Perfect Storm of Leadville-WBR-Fatty Awesomeness

02.2.2015 | 12:55 pm

For your consideration today, I present the following facts:

  1. I am a certified Leadville 100 Fanboy. I have finished it 17 times, have started it 18 times, and am now training for my eighteenth time. 
  2. I am a certified World Bicycle Relief Fanboy. I’ve raised about enough to buy 5,000 Buffalo bikes in the past few years. I’m a true believer in what this organization does and the way it helps people help themselves.
  3. A whole lot of you would like to race Leadville, but it’s really hard to get in. I really wish I knew what the odds of getting in by lottery are. Based on how many email messages, comments, and real-world conversations I’ve had, I’d guess about one person in ten gets in by lottery. Maybe.

So, this post is for those of you who wanted to get into the Leadville 100 (but didn’t), who also think they’d like to help make an actual, measurable difference in the world. 

Because WBR and I are putting together a WBR-Leadville Team. Read the details and apply here, but the essentials are:

  • You tell us why you want to race Leadville
  • You promise to raise $5,000 for WBR 
  • We (the WBR folks and me) pick out the team
  • We all hang out and race and eat bratwurst in Leadville this August.

So, those of you who were all bummed out about not getting into Leadville…here’s your chance to get in after all. Sure, it’s going to take a little more work. A little more commitment. But your money is going to go to something really awesome.

So apply now. And I’ll see you there.


  1. Comment by Tom in Albany | 02.2.2015 | 1:28 pm

    Well, that’s one way to say, “How bad do you want it?”


  2. Comment by CVR | 02.2.2015 | 1:34 pm

    wow what a great opportunity! Entry to the race, fundraising for a great cause WBR, Fatty etc etc..I feel fortunate to have got in on the first try and finishing it as well. Not a day goes by without me thinking about the race. DO IT!!

  3. Comment by MattC | 02.2.2015 | 2:42 pm

    Aren’t there also qualifying races that get you into Leadville (by letting your legs do the talking)?? I thought that was the case…but as a NON racer can’t say for sure. @ Tom in Albany, you got it right…”how bad do you want it?” for sure! Nice Fatty! Hope you get a lot of volunteers! (I’m already into my 2015 WBR fundraising season…I’ll be plopping down my first deposit tonight in fact, my Jan profits from my goodie sales here at work).

  4. Comment by Ray Wright | 02.4.2015 | 11:39 am

    Very nice Fatty. I also am a WBR fanboy. You are helping a great orginization and giving the people the chance to get into their dream race.

    I am glad that you use your super powers for good.

  5. Comment by Jenni | 02.6.2015 | 10:41 am

    Dammit. I am such a sucker for bad ideas. The bad idea of course being me attempting Leadville.


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