The Adventures of Bucky

09.6.2011 | 8:22 am

Note: While Fatty is cycling away in France with Andy Are-You-Freaking-Kidding-Me Hampsten, Paul Guyot – okay, I did tell JJ I thought she should lose the hair – is guest blogging for him.

Based on the comments section, today we offer more adventures of Bucky – Captain America’s sidekick… named Bucky by Dave Zabriskie.

Some of you asked how Jack could pull off the 20-mile ride with Garmin-Cervelo in Kansas City last week. As documented here, we did not complete the entire route, but Jack – now aware of his bizarre fatcyclist celebrity status – wanted me to be sure and point out to you all that 20 miles “is nothing” for him.

Obsessed with watching pro cycling even before I started riding, he would do what other kids do after watching their heroes; he would go out and pretend to be them.

But instead of being Payton Manning or Wayne Rooney or A-Rod, he was being Andy Schleck or Tommy D or Chris Horner or Levi or CVV or Sammy Sanchez or Tyler Farrar or any of the other pros he cheered for. He was Andy Schleck for Halloween when he was 6 in full Saxo Bank kit and helmet.

Most people thought he was a NASCAR driver.

When other kids are wearing football and baseball jerseys, he is wearing Garmin or Euskatel jerseys and Liquigas cycling caps. He wears his ATOC t-shirt signed by the team (thanks Fatty and Glenn) all the time, and would proudly wear a RadioShack jersey if they made them in his size.

And for all the people who have been writing in and asking – I got his Garmin-Cervelo jersey from the Shop Argyle team web site.

One thing funny about him is that despite having numerous Saxo Bank items, he refuses to wear any of it now because he views Saxo Bank as the enemy. My son is not a fan of Contador, though he will admit “He climbs like an angel, dad.” He loves the Leopard guys – which I guess now are part of the new RadioShack-Nissan-Trek-Crosby-Stills-Nash-Young Super Cycling Team.

Or RNTCSNYSCT for short….

He’s a big fan of the Schleck brothers, Cancellara, Jens Voigt, and Fulsang, and when they left Saxo Bank and Contador joined, well, the lines were drawn. We do NOT cheer for Saxo Bank in our house EVER, which of course, is exactly how his older sister winds him up: “Go Contador.” We’ve had near jihad in our family room during Grand Tours.

But I digress.

Anyway, Jack loves the mountain stages. All he wants to do is climb. Any hill he can find. His climbing legs were etched from cranking a single speed up hills when he was six and seven. BIgger and bigger ones until he just could not make it anymore. That’s when he decided he wanted a “geared” bike. Not to look like his heroes, but for more efficient climbing. His grandfather gave him a Trek KDR this past Christmas. And the hills around our house have been subsequently crushed into rubble.

Meanwhile, his uncle – a cycling coach – was teaching him about distance riding and nutrition. I showed him a magazine piece on Allen Lim and thermoregulation – which is now one of Jack’s favorite words. He loves being out on long rides, unzipping his jersey and just before he drinks saying “Gotta thermoregulate, dad, like Allen Lim says.”

His uncle started him out on 5 and 6 mile rides. Then went to 10. Then his record stood at 13.4 for a while – Jack is very aware of every personal record. Then this July, I flew home from my Leverage duties to ride with him in the Tour de Donut. 31 miles. With two or three fairly serious hills.

Here’s a video of that event. It is not short at 5:52, but if you can stand sitting through it, there are a few great moments – the people’s reaction when he passes them; around the 4:00 mark when he is climbing a hill that adults are walking their bikes up; and then his sprint at the end – 31 miles into the ride, when he is cranking like Tyler.

Later, when I asked him why he didn’t shift into one of his “harder gears” for that sprint he said he was trying to shift, but his little hands were so tired and sore that he could not muster the strength to hit the shifter.

I was very proud of his commitment – I kept saying whenever he wanted to stop we would stop – and how well he paid attention to all my safety instructions. His drafting was pretty good, too.


When we ride these days it’s usually anywhere between 12 and 15 miles depending on time and weather.


