The Big Events I’d Plan to Attend in 2012 If The World Weren’t Going to End

12.1.2011 | 7:57 am

201112010741.jpgA “Well, That’s a Nice Surprise” Note from Fatty: As a beloved, Lifetime Achievement-winning, cycling comedy blogging celebrity mega-super-duperstar and social media guru, you’d think that I would get tired of nice things being said about me. Well, you would be wrong, and I’d appreciate your not being so presumptuous, thanks.

The fact is, I’m a sucker for praise. And praise from an unexpected corner is unexpectedly nice.

So it was an especially nice surprise to get listed in Outside Magazine’s Top 10 Biking Blogs article yesterday. Check me out, I’m at number 5. Comfortably in the middle. Here’s what they had to say about me:


It’s worth checking out the whole article; I was happy to see my friends BSNYC, Boulder Report and Red Kite Prayer (at number 1, congrats Padraig!) in there, too, and found it was a great list for introducing me to some good blogs I hadn’t previously heard of. So: nice job and thanks to Aaron Gulley at Outside!

The Big Events I’d Plan to Attend in 2012 If The World Weren’t Going to End

It’s a shame that 2012 is when the world is going to end, because I’ve already loaded it up with a bunch of fun and interesting biking events I really want to do.

And the thing is, I haven’t even really been looking for good events, yet. A bunch have just fallen into my lap. Once I start spending time looking around, I expect this calendar is going to be loaded up even more.

I figure it’s worth putting this list up now, though, so just in case you’re looking for events to fill your calendar up. Then we could hang out and stuff. That would be awesome.

Note: This list includes running events, in addition to cycling events. This was unavoidable, seeing as how The Hammer is also The Runner.

I apologize in advance.

Moab Canyonlands Half Marathon (March 17)

The first event of the year is a run. This will be, I believe, The Hammer’s eleventh annual running of this race. As a guy who knows a little something about not liking to break a streak, I definitely want her to do this run. I will join her at the start line, and she will wait for me at the finish line.

Boston Marathon (April 16)

The Hammer qualified for the Boston Marathon at Ogden last year. I’ll be coming along in a LiveStrong Charity slot. And the cool thing is, I’ve been given permission for four other Team Fatty members to sign up and run the Boston with us, too! Stay tuned for details on how you can be part of Team Fatty for this event.

Ogden Marathon (May 19)

I have a special place in my heart for this marathon for two reasons. First, because it’s where The Hammer qualified for the Boston Marathon, and that was important to her (which makes it important to me). Second, it’s the first time I’ve ever been proud of how I ran a race. Hey, I finished under four hours. For me, that’s a big deal.

100 Miles of Nowhere

Note that I don’t have a date for the 2012 100 Miles of Nowhere yet, but also note that I definitely want to do it. Further, note that I plan to do it sometime during the year when people can do it outside, since that’s increasingly the more popular way to do this event.

And finally, note that I think it might be fun to have anyone who wants to come on over to my neck of the woods do this event with me. Note that it will be the hardest 100 Miles of Nowhere I’ve ever done: I’m thinking this year I might make it be the 100 Miles of Nowhere: Alpine Loop Summit Edition.

If you’ve got an opinion on when this event ought to be, now’s the time to make it known.

Rockwell Relay: Moab to St. George: June 8-9

The 2011 Rockwell Relay may well have been the most fun I have ever had during a race (I believe it also holds the record for longest race report: five parts!). The Hammer concurs; she made it clear this is a must-do event this year.

520 miles, as a non-stop relay, through some of the most incredibly beautiful land you will ever see (or during the night legs, will not see).

Kenny, Heather, The Hammer, and I will all be there to defend our title as the fastest Co-Ed team. Anyone wanna take us on?

Davis LiveStrong Challenge (July ??)

In 2011, Team Fatty completely owned the LiveStrong Challenge Davis. Also, it was my favorite LiveStrong Challenge ever. So — at least for now — I’d like to make Davis the annual Team Fatty LiveStrong Challenge event.

I don’t have a date yet (it’s supposed to be announced today), but I’ll definitely be creating a team, and raising money for this event. I hope you’ll want to join Team Fatty. We’ll be accomplishing a lot of good, and we’ll be having a lot of fun.

And I would not be at all surprised if there were pie involved.

Tour de Donut: July 14

Will Team Fatty once again be the title sponsor of the Utah Tour de Donut?

