This is Important to Me

09.24.2015 | 1:50 pm

This is a strange and somewhat uncomfortable post for me to write, but I’m going to anyway. I hope you’ll stick with it.

For the first year since I’ve started doing the 100 Miles of Nowhere, it hasn’t sold out. Isn’t really even close, to be honest. Which leaves me with one big question: Why? 

I have some theories, which I’m going to get into. And — honesty above all here — I hope that if you haven’t yet, these theories (and what I’m going to do about them) will be enough to get you to sign up.

Theory 1: I Emphasized the Wrong Things

I am justifiably excited about and proud of all the cool stuff you get when you join the 100 Miles of Nowhere. A cool event t-shirt, event socks, an event KEG (gizmo to hold your stuff in a bike cage), an event musette bag, a jersey at a crazy-good price, a free trial membership to TrainerRoad, a screener video of Inspired to Ride, a SufferFest video, GU product, CarboRocket product, and of course a race plate.

My problem is, I treated that as the reason you might want to do the 100 Miles of Nowhere, and it isn’t. Not really. 

The reason you do the 100 Miles of Nowhere is because it’s a fun and strange way to do something good for Camp Kesem, an organization that does a remarkable amount of good for kids who’ve been affected by a parent’s cancer.

This organization matters to me because it’s helped my family; it’s made a difference in my life and in the lives of my twins. And it’s made an enormous difference to thousands of other kids who’ve had to worry about cancer instead of just being a kid.

Camp Kesem makes a practical difference to kids who’ve had to worry too much. And it makes a practical difference to parents, who worry about the fact that their kids aren’t getting to have a fun childhood.

I’m fundraising for Camp Kesem because I believe in and have seen the good they effect in both parents and children’s lives.

That’s what I should have emphasized in my pitch.

Theory 2: I Ask a Lot of My Readers

It hasn’t been very long since I wrapped up the Grand Slam for Kenya, and now I’m asking for money again

I never stop asking, do I?

Well, for what it’s worth, I never ask for donations without also donating to the same cause. That said, I know I ask a lot. Maybe I ask for too much. 

But in this case, I think I’m asking for the right thing, and for the right cause.

Theory 3: I Didn’t Give You Much Heads-Up

I don’t have a “why what I did is ok” excuse for this one. I think I posted something about having the 100 Miles of Nowhere in November a couple months ago, but I haven’t given you much heads-up since then.

So I worry that your calendars have filled up and now it’s too late — that’s why you haven’t signed up.

That’s on me. I’m an idiot.

But — but! — the good thing about the 100 Miles of Nowhere is that you can sign up now…and then do it whenever. You don’t have to do it November 7. You can do it over Christmas break. Or when the Spring thaw comes. 

After all, it’s not just a race without a place…it’s a race without a time or day. 

Theory 4: Race Guest-Reporting Needs to Be More Consistent

One of the things I love about the 100 Miles of Nowhere is the incredible race reports I get from racers. Sadly, I get so many at once I panic at the editing job ahead of me. As a result, I tend to release a lot of the 100MoN reports in a flood, then those that come in after my big editing push…never see the light of day.

I’m going to be doing something a little different this year to enable this “wherever, whenever” aspect of the event.

On Fridays, for the whole year, I’m going to post 100 Miles of Nowhere guest race reports. Yep, instead of just releasing them all in a big clump — so that many of them never get noticed because there’s a sudden deluge and nobody has time to read that many all at once — I’m going to use what has generally been an unblogged day for me and post your writeups.

Camp Kesem and what it does matters to me. This fundraising event matters to me.

I’m holding registration open ’til this Tuesday, or ’til we hit 500. I hope that between now and then, you’ll sign up.


  1. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 09.24.2015 | 2:01 pm

    Great to hear you’ll be posting the reports throughout the year. Gives me time to write mine! ;-)

    I’ll sign up a second time if needed, but cannot guarantee a 200 MoN podium finish.

    I know I can always count on your support, and hereby give you a permanent pass on that whole Italy report. – FC

  2. Comment by Dave | 09.24.2015 | 2:01 pm

    thanks for the posting. I like the idea of regularly released race reports. I like supporting this cause. I do not do it for the swag though it is really nice stuff we get. It is late in the year and where I live weather will be a factor so it will be more challenging this year. I have never been able to get 100 miles though I always try. Thanks Fatty for all you do for the great causes you champion!!

  3. Comment by BostonCarlos | 09.24.2015 | 2:09 pm

    For me, it’s too late in the season to get excited about :( I like doing it the right weekend, so that’s a big part of why I haven’t signed up. I figured I’d leave my entry for someone else since it usually DOES sell out. I may enter now, knowing that you’re looking for more folks to enter.

    I have a difficult time imagining you as anything but excited. – FC

  4. Comment by Jen | 09.24.2015 | 2:16 pm

    Knowing 100MoN sells out usually in the first couple of hours when I had several meetings at work on the day it was set to debut I figured I had to write off this year.
    I also know that I’m NOT trained up to 100 miles, unfortunately not even 100 km and I feel bad not doing the full 100 miles.
    Guess I’ll need to rethink it all tonight.
    Now on the good side I felt your pitch was very clear that this year’s entries were again going to support Camp Kesem. The swag being different and really slick did make me want to sign up in addition to the awesome cause. I wouldn’t fault your pitch.
    Maybe everyone is so busy being out in Richmond VA watching the UCIs that they haven’t seen their computers since before the 19th.

    Allow me to recommend that you register, plan to race it on March 1 (or thenabouts) and then use that as your carrot for getting yourself good and fit by then. Seems like a good carrot / stick approach to me. And I’d love to have a guest post about training for the 100MoN for 6 months. – FC

  5. Comment by Chicago Nick | 09.24.2015 | 2:44 pm

    Theory 5: No one wants to finish second to me in my division.

    I’ve been trying to get in on this race for a few years now, and what has happened was that I saw it, got distracted by something shiny and then when I remembered, it sold out.

    The swag to me is irrelevant. I would have signed up and paid for just a commemorative shirt.

    I wouldn’t worry, Fatty. Not yet, anyway. You know we love you.

  6. Comment by Tim | 09.24.2015 | 2:47 pm

    I held back to let others in. I have signed up the last few years, but thought it would make sense to let others get the swag. Also, I am riding a century in a Pedal the Cause event this weekend to support Camp Kesem in St. Louis. I will gladiy do another one to support Camp Kesem now that I know I will not be keeping anyone else out.