This weekend was the Gateway Cup – one of the many multi-day USA Cycling Crit races around the country. Let me pause and say if you have not been to a local race, please go. Please support local cycling, and local races. Eat the food, buy the products and participate as much as you can. Not only is it helping keep our great sport alive, but it is one of the absolute funniest times you will have without spending a small fortune.

Jack had decided as soon as he heard there were “Kids Races” that he wanted to do it. So on Friday he lined up with eighteen other 7 and 8 year olds. He decided he did not want to wear his Garmin-Cervelo jersey for his first-ever race in case “I do horribly, I don’t want to make Garmin look bad.” So outfitted in a yellow t-shirt (“What other color, dad?“) he stood on the line of his first race and sized up the competition.


The race was a flat sprint of about 120 yards. I told Bucky the most important things to remember were – 1) Get started before you try to go fast, and 2) HOLD YOUR LINE.

The last thing he said to me was, “Dad, I am so scared.” I told him he didn’t have to ride, but he said no, he was going to do it.

The announcer made the call. “Okay, races, on the count of three… One…. Two….”

And the girl next to him (in the pink) took off, as did about three other riders. Jack waited until “Three!” and then he went. When he got going (which is tough for him) he was around 8th or 9th. At the halfway point he hit the afterburners. At the Finish Line he had caught everyone except one of the kids who left early to take 2nd Place in his first ever race.

First thing out of his mouth was, “Dad, I was just like Christian VandeVelde! We both got second and almost won!”

The Pink girl was third. Jack was more happy he beat her – because she left early – than actually taking 2nd.

He immediately wanted to do it again, but we had soccer tournament commitments all weekend. So we returned on Monday for the final day of racing. Inspired by Jack’s performance on Friday, his 4-year-old sister decided she wanted to race. She arrived with her own mechanic and an arrogant license plate: 2 Fast 4U.


She took off with seventeen other 3 and 4 year olds, and just before the finish crashed like Farrar in Spain. But she got up, got back on, and finished the race. As she crossed the line in 16th place, she said, “Did I win?”

Meanwhile, Jack was down the road lined up with 27 others in his age group. He was proudly sporting his Garmin-Cervelo kit. With the first race nerves gone, Jack was all about the win today.

His eyes lit up when he saw that today’s race was about 150 yards and all uphill. “Oh, Dad, I’m gonna crush it.”

This time there were several kids sporting kits and road bikes similar to Jack. Kids on miniature BMC’s and Felts and even another KDR. And as he waited at the start he looked over and there was the Pink Girl again.

The announcer made the call. “Okay, riders… One… T…”

And the Pink Girl took off.

“Two… Thr..”

And three or four other kids took off.

“Three!” And Jack exploded. Probably the best standing start I’ve ever seen him do. Within twenty yards he was out of the saddle and hammering full gas. By the halfway point he had caught everyone and took the lead. Up, up, up he climbed, getting faster and faster.

As he crossed the Finish Line and the announcer called out his number he had a gap of about four bike lengths on 2nd.

His first words after… “Dad, I really wish I knew how to ride with no hands because I wanted to make the W for Wouter when I crossed the Finish Line.” I said it was okay for him to do it now….


He was so proud to win in his Garmin-Cervelo colors. “I think they’d be happy, dad.” Yes, Bucky, I think you’re right.

The Top 3 finishers in all the kids races got very cute bears sporting Gateway Cup shirts. I asked Jack if he wanted to give his 2nd place bear to his younger sister for her great effort in her race. He said, “No, I can’t. I’m going to keep every prize I win in cycling so when I’m a grampa I can sit and look at them all and remember how much fun it was.”

Can’t argue with that. Then he proceeded to inform me that now that he was a winning rider he thinks he needs a blue Garmin-Cervelo Giro team helmet. I said I think only the jerseys come in his size.


As we drove home I noticed him quietly looking out the window. I imagined he was replaying the race over and over, or dreaming of winning the TDF, or riding with Tommy D up Alpe d’Huez, something obviously all about cycling. I asked him what he was thinking about…

“Well, I’m just trying to see how many out of state license plates I can find.”

Allez, Bucky. Allez.


  1. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 09.6.2011 | 8:30 am

    Who’s Fatty?

