Thanks More Than a Million (Grand Slam: Power of 5 Wrapup)

01.2.2014 | 11:16 am

I need a word that expresses gratitude better than “grateful.” A word that conveys my thanks more than “thankful.” I need a word that describes my awe that exceeds “awestruck.”

Because I am that impressed. Grateful. Thankful. Awed. And so forth.

What We’ve Done During This Fundraiser

Since the beginning of the Grand Slam for Zambia: The Power of 5, we’ve raised this much money:


$173,604 is an astonishing amount (and yes, “astonishing” is too small a word for how I feel about this). It’s even more incredible when you consider that this amount of money is getting matched. Which means, basically, that together we can say we’re responsible for $347,208 raised during the month of December.

That’s more than a third of a million dollars. And—more importantly—that’s 2591 bicycles we’re putting out there. And since a WBR bicycle improves the lives of 5 people on average, that’s 12,955 people whose lives we’ve improved. 

And that’s just during the month of December.

What We’ve Done This Year

This wasn’t the only fundraiser we did for World Bicycle Relief this year. Back in July, we did a fundraiser where we gave away a Trek Madone. We raised $39,928 during that fundraiser…which was very generously matched by Trek for a total of $79,856. 

When you add July and December up, Team Fatty is responsible for raising $427,064 for World Bicycle Relief in 2013. And that’s 3187 bikes. Which affects 15,935 people. 

What We’ve Done Since The Beginning

The fundraiser we just concluded is the fifth we’ve done for World Bicycle Relief. I think it’s worth taking a look at what we’ve accomplished with all of these fundraisers:

  • Riding With the Shack: Back in 2009, we raised $69,834 for WBR (along with an equivalent amount for LiveStrong) when Johan Bruyneel said if I raised $10,000 each for WBR and LiveStrong I could ride with the RadioShack training camp for a day.
  • Grand Slam 1: In the first Grand Slam for Zambia, back in 2011, we raised $158,791 for World Bicycle Relief.
  • Grand Slam 2: Thanks to the matching program that was introduced last year, the $173,826 we raised became $347,652.
  • Trek Madone Project One Giveaway: We raised an amazing $39,928, which was matched by Trek, for a total of $79,856.
  • The Power of 5: And of course the fundraiser we just completed brought in $173,604, which is matched to $347,208.
You know what that totals out to? I’ll tell you.

This is, as my accountant might say (if I had an accountant), “quite a bit.” 

That’s 7,487 bicycles bought, and 37,438 people whose lives are changed for the good.

Because of us.

And that is pretty awesome, to put it mildly.

But What About the Prizes?

One of the funnest parts of doing these fundraisers is giving out the prizes. In this case, that’ll be five bikes and a cycling trip to Italy. Having six prizes kind of messes up my whole “Five” theme, but I’m OK with that, and I expect you are too.

Well, World Bicycle Relief is—right this moment—working on getting the spreadsheet built and ensuring it has everyone’s donations recorded, along with any bonus chances that are awarded because you donated $134 (or more). 

Then, on January 7 (per the rules), they’ll do the drawings and will start contacting the winners. It’ll take some time, because the first person contacted has to choose the prize s/he is taking before the second person is contacted, and so forth.

So if you don’t get an email on January 7, don’t be disheartened. There are nothing but grand prizes in this contest, so even being the last person to be contacted isn’t going to be an exactly bad thing.

Thank You

I owe a lot of people thanks for their generosity, both with their time, products, and money.

  • Frame Sponsors: An incredible set of prizes makes it fun to donate. And so many companies were so remarkably generous. Huge thanks to Ibis, Trek, Specialized, Boom, and Cannondale for donating frames. I love seeing all these competing companies join forces to accomplish something so great. 
  • Trip Sponsor: Having InGamba donate a sixth prize—a cycling trip to Italy—was as big a surprise to me as it was to you. I love this kind of surprise.
  • SRAM: Every frame in this contest is going to be completely built up with SRAM parts. That’s worth tens of thousands of dollars. Having the components, wheels and other parts donated made it much more affordable for the frame sponsors to participate in this fundraiser.
  • Katie Bolling: The development director of individual giving for WBR did about 80% of the heavy lifting for this fundraiser. It wouldn’t have gone anywhere near as smoothly or awesomely without her. In fact, considering my current level of busy-ness, without her it may not have happened at all.
  • Those Who Match: I don’t know who promised to match all of the money donated, but that is an incredibly generous move, made doubly awesome by not revealing who you are. Thank you, whoever you are.

Finally—and most of all—I want to thank you. A fundraiser doesn’t do much if people don’t read, donate, and spread the word. So many of you did all of these things.

