If One Prize Is Awesome, Eight Prizes Are an Octo-Cascade of Awesomeness

07.22.2013 | 10:47 am

A Note From Fatty: If you find my writing as meandering as it is interminable and would like to just get on with the donating and prize-winning already, click here to go to the donation page.


I am not one to leave well-enough alone. For example, while some may be content with making their breakfast burrito with a couple scrambled eggs and a slice of bacon, I up the ante by adding adding onions, peppers, mushrooms, cumin, an extra slice of bacon, and choice cuts of avocado.

And I make the tortilla myself, using a secret recipe that came to me in a dream and which is as unrivaled as it is secret. 

And then I add salsa.

You see, I live by the maxim, “If something good is good, something better is even better.” I believe you will find it difficult to argue with my logic.

But Now There’s More

Now, let me give you another example, based on something that — with any luck at all — will affect you more personally than what I had for breakfast.

But first I feel I should recap, for those who have short memories, as well as for those among you who are new to this contest.

Late last week, I revealed a plan to help World Bicycle Relief in its efforts to completely drain Trek’s college savings account. Specifically, Trek has agreed to — through the end of July — match every dollar donated to World Bicycle Relief. I put a fundraiser in place, the grand prize of which is detailed last week (and re-detailed later in this post, for people who don’t like links).


And then I started talking with the guys at The Feed, a terrific new company from the same good folks who brought you the Garmin-Sharp pro cycling team. Their business is cleverly summed up in their tagline: “The best in sports nutrition delivered to your door every month.”

Which means you subscribe to their service, then they send you bike food (and drink) — along with info on how much and when — every month, at a much better price than you’d pay at the store.

I just happen to have gotten my first shipment last week, as a matter of fact, and I’m a believer.

So anyway.

The guys at The Feed had a suggestion. “What if,” they said, “we give away something every day left in the contest? And we’ll make it something a little different each time, to keep it interesting.”

I liked that idea. In fact, I liked it a lot. 

So here’s how it’s going to work. At the end of every weekday — including today — through the end of this month, I’m going to draw a name from all the donors (and that includes people who bought jerseys earlier this month). And that person’s going to get something really cool from The Feed. 

And by the way, getting this prize does not remove any of your chances at winning the bike at the end of the contest.

A Hint, Just In Case You’re Not Really Good at Strategy

So here’s the thing. If you plan to donate at some point during this contest, you should probably donate as soon as you can. Because the sooner you donate, the more times your name is in the hat when prizes are drawn. 

And that seems like a good thing to me.

Today’s Prize

I want to kick off the daily drawing with a super nice prize — one of my favorites, for sure. So, today’s winner is going to get a 14-piece, $19.99 food box from The Feed, which is enough food for 10 – 12 rides, and has all this:


But wait. That’s not all. You’re also going to get hooked up with a Team Garmin-Sharp Cycling Kit. The jersey ($99 value) and bibs:


…and bib shorts ($119 value):


That is a pretty darned nice prize to win. Indeed, I’d say it’s the first of an coot-cascade of awesomeness, if I were prone to hyperbole. Which of course I am absolutely not.


And This Prize Was Already Better Than It Had Any Right To Be, Anyway

So let’s get back to the main prize for a moment. As I mentioned, Trek is generously matching all donations to World Bicycle Relief this month.

Then they had the temerity to heap generosity upon generosity by telling World Bicycle Relief they had a bike frame on hand, to give away as part of the fundraiser. And not just any bike frame, either. But rather, a Madone 7 Series Frameset, styled all sexy-like with Trek’s Project One customizing program. 


And then ENVE, which makes carbon wheels and components so extraordinarily perfect they put the “lick” in “likable,” said they’d like to kick in some of their top-end wheels: 3.4s, 6.7s, tubular, clincher, you name it. 

And how about their exquisite handlebars and stem too? Sure, why not.

And then — then – SRAM joined in, kicking in their SRAM RED — Black Edition components.

And to get a chance at winning this bike — this bike that is really far too nice to be called a mere dream bike – all you need to do is donate in multiples of $10 at my World Bicycle Relief Fundraiser page. Every $10 buys you a chance, and if you donate $134 — the cost of a bike for a child in Zambia — you’ll get a bonus three chances. (see the donation page for details.)

So between the main prize, today’s prize, and the fact that there will be daily drawings each weekday through the end of this contest (July 31), well…that’s a lot of prizes. For a contest that is raising money for about as righteous (in every sense of the word) a cause as there could be.

And in conclusion, I — as a person with a sizable imagination — must confess: I simply cannot imagine anyone not being a part of this. So: Click here to go to the donation page, and thank you for being a part of this.


  1. Comment by eclecticdeb | 07.22.2013 | 11:06 am

    Wow. Just WOW. You constantly find ways to top yourself.

    People ask if they can play. I say yes. My job is EASY. – FC

  2. Comment by rich | 07.22.2013 | 11:09 am

    this contest keeps getting more awesomer by the day..yeah, I know it’s all mis-gramaticized and all.

    Grammar? Pffff. – FC

  3. Comment by Mark in Bremerton | 07.22.2013 | 11:18 am

    I’m in, fortunately. Wow! Is that food AND clothes every day until the end of July, or is this a one shot deal today? (Not that food alone is bad, but a new jersey and shorts every day would be amazing).