  7. Comment by Corrine | 09.24.2015 | 2:54 pm

    I think having the “race” in November may partly be why people didn’t sign up. It’s pretty late for us northerners to do a long bike ride. But maybe I’m wrong. I, too, don’t really care about the swag. What I care about is the cause. . . And getting my race report on your site and yet for 3 years in a row, my race report has never been posted! I feel unwanted, unloved and I keep upping the ante every year in the hopes that you will post my report. So I love that you will post every Friday through the year. Maybe I have a chance for this year. I think that you need to post my report from last year because it is crucial to my report for this year. Last year was my Swan Song to My Knees. Surgery didn’t happen last year due to insurance issues but now my surgery is happening OCT. 5. I’m going to have to recover quickly to do my race this year!!!!
    I hope more people sign up. And Fatty, let me know if you want me to send you my report from last year so you can get people excited about what they can do! Sign up, people, this is my favorite race of the year.

  8. Comment by ScottR | 09.24.2015 | 2:59 pm

    I really want to sign up, but honestly I feel so burned with the sizing from the previous DNACycling order I’m really worried…

    On their jersey sizing chart, the chest width of the 5xl (just as an example) is 64 cm – which is ~25.2 inches. Twin six’s SMALL has a chest width of 37 inches.

    Length of center back for the 5xl is 78.5 cm for DNA, which is ~31 inches, which seems to match the TS XXL.

    For the 2015 order, Fatty’s advice was: “Basically, go with the same size you would with T6, but plan on the relaxed-fit version to fit a little looser. Plan on the race version to fit skin-tight.”

    My experience – not even close.

    Even on the tshirt – the 2xl looked like an adult small, and the 4xl (the only replacement size available) was like triple the size.

  9. Comment by leroy | 09.24.2015 | 3:00 pm

    The swag is nice, but I signed up because it’s for Camp Kesem.

    Of course, I love the idea of a “race” on any route of any distance on any day. That appeals to my appreciation of all things goofy.

    Last year’s race plate is on my wall and every time I look at it, I grin.

    But the reason I rode last year was Camp Kesem.

    Cancer steals joy from those who love whom cancer attacks. Camp Kesem finds that joy and returns it.

    And unlike cancer, joy is contagious. Last year’s ride in all its goofy glory was a mini-Camp Kesem for me. I got some of my joy back.

    There was no way I was going to miss this year. It doesn’t matter if I ride 10 miles or 110 miles, if I do it in November or next Spring, if I ride it alone or with a group.

    When you get an opportunity to do something worthwhile, a little goofy, and fun… Well that’s the trifecta right there. How can you say no?

  10. Comment by Linda | 09.24.2015 | 3:11 pm

    I’m not a cyclist and don’t even own a bike. I am, however, a big fan of this blog. Love reading the posts, the guest posts and participating in any/all of the fundraising. I never signed up for 100 MON before for the reason mentioned in the first sentence. Now, I’ll have to decide how best to approach this 100 miles without a bike – maybe I could drive a small courtyard for 100 miles? Oh well, what matters is being able to help a good cause and Camp Kesem seems particularly special.

    Thanks for putting this together

  11. Comment by JV | 09.24.2015 | 3:17 pm

    Elden – I say Elden and not “fatty” as this is a serious response. As a 33 year old who lost his father to brain cancer 21 years ago, i know what it was like to “lose” some of my childhood innocence. I wish i knew of Camp Kesem when i was going through that.

    Suggestion – perhaps your twins could do a guest post (maybe through your dictation) about the benefits and how the camp has helped them first hand. When something hits close to home, it helps people relate and give back.

    Good suggestions, thank you. Here’s a guest post the twins wrote a few years ago. – FC

  12. Comment by Andrae McConnell | 09.24.2015 | 3:44 pm

    Don’t feel discouraged, Fatty. It could just be the registration window. The last week of the month may not be a good time for some people to donate $100 since a lot of people don’t get paid until the last or first day of the month. So even though the race sold out quickly in the past, you may just need to widen the registration window a bit :)

    You may also think about tiering the donation options. Maybe $30 for just a race plate or whatever price/swag combinations would make sense to ensure some good donations for Camp Kesem. The guest post could even serve as extra incentive–donators of $75 or more may have their race report posted on! It would be pretty cool to have your picture published on such a popular site. Anyway, if you were looking for suggestions, there you go.

    Oh, ASSUMING that we’re not waiting to read the dramatic, action packed final chapter of one of your famous race reports, I love your idea to post100 MoN race reports throughout the year. They’re well done and witty; I enjoy reading them.

  13. Comment by Bryant Likes | 09.24.2015 | 3:46 pm

    I’m still stuck on the last contest waiting for an announcement of who won what.

    I will definitely be posting that. It might be a little while, though. Right now while there’s riding to write about, I like to do that. When it’s cold and dark, that’s a good time to do some catching up on prizes and whatnot. – FC

  14. Comment by Justin | 09.24.2015 | 3:48 pm

    This year, the timing… My wife and I are expecting our first child to be born any day!

    It’s not that I don’t want to, Fatty, it’s that I’m too broke this time!

  15. Comment by Ricardo Araujo | 09.24.2015 | 4:02 pm


    I’m sorry for my ignorance, but the fact is that I don’t even know what the race is. Where is it held? When? I’ve looked for that info on your page, and couldn’t find it. Maybe I’m not looking in the right place, but there you go. Perhaps you can refresh that “logistics” component. I’m in California, so it’s important to know when/where if I do commit to race.

    Many thanks, and keep up with this great blog.


  16. Comment by Ricardo Araujo | 09.24.2015 | 4:03 pm

    Ignore my previous comment – just found it!


  17. Comment by Kristina | 09.24.2015 | 4:21 pm

    Hi Fatty – I apologize if you have mentioned this somewhere, but I haven’t been able to find it. Can you tell us much of the registration fee will go to Camp Kesem?

    ~$72 (less for int’l entries which have more expensive shipping costs) of ea entry goes to Camp Kesem; $22 of ea jersey goes to Camp Kesem. – FC

  18. Comment by Jesse | 09.24.2015 | 4:51 pm

    Pay day is at the end of the month… -(

    That’s a very good point. I’ll keep that in mind next year. Thanks. – FC

  19. Comment by Jimbo/Rumpled | 09.24.2015 | 5:13 pm

    I’d put most of the weight on #3 and the move of the event from June to November. I think 100 MON has kinda fallen to second fiddle to the Grand Slam. I signed up and will encourage those doing my event to sign up as well. Usually, it’s sold out before I get a chance to tell them.
    With the November date, I’m looking at trying to finish it in daylight. Even though I’m in SoCal, the way I do 100 MON takes 10 1/2 to 11 1/2 hours. We’ll be using lights on our last stretch. Hope the weather holds out as well; it will be even worse for many more Northern 100 MON’s.

    #4 is a great idea! Friday is a dark day in my world because there is usually not a post. Adding these reports would be cool; more can be published, hopefully still giving Fatty his day off from us followers.

    JV – I’m pretty sure that Fatty’s twins did do a guest post on Camp Kesem. Maybe a link to that would help emphasize the good this camp does. Unless I missed said link.

    For one big Ibis sized reason, I feel somewhat obligated to donate to all of Fatty’s causes – and I am in for this again.