“Thank you” doesn’t feel like a big enough word for what I want to say to you. There really needs to be a bigger, better word for when people do something so awesome. So generous.

Until I know what that word is, though, I’ll just say “thanks” again. For reading, donating, and for being my virtual friends. You make me glad I take the time to write this blog.

PS: If you’re an athlete and want to do more for WBR, maybe you should consider applying to be a 2014 Team WBR Ambassador. Click here to learn more.

PPS: I will be out of town and unable to write for the next 1.5 weeks. I’ll be posting again January 13. 


  1. Comment by Brian in VA | 01.2.2014 | 11:30 am

    How about “awethangratefulsomeness” for the word you search?

    Seriously, how amazing! I was thrilled to be a part of this for the past two years. Thanks for getting us excited about it, Fatty!

    Happy New Year!

  2. Comment by MicroTim | 01.2.2014 | 11:32 am

    What a great start to the year!

  3. Comment by zeeeter | 01.2.2014 | 11:36 am

    Thanks for the inspiration and motivation Fatty!

    I think “awethangratefulsomeness” just about sums it up!

  4. Comment by MattC | 01.2.2014 | 11:37 am

    Fatty, it’s been (once again) an honor to be involved in such an AWESOME cause! Thank YOU for being the captain of our ginormous team, steering us all in the same direction. You sir have truly become a mover and a shaker, changing lives for the better. Looking back it’s pretty amazing to see just how far you’ve come, considering that just a few short years ago you were just another guy with a blog (albiet the BEST blog)…making fun of yourself and pretty much anything else that struck your fancy. Well done!!! (now all we/you need to figure out is where/when to have our annual Fatty meet-up and ride being as LS Davis is no longer).

  5. Comment by MattC | 01.2.2014 | 11:41 am

    Oh, and thank goodness the winners aren’t announced till the 7th…(wipe the sweat off my brow here)…I was really worried that Katie didn’t call me! i have a feeling on this one…

  6. Comment by Jim Tolar | 01.2.2014 | 11:45 am

    SWEEET! I feel like I won already. I thought the prize winners were going to be announced on Jan. 1, so I figured I had (once again) missed out. I still have FIVE MORE DAYS of being a potential awesome prize winner before I miss out.

    Thanks, FatMan! Happy New Year.


  7. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 01.2.2014 | 12:03 pm

    I believe there is a fundraiser planned for the Huntsman Foundation in Utah this year. It’s been talked about for some time, and with Fatty out of work he has time to put this one together. Oh! did I say something too soon? Who, me?????

    Also plan to bring your new bike to Idaho Labor Day Weekend. Another mini-fattie event with Rebecca.

    Thank you Fatty for another great year…and for not cutting me off.

  8. Comment by spaceyace | 01.2.2014 | 12:23 pm

    I am an accountant. That is more than “quite a bit.” Pretty awesome, indeed!

  9. Comment by Kukui | 01.2.2014 | 12:36 pm

    Thank YOU, Fatty. Seriously.

    It’s kind of amazing to think none of this would have happened if you hadn’t decided to start a self-effacing cycling blog nine years ago. I know I likely would have given up on the whole sport by now if it weren’t for this blog.

    And The Hammer because she’s amazing.

    So, thank you! Happy 2014!

  10. Comment by J | 01.2.2014 | 12:40 pm

    One and a half week!? Sounds like a fun vacation with plenty of reading material for us!

  11. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 01.2.2014 | 12:59 pm

    @FC Is it only you, or the whole family? I finally got around to baking my Christmas Cookies to send your way, and it would be a shame if the only one to eat them was the dog.

  12. Comment by Daniel Simon | 01.2.2014 | 1:41 pm

    Go Team Fatty!!!

    You are an inspiration Sir!
    Hopefully next year will be even better!!!

  13. Comment by Mike C | 01.2.2014 | 1:41 pm

    Congratulations, Team Fatty, on a job well done! I’m glad to have had my small share in it.

    Thanks, Elden, for being the driving force and leading us all to help improve the lives of others!

  14. Comment by KevinM_Indiana | 01.2.2014 | 1:46 pm

    Great job Team Fatty! Amazing group!

    A whole week and half????? No guest blogger? …. Nothing????? …. UGH

    Safe travels Fatty!

  15. Comment by Heidi | 01.2.2014 | 1:58 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to play a part in this amaaaaazing fundraiser. Wishing you and your family all the best in this brand spankin’ new year, Fatty.

  16. Comment by Corrine | 01.2.2014 | 2:03 pm

    What an accomplishment! Way to go Team Fatty! I am proud to be a part of this group!