  2. Comment by Heidi | 09.6.2011 | 8:45 am

    Omigosh, what great kids you have!

  3. Comment by BonzaiBuckaroo | 09.6.2011 | 8:49 am

    Far Out.

  4. Comment by ChristyMcB | 09.6.2011 | 9:08 am

    I think Jack/Bucky is my new favorite racer in cycling! I’m glad your kids had an awesome race experience.

  5. Comment by hannah | 09.6.2011 | 9:23 am

    Allez Bucky! Can’t wait to see you in the TdF some day!

  6. Comment by Bee | 09.6.2011 | 9:32 am

    I’m a Bucky fan now! What a COOL KID!! I also loved that your little girl had the pluck to get up and finish. Good sportsmanship, lady!

  7. Comment by KM | 09.6.2011 | 9:35 am

    Congrats to Bucky..although I think he should switch his name to Nomad. After all that’s who Bucky became after he split from Captain America in the comic books (oh I’m sorry my inner nerd is showing) and let’s face it, your kid is crushing the competition on his own, no team required….. for the moment. Your daughter is tough. Keep her riding!

  8. Comment by skippy | 09.6.2011 | 9:39 am

    That he thought of W.W. is outstandingly generous ! Nearly 4 months have passed since the tragedy and Fatty’s guide going down last week is a constant reminder of the hazards we all face daily .

    Great to see how he still won by waiting for the count to finish . Get him to follow @fstherandson as they will also delight fatty’ following

  9. Comment by Jenni | 09.6.2011 | 9:40 am

    Wow, I felt pride for him crossing the Donut finish line as if it were my own son. Exceptional effort!!

  10. Comment by Steph Bachman | 09.6.2011 | 9:50 am

    Great kids you are raising! : ) Way to go!

  11. Comment by chad | 09.6.2011 | 10:09 am

    I love it when the kid who plays by the rules takes the win!

  12. Comment by Fat Cathy | 09.6.2011 | 10:17 am

    Bucky is a way cool kid. Allez Bucky! I look forward to following your pro career!

  13. Comment by GJ Jackie | 09.6.2011 | 10:21 am

    Priceless. Your kids have such tough spirit!

  14. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 09.6.2011 | 10:24 am

    So the kids are now at school and Wife#1 and I are watching the video, again. TOO, Too, MUCH!
    Her comments: “it must suck getting passed by a little kid”
    “look at him tucking for the downhill”
    “he’s just a little beast”

    Bravo to Bucky, and snaps to Dad.

  15. Comment by Geo | 09.6.2011 | 10:29 am

    Love all the double-takes from adults as he flies past them.

  16. Comment by Eric | 09.6.2011 | 10:32 am

    Awesome! My oldest son is 7 and really loves riding, but not to that level, yet. I don’t think there is anything more inspiring as a parent than seeing your children achieve what they dream. Thanks for sharing the adventures of Bucky.

  17. Comment by The Bike Nazi | 09.6.2011 | 10:39 am

    What a great story! Thanks for sharing. All cyclists who have kids probably wish their kid was into cycling as much as yours are. I’m so happy for you and for the future of cycling.

  18. Comment by Jesse | 09.6.2011 | 10:39 am

    I am in such suspense, I have to wait til I get home to see the video!

  19. Comment by Sara | 09.6.2011 | 10:43 am

    “Most people thought he was a NASCAR driver.” Love that!

    Such a cool kid – the W for Wouter… You’re making me cry at work again!

  20. Comment by BigShorty | 09.6.2011 | 10:58 am

    I’m 38 years old riding a bike well above my ability….and I totally got smoked by Bucky on the flats of the Tour de Donut!

    I remember seeing him pass me and thinking…wow, this little dude is fast.

    I wonder if it would look bad to draft off of a 9 year old next year?

  21. Comment by AKChick | 09.6.2011 | 11:05 am

    LOVE IT! That was the best blog yet! It had all the elements of a good story, suspense, the villian (Go Contador – no he’s not the villian, the evil sister rooting for him is), a compelling and handsome lead, the build-up, the climax, the win! Jubilation, tears (Wouter!) and the laugh at the end. That ending was so perfect (out of state license plates).