Quite possibly.

One thing’s for sure, though. I’ll be there. Another thing is probable: Paul Guyot and his son Bucky will be there.

And one final thing is for sure: everyone will feel ill afterward.

Leadville 100

This will be my 16th Leadville 100. It will be The Hammer’s 8th. And if all goes well, it will be the IT Guy’s first.

The Hammer and I have a plan for this edition of this race, and it is to ride alongside The IT Guy, pacing him and making sure he does everything right. Keeping his spirits up. Giving him the benefit of our combined twenty-one finishes in this race.

The IT Guy, it should be noted, hates this plan. He wants nothing to do with it and wants to ride by himself.

To which I reply, “You’re welcome to, if you think you can drop us.”

Breck Epic (August 12-17)

The real reason The Hammer and I aren’t planning to race The Leadville 100 at an all-out pace this year, though, is that the very next day we’re going to be doing our first six-day mountain biking stage race: The Breck Epic.

That’s right. We’re going to do The Leadville 100, and then do six more days of mountain bike racing, starting the next day.

Because we want to, that’s why.

We plan to race in the Open Mixed Duo category, which means a gal and a guy, racing together, always staying within eyesight of each other, for six days.

Honestly, this is the event I am most excited about for the year.

Part II Coming Soon

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Right now I’m in Boston, for work. It’s been an intense week, without a lot of time for writing or anything else (including exercise). And I’ve got to get to a meeting (which cannot start without me, since I’m l leading it) right now.

So the rest of the year’s gonna have to wait. I’ll post it tomorrow.

Meanwhile, let me know what events you’re doing…and if there are events you think I’m missing that I absolutely positively ought to be doing too.


  1. Comment by Alex | 12.1.2011 | 8:26 am

    If you haven’t done it already, you need to put the Iceman Cometh Challenge held in Traverse City Michigan on your schedule. Only 30 miles long, but it’s the biggest single day MTB race in the nation, a helluva party and one of the best ways I can think of to wrap up your season. Midwest MTB racing at it’s finest. Check it out.

  2. Comment by KM | 12.1.2011 | 8:34 am

    I’ll still plug for you to get a team together and do 24 hrs. in the Canyon at Palo Duro Canyon in Texas. You and the Hammer (duo mixed) or Core Team (4 person mixed) could dominate…that is if the local riders let you. Not only do you get some of the best hidden high desert singletrack but you get to help out Harrington Cancer Treatment Center AND Livestrong! But for myself, I’m in the middle of a transition for work and once I know where I’m landing I’ll be picking 2-3 events to shoot for in 2012. Hopefully a couple of 24hr races and a 100 miler of some sort. Creampuff in Oregon or Mohican 100 in Ohio sound like potential candidates…depending upon where I end up landing. For 24 hrs…..we’ll just have to wait and see what you’re doing.

  3. Comment by KM | 12.1.2011 | 8:37 am

    You read that right, Fatty…I could be calling you and the Hammer out……maybe, sorta. Ambivalence rules at the moment.

  4. Comment by TimRides | 12.1.2011 | 8:45 am

    Indeed, the dates have been announced:
    Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Davis
    June 24, 2012
    Davis, California

    But are we gonna see you in Austin this year? If not, it would be handy for us know so we can set the team up earlier than last year.
    Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Austin
    October 21, 2011
    Austin, Texas

    And to be complete, ’cause I don’t want Philly Jen to feel left out:
    Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Philly
    August 18-19, 2012
    Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

  5. Comment by Laura S | 12.1.2011 | 8:49 am

    Congrats on the ranking! You’re definitely my number one bike blog. But I have to say, #4 on the list has been entertaining me for a while. All the ladies should check it out!

  6. Comment by Giel | 12.1.2011 | 9:25 am

    Cycle to the Sun, ride up Haleakala volcano on Maui, HI. Pure awesomeness.

  7. Comment by Russ | 12.1.2011 | 9:26 am

    It’s not a race, but you should definitely check out the 40th annual RAGBRAI. Talk about pie!

  8. Comment by Jim Tolar | 12.1.2011 | 9:37 am


    While I concur with OUTSIDE’s praising your blog as one of the 10 best, I hardly think you qualify as “an average schmo rider”. That is ridiculous. With all the running you’ve started doing (instead of riding), you clearly have dropped out of the average category.