  17. Comment by Frank | 01.2.2014 | 2:21 pm

    9 digits, if you count the 2 after the decimal. Or 13 characters, including the punctuation. Now that’s awesome! Proud and grateful to be included as a friend of the great Fatty.

  18. Comment by Carl | 01.2.2014 | 3:08 pm

    This is just amazing. Just think if there were more people in Team Fatty!

  19. Comment by Clancy | 01.2.2014 | 3:27 pm

    Awesome, awesome, AWESOME! And imagine being the first person and having to choose! Arrrghh!! How do you do that??

  20. Comment by Wife# Ho-Ho-Ho | 01.2.2014 | 4:02 pm

    Hyperbole to Infinity and Beyond!

    Extraordinary. So happy to be part of Team Fatty and I do hope that everyone that donated is taking time before the 7th to have your order of prizes selected in advance to make it go quicker.

    January 7. 9:00 am.
    WBR calls first winner. “Hello this is Katie from WBR and….”
    “I’ll take the “X” prize!” exclaims that winner, cutting off Katie before she can finish her sentence.

    January 7 9:10 am
    WBR calls second winner. “Hello this is Katie from WBR and….”
    “I’ll take the “Y” prize!” exclaims that winner, once again cutting off Katie before she can finish her sentence.

    January 7 9:15 am
    WBR calls third winner. “Hello this is Katie from WBR and….”
    “I’ll take the “X” prize!” exclaims that winner, yet another interruption of poor Katie’s opening.
    “The X and Y prize have been claimed, do you know what else….”
    “YES! I have my ranked list right here in fact. I want the Z!”

    And so on, and so on.

    Just think people, if we were ALL ready with our choices ranked in advance, this could be super fast for Katie, thereby sparing her from what could otherwise be weeks of drawing this out. It’s not like she doesn’t have a day job after all…though I am pretty sure she LOVES doing this part of the contest. Who wouldn’t?! :-)

  21. Comment by MattC | 01.2.2014 | 4:33 pm

    @Wife # Ho-Ho-Ho…my list is hanging on the cabinet by the phone since Sunday evening…I am ready.

    Katies job of calling people and giving them WICKED-AWESOME prizes must be one of the most gratifying jobs in the world! (ranks just behind giving people who truly-desperatly need them bikes to make their lives better).

    I’ve really got a good feeling on this one…

    @davidh…what kind of cookies? You know Fatty can’t resist white chocholate macadamias…(but then, who can?) I’m not a big snacker, but those little white-morsels of goodness are one of my weaknesses.

  22. Comment by Susie H | 01.2.2014 | 4:37 pm

    proud to be a part of FC family. it takes a village, and we for sure are one!

    (btw, got my black long sleeved painted tee from Twin Six right on time. the black will go fabulously with the short sleeved pink one!)

  23. Comment by Jeff Bike | 01.2.2014 | 5:03 pm

    @zeeeter…“awethangratefulsomeness” That is a very good word you have there. I think my sister the school teacher may take issue with it.

    @KevinM_Indiana…No guest blogger? = withdrawal symptoms are on the way. I will reread Fatty’s book.

    @Wife# Ho-Ho-Ho…1)Trek, 2)Tarmac, 3)Trip, 4)Ibis, 5)Cannondale, 6)Boom.

    @davidh…Oh white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, my weakness. Did you bring enough for the whole class?

    @Susie H…I get to be the village idiot, ok?

  24. Comment by eclecticdeb | 01.2.2014 | 6:25 pm

    In case anybody is wondering:
    1) Trip 2) Trek 3) Ibis 4) Boom 5) Cannondale 6) Roubaix

    But if we are being totally honest, I’m REALLY just glad that Team Fatty is helping so many folks.

  25. Comment by Steve La Chappelle | 01.2.2014 | 6:30 pm

    What a great job guys. what a great way to 2014!!

  26. Comment by amomigigante | 01.2.2014 | 7:44 pm

    One of my favorite Old Testament words is “lovingkindness”. I think that is what is being exhibited here by all involved!

    Thinking like an engineer, I couldn’t help but do the math and realize that contributions averaged about $131 – virtually the full cost of a bike. I would submit that this is truly extraordinary!

    Thanks Fatty for all you do.

    Call me last, I’m cool with whatever is left over.

  27. Comment by cyclingjimbo | 01.2.2014 | 7:52 pm

    Can’t resist piling on – thanks to you Fatty for such an awesome (make that awethangratefulsomeness) fundraiser for WBR.

