More Awesome Prizes In Grand Slam 2

12.18.2012 | 3:10 pm

A Note from Fatty: Today at 1pm ET / 10am PT, I’ll be hosting a live interview / Q&A with James Huang, the CyclingNews and Bike Radar technical editor / god of bicycle knowledge. You can watch the interview below, though I suggest clicking here to Spreecast, where you can join in the chat and ask James questions yourself.

I’ve been a fan of James for — well, I don’t know how long. Years and years.

But I do know why I’m a fan of James. It’s because I’ve found I can trust him. He writes the fairest, most honest, and comprehensive bike gear reviews I’ve ever seen. His knowledge of bike gear runs as deep as mine runs shallow, and yet he writes clearly and cleanly, so even a dope like me can understand what he’s saying.

So I’ve invited him over for a chat, to talk about what it’s like to be privy to what’s coming next in the bike industry, to be paid to see and ride stuff daily that the rest of us can only dream of.

And to find out how and why he chose his Twitter moniker, @angryasian

Best of all, James has agreed to answer questions. So if you’ve been wondering about getting a new bike or upgrading the one you have or are wondering about some other gear-related thing, this will be your chance to ask one of the very most informed guys in the business.

Join me today at 1pm ET / 12noon CT / 11am MT / 10am PT, either right here, or over at SpreeCast.


More Awesome Prizes In Grand Slam 2

Guess what? We’re down to less than a week in the Grand Slam 2 for Zambia: This Time It’s Personal. We’ve raised more than $111,111. Which means we’ve got just under $14,000 to raise in just under a week.

Now, just to refresh your memory, there are already a ridiculous number of prizes that will be awarded once this contest ends, including: 

That is, I believe you will agree, a lot of amazing prizes. I believe you will further agree that the cause is as worthy as there could be: you are making it possible to give someone the chance to thrive, instead of just survive. You are giving them a way to stay in school, to get a better job. You’re giving them the chance to see what they can do if they have the power of a bicycle.

And you do all that good — and have a shot at all these prizes — by donating at my Grand Slam 2 page. Even $5 gets you a shot at all the prizes, with your chances improving as you donate more. 

Just in case you come from some bizarre universe where I haven’t given you enough incentive to make a donation, though, today I’m going to reveal three more fantastic prizes. 

Cascade Gran Fondo

Two Tickets to All Events at Chris Horner’s Cascade Gran Fondo

I’m going to be honest here: I’ve never been to Chris Horner’s Cascade Gran Fondo. However, I have been to Bend, Oregon (for the Leadman Tri 250), and can promise you this: Bend is beautiful, and the riding there is top-notch.

So I have a feeling that the Cascade Gran Fondo is going to kick butt. How could it not?

And the cool thing is, the winner of this prize will get to bring someone along, and you’ll get to go to not just the Gran Fondo ride and expo, but to all three events, including the VIP dinner and the evening of stories.

Hey, if you win this one, promise me you’ll take lots of pictures and write up the event for this blog, K?

Honey Stinger

Honey Stinger Smorgasbord

I don’t really need to tell you about how much I love Honey Stinger products, do I? I mean, I love pretty much every single thing they make. Their waffles. Their gels. Their energy chews. Everything. So I’m feeling no small amount of envy for the person who wins this prize. You’re going to be pretty much set for the season with this amount of Honey Stinger goodness:

  • 1 box of each flavor Organic Stinger Waffle: Chocolate, Honey, Lemon, Vanilla, and Strawberry. That’s five boxes!
  • 1 box of each flavor Organic Energy Gel: Honey Stinger Energy Gels are absolutely my endurance food of choice. I relied on them pretty much exclusively this year during the Leadville 100, the Leadman Tri 250, and the Breck Epic. They are — without question — my favorite gels of all time. And you’re going to get three boxes of them: Vanilla, Fruit Smoothie, and (my favorite) Acai & and Pomegranate
  • 1 Honey Stinger Cycling Cap
  • 1 Honey Stinger Trucker Hat
  • 1 Honey Stinger Sticker Pack


Signed Ted King Jersey and Swag Bag

You are — alas — not pro cyclist Ted King. And I am not either (alas).

However, you can console yourself by winning a signed jersey from Ted King, along with a very cool swag bag of “I Am Not Ted King” gear, like this T-shirt and other assorted things, at Ted King’s discretion.

From what I understand, the first step in accepting that you are not Ted King is wearing a t-shirt that states as much.

So. Add these three cool new prizes to the 13 listed above, plus the two we’ve already given away, and that’s 18 prizes in this contest. 

And the thing is, I’m still not done announcing all the prizes in the Grand Slam 2. Seriously, I’m not.

My point being, the number and awesomeness of the prizes, combined with the outstanding cause, combined with the fact that every dollar you donate during this fundraiser gets automatically matched, I’m going to assert that this is in fact the perfect storm of fundraisers.  

So. Go donate. Please. And thanks.