  9. Comment by Head Smacker | 12.1.2011 | 9:50 am

    KM beat me to it! 24 Hours in the Canyon is an amazing event. We did it for the first time in 2011 and will be going back every year for as long as we’re able to sling our legs over our bikes. We went non-competitive and had both road and mountain bikers and our team was centered around a very special young lady who’s been battling a brain tumor since birth (almost 8 years now). Ryan Parnell and his crew do an amazing job of promoting the event and most of the riders are exceptionally kind! Here, I’ve made it easy for you. No, I’m in no way affiliated with Harrington Cancer Center (in Amarillo) or Ryan Parnell…just a fan of what they’re doing.

  10. Comment by Abram | 12.1.2011 | 9:51 am


    The Trans-Sylvania Epic will make the Breck Epic as easy as, um… pie.

    Well… maybe/maybe not, but isn’t mountain biking all pie anyway?

    We need more fat out in them Central PA woods!

  11. Comment by Head Smacker | 12.1.2011 | 9:52 am

    And congrats on the ranking. You deserve it!

  12. Comment by George | 12.1.2011 | 9:52 am

    “a beloved, Lifetime Achievement-winning, cycling comedy blogging celebrity mega-super-duperstar and social media guru” vs “an average schmo rider” ?!?
    For this average schmo upper middle-aged cyclist, the only confirmed ride is the Ride to Nowhere with my college aged daughter.

  13. Comment by Bodhi | 12.1.2011 | 9:55 am

    You have to include the Iron Horse Classic in Durango. That is a fun race with some good high altitude climbing…

  14. Comment by Eric T. | 12.1.2011 | 10:03 am

    My 2012 is not as well thought out as Fatty, but this running chapter of the Friends of Fatty has the following planned at this point:

    March 2012 – Shamrock Half Marathon, VA Beach, VA – target is to drop my PR on this fast course.

    April 2012 – support crew for my wife at the Boston Marathon and hoping to hear of plans for a Team Fatty Meet Up somewhere that weekend. May run the BAA 5K on Sunday, also on a hunt to drop the PR I set there last year.

    April 2012 – American Odyssey Relay – 12 person relay from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC

    Fall 2012 – Coaching my Team and Training participants for the Baltimore and Marine Corps Marathons and then hopefully running the Richmond Marathon in November.

    My wife is hoping to due the 100 MON this year, and I suspect June would be a good time frame for her to build up her cycling miles for the event.

  15. Comment by James Z | 12.1.2011 | 10:04 am

    MARCH?!? Dude, why not start in January? January 15th, to be exact, at Triple D. 60 miles in Iowa snow and 50% or less finish rate. Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of time to build up a Fat Bike (and, now, an excuse). Check it out —

    PS Last year was my first year finishing (after 11hrs):)

  16. Comment by The Flyin' Ute | 12.1.2011 | 10:09 am

    Good work on getting mentioned in Outside! That is the only magazine that I read cover to cover and I’m going on 16 years of subscription.

  17. Comment by Kevin | 12.1.2011 | 10:13 am

    Well, it might not be the best idea the week before the Rockwell Relay, but…
    Go for something really different – add the Dirty Kanza 200 to the list this year! June 2nd, one of the most challenging events you can tackle on a bike. We’ll turn you in to a gravel junkie yet ;)

  18. Comment by GrannyGear | 12.1.2011 | 10:13 am

    Seagull Century, Sat Oct 6, 2012
    Salisbury, Maryland

    Simply the easiest 100 miles you will ever ride!
    Total climb = 114 ft
    Max grade = 2.3%

  19. Comment by Christina | 12.1.2011 | 10:26 am

    I want to do Davis LiveStrong! I’ve been waiting for the date and I think it is do-able. I want to be part of the most awesome team ever!

  20. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 12.1.2011 | 10:32 am

    Congrats on Outside calling you an average schmo! (oh how I aspire to being average)

    I concur with (Comment by Russ | 12.1.2011 | 9:26 am) Ragbrai is a week of fun
    (family friendly if the twins want to ride) and serious pie! Team LiveSTRONG organizes a tremendous group and it would be kinda fun to have a competing group of Team FATTY to mix it up. Last week of July. Now where can I get a bus?973372425_0699d8a342_z.jpg?zz=1

    Also consider:
    Tour de Death:
    Cycle Oregon:

    And how bout a ride in Florida? we could all go visit Joe.