    @Wife #Ho-Ho-Ho, list is prepared and committed to memory, though my son might argue with me to go for a second Madone in slightly larger size

    @DavidH – Lizzies, by all means – far and away the best cookie ever made

    And just to echo the general sentiment being expressed by almost everyone who has commented, Fatty you are the best.

    Five days and counting.

  28. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 01.2.2014 | 9:28 pm

    Well. If Fatty’s away I guess I just have to send these cookies(Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint, Glazed Gingersnaps, Marble Icebox Cookies, Crispy Oatmeal Cookies, Bourbon Balls) to someone else.

    Anyone have Katie Bolling’s address?

  29. Comment by AKChick | 01.3.2014 | 12:15 am

    I think the word you need is AwesomeSauce. :)

    I got goosebumps when I read the final fundraising amount. How freaking amazing is that??? We are ROCKSTARS!

    Wife# Ho Ho Ho – I want the signed Chris Horner jersey. ;-)

    Thank you to SRAM, Trek, Cannondale, Ibis, Boom, Specialized, and InGamba for the truly unique and most special prizes!!! So cool. :) I’d love to think we could raise this much without prizes…Thank you to all the generous donors! I wish I could have afforded to donate several bikes, but I feel happy knowing I was able to donate one bike.

    I REALLY want to meet up with the Fattys somewhere. My vote is Rebecca’s Private Idaho (is it super hot there in September?). That event seems to have a nice feel to it and I could bring the 9:Zero:7 Fat Tire Bike (not sure I’d put aero bars on it though). :) How fun would that be?!!

    So Fatty, if you read this, start thinking about a super fun event where we could get together and let’s figure it out soon so I can start saving money to go. :) Please, oh please? :)

  30. Comment by AKChick | 01.3.2014 | 12:16 am

    Oh my goodness, I forgot to thank Katie – I’m an airhead – THANK YOU KATIE! :)

  31. Comment by Dave T | 01.3.2014 | 9:13 am

    Thank you Elden what a great end and start to a new year looking forward to doing more great things this year and hopefully we can have a few events to get team fatty together.

  32. Comment by Doug (Way upstate NY) | 01.3.2014 | 10:55 am

    A week and a half?!?!?!?!?

    Me thinks its time for some guest posts!

    @davidh….You may NOT send Katie any cookies until all the winners are notified!

    Katie, do you like chocolate? :)

  33. Comment by owen | 01.3.2014 | 11:02 am

    1.)Boom for me then name back in Pb100 lottery

  34. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 01.3.2014 | 1:45 pm

    @SteveB, @YannB, @LauraS, @DaveT&Family, @Noodle, @LeighAnne, @NorCal Fof’s

    A little Spring get together idea:

    Since it’s The Noodler’s home turf (work turf) we can make her the honorary captain, the Fatty in Situ for this ride.

  35. Comment by Mike | 01.3.2014 | 4:10 pm

    Truly amazing!

    Interesting that since the graphic posted here, an additional 5 people have donated. Did they know that according to the rules they won’t be eligible for those awesome prizes? Although I’d be totally ok with bending the rules a bit and letting latecomers in the drawing, because it’s really all about the donations – which they contributed to. Heck, I was scrambling on NYE to find the rules (was unsuccessful) to see what timezone the cutoff was in – that’s what I get for putting things off. I think I donated around 10pm PST, which I see now was the cutoff, but can’t remember if it was a little before or after! No biggie, I never win these things anyway… :)

    So excited to think about so many people’s lives being changed by these bikes. Would love to see a followup about some of them after they’ve had their bikes a year or two.

  36. Comment by Chis | 01.3.2014 | 11:37 pm

    Great labor, congratulation. 2014 will be MUCH BETTER!

  37. Comment by eclecticdeb | 01.4.2014 | 12:15 pm

    Another gorgeous supported ride in the Bay area that would be fun:

    There’s also on May 18– which IMHO is one of the BEST rides ever. They have fresh made cappuccino and biscotti at the first stop and ….. PIE at the Gizdich Ranch rest stop. PIE!!!!

    I’m signed up for Primavera, Strawberry Fields, thinking about Tierra Bella.

    @Wife #1 — have you heard about the Cinderella Classic? It’s an all women’s ride, great support from various Prince Charmings (ahem…David??) and is pretty flat. I ride every year with a group of friends. Join us!

  38. Comment by motocross | 01.6.2014 | 12:41 am

    I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but great
    topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for excellent info I was looking for this information for my mission.

    Look into my page … motocross

  39. Comment by SteveB | 01.6.2014 | 11:25 am

    @davidh(etc.) – tierra bella is already on my schedule for 2014,
    doing just the metric century. I hope to see some/all of you there.

