For today’s post, I’d like you to meet the guy you’re all envious of: Jim R (who frequently comments as “cyclingjimbo”), who won the Trek Madone Series 7 Project One Frame with the ENVE wheels and cockpit and SRAM components.
And I’m also going to give you a big ol’ “Wow, what a small world” moment.
Jim, In His Own Words
Once Jim’s name had been drawn (I had Katie at WBR do the drawing, to ensure impartiality), I sent him a quick email, doing my best to avoid words that would make my message to him wind up in his spam box.
Here’s what my email looked like, just so you can pretend for a moment what it might be like to win this bike.
You know that World Bicycle Relief Fundraiser you donated money for last month? And you know that super-sweet grand prize of a bike — The Trek Project One Madone with the ENVE cockpit and SRAM Red components?
Well, the odds were against any individual person winning that bike, but someone had to win it.
And that someone is you.
We’ll go into details on colors, wheel choice and everything else soon, but for right now I just want to make sure you got my email and know you’re the winner, and that you want the bike. So please reply right away — or if you think this is a prank or are wondering what the catch is, feel free to call me: [REDACTED].
And if you wouldn’t mind, I’d appreciate a little info about you to share with my readers.
Thanks and congratulations!
Elden “Fatty” Nelson
And here’s how Jim replied:
I go by Jim. My wife and I live in the greater Philadelphia area where I work for one of the big pharmaceutical companies. I am a chemical engineer and work to develop processes for new biopharmaceutical drugs. We make medicines that change people’s lives. My wife and I have two children and four grandchildren.
I have been reading your blog for about four years now, and I kept up with you even when my job took me to the Netherlands for a couple of years. I really appreciate everything you do for the fight against cancer as for WBR. I have contributed to most of your drives, and I am very happy to have been chosen as the winner of this great bike.
I have ridden bikes most of my life. When I lived in Colorado and the days were long enough, I commuted to work frequently on my bike, often riding every day. I rode in 11 consecutive MS150 tours in Colorado, and one in California after we moved further west. When my wife and I moved to the Philadelphia area, finding a home that would allow for bicycle commuting was high on my list, and we were fortunate that I am able to do just that (daylight hours and weather permitting).
I have nearly reached GVR status (in this case R = Rider – I have never raced, except for when I was a runner many years ago), and am beginning to look forward to retirement, when I plan to ride much more frequently than I do now. My work often requires me to be at multiple sites, many miles apart, and cycling has to be scheduled around the work calendar.
Other than cycling, my favorite activities are singing, hunting, fishing, cooking, hiking, and spending time with family. We still vacation in Colorado for skiing, and often also spend time in the Caribbean for boating and snorkeling.
It Gets Even More Awesome
I told Jim that the next step was for him to figure out what frame size he wants, as well as his wheel and components selection. To help with that…well, I’m going to let Jim tell that part of the story in his own words again.
It is a small world.
I went to High Road Cycles this afternoon, and started out by saying, “I need some help. I just won a bicycle and need someone to build it for me.” To which the person answered, “How did you win the bike?” And then I said, “Well, do you know the Fat Cyclist and the recent contest he had?” and he said, “You’re the guy!” [by the by, High Road Cycles is a strong supporter of WBR.]
“He,” as it turns out in this case, is Pat Engleman, lifelong shop head, a former bicycle messenger, and now a teacher in real life who happened to be the guy who drive you around Philly when you came out for the Philly LiveStrong ride.
It is a small world.
Pat says “Hi.”
Yes, the winner of the bike just happened to run into the same guy in Philly who basically made my LiveStrong trip in 2009 absolutely awesome:
Philly Jen on the left, me in the middle, Pat on the right
And now Pat’s gonna help Jim build up a dream bike.
I tell you, it really is a small world, with a surprisingly large number of incredibly good people in it. Jim couldn’t be in better hands, and I owe Pat yet another favor.