  21. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 12.1.2011 | 10:35 am

    Note the Team Livestrong men, in the picture above. They don’t have hair either.
    (post ride get together to watch TDF Coverage on the Flat Screen) Steve Hed’s bus.

  22. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 12.1.2011 | 10:53 am

    @Laura S.: As a concerned, sensitive, male, forever trying to understand the female mind I checked out #4. Now I feel even more inadequate. LOL though.

  23. Comment by Charlie | 12.1.2011 | 10:54 am

    LV 100 as a warm up for the Breck Epic…? Ouch! That’s an heroic undertaking…

  24. Comment by Jenni | 12.1.2011 | 10:55 am

    I suggest coming to the the Five Boro Bike Tour in NYC.
    Ride for Roswell in Buffalo, NY with other Team Fatty members (as of now me and Joel P)- it’s a cancer center in upstate NY. Any other Fatties want in?!

  25. Comment by zeeeter | 12.1.2011 | 11:11 am

    I’m definitely on for Davis again, the pie is just a sweetener!

  26. Comment by Monica | 12.1.2011 | 11:14 am

    we have a lovely post-Boston annual drinking outing at a bar within stumbling distance at the finish line if you’d like to add that to your calendar. I’ll be sitting on the hills of newton and I take requests for food items to have for runners (funniest yet: an entire turkey sandwich. and yes, they ate the whole thing)

  27. Comment by Christine | 12.1.2011 | 11:25 am

    Already registered for Davis (and Philly)

    Zeeeter-I forgot about the pie now I have another reason to be excited to head out there again.

  28. Comment by Marco | 12.1.2011 | 11:38 am


    I’ll be in Boston cheering on a friend of mine. I’ll come look for you.


  29. Comment by VA Biker | 12.1.2011 | 11:49 am

    First, congratulations on the Outside magazine listing. Second, I like the photos on the Tour de Donut site where it looks like folks are about to blow chunks. I know you’ve reported on such before, but it’s another to see a photo!

  30. Comment by Adventure Monkey | 12.1.2011 | 11:52 am

    Feel like takling the ultimate gravel grinder? The DK200 is calling your name!

  31. Comment by Nathan59801 | 12.1.2011 | 12:01 pm

    You and the Hammer should do the Dakota Five O. It’s in Spearfish SD. Labor Day weekend. Great Race and some of the best single track you could ever ride!

  32. Comment by Charlie | 12.1.2011 | 12:07 pm

    Cascade Bike Club in Seattle just announced a new century. It is the World Bicycle Relief: Red-Bel 100. It supports World Bicycle Relief and travels from Redmond, WA to Bellingham, WA on June 30, 2012. It is only open to 600 riders, however. It supports a great cause and travels along some extremely scenic routes with great support. I’ll really try to be there.

  33. Comment by Heather | 12.1.2011 | 12:07 pm

    Second the Iceman. If not for the race, for the party.

  34. Comment by Paul Guyot | 12.1.2011 | 12:32 pm

    Okay, I tell you that you and the Hammer should ride FOR IT Guy at Leadville, how it will be so rewarding and fun for you all and you tell me – no, not an option. IT Guy won’t allow it.

    So then I tell you to ride the tandem because nothing short of riding for IT Guy would be so rewarding and fun, and totally incredibly difficult, and what happens?

    You say you’re riding for IT Guy.

    I feel your goal is to hurt me, E. And that hurts.

    Now please turn away so I may write a private message to IT Guy…

    Hey! Elden! I said turn away!

    Okay. Um, dear IT Guy. Hi. Hope you’re doing okay. So, listen. Leadville as you know is this crazy thing. And yes, it may seem like… ELDEN TURN AWAY! Sorry, okay, so, it may seem like the last thing you want is people “helping” you or being around when you are suffering, but trust me, I mean really trust me – it will be the greatest experience of your life. They won’t be turning the pedals for you, or pushing or pulling you up those climbs. That will all be you. They will simply be there. With you. Together. Family. And the ONLY thing better than accomplishing something amazing on your own – is doing it with someone else. Trust me. I know both sides of this and it’s true. I swear to you it is true. Okay, you can tell Elden he can stop pretending to be looking at that thing by the computer.

  35. Comment by Cali_Lady | 12.1.2011 | 12:32 pm

    @Laura S.: THANK YOU for pointing out #4 on Outside Magazine’s best blog list! It says, “Objectifying the hottest men in the peloton for your amusement and titillation.” WooHoooo!!! Love it! Oh…and congrats to Fatty too! See you in June in Davis,Ca! It’s a great ride!