  40. Comment by MattC | 01.6.2014 | 3:23 pm

    A quick shoutout to all the San Jose CA area Fatties…I’m headed up your way next Monday for 6 weeks of work (I’ll be working/staying in Sunnyvale). I’ll be on the graveyard shift 11pm-6am, so I’m able to catch a few winks in the morning, ride all day, grab some dinner and hit the sack, getting up in time to get to work. Not sure what the weekend situation will be (might be working Saturdays). Just a heads up…I’m bringing both bikes (road/mt) and I’m READY TO RIDE! I’ve been hammering the egg-nog pretty hard for weeks now, and it’s time to get back in the groove!

  41. Comment by Wife# Ho-Ho-Ho | 01.6.2014 | 10:16 pm

    @eclecticdeb and @steveB…. I’d be up for the TierraBella too. The kids and I are planning to re-attempt to conquer the metric of the “ICareClassic” on May 10 (that was the ride last year where we bonked spectacularly at mile 50 on Uvas), and that shares a lot of the route it looks like. So maybe the kids and I will do the 35 mile route for that one as a training ride while David joins the rest of you on a longer route.

    Deb I am on the list to get the registration for the Cinderella ride also at the end of January. Planning on doing that with Sage and another gal from my weight loss group in San Francisco – but it would be awesome to hook up with you also. Only thing about those April rides – the weather can be so unpredictable.

    And then on May 10, we will hit the I Care Classic again as mentioned if anyone wants to join in on that one. They have 2 different century options in addition to the metric. Here’s the website – online registration coming soon:

  42. Comment by Wife# Ho-Ho-Ho | 01.6.2014 | 10:17 pm

    @mattc…. make David bring you the WBR stumpy to ride one afternoon while you are “up this way”, he can bring one of his other MTB bikes!

  43. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 01.6.2014 | 11:38 pm

    @MattC not only the Stumpy but some local beers will be in attendance. Keep me informed Homerhouserugs at yahoo dot com.

  44. Comment by Mark | 01.7.2014 | 8:18 am

    My wife and I are at 5 bikes and plan to give more, so all we want to hear is “let’s do it again”! And, thank you for keeping WBR in front of us.

  45. Comment by Dave T | 01.7.2014 | 9:28 am

    @eclecticdeb, @steveB, @Wife# Ho-Ho-Ho ect. we did the 35 mile version of the Tierra Bella last year it was a fun event we are up for it again this year.

    @MattC I work in Mountain View so I might be able to sneak away mid day for a ride or two also available on the weekends dptt at yahoo dot com.

  46. Comment by Wife# Ho-Ho-Ho | 01.7.2014 | 10:10 am

    Okay – looks like we have some good Team Fatty momentum for the Tierra Bella, so we will get signed up for that today! Can we plan a post-ride dinner? Anyone else?

    Also, given that it is JANUARY 7… those of you that get the magic emails, whether today or in the coming week… please post that you won and what you selected! Living vicariously through the winners is definitely FUN and rewarding!!!

  47. Comment by Dave T | 01.7.2014 | 11:05 am

    We live about 20 min. away from were the Tierra Bella is held so we can host a party afterwards at our house for all that are interested. Also have a spare bedroom and couch for those needing a place to stay.

  48. Comment by SteveB | 01.7.2014 | 11:19 am

    mattc – weekend ride – sure (no hammerfest) – contact me at stvnrnbnks at gmail dot com – road or mtb, although I’m really new to mtbking

  49. Comment by Wife# Ho-Ho-Ho | 01.7.2014 | 11:20 am

    Wow @DaveT – what an offer! I created a Team Fatty Facebook event so we can more easily see who is coming and exchange info off other than in the comments here:


  50. Comment by BostonCarlos (formerly NYC) | 01.7.2014 | 11:43 am

    Dearest Friends,

    I’m writing to inform you that I, BostonCarlos have won the first prize!!!!!!! I picked the Ibis Ripley! I AM SO FLIPPING EXCITED!!!!!!! If any of you would like to come to Massachusetts and rip with me, you are all invited. I only have 1 guest room though, so please come one at a time. Also, if we do private Idaho or any Utah mountain bike rides this year… I’M SO IN.

    -BostonCarlos (formerly NYCCarlos)

  51. Comment by zeeeter | 01.7.2014 | 11:53 am

    WTG Carlos, couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke! :)

  52. Comment by andy@wdw | 01.7.2014 | 12:15 pm

    Congratulations Carlos!!! I’m so excited for you!