    I advertise mine a local bike forum, last year a guy heard about it, stopped me while I was riding and handed me $20 = more for Camp Kesem!

  20. Comment by MtlDan | 09.24.2015 | 5:28 pm

    My guess is that it’s mostly the date. 100 MoN in the spring may be painful but I want to push myself to get in shape for the summer. In November I’m usually a bit burned out and looking forward to some time off the bike.

    That’s a good key learning. I was thinking that autumn brought it back to its roots as a ride-in-the-garage-or-trainer thing. I think though a lot of people enjoy it outside. – FC

  21. Comment by Isaac | 09.24.2015 | 5:45 pm

    I’m just too broke this time around. I really, really want to, but it just isn’t going to happen this year :(

  22. Comment by Eric | 09.24.2015 | 6:03 pm

    I couldn’t think of any cool ridiculous loops to do that I’d want to do all day, in part because the reason I like riding bikes is to go places so wasting a day on the bike riding in circles seemed pointless to me.

    So I’ll instead do a loop I know I enjoy with beautiful scenery. If any SF Bay Area riders want to join me on Cañada Road ( on Nov. 7th, I think 12 loops on that will just about do it.

  23. Comment by Skye | 09.24.2015 | 6:25 pm

    The lead-up was a little weak this year, although that just meant I wasn’t counting down weeks until registration; and November scares me a little (I’m a northerner, November means -30*F and its hard to get excited about a lot of things when that first hits (by January its no big deal, but in November its still sad)).

    I signed up though because you put a special blip in there about walking, running, swimming, whatever to get to the end point, which although we call it 100 miles, doesn’t have to be. Representing the actual fat Fat Cyclists who primarily cycle in good weather and aren’t ready for 100miles in a day, I took heart in the special call-out for non-bikers to to do non-100s, and it seems as though reading through the comments another shout-out to others on my end of the spectrum might drum up a little more participation.

  24. Comment by Anthony | 09.24.2015 | 6:27 pm

    The 2013 100 Miles of Nowhere – Father’s Day Wile E. Coyote Edition in fact took place on Cañada Road and was won by me! I kept it to only the northern portion which is unfortunately also the more windy portion.

    Last year I did it on Treasure Island. I have not decided on a 2015 location yet, though I don’t think I have Cañada in me again.

  25. Comment by spaceyace | 09.24.2015 | 6:36 pm

    Honestly, this year it was the money. That, and I registered last year but sprained my ankle badly immediately after receiving the swag and never “earned” the 100MON jersey now hanging my closet. Sorry :(
    Hope more people will sign up by next week. And, FWIW, I think I have my century training group (six people) convinced to sign up next year.

  26. Comment by Jessica F | 09.24.2015 | 7:14 pm

    I haven’t signed up because I have done it for two years, and thought I would let some other people get the swag. Like Eric, I couldn’t think of a route that was properly painful but fun at the same time. Also, I just rode 32 miles yesterday for the first time in a while, and it was a bit painful. I have some training to do.

    One thing that the race reports often highlight, and that I think is a major win for this race, is the fact that it is very family friendly, at least for certain hours or segments. You can get cheered on every lap, you can be accompanied by your kids or pets or loved ones for a few laps, and if you manage to do it in your own neighborhood you can entertain your neighbors tremendously. That’s the one aspect that the race reports really bring out that isn’t part of your spin on it. (See what I did there?)

    A good point! I’ll be sure to include it in my final appeal on Tuesday. – FC

  27. Comment by Brian Ogilvie | 09.24.2015 | 7:29 pm

    I signed up in 2013 because I thought it was a great cause, and I had a 5.4-mile loop starting and ending at my house that I thought would be good. It was!. So much fun, and posting about it on my local club’s web forum led me to make some good connections. I signed up last year because, again, it’s a good cause, and I thought it would spur me to do a long ride late in the year, after I had started teaching again.

    Unfortunately, life intervened—as a college prof., once September arrives my time for long rides dwindles. (I have lots of work in the summer, too, but because it’s less structured, I can take 5 hours on a weekday for a ride as long as I make it up in the evenings and on the weekends.) So I didn’t actually do the ride. I haven’t worn the jersey yet, because, well, I haven’t earned it.

    (Well, that, and it’s synthetic. I really prefer wool or a wool/synthetic blend, emphasis on the wool. I would sign up for 100MON every year for the rest of my life if Icebreaker or Ibex made the jersey.)

    I didn’t sign up this year because (1) it usually sells out quickly and (2) I felt guilty about getting one of the spots last year and then not doing the ride. But after your last post, I changed my mind, since Camp Kesem is a great cause. I’m not sure if I’ll do a 200 Miles of Nowhere this fall, be kind to myself and make it 200 Kilometers of Nowhere, or do two rides, maybe one in the fall and then one in the winter on my TruTrainer rollers (I mention the brand only because they have built-in resistance—and I don’t have the lockout option, which would make the whole business a lot easier).

    Oh, and FWIW, I started donating to World Bicycle Relief thanks to your plugs, but I no longer do so through your contests, because (1) I want the tax writeoff and (2) the prizes you offer really don’t interest me, because my idea of a fun day is riding my Boulder All Road 650B rigid, drop-handlebar bike on whatever terrain I feel like tackling, including jeep trails and short stretches of singletrack (i.e., whatever Sandy Whittlesley picks out as a route for D2R2—and if you haven’t done D2R2, you should, and I’d be happy to host you for the weekend, since I live only 14 miles from the start/end).

    If my interests change, I might participate again in things besides 100MON, but frankly I’m comfortable enough that I can buy any bike I if I want it badly enough, and I’d rather go directly to the charity if the prize is just swag (even if it is a very nice bike indeed). 100MON interests me because of the activity itself. I’d consider entering the contests where a ride is a prize, except that as a prof., anything that happens between September 1 and the middle of May is just impossible for my schedule. The unscheduled summers (not vacations—research, writing, and class prep go on, but not on a rigid schedule) have, as their flip side, very little flexibility during the academic year.

    Anyhow, that’s my POV on 100MON. Thanks for the good work you do for several charities, as well as for writing a very entertaining blog, on top of your day job and your prodigious cycling (and now, crewing) accomplishments!

    That’s a fantastic, well-considered stance. Thanks for your generosity! – FC

  28. Comment by Miles Archer | 09.24.2015 | 7:30 pm

    I have never been motivated for this event. 100 miles has never been easy for me, even in beautiful countryside. Doing it, or even keeping close to the spirit would be a challenge.

    I have thought about doing it in the pool. A 10k would be a real challenge but might be doable.

    So, there’s some inertia there that keeps me on the fence.

    The other thing is, if I did this, I’d feel like I should do my own fundraising as part of it. Unless it’s business, I hate asking people for money.

    Now, if one of the usual suspects (Dave from Marin?) wants to do his own fundraising for Camp Kasem as part of his suffering, I would be happy to send a C note his way.

