Fight Breast Cancer, Win a Dream Bike

10.3.2012 | 1:37 pm

A Note from Fatty: If you already know how this works and would just like to get your donation in, click here to go to my donation page. Good luck; I hope you win!

201210031156.jpgWhen I first decided to get seriously and permanently involved in fundraising for the fight against cancer, I had a big decision to make: Do I go fairly general — raise money against all kinds of cancer?

Or do I go fairly specific, and raise money for the fight against breast cancer, which is what Susan had?

I made the right decision — going general — because regardless of where the cancer starts, it’s infuriatingly destructive. I want to partner with and fight for everyone and anyone who wants to work in this fight, regardless of what kind of cancer has affected you.

That said, I have a special place in my heart reserved for hating breast cancer. It’s what got Susan. It’s what got my grandma, so I never got to meet her. My stepmom had it (she’s doing great). It’s what had me scared on behalf of one of my absolute favorite blog-friends very recently (she hasn’t mentioned it publicly here, so I won’t mention her name right now).

And it’s what got Michelle Weiser, the woman who was engaged to my friend, Dustin Brady.

Dustin (you’ll remember him from his incredibly inspirational Ironman story from last year) and I got to know each other during Susan’s and Michelle’s fights, talking on the phone about how our loved ones were doing, treatment status and options, and trading tips on what made Susan and Michelle more comfortable.

By the time we lost Susan and Michelle, Dustin and I had agreed that we’d keep working together in the fight against cancer. Me with my soapbox, Dustin with his awesome access to top-notch incentives.

Which means you have a chance to win an outrageously sweet road bike — a Giant TCR Advanced SL with the all new Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 11-speed group with wheels (WH-9000-C24 clinchers) and Dura-Ace pedals. Not to mention some additional amazing prizes.

All for the benefit of Young Survival Coalition, the global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Grand Prize

Michelle worked for Giant Bicycles and Dustin works for Shimano, so it’s little wonder that the grand prize for this contest is a Giant TCR Advanced SL, with the all-new Dura-Ace 9000 11-speed group, with wheels and pedals.

Check out the frame:

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The frame and fork are an advanced SL-Grade composite, with internal cable routing. The Fork has a full composite OverDrive 2 steerer, the seatpost is a Vector composite.

And in short, this is a pro-level frame. Read more details here.

And then you’re going to build it up with the all-new Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 components and wheels:

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This is a mechanical group, but the technology behind it is insanely amazing. As in, the geniuses at Shimano have made the shifting action feel both easier and — astonishingly — more responsive. Check out the review from FairWheel Bikes to get an idea how incredibly great this brand-new groupo is.

Then this all gets topped off — OK, more like “bottomed” off with — Dura-Ace pedals. And in short, this bike is going to be fast, ridiculously light, and beautiful as all get-out. You are going to love it.

More Prizes!

Hey, not everyone’s going to win a top-end road bike. In fact, most of you won’t. Come to think of it, only one of you will.

Luckily, there’s more than just one prize we’ll be giving away. For example, we’ll be giving away this super-sweet set of Dura-Ace PD-9000 pedals:


And we’ll be giving away a GoPro HD Hero2 camera:


Just in case you haven’t seen my videos lately, this is the exact same kind of camera I’ve been using and getting the best footage I’ve ever gotten. Check this out. And this. Nice looking, eh? If you’re riding, you definitely want one of these for yourself. Awesome, easy-to-use, incredibly versatile cameras.

And finally (and most expensively, actually), we’ll be giving a way your choice of WH-7900-C50 or C-35 clincher wheels, compatible with 10 or 9-speed bikes.

As for myself, I dig the C50s, as you can see on my Shiv:



And here’s a little prize with some attitude — something to tell the world what you think about cancer:

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A complete kit from the F&ck Cancer site, the brainchild of Dustin and Michelle.

You know, I think I might get one of those kits for myself.

How The Contest Works

Entering the contest is really easy. For every $5.00 you donate at my Tour de Pink fundraising page, you get a chance at winning each of these prizes. So, here’s how it works, in nice easy steps:

  1. Go to my Tour de Pink fundraising page.
  2. Donate any amount, in $5.00 increments.
  3. For every $5.00 you donate, you get a row on my magical spreadsheet of prizes.
  4. I choose winning rows at random, using to choose winners.
  5. You must donate by October 11 to win.
  6. I will contact winners by phone and / or email.

Pretty simple. And the fact is, Young Survival Coalition is about as straight-line to the type of cancer that both Susan and Michelle fought. Charity Navigator gives them four stars.

So your money will be well-spent, on an incredibly relevant cancer.

Speaking for both Dustin and myself, thank you very much for taking the time to make a donation.