    And to be honest, I’m even more excited that the Specialized prize is still in play! Come on, Lady Luck!

  53. Comment by Noodle | 01.7.2014 | 12:44 pm

    Woot Carlos! Take it off some sweet jumps and such.

  54. Comment by MattC | 01.7.2014 | 12:44 pm

    Wow Carlos! That is WAY COOL!!!!!! (drool drool, envy envy!)

    Rip it up…that is one awesome bike! (x x x cross that one off my list sadly).

  55. Comment by eclecticdeb | 01.7.2014 | 1:38 pm

    @Carlos — woot woot! I’m IMPATIENTLY waiting for MY phone to ring.

  56. Comment by Wife# Ho-Ho-Ho | 01.7.2014 | 1:45 pm

    Yay Carlos!!!! Woohoo! Awesome indeed. I’ll have to share my “Ripley challenge” with you and everyone else in the coming months.

    By all accounts, you are going to LOVE THAT BIKE!

    Okay 1 down, 5 to go!

  57. Comment by Jeff Bike | 01.7.2014 | 3:07 pm

    @BostonCarlos (formerly NYC)..I’m so happy for you. I hope to still be in it for the Trek.

  58. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 01.7.2014 | 5:40 pm

    @BostonBeanie CyclingJimbo was not quite as quick to realize the brilliance of the offer, but you, younger and more attuned surely will.

    Let’s start with temperature. Did you even have a recordable number there this week? Remember negative numbers are just that, negative.
    Secondly, hills. Bunker Hill is not a hill, just a tourist attraction.
    Lastly, open space. enough said.

    These facts now taken into consideration I humbly offer to you space at our abode for the Ripley. In your frequent travels West it will be there ready and waiting for you to take it out and chase Levi (even on those ‘poached’ trails he frequents). Ocean breezes, Great Singletrack, and some serious climbs and descents. I’ll even ferry you up to Tahoe or Downieville so you can get some air. And rest assured I will not let it get rusty.

    No salt, ice, bugs, or humidity to shorten it’s days. Your Ripley will truly love you for the special care you give it.

    If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, its yours forever. If it doesn’t, then it was never meant to be. – Unknown

    Humbly yours,

  59. Comment by Nancy_in_MN | 01.7.2014 | 5:52 pm

    Dear Friends of Fatty,

    I am joining @BostonCarlos on the podium of prize winners! Mine was the third name drawn, but I got the prize of my dreams! Oh who are we kidding? They are all dream prizes!

    I’m going to Italy!!!!! Likely I won’t be going on the April tour, as my husband is very ill (did I mention that cancer sucks?) and the timing seems wrong. Joao at InGamba has graciously agreed to work with me on this.

    So here is my invitation to you: Join me! Yeah, I know, you’d have to pay your own way, but it might be as much as a year from now. You would have time to scrape up the cash! Start eating that mac-n-cheese as @Wife# Ho-Ho-Ho once suggested (or was it ramen?) , drinking cheap beer and stay out of the coffee shops.


  60. Comment by BostonCarlos (Formerly NYC) | 01.7.2014 | 6:08 pm

    @Davidh – Your offer is tempting, but I have a better proposition! How about I just come visit! Like you said, I come out to SF and Sunnyvale fairly often for work. What if I just started bringing my bike(s) on those trips and we started riding? You are, after all, from a county so gnarly it has its own bike company named after it! Think it over… I’ll be out there next in early March (with time to spare to ride bikes!)

  61. Comment by andy@wdw | 01.7.2014 | 6:11 pm

    Hooray, Nancy!! How exciting! That’s awesome that they are willing to work with you!

    I loved your Dark 100 ride report, can’t wait to read about your trip to Italy!

    So, which 3 prizes remain?

  62. Comment by eclecticdeb | 01.7.2014 | 6:17 pm

    @Nancy — I can’t feel bad about you taking “my” prize, you are way more deserving. I’m SO GLAD that you’re going. Healing thoughts for your husband.

    I can’t wait to hear about the phone calls — I keep checking my calls…hoping, hoping, hoping. :-)

  63. Comment by Wife#.6 | 01.7.2014 | 6:23 pm

    There are no words for how happy I am for Nancy, other than all the ones I put on Facebook and Twitter already. ;-)

    So who was winner number 2 and what s/he take?

  64. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 01.7.2014 | 6:28 pm


    What a spectacular idea! I hope Wife#HoHoHo reads your suggestion.

    @BostonC March is a wonderful time to ride. We can pretty much guarantee no rain this year, and DaveT, Noodle, and SteveB are all well acquainted with the local mtb trails. Corte Madera, Wilder Ranch, and Soquel. As for road: we’ll take you up Hamilton. Just remember, you’ll need to kiss a banana slug for luck.