    Interesting. I always thought that one of the nice things for most people about this one is you DON’T have to do your own fundraising. Your registration has a good-sized donation built in, and that’s all the fundraising you need to do for it. If / when it sells out, it will have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Camp Kesem. – FC

  29. Comment by Frank W | 09.24.2015 | 7:37 pm

    Well Fatty, I am simply out of funds. Sorry!

    That’s a good reason to not sign up, and I know you’ve certainly been generous when you can be. Thank you!

    – FC

  30. Comment by FodFod | 09.24.2015 | 8:39 pm

    Fatty, thank you for this very transparent post. I am signed up for my second year. Last year I did it early and it was a point to point here in WA. It was about 95 miles of gravel over the Cascades to Cle Elum. This year I am trying to stay more to the spirit of the event and I’m going to do 20 laps of a 5 mile gravel trail near the house. I LOVE your dedication to these great organizations. I think I will also be leveraging this event to raise some extra money for WBR as well. Love the event, love the SWAG & timing is fine (I will probably completing a wet epic). Keep the faith. Build it and they will come.

    Thanks much for the kind words, FodFod! Your comment made my day. – FC

  31. Comment by BostonCarlos | 09.24.2015 | 9:03 pm

    OK. Fine. I’m entered, and consequently, excited. No idea what I’m gonna do for a route. Off to facebook to sucker some locals into doing it with me.

    Thank you, Carlos! This makes me think…maybe next year, I’ll have a 100MoN party kit, with swag to be handed out to supporters, for people who want to do their own fundraising. Just gotta figure out what would go in it. Stickers, hats, punch cards…. – FC

  32. Comment by Creeping Tortoise | 09.24.2015 | 9:20 pm

    Well I for one refuse to even contemplate entering until you finish your report on your ‘perfect race’, the 2015 Crusher in the Tushar. So perfect that it seems you’re unable to find the words to describe it. :-P

    What will probably work against my one man protest is that I didn’t consider entering but rather did so without due consideration. Something I may well regret come November.

    The swag is nice (though I’m a little nervous about whether I’ve picked the right sizes, particularly the T as I couldn’t find any sizing information for it) but it’s not my main motivation. An ‘event’ which will be the first since my second progeny was born and one which I can fit around said progeny, plus a good cause, is what sold me.

    As an aside, I rather suspect that you will be getting more, rather than less, funds from your international subscribers: I was charged ~$20 postage at checkout. It almost made me reconsider actually as it bumped the cost right up to (or even a bit over) my limit.

    Why is postage from the US always so expensive? I mean there was a $100 postage option for crying out loud!?! No wonder the UK online bike shops have it all over US ones when it comes to international sales.

    Just make sure that you aren’t being charged postage as well!!

    My problem is I’m a lazy writer and it’s much easier for a lazy writer to write about the most recent activity than one that is now months old. But I’m going to get to the Tushar story. In fact, since you signed up, I’m going to get to it next week instead of the two reports I had planned to do. – FC

  33. Comment by ScottyCycles | 09.24.2015 | 9:22 pm

    I think your pitch was perfect this year Fatty.
    I’ve been thinking about an inane short out and back route all year! It’s my 4th time and the swag is nice but it’s all about the kids. I especially like NOT having to do fundraising (never do well at that). I do think that many people are short on funds right now (my GF for one) and that may be why the slow selling.

    I think money is tight, and this isn’t the time of year when people generally have their donation money set aside. But thanks tons for your confidence in my pitch; that means a ton to me. And thanks for continuing to support my many fundraisers. You’ve been with the blog pretty much from the beginning, and it means a lot to me. – FC

  34. Comment by AKChick | 09.24.2015 | 10:09 pm

    I didn’t register this year because I put all my “eggs” aka my money in the Grand Slam. :( I”m tapped out on funds so don’t have the money for 100MoN. If they were spaced farther out from each other I would have more time to recoup.

    I think some folks don’t realize that this event started as an indoor event. :) So having it in November doesn’t seem like a bad thing to me. If I had the money, I’d definitely sign up. It’s one of my favorite events.

    I saw someone in Anchorage wearing a Camp Kesem shirt last weekend. Pretty darn awesome!

    How about this: why don’t you do the event anyway, and then make a donation to CK whenever you have the money? I’d love to have your story. – FC

  35. Comment by Sporksforall | 09.24.2015 | 10:50 pm

    I’ve wanted to do this for years, but couldn’t until this year. I truly was a f.c. (Unlike you, Elden). Now I’m a lot less so. I can’t do it the day of either (not because of weather–I’m in SoCal–but because of travel). When you posted that it wasn’t full, I signed up (in the middle of a meeting, of course). To me, it’s the cause and the swag and the cool people who connect through your blog. Now that in in, I hope it sells the rest of the way out.

    Oh, and I’m taking you at your word that we can define our own version of 100 miles. Earning the swag seems to me to be about what you put in. Suffer in some silly way and help kids who need it. Win win. Or maybe lose win. Either way.

    Your POV on “earning the swag” is spot-on. And congrats on being a lot less of a fat cyclist! I’m looking forward to your race report, and hope you’ll take the time to include how you got to the point of being able to do the 100MoN as part of your story. – FC

  36. Comment by Captain_Passive | 09.24.2015 | 11:54 pm

    Long-time reader (from way back in 2005 or so?), first-time poster.
    I was still dithering, so I am pleased that I got a spot. I hope that the rest will fill up quickly too!
    One question about overseas shipping: Will it get to Germany in time?

    Thank you for signing up, and for coming out of hiding after all these years!

    I’m afraid your swag will not make it to Germany in time; it will arrive in Germany in late November. – FC

  37. Comment by Andrew | 09.25.2015 | 1:02 am

    For me, there are a couple of factors in my reduced enthusiasm:

    I don’t care about swag.

    It’s too late in the year.

    It feels more like a shared experience of everyone is doing it on the same day.

    You don’t seem to have the same enthusiasm about the ride itself.

    Focus on the fun. That’s what makes it special.

    I’m actually more enthused about the ride itself than I ever have been, but I can see how that hasn’t come across in the blog. I appreciate your honesty. – FC

  38. Comment by Eric B. | 09.25.2015 | 6:58 am


    …*sigh*…I’m already signed up….and I’m going to do it in my garage on a trainer…again. *sobs* And I’m going to suffer through 100 miles of Uncertainty with the “course conditions” changing every 10 miles. Any suggestions for dice roll possibilities?

    I actually mixed up the times between you and my part of the country and sat in front of my computer tabbing to your blog and hitting the refresh button for nearly two hours, because I am a sick man.