    Food and something else every day. How much food will change. What the something else will be will also change. This is the only time the something else is a clothing item. – FC

  4. Comment by Wife#1 | 07.22.2013 | 11:39 am

    Yes! Sweet!!!! The extra daily drawings are awesome. Real people do win them and indeed they do not keep you from having a chance to win the big pot too. We are living proof of that…!

    See below – the very cool Zipp wall clock won during just such an additional drawing for a prior Fatty World Bicycle Relief event, same event David ended up winning the extremely bodacious FSR Stumpy, affectionately known on Strava as “Tax Penalty”. So yes, you should donate as soon as you can to help get those extra drawing opps in!


    Nice job there on getting a picture of a Zipp wheel in a contest sponsored by ENVE, Wife #1. – FC

  5. Comment by Wife#1 | 07.22.2013 | 11:42 am

    BTW – will anyone else find it hilarious if I win bib shorts at some point. LMAO!

  6. Comment by Wife#1 | 07.22.2013 | 11:44 am


    Oh for pete’s sake. Of course I did not think of that. You can take the comment down!

    Sorry – I was just wanting folks to know the extra drawings are awesome but indeed, my BAD as a marketing person. Eeeek.

  7. Comment by NancyinMN | 07.22.2013 | 1:20 pm

    @Wife#1 Winning the bib shorts seems likely for you, if not this time then some time soon.

    @FC Way to turn up the volume and bring in the swag, two of the many things at which you excel. You should make a list of the stuff you’re good at, but a guy as humble as you would probably quail at the thought. Just an idea…

  8. Comment by Al Pastor | 07.22.2013 | 2:11 pm

    I entertain myself thinking that if I won this bike, I’d have it painted to look like it was rusting steel.

  9. Comment by Carl | 07.22.2013 | 4:45 pm

    Good one Al Pastor! lol

  10. Comment by Fred | 07.22.2013 | 8:16 pm

    But Fatty ???

    What about your superpower ??? That food pack would feed an average person through 10 to 12 rides. What does the SCF (superpower conversion factor) do to the lifespan of it? I’m thinking 2 (maybe 3) rides for a rider with your superpowers.

    I’m not saying that the food pack is bad, but it’s your website, and I doubt that you can get 10 laps around the famous circular driveway with a 14-piece food pack.

    Typical Fatty Ride w/ Superpower fueling diet:
    1. Select a bike. Eat a gel.
    2. Find a front wheel. Eat a Clif Bar.
    3. Install front wheel. Eat a PowerBar.
    4. Inflate front tire. Eat a waffle.
    5. Write a blog entry about front tire. Eat a gel.
    6. Inflate rear tire. Eat a Clif Bar.
    7. Check weather forecast. Eat some Almond Butter.
    8. Based on weather data, decide that the selected bike/tire combination is too nice for the weather conditions. Reevaluate bike selection.
    9. Lather. Rinse. Repeat until daylight and food pack is exhausted.
    10. Ride a miserable 5 miles on rollers.
    11. Recover with pizza.

    That food pack will probably get me through 9 good rides on my new Project One.


  11. Comment by Carol | 07.23.2013 | 6:27 am

    This is an awesome contest, actually it’s better than awesome but I can’t think of a better word haha.

  12. Comment by Tom in Albany | 07.23.2013 | 6:48 am

    @Carol – It is WICKED awesome!!!

  13. Comment by MattC | 07.23.2013 | 7:00 am

    Dang you Fatty…YOU stop spying on ME! (how did you know that I was waiting until the last to do my donation?) OK…You got me…just bought my first WBR bike (I’ve never been in a good financial position in your previous contests…so only donated a portion). Of course, tonight I’ll have to fess up to Jeannie (before she sees the charge is always better). I’m working a ton of hours right now so for once it IS a good time…and it’s pretty cool to think that I just bought TWO bikes for kids instead of one (THANKS Trek!!) And no matter what happens in the contest, that is a pretty cool feeling! I just changed some lives for the better! I’ll be smiling all day at work now..thanks!

  14. Comment by Wife#1 | 07.23.2013 | 7:19 am

    @Mattc… pretty sure the words you were looking for were:

    You had me at “hello”.

  15. Comment by Christina | 07.23.2013 | 7:28 am

    Oh, it’s like the universe wants me to sign up for The Feed. I kept going to the website every time the ad popped up during the Tour.

  16. Comment by Davidh-Marin,ca | 07.23.2013 | 8:58 am

    @MattC. Looking forward to your ride report after winning your new bike! Though what will you tell the Cannondale when you bring the new lover home?

  17. Comment by NYCCarlos | 07.23.2013 | 9:51 am

    @Davidh – I plan on winning the bike so MattC’s ‘dale won’t be jealous.

  18. Comment by MattC | 07.23.2013 | 10:43 am

    @Davidh…the new bike ride report would obviously begin with me now sleeping on the couch (after removing said new carbon-steed from Jeannie’s side of the bed, all tucked in nice and warm and safe ). But that’s ok, as I’d be all snug on the couch with wonder-bike at my side…(prob keep one foot out of the blanket all night touching it…just to make sure).

    @NYCCarlos…yeah…the odds aren’t with me…I’m just not a prize winner (other than Jeannie I mean).


  19. Comment by ScottR | 07.23.2013 | 10:50 am

    “If you find my writing as meandering as it is interminable”

    Yes, but in all the good ways :-)


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