  65. Comment by AKChick | 01.7.2014 | 8:06 pm

    YAY! YAY! YAY! Congratulations @BostonCarlos and @Nancy_in_MN!!!! So, so, so awesome! I’m so excited for you two! I LOVE that regular Friends of Fatty regular posters won!!! :)

  66. Comment by Anonymous | 01.7.2014 | 9:25 pm

    Wait, did I miss a prize being drawn? @Nancy_in_MN stated she was third (maybe got lost in the excitement?) but I only saw two announcements on the Twitter feed. So by my math (I had to use my toes) that leaves four!

    1. @BostonCarlos (formerly NYC)
    2. @Nancy_in_MN

    Congrats to you both……well deserved!

  67. Comment by Kenny | 01.7.2014 | 9:26 pm

    Sorry……I didn’t mean to be anonymous

  68. Comment by ClydeinKS | 01.7.2014 | 9:36 pm

    WooHoo @BostonCarlos and @Nancy and @mystery winner!! Awesome indeed. Had some missed calls today, hoping nothing important was missed! Ha
    Is there any info to what #2 picked?

  69. Comment by bykjunkie | 01.8.2014 | 2:35 am

    Congrats @bostonCarlos and @Nancy in Min.
    Soooo happy for you both!
    I’m already in Italy, just let me know when and where and I’ll join you for the ride!

  70. Comment by Jeff Bike | 01.8.2014 | 9:59 am

    Congrats @Nancy in Min…. Now I’ll be in the dog house my Last Wife really wanted to go to Italy.

  71. Comment by andy@wdw | 01.8.2014 | 5:00 pm


    Still no email from WBR. :-( I’ve checked my spam folder more times in the last two days than I have in the previous two years!

    Come on, Lady Luck, pick me! Pick me!

    I really want to walk into my local Bass Pro Shop and ask “What’s the cheapest gun safe you have that’ll fit a 56 cm road bike?”

    What? I’m not gonna keep a $10,000 bike on my back porch!

  72. Comment by SteveB | 01.8.2014 | 5:50 pm

    Oh No! Its a fatty prize announcement cliff-hanger!

  73. Comment by davidj-marin,ca | 01.9.2014 | 12:02 am

    Congrats to NorCal FoF Rich Siegel. We expect to see you at Tierra Bella so we can can oogle your new baby.
    yann, please sign Mr Siegel up for a climbing leg at Rockwell.

  74. Comment by NancyJBS | 01.9.2014 | 7:10 am

    We have another prize winner, @davidj-marin,ca? Where do you get your intel?

    And why are you suddenly David J? To keep up with the ever changing Houstons, I’ve decided to change my name too. No more Nancy_in_MN. It’s too hard to type and really, what if I end up moving to Italy?

  75. Comment by ClydeinKS | 01.9.2014 | 8:40 am

    @BostonCarlos, @davidj, @ NancyJBS – with all this moniker changes I’d LOVE to join the party but will hold steady until the scale no longer declares me as a Clyde! Needing to work off some pie in the basement with some videos!Yay winter!

  76. Comment by MattC | 01.9.2014 | 8:43 am

    ooh….another prize winner (although as yet unconfirmed). Well hey..if everybody is changing their names, then I will too…I will now be known as:

    MattC_from Wyoming_&_then_Montana_&_now_California_but_hopefully_soon_to_be_Hawaii_with_a_new_bike

  77. Comment by MattC | 01.9.2014 | 8:44 am

    Hmmm….that seems kind’a long…maybe I’ll drop off the part about a new bike (though I’m still hopeful for that phone call, come on KATIE!!)… that will be much better.

  78. Comment by MattC | 01.9.2014 | 11:02 am

    OR, I could just go w/ “MC”…hmmm…that seems kind’a short tho…or MC Hammer…but we already have a Hammer…and besides, I’m more of a mallet than a hammer…urgh…decisions decisions decisions! Too much stress!!

  79. Comment by Heidi | 01.9.2014 | 11:03 am

    The probable source of @davidh/j’s intel:

    Congratulations to the winners so far and to be!

  80. Comment by Davidh-Marin,ca | 01.9.2014 | 11:26 am

    Even a Luddite can keep up from time to time. Especially helpful to have a fabulously tech-social media savvy partner who can keep me informed.
    BTW (I’m told that means by the way the DavidJ was me trying to type on Wife# Oh’s! phone. (I’m sticking with my rotary).

    Matt. Go with the MC (handle) I have some pants that will fit you when I see you next. (Yellow looks good on you, yes?)