  1. Comment by MattC | 12.18.2012 | 4:15 pm

    Fatty, your superpower is growing stronger day by day. You sir are a madman. I can’t recall any batch of prizes being so awesome, and for such an excellent charity just makes it that much sweeter. Every contest you hold I think to myself that you can’t possibly outdo that one, yet somehow you do, over and over again. In just a few years you’ll have to procure tickets to the moon to ride Specialized’s new low-gravity ‘lunar bike’. When do you sleep?

  2. Comment by Clydesteve | 12.18.2012 | 4:25 pm

    Ooo, Ooo, I want to go to the moon!

    Geesh, Fatty, this is getting to be kind of overwhelming! Like buying a 20 lb sack of semi-sweet chocolate chips at Costco – only less fattening!

  3. Comment by plum | 12.18.2012 | 4:37 pm

    Keep doing good. Noel.

  4. Comment by ClydeinKS | 12.18.2012 | 10:30 pm

    Another incredible list of prizes, some nice looking gear possibilities in that swag bag. If I am lucky enough to have my name drawn and were able to select one of the riding trips, I think I may be needing to wear my “Riding Sweep” tee and not bother with a jersey!
    Made my donation Saturday and felt great being able to help Zambia while wishing I could help Newtown. Trying to always continue doing good things, and right now couldn’t be a better time!

  5. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 12.18.2012 | 10:38 pm

    @MattC Glad to see that PG is fairing well. Give her a rub from us and my 4 legged brood. Keep those toes protected on her. One of our cats (armstrong) lost a toe because he kept walking on it after his own leg recovery/sensation issue.

    Now more serious: MattC couldn’t you pony up some space on one of those satellites as a prize? How cool to know a Fatty Prize Winner has his own favorite tire levers, patch kit, or sunglasses(got to keep it small and light) orbiting this big blue marble in space.

    Also MattC, I’m in a baking mood this week so if the wife wants to post the Macademia (sp?) Nut Cookie Recipe we could all try our hand at it..Of course we’d send you some for testing.

    Lastly: Fatty. Please stop with all these prizes! I am going to have a difficult time getting enough time off to enjoy my winnings!

  6. Comment by AKChick55 | 12.18.2012 | 11:52 pm

    It’s a good thing I never win anything cause I don’t know how I’d choose. A new super awesome carbon roadie, but I could spend time at Chris Horner’s Gran Fondo in Bend and get to meet his better half, but I could go to Moab and make a fool out of myself trying to mountain bike, but a VIP entry into the Queen of Pain’s ride, ack! I could never choose. There are too many wonderful prizes. Whew, good thing I never win anything. :) Actually, I’m already a winner because I got to meet Fatty and The Hammer in Davis and got to SIT NEXT TO THEM at the dinner and hang out with them at the US Cycling Hall of Fame. I also met some of the amazingly wonderful people that make up Team Fatty in Davis and am honored to be a part of this superb group of folks. Also, this Friday will be my final payment on a bike for someone in Zambia – WINNING! I think I can die and go to heaven now. :)

  7. Comment by Christina | 12.19.2012 | 8:15 am

    I thought for sure I wanted to go riding with Tom D., but now I have to admit that I really, really, really want that Honey Stinger package. Is that wrong? I mean, that’s a lot of fuel for a lot of rides and runs.

  8. Comment by Chris Engle | 12.19.2012 | 1:30 pm

    WOW, Who cleaned your office?

  9. Comment by Mark J. in Dallas | 12.19.2012 | 2:26 pm

    Question: how are the prizes doled out? I know the names are selected randomly but are the prizes selected randomly as well?

    For example, not everyone may want a moutain bike, or a road bike, or be able to attend a week long training camp. So you could win a prize that you may not necessarily want, or be able to accept, that some other person may give their left arm for.

    For the record, I’d be thrilled with darn near any of these. I really am just curious.

    Great question, Mark. The first person drawn will be contacted and given the whole list of prizes to choose from. The second person drawn will be contacted and given the list of prizes to choose from, minus the one the first person chose. The third person gets to choose from everything except what the first 2 people drew, and so forth. – FC

  10. Comment by UpTheGrade SR,CA | 12.19.2012 | 5:14 pm

    Fatty, you have outdone yourself with the awesomeness of the charity and the prize lures you have come up with. I am definitely hooked and only wish I could donate more.

  11. Comment by eclecticdeb | 12.19.2012 | 6:35 pm

    Oh my….I really want to be #1 on the drawing list, but that would mean an incredibly difficult decision. I’ll be checking my email on a regular basis, can’t wait to get that message! (heh)

    In case you haven’t heard it lately, THANK YOU for all you do to make this world a better place.

  12. Comment by Raph | 12.20.2012 | 1:11 am

    Just bought 2nd and 3rd bike in on go. Hope am entered with 90 chances to win and that my relatives will appreciate sharing a bike with someone from Zambia for Christmas. Thanks for making the shopping that easy. Happy holidays and a great new year to you all.

  13. Comment by Mark J. in Dallas | 12.20.2012 | 8:15 am

    Awesome. Thanks for the answer Fatty.

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