  36. Comment by BZ | 12.1.2011 | 12:49 pm

    I second RAGBRAI. Epic pie!

  37. Comment by None Given | 12.1.2011 | 1:01 pm

    Pretty selfish taking up 2 highly-in-demand LT100 spots if y’all are going to just soft pedal.

    1. Yeah, I’m a real bastard.
    2. There’s no possible way to soft-pedal the LT100.
    - FC

  38. Comment by wishiwasmerckx | 12.1.2011 | 1:02 pm

    What, no trash talk about finishing above BSNYC in the Outside Magazine rankings? I am SHOCKED!

  39. Comment by Travis | 12.1.2011 | 1:03 pm

    How about the Hilly Billy Roubaix in Morgantown, WV, on June 23, 2012. 70 of the toughest miles on a bike.

    Here’s the link:

    It’s organized by a local promotor, JR Petsko, who manages the Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association.

    It’s also part of the American Ultracross Series, but the Hilly Billy is the only one that gives us Clydesdales a class of their own. I hope you can come out and race, you won’t be disappointed.

  40. Comment by 3d brian | 12.1.2011 | 1:20 pm

    My top road event will be tour de park city. At around 175 miles it pushed me to my limit last year – especially since I just started riding road in May. Riding the mirror highway was incredibly beautiful – probably my best road ride ever, although the “gauntlet” this fall when the colors were in full bloom was also amazing.

    My top mtn bike event will be 12 hours of Sundance – solo. Although I am extremely not fast I think I have a good chance to podium this year. Why? Well because I am turning 40 and so far they have never had more than 1 or 2 40+ people enter the event. So if that holds true, I’m thinking my odds are pretty good.


    I keep thinking about doing the Frozen Hog at Lambert park every year. Probably never will…

    Pony Express century by epic biking. This was my first century, maybe I’ll make it a yearly event. I don’t have a lot of event experience but they’re aid stations were awesomely awesome – 7-8 different kids of fresh fruit!

    Tour de donut. Schedule wise it didn’t work out last year. But as you’ve probably long forgotten the whole reason I am “3d brian” is the infamy of only eating 3 donuts at the tour de donut and you ridiculing me over it. Maybe I can finally become 4d brian or 10d brian. Or maybe barf brian…

    Oh yeah, one other little possibility – 100 miles of nowhere.

    I submit that although my list is way less awesome than your list it is superior in a way – way less travel. I’ll spend my event time on my bike not driving.

  41. Comment by Rob L | 12.1.2011 | 1:27 pm

    Got my book today while at work and got to read the first few chapters while rebuilding a workstation. Funny as hell. Love the forwards from the Core Team. hahaha.

  42. Comment by Liz | 12.1.2011 | 1:57 pm

    Congrats on the ranking! Well deserved. But I agree with others, you are no average cyclist.

    You will be busy next year. I am up for the 100 MON for sure. Please put it at a time of the year when it is not 100 degrees on the east coast. Thanks.

  43. Comment by shawn | 12.1.2011 | 2:06 pm

    Sounds like a pretty full season and you didn’t make it all the way through the year…. I have a team for the Rockwell, and although we probably won’t be much competition for your team, we do plan on having a great time (as long as registration doesn’t fill up before we can register)

  44. Comment by Jesse | 12.1.2011 | 2:10 pm

    Running event – more for the Hammer than you, but you guys should “run” the Pike’s Peak Ascent. Since it’s relatively close and it’d be the only race where you might be slow enough to converse with other Fattys while running.

  45. Comment by Jim | 12.1.2011 | 2:20 pm

    Buncha endurance MTB races (4 hour types) on the east coast (plenty of Gnar), maybe a relatively flat 12 Solo in March (should be good for 100 miles, give or take a few, plus a couple weeks of nightmares and leg cramps), and thinking about doing the SM 100, which I hear is just like riding 100 miles on stone flat wind free pavement except it’s mostly singletrack going up and over the BlueRidge Mountains a bunch of times. Lot of weight-sucking between where I am right now and that goal. Hmmm…

  46. Comment by None Given | 12.1.2011 | 2:46 pm

    A flip response. But, true, it is a selfish bastard thing to do.