    I support this wonderful fundraiser and punishing experience. *sobs uncontrollably*

  39. Comment by ClydeinKS | 09.25.2015 | 7:23 am

    I am shocked at the comments of lack of training time as a reason to avoid the greatest ride of the year! The season and colder weather brings this back to its roots – indoors, in the “pain cave,” and what better way to ensure it is a pain cave by NOT training? That’s my logic at least for this year! My year of change, residence and employment, resulting in many boxes and limited time to ride has caused this year’s event to nearly be my maiden voyage for ‘15. Maybe I should start training or I’m destined for some repeat pain experienced last year. Thanks, as always, for the platform and ability to assist and support great causes!

  40. Comment by Matt | 09.25.2015 | 7:33 am

    Honestly, 100MoN is one of the only bike events I’ve EVER paid money to be a part of and I just didn’t have the funds this year.

  41. Comment by Cat | 09.25.2015 | 7:49 am

    Fatty, I’ve read every single post on your site for years now and because of that I feel like a cyclist. I’m quite adept at cycling actually …in my mind. Problem is that I don’t even own a bike. I’m begging my hubby to agree to bikes for both of us for Christmas this year. So, please don’t give up on 100 Miles of Nowhere. Lord willing, next year I’ll be ready!

  42. Comment by Ingrid | 09.25.2015 | 7:56 am

    Count me in but leave the swag out: I will donate $99.95 on the Camp Kesem site which saves the (overseas) shipping costs and leaves room in my closet for stuff I actually wear and use.
    Because I am not a cyclist but will love to create my own challenge in walking a 100-miles-of-nowhere-related distance. Something like doing 50 rounds around the block of 1000 steps: together the dog and I should be able to reach 100.000 steps. Runkeeper en Fitbit will be my guide, referee and statistician!
    And I will be happy to write a report on the ‘100K Steps of Nowhere’.

  43. Comment by Ingrid | 09.25.2015 | 7:58 am

    Addendum: I see a lot of willing cyclists that cannot afford the entry. I am more than willing enter the official ‘race’ and have the swag sent to someone who really appreciates it. Let me know!

  44. Comment by Jim Tolar | 09.25.2015 | 8:03 am


    I signed up in the first wave as always. Our 100MilesToNowhere (Dobson Ranch Edition) is scheduled for 10/24, so I’ll have my 100 in well in advance of the official day. I think Theory 1 is the likely culprit. Those of us long-time FoFs already know the drill, but relative newcomers might not. I hope you get the desired response.


  45. Comment by Eric T. | 09.25.2015 | 8:26 am

    Repost the video from Noodle’s first 100 MON on her rollers (“I didn’t anticipate the level of suckage.”) and some of the other classic 100 MON race reports right now, and I bet that reminds folks of the original crazy intent of the event, and in turn will generate some interest.

    I think focusing on the mission you are supporting and the outrageous, crazy, fun nature of the event will be the best way to fill your registration. I do also think there was probably a lack of “coming soon” posts, which didn’t build anticipation as there has been in past years.

    That is a GREAT idea. I will do that in my next post. – FC

  46. Comment by Ellen C. | 09.25.2015 | 8:49 am

    I have been a long time reader. Ever since I started reading your blog, I have wanted to participate. For me it has become a time issue with varying employment status and cost. Also, a health issue has somewhat limited me and my biking abilities. I have totally figured out if I should go back to riding again. That is another story.

    From what I have read, it would be great to be able to do this with another sport. I also like the graded entry fee with possible choice of the t-shirt and one other item. I have never heard of the KEG and it looks useful for a variety of things not just cycling. I also like the idea of having posts that go throughout the year.

    So I hope this helps you. I love what you and the Hammer do. Keep rolling.

  47. Comment by Madcityspecv | 09.25.2015 | 9:29 am

    definitely late in the year in the colder parts of the country. last year it never got above 45 degrees and rained for the first hour. and that was mid October. also, though i signed up this year, I’ve been looking for ways to make this a relay, as I’ve not trained to get it done, and i like the social aspect of a small group doing something ridiculous. a swag bag for a small group/volunteers would be excellent! as a parent, my flex spending is at it’s greatest in late May, Early June, and gets tighter as the back to school season begins the second half of the year, and moves through the impending Holiday Season which drains the account to provide for gifts (our kids get something they want, need, wear, and something for someone in need).last years registration around Mid-year worked really well.

  48. Comment by kel | 09.25.2015 | 9:51 am

    We want to sign up but need to wait until the end of the month…

  49. Comment by Evan | 09.25.2015 | 9:56 am

    I think the new posting idea is pretty brilliant, as I always enjoy hearing people’s stories. That said, this is the first time I’ve actually donated as a FOF, and am looking forward to it! (Said from the guy in somewhat warmer November weather in Cali.)…Now, if I can get the yard pass from my wife to spend that much time away in between my other events that I still haven’t gotten those yard passes for. I’ll probably have to ride during the night while all the little one sleep.)

  50. Comment by AKChick | 09.25.2015 | 10:48 am

    Fatty – you are AWESOME!

    However, I completely forgot (don’t ask me how) we just received our biggest dividend ever in Alaska (Alaska Permanent Fun), and we aren’t going on vacation this year (though I am planning on a bike event trip next year – just have to figure out which one I want to participate in). So I signed up AND purchased a jersey. :) The jersey price in phenomenal – I couldn’t resist.

    So count me in and count me in for a post. Hopefully, it won’t require too much editing (since I write for a living).

    Super excited that I’m able to do it again this year. I’ll have to plan better for next year. I’m thinking a fat tire/spin bike combo would be fitting. Not sure how many miles I can get on the fat bike, but it will be interesting to see. Thank you for pulling all of this together. It is my favorite event for sure!

    Sasha, you are the best. Thank you. – FC

  51. Comment by AKChick | 09.25.2015 | 10:49 am

    That should read Alaska Permanent “Fund” though getting a dividend from the state every year is fun!

  52. Comment by dooglee | 09.25.2015 | 11:09 am

    If there are openings on Oct 1 count me in. (=payday)

  53. Comment by Dave c | 09.25.2015 | 11:22 am

    I was waiting impatiently for the registrations to open up, but to be honest I could care less if you had any swag to go with the ride. There’s three reasons I’m looking forward to this.
    1. I’ve been reading about them forever and finally and am in a position to join in on one
    2. It’s a good cause and I’m a sucker for a good cause
    3. I did a century ride before I left on my deployment and this gives me an excuse to do a century ride before I go home from my deployment.

    Gonna be fun

    My favorite 100MoN writeups always seem to be the ones that come from FoFs in the armed services. I look forward to your writeup! – FC

  54. Comment by Heidi | 09.25.2015 | 11:34 am

    I’ve noticed that over time your emphasis seems to have shifted a bit from fundraising/let’s do good in the world more more toward prizes/swag. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because lives and priorities change. I like the do good part, though…

    I think that might be because it takes a lot of work each time to get the swag and prizes lined up, which means I’m using a lot of mindshare on them. I wind up talking about the things I’m thinking about. I need to remember to talk about the reason I’m doing this, not just the part that has been taking a lot of my time. That said, I also want to give lots of love and appreciation to the companies that are taking the risk of supporting something so bizarre as the 100MoN. – FC

  55. Comment by Jill Homer (@AlaskaJill) | 09.25.2015 | 11:49 am

    I registered!