    If you have more Bucky stories, please share! I love the fact that you aren’t afraid to let him do what he wants when it comes to exercise. We have too many kids who think physical activity is twiddling your thumbs on the game controller or flipping tv channels witht he remote.

    Now I want to know, who is the Fatcyclist and why is such a superb writer blogging on this stranger’s site?

    *wink* I’m just kidding Fatty. :) Still love you!

  22. Comment by AKChick | 09.6.2011 | 11:06 am

    Also, is Bucky accompanying you to Austin? Might have to get his autograph!

  23. Comment by Rob M. | 09.6.2011 | 11:27 am

    Either that was trick photography, or, we just watched someone who will smash Lance’s records.

    What a great kid and a great story. I loved the “W” part.

    Paul, thanks for sharing.

  24. Comment by melicious | 09.6.2011 | 12:08 pm

    Simply awesome! Thank you so much for sharing ‘Bucky’s’ excellent race endeavors. What a neat kid!

  25. Comment by pathguy | 09.6.2011 | 12:18 pm

    Hah, excellent! Consider us Bucky fans! Kids are so amazing in their ability to exceed your expectations.
    Great stories, and the story-telling makes me feel like I saw it myself

  26. Comment by Jacob | 09.6.2011 | 12:20 pm

    If he has the genes, he’s definitely got the obsession part going to do it for real if he doesn’t change his mind in the next 10 years. It’s impressive to see a kid that young be that driven.

    You don’t feel sorry for those kids. They do it because they want to. It’s the kids whose parents drive them to it that you feel sorry for.

  27. Comment by skippy | 09.6.2011 | 12:33 pm

    Here is link for ” Bucky “:!/FatherSonTour
    also their blog :

    With three boys under ten Bill could add ” Bucky” to the team for Levi’s event !

  28. Comment by Julie | 09.6.2011 | 12:43 pm

    Great post, thanks for sharing!!

  29. Comment by NYCCarlos | 09.6.2011 | 12:47 pm

    your kid is awesome. man… I wish I loved cycling as much as he does.

    Also – huge props for the “W”. Very classy.

    Lastly… you deserve to hear again that you, sir, are an awesome father.

  30. Comment by Ryan Surface | 09.6.2011 | 12:52 pm

    Allez Bucky!

  31. Comment by Bryan (not that one) | 09.6.2011 | 12:52 pm

    Congratulations, Bucky! Allez!

  32. Comment by Ferd Berfle | 09.6.2011 | 1:12 pm

    This story made my day. I’m sitting here at my desk at work with tears in my eyes. Bucky, good luck and be careful on the roads.

    Forza Bucky

  33. Comment by Elizabeth | 09.6.2011 | 1:16 pm

    Bucky rocks! He needs his own blog detailing all his adventures and rise to stardom–that’s all there is to it. :)

  34. Comment by bahama mama | 09.6.2011 | 1:25 pm

    Bucky’s already a cycling champ and a champ at life. Congrats to both father and son.

  35. Comment by Paul Guyot | 09.6.2011 | 1:28 pm

    @skippy — yes, I’ve seen Liam and his dad. That’s not us. Jack’s not at that level by any means, and even if he was I would not want him at such a young age to be locked into any one thing. More power to the them, but that’s not us.

    While my son absolutely loves cycling, he also loves soccer and golf and basketball and fishing, and all his friends and school.

    I want him to have as normal a childhood as possible.

  36. Comment by Wash | 09.6.2011 | 1:47 pm


  37. Comment by Demonic1 | 09.6.2011 | 1:54 pm

    I’ll stay tuned for the “further adventures of Bucky!” :)
    Cute kid stories are awesome….especially ones that race! Thanks for sharing.

  38. Comment by Kel | 09.6.2011 | 2:02 pm

    Awesome! I agree – Bucky might need his own blog. How did you take the video? Thanks for sharing!

  39. Comment by jodie_a | 09.6.2011 | 2:19 pm

    See I knew you had another Bucky story in you. Thanks for sharing. What a great family time you guys all had. I’m starting to think Fatty may not get his blog back.