    In all seriousness, talk to Yuki about the double. And having and eating cake.

  47. Comment by Heber Chad | 12.1.2011 | 3:09 pm

    I’m planning on doing the 100 miles to Fatty’s for Bratworst. It will be a mostly downhill ride from Park City around the mountain (over…are you kidding?) I have to figure out how to get an extra 12 miles on to my map…mmmm, Brats.

  48. Comment by Patrick #4091 | 12.1.2011 | 3:27 pm

    well, hopefully I’ll be doing 100 miles of nowhere again, I’ll see if I can get club mates involved this time, in terms of dates, how about either the weekend before or the weekend before your relay race? That way it could be good training for you.

    As long as the world doesn’t end, I’d like to do the 2013 100 miles of nowhere with you guys?

  49. Comment by Susie H | 12.1.2011 | 10:45 pm

    super excited for Davis in June, and this year–drum roll please–i think i’ll be riding! yay! i volunteered last year on the course, but after my short conversation with Lisa, i was inspired to start riding with my man. i’ll be on a mountain bike, but i’m pretty sure i can hang for at least the 40 mile course.

    did i mention i was super excited???

    oh, and PIE!

  50. Comment by AngieG | 12.1.2011 | 11:24 pm

    All you Fatty’s- Come to Davis!!! How about I reserve the Hall of Fame again and we have another Fatty party?

  51. Comment by Shelley | 12.2.2011 | 12:28 am

    LOVE the idea of an annual Davis LiveStrong contingent!! It was unbelievably fun last year. I’ll start training for the massive pie consumption immediately.

  52. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 12.2.2011 | 12:42 am

    @AngieG- I’m all in for the Hall of Fame, maybe we could get them to induct Fatty… or a jersey. HaH!!

    I’ll volunteer again for the PIE, maybe we can rustle up some brats, and some guacamole. Let’s give some thought to taking Elden and Lisa out for a little NoCal ride. Open for suggestions: Tahoe Flume Trail, Mr. Toad’s? Maybe we could get Mr. Fisher to race Repack with Fatty… maybe on Klunkers?
    “1977, Gary sets the Repack record of 4:22:14, a record that still stands”

    Or give Fatty a head start in Davis and see if Gary can catch him;
    “1978, Gary wins the Solo Division with the fastest overall time in the 209-mile Davis Double Century, with a time of 9 hours, 18 minutes”

    Angie- let me know what I can do to help make this a great Fatty Fest.

  53. Comment by Turn The Damn Cranks | 12.2.2011 | 8:31 am

    @GrannyGear is right that the Seagull is well worth riding. Great people running the event, and riding the course. You get to see wild horses just inches away from you as you approach the 65 mile rest stop. And there’s apple pie a la mode at the last stop.

    It’s woth noting that although flat, just looking at the elevation profile doesn’t do the sucker justice. When the wind whips up — and it always does — it can be very, very painful. The last forty miles last year were ridiculous — we were passing lots of folks despite riding stretches at a whopping 10 mph.

  54. Comment by Shawn | 12.2.2011 | 8:59 am

    Team Fatty at BM… I want in!

  55. Comment by Deborah Bowling | 12.2.2011 | 11:33 am

    Come ride the Hoodoo 500!

  56. Comment by dirtengineer | 12.2.2011 | 2:30 pm

    @Turn The Damn Cranks – Agreed, the last 40-ish miles this year were painful. Gusts up to 30mph and constant wind from 10-20mph with nothing to hide behind was not fun.

  57. Comment by Christopher Stephens | 12.3.2011 | 5:37 pm

    To those considering the Canyonlands Half in Moab in March, a) do it, because it is awesome – if you can get in and, b) consider making it a Moab week by adding on the Skinny Tire Festival, which is, I believe, the weekend before, a set a road rides around the area, including one through Arches National Park. I did this in March 2010, and it was amazing.

    As for Fatty, maybe he (and the rest of us) should consider the Tour de BBQ in KC in October. It’s a Livestrong fundraiser which mixes biking with, yes, barbecue (I think six stops along the 60 mile route). More info here:

  58. Comment by Bike and the Fat Man | 12.6.2011 | 12:01 pm

    You should come down for thr Rouge Roubaiux In St Francisville, La

  59. Comment by Matt | 12.6.2011 | 4:24 pm

    +3 for the Dirty Kanza 200. 200 miles of gravel, if you think you can handle it…


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