    I’ve been wanting to try 100 Miles of Montebello Road for two years now (10 out-and-backs, 20,000 ft of climbing!) Now I’m finally going to go through with it.

    It’s also been a while since I contributed to a Fat Cyclist cause.

    Looking forward to the reports.

    Jill, thank you! It’s great to have you back. Please please please write me a guest post. Please? – FC

  56. Comment by Dave T | 09.25.2015 | 12:09 pm

    We are in again hoping to get Rob his first 100 mile ride this year. Like last year we will be doing an out and back loops from our house in south San Jose. Late Oct early Nov? Not sure yet if any of you want to join us this year let me know. Carlos I think you need to schedule another trip out west and join us. Jill Homer 10 trips up Montebello sounds a bit daunting to say the least looking forward to that report.

    Stoked for the Team Thompson report! – FC

  57. Comment by cyclurkette | 09.25.2015 | 12:24 pm

    For all those on the fence – here’s the story of my 2014 MoN, Most Extremely Delayed Division:

    I signed up for the first time last year even though (a) I couldn’t think of a Cool Loop that didn’t involve many 1000’s of feet of climbing (I live in the mountains), and (b) I didn’t feel fit enough to enjoy it. Since I am a massive procrastinator, I figured the only way to overcome problems (a) and (b) was to bite the bullet, commit, and then try to figure out the solutions. Well, the original date was rainy and cold, then I got a cold, then winter came… and winter went. Did I say I was a massive procrastinator? The jersey reproached me from the shelf. Summer came and, during my regular rides, I idly wondered when I would think of a Cool Loop.

    Then, this fall, I had a new conundrum: I needed to get in a long ride before a 102 mile Gran Fondo to dial in my nutrition, among other things. But there were forest fires in California, and air quality was dodgy. I had a brilliant idea – I would finally do my 100 MoN, with race plate and jersey, in my living room on the trainer. The Cool Loop idea went out the window. BUT my nutrition plan was a hit, I watched three great movies, and my Garmin track is friggin’ awesome. I hereby declare myself the winner of the Sept. 3, 2015 running of the October 18, 2014 MoN.

    I didn’t hesitate to sign up for 2015. Heck, I have 12 more months to think up a Cool Loop, and feel fit enough to enjoy it….

  58. Comment by Eric | 09.25.2015 | 12:44 pm

    Jill, oh god, 10 Montebellos?! I’m tempted to join you even though it would be a long long day for me (I don’t know if I’d have enough daylight!). But at least I know I can do Montebello tired (having done it at the end of a couple 100+ mile training rides).

    Anthony, if you have other suggestions for this year, keep me posted ( – I’m not tied to Cañada – it was just the first that came to mind.

    Jess also pointed out that I’m unable to read a calendar and Sunday (when Cañada is car-free) is actually November 8th, not the 7th, as I said.

  59. Comment by Tom in Albany | 09.25.2015 | 12:48 pm

    @EricT. My favorite quote from that one was the expression, “…the vehemence of the suckage…” I still use it!

    Fatty, I signed up quickly and have my route planned. I’ll try to write it up and maybe my wife can take a few photos to send along. I was going to SPAM my neighbors about Camp Kesem since I’ll be riding the neighborhood for a good chuck of the day. If they decide to donate, is there a way then can reference you or 100MON?

    Also, we all read other cycling blogs and things like that. Do you need for us to spread the word?

    Cheers, Tom

    P.S. Made my first ever, FOF live meeting with Doug in (way upstate) NY. I saw my first ever Leadville finisher belt buckle. Two cool, simultaneous happenings!

  60. Comment by Chris | 09.25.2015 | 2:23 pm

    Naturally this is the year I remembered to register and did so 0.04 seconds after it opened!

    Keeping fingers crossed for good weather on 11/7!

  61. Comment by Jeffrey R. | 09.25.2015 | 3:05 pm

    I’m sorry that I won’t be able to participate this year. I might poach the ride. But I won’t be able to officially join. It’s just not even in the budget. I was able to squeeze in the finances last year but this year it isn’t an option. Can’t help others go have a fun week at camp when I need to make sure my family has food on their plates. I wish I could join. It’s a great cause and I believe in it so much. I’ll try to poach and donate what I can on my own.

    I had a great time last year winning my division at the Spectacular Berkeley Marina Mixed-Terrain, Gravel Grinder, Cyclocross Extravaganza and maybe I’ll do something similar but I’ll have to poach it.

    I love the idea of putting up the race reports throughout the year. That’a great way to fill up the unused day and give your readers a chance to give their personal experiences a spotlight.

    Thank you so much for all the effort you put into your events. Your hard work is appreciated. Please keep doing them and I’ll rejoin you when I am able.

  62. Comment by Jill Homer (@AlaskaJill) | 09.25.2015 | 3:47 pm

    Eric: That would be great if you could join the Montebello climb-fest. I once did five times Montebello, and even that hurt quite a bit. Ten will be a blast! Since its November and daylight is minimal, I will probably plan on a pre-dawn start and assume a post-dusk finish. So lights will be necessary. I’m also going to talk to some friends about setting up a sort of aid station at the reservoir parking lot, with some joining in for some laps. Perhaps we should set up a Facebook event for other Bay Area cyclists interested in this version of 100 MON.

  63. Comment by Kristy in MD | 09.25.2015 | 6:25 pm

    As with many of the others, I didn’t register so others could get in. For whatever the reason behind the slow sign ups I had a chance to contemplate whether I could do the entire 100MoN. And what is silly and doable to make the suffering worthwhile?

    Then Jill Homer suggests an insane up and down hill route. Well, I have an up and down hill route where I live and, importantly, there is a local creamery in the middle of the hill.

    And, I might just have been one of the luckiest people ever recently. I should have a super amazing new bike thanks to the Grand Slam and I’m sure it will need some exercise.

    I am in again. And I can’t wait for the insanity.

  64. Comment by Susan Hjorten | 09.25.2015 | 7:41 pm

    I’m in. First time ever.

    I assumed it would be sold out by the time I got home so I didn’t bother to try. The WBR donation wasn’t very long ago and I have another donation I give every fall so the financial timing wasn’t good.

    I love that it’s in November. I need the motivation! I have a terrifically awful route or awfully terrific route in mind.

  65. Comment by Kristina | 09.25.2015 | 7:48 pm

    Hey Fatty -

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. It’s good to know that most of the money will go straight to Camp Kesem. I just registered; had some problems with the system and it said my order didn’t go through, but the charge is on my credit card so I assume I’M IN!!

    No idea when I’ll actually do the race… I’m out of shape plus we just got our first six inches of snow today. But I think I’m going to go with the carrot/stick theory you suggested above, work on getting into shape and do it when the weather turns nice again (in, oh, about seven months). So expect a VERY late race report!