  40. Comment by Charlie | 09.6.2011 | 2:43 pm

    Impressive! Great job!

  41. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 09.6.2011 | 2:59 pm

    Maybe ‘Bucky’ could play Fatty’s kid in his(Fatty’s) Leverage debut. How’s that for a normal childhood? And c’mon, his dad is a TV Producer! From St. Louis! how ‘normal’ is that?

  42. Comment by CAPT Steve | 09.6.2011 | 3:33 pm

    Bucky is wise and perceptive beyond his years. Even at his age, he seems to have picked up that Contador is an amazing athlete that somehow lacks class.

  43. Comment by Paul Scarlett | 09.6.2011 | 3:34 pm

    can we get a race ref to look at 4:50 please! Bucky had to change lines three times to get around!

    Great to see such a fantastic attitude, bless you and your family!

  44. Comment by Scott R | 09.6.2011 | 3:46 pm

    Awesome story, allez Bucky!

  45. Comment by Victoria | 09.6.2011 | 4:00 pm

    Jack, mostly because of your great insight, Garmin is now my favorite team, also. Make sure you tell them to keep riding fast and strong. And to stay healthy and fit. We expect
    lots more great stuff from them, right? And you, too.

  46. Comment by Kelly Savelkoul | 09.6.2011 | 4:08 pm

    What more can I say than love, love, love it!

  47. Comment by PedalGeek | 09.6.2011 | 4:17 pm

    Way to go Jack! I can’t wait to watch you ride the classics as you get older.

    Any chance you want to teach me how to climb?

  48. Comment by Dave T | 09.6.2011 | 4:19 pm

    Awesome job Bucky. The part about wanting to do the W put me right over the edge.

  49. Comment by cyclurkette | 09.6.2011 | 4:23 pm

    Bucky is my new hero.

  50. Comment by evil3 | 09.6.2011 | 4:31 pm

    I might not post very often, but I am now an official life long fan of Bucky. I take that back, I am his #1 fan, because I said so.

    Really I am enjoying reading about your son, he is an inspiration to me. Lance has the message of never giving up on life, but Bucky makes me want to push myself even harder so I can’t lose to him in the future.

    Now to go back and watch the tour de doughnut.

    Also I would love to hang with him for a a week or 2, and just talk biking, and get some fun rides in.

    -Mike J (yes my initials are MJ lol)

  51. Comment by Blue Breezer | 09.6.2011 | 4:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing Jack and your family adventures with us. Bucky rocks! If he decides that cycling is his true calling when he grows up, I’ll be out there cheering along the way but you won’t hear me shouting out for Saxo Bank, either.

  52. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 09.6.2011 | 5:29 pm

    Here’s my personal invitation to you and Bucky to attend the Utah Tour de Donut next year – on us! Just make it here and everything else will be taken care of. I’m dead serious. We need more inspirational kids as examples these days and the family-friendly aspect of the race lends itself to great stories like Bucky’s. Get a hold of me through the Utah Tour de Donut website!

    Rod Martin
    Rotary Club of American Fork
    Utah Tour de Donut Chair

  53. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 09.6.2011 | 5:32 pm

    Oh, and I know a pretty cool blogger that lives around here. He MIGHT grace you with his presence if you make it out this way. :) No promises since I haven’t talked to his personal assistant for approval to make that statement…

  54. Comment by Anonymous | 09.6.2011 | 6:04 pm

    Fatty has tweeted he rode the Galibier(both sides) with Andy-where’s the freaking snow-Hampsten, and we should envy him. I would suggest he should envy us, and the fact his blog has been hijacked by an 8 year old.

    @Comment by RodNeeds2Ride- Please let the Fatty World know if Jack and Paul are coming to Utah and when. I’m willing to pack up my 8/9 year old and travel east to attend, and I am confident there are other Fatties equally deranged.

  55. Comment by bacmapei | 09.6.2011 | 6:04 pm

    This post was tonight’s bedtime reading to my daughter (11) & son (7). I hoped Jack inspires them to pursue something with passion and keep a sense of fun that is often lost too soon once the activities get super competitive.

