A Note from Fatty: If you want to skip the jibber-jabber and go enter the contest already, just click here.
I love seeing the incredible things that can happen when good people and companies combine their natural inclination to do the right thing into a collective uber-outrageous nexus of awesomeicity.
That’s what’s happening right here, right now, and I really hope you’ll be a part of it. Because if you do, you’ll for sure be drastically changing the lives of children in Zambia — you’ll be a part of why they’re able to stay in school longer, get more work done, get better jobs, make a difference in their families’ well-being, and in general have a better life.
And you’ll for sure be having every dollar you donate matched by Trek. Which means your generosity, right now, is twice as effective as usual.
And — finally — there’s a chance that by being part of this you’ll win a dream bike that is so dreamy that other dream bikes dream about growing up to become this dream bike.
Here. Let me show you.
What You Can Win
You might want to be comfortably seated for this. Not because I think you’re going to pass out, mind you, but because I’m very interested in your personal comfort. That said, the bike we’re going to give away is so incredible it may make you swoon. At retail, in fact, it would be about $15,000 of incredible, and would be a (much) nicer bike than most professionals ride.
One person who donates will be randomly drawn to win a Trek Madone 7 Series Frameset. This is there absolute top-of-the-line road racing frame, and it is incredible.
But you don’t just get the frame in whatever color Trek happens to have in inventory. No. Your bike will be styled with Trek’s Project One customizing program, letting you select from thousands of colors and design schemes, from boldly simple to outrageously cool. Here are just a few of the possibilities…to kinda get your imagination going:
I call this the “Johnny Cash”
Blue flames are scientifically proven to make you go 9% faster.
Candy-apple red: extra-delicious
Of course, a frame isn’t exactly a bike, is it? You’re going to need to get yourself some wheels and stuff to go with this super-zooty Madone frameset.
And as it turns out, the wheels, bar, and stem for this ultra-dream bike will be provided by ENVE Composites, a designer and manufacturer (right here in the USA, thank you very much) of parts so beautiful you can’t help but want to frame them…until you put them on your bike. At which point you’re really glad you didn’t go and put such incredible stuff on your wall.
ENVE is going to let you choose any wheelset from their collection to put on your bike. Personally, I would choose the SES 6.7 Clinchers:
And by “would choose” I mean “did choose.” These are the wheels I ride with on my own personal road bike. And they are amazing. They seriously, genuinely, and for reals make you a faster rider.
Of course, maybe you’d rather go with a deeper rim. Or a shallower one (I have to admit, I was very conflicted over whether to get the 6.7 or the award-winning 3.4). Or maybe you’re wanting to go tubular. Regardless, ENVE’s got you covered.
And then there’s the bar. I love ENVE’s road bars.
I personally went with their Compact Road Bar (42cm version), which fits better than any road bar I have ever ridden before. Plus the integrated bar end plugs (no more lost bar end plugs ever again) are a work of genius.
And then, of course is the ENVE Carbon Stem:
Yes, once again, that’s what I have on my personal road bike. 100mm version, in case you’re curious. ENVE says it wouldn’t be out of place in the Louvre. I say it’s far too sexy for the Louvre.
Even with all this Trek and ENVE goodness, though, you don’t have a complete bike. And that’s where SRAM comes in, with a full complement of SRAM RED – Black Edition components: Shifters, derailleurs, crankset, cassette, everything. It’s the first choice for riders and racers who won’t accept any compromise.
This is the pro-level stuff, folks. Maybe more pro than pro. It’s downright Pro, with caps and italics.
Basically, this bike is going to be so incredibly nice bike — such an incredibly fast bike — that you might find yourself accidentally winning races. Which would be a pleasant surprise.
And in short, you have no idea how much it pains me that, as the person who has put this contest together, I am ineligible to win it.
How the Contest Works and How To Enter
It’s very easy to enter the contest. Just go to this World Bicycle Relief fundraiser page and donate any multiple of $10.00. You know: $10.00, or $20.00, and so forth. For every $10.00 you donate, you get a chance at winning this bike. And since Trek is matching your donation, you’ll actually get double the chances of winning the bike (of course, everyone else does too, so I’ll leave it to the statisticians as to whether your chances actually improve).
But you know what? a World Bicycle Relief bike — the bikes we’re raising money to buy for kids in Zambia — cost $134. So if you donate $134 (or more), we’ll throw in three extra chances for your donation. And that goes for every $134 you donate, so $268 nets you an extra three chances.
You need to donate by the end of day, Wednesday July 31, to have Trek match your donation, and that’s when this contest ends, too.
Pretty easy, right? So go donate now.
What Your Donation Is Doing
Your donations (and Trek’s matching donations) go straight to World Bicycle Relief, which provides bicycles for people who need them in impoverished parts of the world, such as Zambia.
I’ve visited Zambia with World Bicycle Relief, and seen firsthand what a bicycle means there. It means a chance to move past barely surviving to making progress. To finishing school. To getting a better job. To getting to a medical clinic in time. Read my report on bikes to schoolchildren and my report on bikes to caregivers for more information.
Basically, your donation helps get a bombproof, purpose-built bike to someone who will be able to use it to have a better life, and to help others. You’ll be making an immediate, powerful, and permanent difference in someone’s life. And that is pretty amazing.
So really, whether you personally win this incredible bike is not very important. The fact that you’re doing something good is important.
So, again: let me ask you to donate.
If you’ve got questions or concerns, put them in the comments section. I’ll do my best to answer them, and Katie Bolling of World Bicycle Relief will too.
Here. I’ll get started with a few questions I think I can anticipate.
Q. Is my donation tax-deductible?
A. No. Since there is a possibility that your donation will get you a prize, your donation is not tax-deductible. I hope you’re OK with that. If, however, you’d prefer to donate, not be entered for the drawing (although Trek will still match your donation) and have your donation be tax-deductible, go to the main World Bicycle Relief page and click the Donate button there.
Q. Will the money I donate be safe?
A. Last year, a bunch of people wanting to do the right thing donated to the Paul Kimmage Defense Fund…and then the money disappeared. That can’t and won’t happen with this fundraiser, because I’m never even near the money. Your donations go straight to World Bicycle Relief, the charity your money is intended for. This is good for me personally, too, because it means next April I don’t have to deal with the tax implications of what would appear to the IRS as a big chunk of income.
Q. Do I have to do anything to have Trek match?
A. No, Trek makes the match automatically. You don’t have to do anything.
Q. Can I participate if I live outside the US?
A. Yes you can, but you are responsible for paying customs on the bike if you win, and that will be a considerable amount of money.
Q. I pre-ordered a FatCyclist.com jersey. Am I entered in this contest?
A. Yes. Your jersey purchased netted WBR $40 (half the cost of a short-sleeve jersey!) and netted you five chances at the bike. That pre-order is now ended, by the way.