  66. Comment by Jeff Helm | 09.25.2015 | 8:24 pm


    Here is my 2 cents on why registration may-be down or slow.

    1 – Lack of pre-registration hype for the ride and the cause this year. A couple of 1 paragraph notes prior to the announcement of the registration date would have helped build excitement for the ride. Your choice to post guest blogs should solve this problem for next year.

    2 – You are correct, you should have pushed the cause/kids and not the swag.

    3 – The registration time is in the middle of the work day for everyone east of you. I was lucky my boss let me change my break time and use the company computer to register. But, I wonder how many people did not have that option and just assumed it would be filled by the time they got home and just did not even try.

    4 – The date. It is late in the year for people in the north. While last year and again this year I will ride the day before the official date. Knowing that other people are doing something as absurd as I am at basically the same time for a good cause, give me hope for the future and the strength to keep going when I start to question my sanity.

    Fatty don’t be down or give up. Keep up all your charity work. I think it gives all your readers hope for a better tomorrow. And an avenue to do what we can to help someone we could not reach in our everyday life.

  67. Comment by SherpaTurtle | 09.25.2015 | 8:30 pm

    I’ve been traveling for work for the past couple of weeks and admittedly may have stopped reading your blog during that time. So I totally missed that the registration was coming up. I’m sorry for you that it hasn’t sold out, but I’m happy for me. I’m in for another year, I think this is 5. I’m really excited you are going to publish write ups on Fridays through out the year. Last year was my best write up and the only one I’ve submitted that didn’t get published. This is a great cause and a great way to challenge yourself both mentally (how creative can you get coming up with the route) and physically (I think that one is obvious). Please keep doing this event and count me in every year.

  68. Comment by Andy@WDW | 09.25.2015 | 10:02 pm

    I love and adore the 100 Miles of Nowhere. My wife will tell you that I’m obsessed with it. The 2013 race was my first century ride, done in tennis shoes on a 20 year old mountain bike, and I’ve registered each year since. Here are my thoughts:

    “Theory 1: I Emphasized the Wrong Things”
    Sure did. In our feedback months ago we emphasized that we don’t care about the swag. But you love us, and you want to take care of us, and WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. But it’s not why we sign up for 100MON. It’s because of the kids and the stupidity of the event.

    “Theory 2: I Ask a Lot of My Readers”
    To be honest, you might be onto something here, but it’s hard to say. Personally, I held back during the last Grand Slam because I knew 100MON was coming up. My chances of winning a dream bike were slim, but having a blast with 100MON is almost guaranteed.

    “Theory 3: I Didn’t Give You Much Heads-Up”
    I think this is the real winner, for several reasons.

    1) You didn’t build anticipation. You didn’t get us exited and riled up for the race. Months ago we got a way too vague “save the date” post, then another quick note a couple of days before registration. No stories of past rides. No 100MON history lessons. No tales from Camp Kesem. No real details (dates) for this year’s event. Nothing at all to get us exited.

    2) You didn’t give us time to train. Sure, Fatty, YOU can race a century tomorrow without any planning or training. But the rest of us need something like AT LEAST 8 weeks to get in shape for such a huge ride. You didn’t give us that. Now, I know you just yelled at your screen “but you can ride it whenever you want!” Here’s the thing, either pick a date for the ride, or make it clear that there is no date. Trying to do both at the same time just confuses the heck out of us. You don’t want us confused, you want us exited! Plus, we know from personal experience that if we don’t submit our write-up within a few days after the race date, you won’t post it, so why bother. I thought the story of my 2013 100MON ride at Walt Disney World was pretty awesome, but I got it to you too late. :-/ I bring this up only to explain what many of us may have been thinking back on Monday, but you fixed this, so I’ll move on…

    3) You didn’t give us the price until registration opened. Some of us can drop a Benji on a great cause without a second thought. Others of us need to plan ahead, either to budget for our biggest charitable donation of the year, or to load the money onto our pre-paid credit card because that’s the only card we have, or whatever. Since we all expected this to sell out in hours, this could have been very discouraging for some.

    “Theory 4: Race Guest-Reporting Needs to Be More Consistent”
    This is pretty big for me. Last year I registered, but didn’t ride because I ended up not being able to do it in October, so I missed the window for submitting a story, so I felt an overwhelming sense of “why bother”. It’s a stupid reason, but it’s the truth. But you’ve fixed this in such an awesome way that I’m thinking of riding BOTH the 2014 AND 2015 100MON before the end of the year! Now I can obsess about finding not one, but two perfect routes to ride! So excited!!

    Also, clearly the date isn’t too popular due to cold/wet weather in November. Yes, you encourage us to go indoors. I don’t have a trainer and I suspect I’m in the majority here. Riding indoors just won’t work for lots of us. Thankfully, I live in Florida so November is freaking PERFECT for me, but on this I’m definitely in the minority.

    Again, I love this event. I love your blog. Thank you for all of the hard work to put into these amazing fund raisers that make it so easy for us to do great things.

  69. Comment by NZ Ev | 09.25.2015 | 10:34 pm

    Fatty I entered again this year and my main reason is for the cause not the swag. Of course being down under in New Zealand makes it a bit easier for me as it is our spring going on summer with longer daylight hours and warming temps. I also want to say thanks for your blog and all that you do. I feel so very lucky to have found your blog. To be able to be part of a like minded community of cyclists from all 0ver the world is such a privilege. The highlight of my day is always reading your post and then the comments. Thanks for everything you do and for providing me with the forum to be part of this FOF community. When I do get back to the states I hope to be able to meet up with some FOF peeps and go riding. Also if anyone ever gets the opportunity to come to New Zealand let me know. I would love to be able to share my part of the world with others. Thanks again Fatty!!!!!

  70. Comment by Doug (Way Upstate NY) | 09.26.2015 | 5:33 am

    5 or so years ago, 100 MoN was my first century ride every. I rode a look 85 times around the Clarkson Campus with two of my best friends. It is crazy and stupid and if I had to pick 1 FoF fundraiser it would be 100 MoN.

    I’m in. I am planning on riding a 1.5 mile mtb trail on the Clarkson campus.

    @Tom (Albany). It was very cool to meet you. I’m sorry your HR people did not understand the importance of networking in spandex! Come on back up and I’ll treat you to some road or dirt. Which ever, we have lots of both…..

  71. Comment by Andrew | 09.26.2015 | 6:35 am

    Thanks for the sincere response. And thanks especially for asking for feedback. It’s inherently stressful.

    Anyway, thanks for motivating us all to participate in good causes and to have fun keeping in shape.

  72. Comment by Jill Homer (@AlaskaJill) | 09.26.2015 | 1:16 pm

    San Francisco Bay Area cyclists:

    I’ve create a Facebook event page for a 100 Miles of Nowhere Montebello Road edition in Cupertino. I’m going to help coordinate parking and possibly some aid for people who want to try a really climby century. Please consider joining us!