  1. Comment by KM | 10.3.2012 | 2:07 pm

    Once again Fatty you raise the bar for not only great causes but great swag as well! In fact it’s insanely amazing swag!! I’ll be donating soon in my usual amount….which never seems to win I might add. So everyone should feel welcome to donate and have no fear that I will win anything. Kinda like my racing career.

  2. Comment by Ben | 10.3.2012 | 2:11 pm

    Awesome initiative, congrats on getting this up and running! Have flung a small bit your way

    Are the prizes open to those of us outside the US as well?

  3. Comment by Tore Olaussen | 10.3.2012 | 2:11 pm

    Great cause, great prizes, great blog.
    Donation… check!

  4. Comment by aussie kev | 10.3.2012 | 2:17 pm

    i am so getting one of those jerseys !!!


  5. Comment by AKChick55 | 10.3.2012 | 2:28 pm

    Done. I own a Giant TCX-W (women specific cross) that I LOVE. I would love to win a bike especially a Giant, but donating to this race and supporting you in this endeavor is my main motivation. I love the kit! Very cool. Will our representative from last year be riding again this year? I would love to participate in this ride someday.

    I can vouch that the Young Survival Coalition is a legit organization. I have a few friends who have gotten involved with them after going through treatment. They have some great programs.

    FLS and FLM!

    I’m in contact with someone else as a Team Fatty ambassador for riding this year. More on this soon. – FC

  6. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 10.3.2012 | 2:48 pm

    Yeah!!! Another Fatty event to give money to. My poor kids are destined for community college but I will feel better for helping whenever Fatty asks. I know my kids will understand….one day….when they’re picking my “home

  7. Comment by Mark | 10.3.2012 | 3:31 pm

    So many worthy causes. So much cool stuff. No better combination. Donation made.

  8. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 10.3.2012 | 3:41 pm

    Did it. Great cause Fatty!

  9. Comment by Erik S | 10.3.2012 | 5:03 pm


    FYI, the kits are up for pre-order at

    I plan on getting at least the jersey, once I can spare funds :P

  10. Comment by Erik S | 10.3.2012 | 5:11 pm

    AKChick55: Yes Heather is riding this year…She’s already raised the money necessary independently.

  11. Comment by GTM | 10.3.2012 | 7:13 pm

    Love this. Jersey ordered!

  12. Comment by Laura S | 10.3.2012 | 10:32 pm

    Awesome. As usual. This may be my first ever complete kit purchased.

  13. Comment by cyclingjimbo | 10.4.2012 | 5:31 am

    I am in.

    I have a colleague and friend who is undergoing surgery today for a recurrence of breast cancer, so I am way in.

    Fight like Susan, Becky!

  14. Comment by Jeff Bike | 10.4.2012 | 10:03 am

    Donation made, This is close to my heart. My step-mother is a BC survivor, now dad is in the hospital right now recovering from bladder cancer surgery.

  15. Comment by Doug (Way upstate NY) | 10.4.2012 | 10:36 am

    Donation made. I hope you have picked a great FC rep for the event……I’m sure you have ;)

    BTW. Who is going to the Fondo next year? Do we have winners from that yet?

  16. Comment by TominAlbany | 10.4.2012 | 10:38 am

    Fatty, I think I’ve tossed most of my charitable donations budget at your stuff this year! The swag is totally awesome but, really, it’s your blog that gets me to the various charities you represent.

    Your gift for gab (blog) is going to excellent use!


    P.S. Loved the book. Can’t wait for Fight Like Susan

  17. Comment by dru | 10.4.2012 | 12:36 pm

    in. i’m so tired of cancer. cousin had it. two grandparents died of it. killed my wife’s dad. her step grandma is fighing it and she just got a call saying her grandpa just got diagnosed with it.

    she looked at me and asked, “does everyone die of cancer?”


  18. Comment by Jenni | 10.4.2012 | 4:37 pm

    Donation MADE!!!!!!

  19. Comment by leroy | 10.4.2012 | 6:43 pm

    My dog asked to borrow my credit card to donate.

    Ordinarily, I don’t trust him with stuff like that.

    But he promised he’d ask for a kit in a size I could wear if he won because black is a slimming color.

    Those etiquette classes we sent him to are really paying off.

  20. Comment by Adam | 10.8.2012 | 12:26 am

    Inspired, and donated, Thanks Fatty!!

  21. Comment by Jessy | 10.8.2012 | 9:50 am

    There you go.

  22. Comment by diverkiwi | 10.10.2012 | 9:20 pm

    Keep on fighting!

  23. Comment by Geoffrey | 10.11.2012 | 3:04 pm

    Whoo hoo! You exceeded $10k!


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