Hopefully they’ll have info on what to do. Thanks! – FC

  3. Comment by Jeff Dieffenbach | 08.23.2011 | 1:43 pm

    Ah, using Firefox, I’ll try MSIE. Good to see you in Philly, Jenni!

  4. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 08.23.2011 | 2:39 pm

    All we can say here on the coast is AWESOME!!!!!

    Allison(Wife#1) and I are down for 8 bikes, I have sent in the paperwork for a company match, (another 7 bikes, a submission error left us one short). Hey I think I may have the beginnings of a team.

    Johann and Fatty, we can not thank you enough for creating this opportunity for all of us to help others.

  5. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 08.23.2011 | 2:40 pm

    Oh! and still hoping Chris Horner will toss in some socks with his jersey.
    (for Wife#1)

  6. Comment by Sean | 08.23.2011 | 2:54 pm

    The deadline is two days before my 28th birthday and nn honor of my inspirational Grandfather that passed away after 92 years of adventure and charity I have decided to forego the large restaraunt bill and bar tab to benefit someone more deserving than myself. My Grandpa was a great man who believed in education, hard work, and social responsibility who taught me great lessons. Here’s hoping my company will match it and change the lives of two children!

  7. Comment by Moishe Lettvin | 08.23.2011 | 3:37 pm

    Just donated another 2 bikes. This is such a great cause. Thanks Fatty for putting it all together.

  8. Comment by Heidi | 08.23.2011 | 4:35 pm

    I am so excited by this…

  9. Comment by Jay | 08.23.2011 | 8:44 pm

    Excellent cause. I just joined the fun and donated 2 bikes. Good luck on hitting 1000.

  10. Comment by Christina | 08.24.2011 | 6:58 am

    This is so awesome! Do you have an idea of how many individuals have donated at this point?

    That’s a great question; I just forwarded it to WBR; I’ll try to post it in my blog in today’s post (which I should finish in a couple hours). – FC

  11. Comment by Stuart | 08.24.2011 | 10:38 am

    Alright, we are in. Donated enough for one bike and submitted the corporate match form to get one donated by my employer. That one may not show up in time to count for this goal but the contribution will show up at some point. Thanks for organizing Fatty – another great cause.

  12. Comment by Merri J | 08.24.2011 | 12:32 pm

    Glad I got a reminder email for World Bicycle Relief today, I almost forgot to donate! Add 4 more to the total :-) Keep it up Fatty!

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  14. Comment by AngieG | 08.24.2011 | 2:15 pm

    Just donated my third bike and we just hit 900 bikes!!!! YEAH TEAM FATTY and WBR!

    Since I live within car distance of SF, If I win the Gary Fisher trip can I option the cost for the plane ticket to buy more bikes?

  15. Comment by Mike Roadie | 08.26.2011 | 6:15 am

    Finally got my donation in….sorry for the delay.

    It makes me so happy to see how far we have come as a group in dedicating our efforts to giving back to so many people. We make ourselves better by helping others we do not even know!


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