  81. Comment by MC | 01.9.2014 | 11:33 am

    @DavidH(J)…okey-dokey…(and yes, I can do yellow…are they the big billowey kind? If so they will catch a tailwind like a sail giving me some extra speed…sweet!)

    And btw…with Fatty gone we have no supervision here..meaning there ARE no limits (as far as we know anyway).

    OK….I’d best get back to work now.

  82. Comment by BostonCarlos (formerly NYC) | 01.9.2014 | 2:15 pm

    the new winner has chosen the Specialized… so the cannondale, boom, and trek are all still on the table! good luck folks! :)

  83. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 01.9.2014 | 8:24 pm

    While we await the next winner to reveal themselves (fingers tapping on the desk) thought I’d share a little discovery made today.

    Campfire Pie

    I hereby nominate it as the official Team Fatty Pie
    (from the menu)

    Campfire Pie
    toasted marshmallow fluff, fudgy chocolate, almond ding & Oreo cookie crust

    After Levis Gran Fondo we’ll go get some.
    (registration January 13th)

    Matt, Greg, Nic, Zeeter; hope we get to see you all up here this year.

  84. Comment by Wife#.59 | 01.9.2014 | 8:32 pm

    I’d like to point out that no campfire pie was actually ingested in the making of that commercial.

    Yet. Clearly just a matter of time.

  85. Comment by NancyJBS | 01.9.2014 | 8:48 pm

    The Trek was the 2nd prize to be swept up… no idea who that was. I was the 3rd, taking the InGamba tour.

    @DavidJ or Davidh, or whatever, that pie will not be approved by the boss unless it has Nutella on the ingredient list. Thought you knew.

    Set up my pain cave today, as I need to stick close to home these days. First accessory, an ice-cream bucket hanging off the handlebars. Can anyone guess why?

  86. Comment by Kenny | 01.9.2014 | 10:12 pm

    As referenced on the twitter feed the Boom MTB has been won.

    Congrats @djbrooks!!!

  87. Comment by PNP | 01.10.2014 | 11:11 am

    I like pie as much as the next person, but that looks dreadful.

    Congrats to the winners! And that’s most definitely includes WBR and the lucky recipients of bikes in Zambia!

  88. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 01.10.2014 | 12:17 pm


    Read the requirements to be a WBR Team Ambassador..way beyond my abilities. In fact I can think of only one candidate worthy of being an ambassador for this team.

    The Hammer! Mother of Nails!

    Ambassador Lisa.
    (has a good ring, don’t you think?)

    Let’s do what we need to do to make her an Ambassador for 2014! How cool is that?

  89. Comment by TominAlbany | 01.10.2014 | 1:41 pm


    I hope your break was fun and productive. I’m looking forward to your next post on monday.


  90. Comment by leroy | 01.11.2014 | 4:06 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners!!!!

    My dog may have some funny remark later, but right now he’s just wagging his tale.

    It’s great when good things happen to good people.

  91. Comment by leroy | 01.12.2014 | 4:28 pm

    My dog said “wagging my tale”. Now I get it. Sort of. He can do better. Just not right now.

  92. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 01.12.2014 | 11:07 pm

    @Leroy’s Dog

    I was going to give liversnaps for your tale, but I was on a comment timeout.

  93. Comment by Becky | 01.13.2014 | 3:55 am

    Cliffhanger fatty! Congrats to @Nancy in Min.

  94. Comment by MC | 01.13.2014 | 12:36 pm

    awwww davidh…there’s no comment timeout’s when Fatty’s away. At least that’s how I see it (when the cat’s away….)

    congrats to all the LUCKY winners! And rats on my behalf…I really did feel lucky this time. Maybe next year (I’m a Raiders fan, so I’ve been saying that a LOT this last couple of decades).

  95. Comment by TominAlbany | 01.13.2014 | 12:50 pm

    tick tick tick…


    Where’s my post?

    I’m kinda jones’in here…..

  96. Comment by Davidh-Marin,ca | 01.13.2014 | 1:47 pm

    (You beat me to it)

    Tap….Tap….Tap… this thing on?????

  97. Comment by Joanne Lilley | 01.24.2014 | 4:03 am

    Has anyone seen the Bicycle laser alignment tool invented by Max Kettle from Australia???? Its awesome…..handlebar alignment never looked so good.

  98. Comment by How To Become A Millionaire | 02.18.2014 | 4:42 am

    Thanks in favor of sharing such a nice thought, piece of writing
    is fastidious, thats why i have read it completely

    Look at my web page – How To Become A Millionaire


Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.