  56. Comment by Carl | 09.6.2011 | 6:32 pm

    How cool! Thanks for sharing with us!

  57. Comment by Paul Guyot | 09.6.2011 | 6:50 pm

    @RodNeeds2Ride — if you give me a firm date and can help us out with accommodations we are there! Maybe we can stay in Fatty’s basement… do they have basements in Utah?

    I’m sure Bucky would love to take his Tour de Donut tour across the US. Maybe we could hit all the TdD’s? :)

    I will contact you and see if we can work it out. Would love for him to meet the Fatty family.

    But… I think this means TWIN SIX must finally design a kids size Team Fatty kit!

  58. Comment by Jenny @ Fondant is Gross | 09.6.2011 | 6:59 pm

    Great job, Bucky! What a kid, to think of Wouter. I think we all will be following his career and waiting for him to break into the pros!

  59. Comment by Dani | 09.6.2011 | 7:28 pm

    Great Post! The hard work your son did makes me want my son to do that. and It inspires me too. How exciting. Ride on!

  60. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 09.6.2011 | 7:37 pm

    Awesome in every way! Go Bucky go!

  61. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 09.6.2011 | 8:18 pm

    @Paul Guyot: Check out the link from Rodneeds2ride it takes you to the donut site

    Fatty’s basement is also his office, it will help you with his character for his Leverage debut

    Ok when Fatty gets back he’s going to have to create the Super Fatty Weekend Festival, if we’re all going to come (MattC, NYCarlos)

  62. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 09.6.2011 | 8:59 pm

    Paul- just showing the video to my 8 year old. I notice he has a device on his bike. (Bike computer or Cat Eye?) Is it uploaded to +3?

  63. Comment by Steve | 09.6.2011 | 9:47 pm

    Way to go! What an awesome story and what a great way to spend such fun time with your kids! Kudos to both of them (and you) for such great attitudes. It’s such fun to see our little versions of ourselves pulling on their jerseys, cycling shorts, cycling gloves and helmets, even when it’s just to ride up and down on the driveway. Thanks for sharing a great story.

  64. Comment by MattC | 09.6.2011 | 10:11 pm

    Hey…somebody talking about donuts?? Great idea David…..I’d LOVE to make it up to Utah for next years Super Fatty Weekend Tour de Donut weekend…hmm…riding bikes, check. Eating donuts, CHECK! Of course accommodations will have to be arranged…just how big is Fatty’s basement? I think he might have room in his garage…I’m pretty low-maint. And the chance to meet Paul and Bucky, and all the other “deranged” Fatties who can pack up and make it to Utah for an insane event…sounds like a good time!

    Paul…another AWESOME post! You’re gonna have to get Bucky his own site…he will have more followers than Fatty pretty quick (if not now).

    And hey, just a shout-out to all the LIVESTRONG San Jose Fatties…I’m up in Sunnyvale for the next month (work)…just got in this afternoon, brought both Mt and Rd bikes, and I’m jonesing to ride. Be working graveyard shift though (11pm to 6am, 7 days a week) so will be riding in the afternoons…if anybody is interested in hooking up for a ride give me a shout.

    Go Contador! (if I EVER get to ride with Bucky I’ll keep this in mind to ’spin him’). TOO FUNNY!!!!

  65. Comment by Wife#1 | 09.6.2011 | 11:52 pm

    Oh sure, Husband #1 DavidfromMarin is committing his family to Utah next July just as he gets ready to abandon said family for a week to ride Cycle Oregon. Harumph.

    Now, when quizzed today about participation in the Tour de Donut, our spawn, er, children of the corn, er, kidlets had this to say…. The 10 y/o princessa with the far nicer Cannondale road bike than mom has wants to know if they have cake donuts or powdered. “I don’t do glazed”. The almost 8 y/o son in training for Leadville on the cheap kid’s Trek MB (which is still better than mom’s) says: “I don’t eat donuts and won’t eat donuts (not in a house not with a mouse), but I’ll pedal like a maniac if that’s good enough?”

