How to Give Incredibly Thoughtful Gifts, and Also Maybe Win 1 of 5 Dream Bikes, Like this Sweet Cannondale Road Bike

12.20.2013 | 9:59 am

Hey, I need to tell you something, and I’m afraid it’s going to freak you out a little bit, so I apologize in advance.

Christmas is in just a few days.

Yeah. Really. 

And if I know you the way I think I know you (and I think I know you pretty darned well), you are currently steeling yourself for a weekend of ugliness: walking (or maybe driving, or quite possibly driving) from store to store, trying to find something that will suffice as a present.

And we all know how that’s going to turn out. 

I have a better idea. It’s a present that’s perfect for everyone, is easy to buy, and will definitely get to them on time, no matter where they live. 

Donate to the Grand Slam for Zambia: The Power of 5 in your friends’ and family’s behalf. 

It’s super easy, they get an e-card saying what you’ve done, and—here’s the genius part—you are still entered in the drawing and may win one of the five dream bikes that are going to be given away (more on that in a bit).

Here, let me walk you through it. First, you go to the Grand Slam for Zambia: The Power of 5 donation page (click here), and click the “Contribute Now” button.

Next, you fill out the the donation page, just like you normally would.


Don’t freak out that this page doesn’t have anything about your donation being in someone else’s name. That part comes after you complete the transaction.

Once you click the Donate button, you’re taken to a page that looks like this:


From here, you can click “Send an e-card,” which lets you write a custom message and choose the image you like. It gets emailed right away, and they get a cool e-card showing what a thoughtful and timely gift you have just given them: making the world a better place in their behalf. Like this one I just got from Katie Bolling of World Bicycle Relief:


This is what my sisters and parents are all getting for Christmas. 

And the cool thing is, it’s my name that goes into the drawing for one of the five dream bikes being given away as part of this fundraiser. (OK, as the guy who’s running this contest I’m unfortunately not eligible to win, but you get the point). 

And don’t forget: every dollar you’re donating gets matched, so feel free to tell the person you’re donating on behalf of that you actually gave them twice as much as you actually did.

Because, you know, it’s technically true. 

Win a Cannondale CAAD10

I’m very pleased to announce the third bike to be given away in the Grand Slam: Power of 5 lineup: A Cannondale CAAD10, totally loaded up with SRAM Red components and ZIPP wheels. Nice!


If you want a shot at winning this — or any of the other four dream bikes — make sure you donate!

The Story Behind The Bike

You might wonder a little bit about how this bike came into this contest. Well, it’s both a sad and also beautiful story. You see, Pam Keith, a long-standing employee of Cannondale, has become one of World Bicycle Relief greatest champion’s this past year. She lost her husband, Bill — A SRAM employee — unexpectedly in January and has gone on to create an absolute stunning legacy in his name.

Thus far she has raised over $50,000 for World Bicycle Relief and is extremely passionate and dedicated. This past May, Pam and her sister, Kim, traveled to Zambia to be on-hand for a distribution in Bill’s honor. Be sure to read the story on that. Katie at World Bicycle Relief said the following about Pam and her work:

I can honestly say that Pam gives me a great reason each day to come to work with a spirit to do my absolute best for the people we serve. Her ambition to create a lasting legacy in Bill’s name is an active testament to the meaning of love. Cannondale has really impressed me with their willingness to support Pam’s drive. We’re honored to have the support of Pam, Dave and the entire Cannondale family.

I want to add my thanks to Pam and Cannondale. I love seeing people turn tragedy into something good. 


  1. Comment by dave | 12.20.2013 | 10:24 am

    Great minds must think alike. I did this already this week and did the same thing last year. I wish my friends would do the same thing. I would rather any money that they would spend on a gift that I do not need would go to a good cause like yours

  2. Comment by AKChick | 12.20.2013 | 10:35 am

    I read Pam’s story – WOW – very powerful. Thank you for sharing and thank you for making arrangements for all the cool bike prizes. I can’t wait to read about (I hope!) the winners reactions and see the finished bikes! :)

  3. Comment by Heidi | 12.20.2013 | 10:57 am

    Blessings to Pam…

  4. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 12.20.2013 | 11:33 am

    I intend to read Pam’s story as well, but first I want to ask about your new gig with NSA: if I know you the way I think I know you (and I think I know you pretty darned well)

    Given your new access who’s going to win Paris Roubaix next year.

  5. Comment by UpTheGrade SR, CA | 12.20.2013 | 11:59 am

    Now that sweet Cannondale would make a nice Christmas present to myself – so who else can I send a donation/gift to that gets me more chances?
    Don’t worry, I’ll think of someone!
    Good luck to everyone hoping to win, but I hope its ME!!!
    Happy Holidays to all.

  6. Comment by Bonnie | 12.20.2013 | 2:59 pm

    I’m assuming that this draw is only for contributors from the US?…Not that I won’t be contributing if that’s the case :)

  7. Comment by Katie Bolling | 12.20.2013 | 5:08 pm

    Hi Bonnie, International contributions are accepted into the challenge as well!
    Thank you! Katie (with World Bicycle Relief)

  8. Comment by Daddystyle | 12.20.2013 | 5:49 pm

    Done, Love to all

  9. Comment by Davidh-Marin,ca | 12.20.2013 | 9:33 pm

    Finally got to read Pam’s story. I was going to say something profound but my hayfever suddenly came on. …..and I didn’t know I was susceptible to hayfever….in the winter… a city……go figure.

    Thank you of sharing another story from this very unique community you’ve created. I hope we all get to meet Pam one day….I’ll bring some pie.

  10. Comment by Wife#.7 %$#@! Christmas Cookies | 12.21.2013 | 10:05 am

    Loved reading Pam’s story – just amazing. And this was a timely reminder that we were going to give another WBR bike this week. Rune has been eyeing the Cannondale CAAD8 Tiagra as his “step up” century ride from the hybrid but he says he could totally make the CAAD10 work instead. LOL. Off to donate!

  11. Comment by Wife# whatever for the next couple of days | 12.21.2013 | 10:22 am

    Yay – that pushed it just over $80k too. Halfway there – let’s go people! And remember, your donations are being matched!

    Side note – thanks to all the people working on Rune’s travel journal! It has visited 7 states so far and I believe it will be spending Christmas in New York with @DougBohl. So hoping that (at least) one of you win a WBR bike. That would be uber cool, not to mention pretty awesome karma. :-) Okay, off for a bit of shopping…! I’m going in, wish me luck!

  12. Comment by Forest | 12.23.2013 | 3:35 pm

    Done. I love the feeling of knowing that another bike (wait…two bikes, thanks to Trek matching my donation!) will be on its way into a village. WBR is one of my favorite charities. Amazing work. Thanks for putting together this fund raising drive, Fatty. :) Hope we reach your goal!

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