  73. Comment by eclecticdeb | 09.26.2015 | 1:43 pm

    Jill, how do we get to the FB page? I can’t ride (recovering from ACL surgery a month ago), but I can certainly man an aid station.

  74. Comment by Sylvia S. | 09.26.2015 | 11:37 pm

    Hi Fatty, It was a paycheck timing thing. That’s all. Not about the swag.

  75. Comment by Jill Homer (@AlaskaJill) | 09.27.2015 | 1:39 am


    Is the Facebook page not public? I’m not sure how to change that setting. If you message me directly on Facebook, I can send you an invite and more information. Would be great if you wanted to join!

  76. Comment by Bill H-D | 09.27.2015 | 11:15 am

    I know it’s tough to out stupid me. That probably depressed entries somewhat. But as my personal life experience shows, it can be down…progressively…and often with breathtaking results.

    So C’mon folks. Show us your driveways! :)

  77. Comment by Chris | 09.27.2015 | 12:30 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate in something even more silly than my usual rides. My loop is set and while it may be a bit longer than others, it is no less mind numbing. I do fully intend to win my division, which has been inspired by a 1980’s video game. Now I need to get some seat time in, as I am way low on mileage to prep for a century ride.

    Goo luck and thanks again.

  78. Comment by Captain_Passive | 09.28.2015 | 5:57 am

    Hi Fatty

    Thanks for letting me know (that the stuff won’t get to Germany in time). It’s OK, as I plan to do a multi-stage 100 MoN that will hopefully turn my into a (better?) mountainbiker. So I’ll start in October and turn it into a six-month project. Based on previous experience with parcels from the US, I will not have to worry about being tempted to wear my awesome gear before I’ve actually finished the event!
    (I’ll write a report. It will contain at least one spreadsheet.)

  79. Comment by Kent | 09.28.2015 | 8:39 am

    Timing is everything. If you can hold registration open one more day, through Wednesday I can sign up.

    I’m working on something. News on that soon, if I can pull it off. – FC

  80. Comment by Bee T | 09.28.2015 | 1:08 pm

    I can see you have plenty of responses, but for me, I’ll just second several of the above. I was excited about 100 MON, but I lost track of time and when it was supposed to be, and for some reason did not figure on November.

    And my calendar filled up and I spent all my bike money on other events and bought a new bike. (Bummer. Because I had wanted to do 100MON on a folding bike!)

    Even with all of that, I’d still shell out for an event this late in the season, if it were for a good cause, but at this price, it’s a little too princely for my blood. I’ve had a lot of requests in the $60-100 range this year!

  81. Comment by Bee T | 09.28.2015 | 1:10 pm

    (BTW. it’s never the swag for me. I love swag and cool stuff, but I’m just as happy paying a fee that I know goes to a given cause, and then buying stuff on top of that for fun. I wouldn’t do a race just for the swag, but I might buy the cool stuff if I know that 80% of my dollar or whatever goes to the cause.)

  82. Comment by Bike Chick | 09.28.2015 | 4:54 pm

    I haven’t registered for these reason – and please don’t hate on me to much for being honest.

    I hadn’t heard of 100 MoN prior to your first post about it this year (in the midst of race reports) and from the post itself it wasn’t really clear what this was for. Now to the “hating” part: I was turned off from registering because A) there was waaaaaay too much focus on the swag – and B) it seemed too “beggy”.

    I understand that Camp Kessem is a worthy cause and all, but in the midst of all the other worthy causes, this focused too much on “what can I get out of it” instead of “who does this benefit”.

    My 2.5 cents on the matter.

    I won’t hate on you at all for being honest. I learned something important from your comment: that I need to remember that not everyone who is reading this already knows what the 100 Miles of Nowhere is. I’ve been doing this blog for so long that I sometimes forget that some people are new here, and it’s rude of me to not get folks up to speed. Thanks for the reminder. – FC

  83. Comment by Bike Chick | 09.28.2015 | 4:54 pm


  84. Comment by Dave H | 09.29.2015 | 8:34 am

    I finally pulled the trigger on my first 100 MON. I was waffling, I’ve got a full slate of rides starting last month and headed through fall, and didn’t know if I wanted to do another century this year, plus money was tight. I hemmed and hawed, but finally, when I figured that I could get some of my cycling club involved and make a day of it for a great cause, and because I am also an idiot who has a wife that makes excellent pie, I took the plunge.

    I plan on riding a 1 mile loop at my local park, recruiting people to come do 10 laps with me to keep my mind off the mind numbingly flat and poor quality chip seal road, with a pop up cycling club tent rest stop that includes pickle biscuits and banana bread, and finishes with punch and pie. Division to be named later.

    Looking forward to participating for the first time!

    Thanks for signing up! I have a feeling you’re going to win this to-be-named division. – FC

  85. Comment by LT | 09.29.2015 | 12:17 pm

    The swag is important to me. I really like my FC gear. I think you have done a great job of making sure your brand only graces high quality products. I believe moving from T6 to DNA hurt you some. Part of my 100 MoN entry comes from my clothing budget. I loved getting a fancy jersey from a company I think makes cool products.

  86. Comment by Jeremy | 10.7.2015 | 11:05 pm

    I’m a lot late to the party because I am completely swamped at work with more changes than I care to list anywhere. I only get to sit down and do something that isn’t work or shuttling my kids around about once a week and am horribly behind on a great many things I care about (reading this blog being one), but I did happen to tune in one morning on a whim only to find the 100 MoN registration link up.

    Assuming it would sell out like it always has, I notified my wife with a “don’t hate me, I’m spending a bunch of money” text and signed up knowing that 1) I am out of shape (like 25 pounds up on my weight from a year ago) and 2) I am still struggling with pain from an injury I raced through in 2014. My wife sent a text back to tell me I’d be stupid not to and use it as a bit of motivation to get going again so for the first time in a long time (like ever, I think), I have no intention of going 100 miles. I was unable to ride at all last year when a nasty crash during a cross race finally ended my season for good so I’m looking for redemption, but I ride the 100 MoN for the honor of participating and the community I feel reading about what others do, not the swag. I haven’t worn my jersey from 2014 and haven’t decided when I will. I likely won’t even hit 50 this year, but I’ll go until it seems like a good idea to stop.

    With the ride reports you published, even for a guy who spun out 176 on a trainer and 116 on a .15-mile loop, it seemed to get out of hand with one-upmanship (yeah, I know – pot, meet kettle) so mentally freeing myself this year from expectations is a good thing, but for someone not so confident about putting themselves out there in comparison to some of us nut-jobs, it can be a lot intimidating.

    It’s still a great way to support a cause and I think the periodic postings and a little more lead time would go a long way to helping restore its glory. If that doesn’t help for next year, it may be the event has run its course, but as long as I can scrounge the money, I’ll be in.


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