    Mom is mulling that Tour de Donut would be the perfect event for daddy to take both kids off to do with just him, thus leaving her home alone for the week. This could help make up for the next time Dad hears the siren’s call of a multi-day event cycling event that the kids are clearly to young to do (yet).

    Yeah – what a great idea. But I digress. ;-)

    The only important thing is this: Bucky rules. He definitely has some serious je ne sais quoi going on. You should be proud, he sounds like an awesome kid.

    Psst Bucky…. I don’t like Contador either, no matter how well he dances those pedals up the mountain.

  66. Comment by salittle1 | 09.7.2011 | 12:44 am

    pure joy and pleasure from cycling and pushing yourself to your maximum, thank you for the reminder, ALLEZ BUCKY ALLEZ

  67. Comment by Pip | 09.7.2011 | 2:43 am

    I want to adopt your son! Honestly though, if he keeps loving what he’s doing then he’s got a great future ahead of him in cycling.

  68. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 09.7.2011 | 10:19 am

    @MattC A month in San Jose how cool is that. I WILL come down for a ride (afternoons) Interested in Mt. Hamilton(from the ATOC)
    Mt. Bike at Henry Coe or Soquel Forrest, or El Corte Madera?

    Taking suggestions from all Team Fatty’s, Jann?
    Other Fatties, let’s get together, bring “head shots’ we can send to Paul.

    Reach me at
    David H

  69. Comment by BG | 09.7.2011 | 10:35 am

    OMG, are your kids the cutest ones ever OR WHAT?

  70. Comment by ProfessorOrange | 09.7.2011 | 1:02 pm

    Paul, your son has serious class. Way to go Bucky! +1 crying at work, both for the video and the “W” finish. I dream of doing the same (or whatever else he aspires to) with my boy someday. Is it too soon to buy a road bike for a not quite 1 year old? It’s been great reading you Paul, thanks for your contributions.

  71. Comment by Dan.weise | 09.7.2011 | 1:17 pm

    Awesome job Bucky and little sis! Such an inspiration and joy to see someone so love something! A true fan and can’t wait for further adventures.

  72. Comment by Haven-KT | 09.7.2011 | 1:49 pm

    Man, what awesome kids! Way to go Bucky and Bucky’s kid sister!

  73. Comment by NRoberts | 09.7.2011 | 2:42 pm

    Never commented on Fatty’s but I love this post. I too have a Jack (only 5). He always wants to join mom and dad on our rides. The video was awesome. Congrats to Bucky and can’t wait to see him at the TdF.

  74. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 09.7.2011 | 6:32 pm

    Hey, looks like we’ve REALLY hijacked this bus now! He doesn’t even know it yet but I’m sure Fatty won’t mind having all of you sleep in his garage and/or basement :)

    But seriously, we are more than happy as the Rotary Club of American Fork to make as many arrangements as possible to help those from Team Fatty that want to come next year. Fatty has been a HUGE support – both in securing Sponsors and making our event super fun and meaningful. I personally have been VERY impressed by what all you Team Fatty-ers are capable of doing together – you guys ROCK!

    Anyone that wants to, please contact me at and we’ll make this shindig happen! Maybe include a ride up to Tibble Fork? Climb Suncrest a few times? Bratwurst BBQ at Fatty’s house? The possibilities are endless…right Fatty? :)

  75. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 09.7.2011 | 11:11 pm

    Oh, and the Utah Tour de Donut will be on July 14th 2012!

  76. Comment by Blane | 09.8.2011 | 5:02 pm

    Loved the video. Bucky can get it man. I gotta say though…Paul, I was really disappointed in the leadout on the finish. You should have been the Renshaw to his Cavendish.

  77. Comment by Rachel | 09.22.2011 | 7:55 am

    I could have sworn that these posts were about my kiddo. The only differences are:
    1. Mine is 9.
    2. He rides a Fuji instead of a Trek.
    3. He hasn’t ever actually met the Garmin-Cervelo guys, but that doesn’t stop him from talking about them like they are his friends.
    My little guy loves to race and is totally into bikes. He loves the posts about Bucky because he is a kindred spirit! Hope to run into you guys at a race someday. My kiddo will be they guy in Garmin kit with a Fuji!


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