About Fatty

Hi. My name’s Elden, but please feel free to call me “Fatty.”

How it Started
For the past fifteen or so years, biking — whether on the road or on dirt — has has been essentially my one and only hobby/activity/obsession. The thing is, though, cyclists need to be light if they’re going to be fast. So, a few years ago, when I went on a nice long bike ride and noticed I was having to walk up hills I had easily ridden not many years before, I realized something had to be done.

And yes, I also noticed my knees pushed into my gut with each pedal stroke. Shaddup.

I had known I needed to lose weight, but hadn’t really done much about it. As I pushed my bike up the road, I realized I had not tried one very successful diet tactic: humiliation. I resolved to start a blog, embarrassing myself by proclaiming my weight on a daily basis, no matter how bad I was doing.

I didn’t want to just post my weight, though. So I also wrote stories. Sometimes these stories are about rides. Sometimes they’re fake news (especially around Tour de France time, when there’s usually lots of stuff in the bike industry that begs for satire). Sometimes they’re about whatever bike-related thing has popped into my head that morning (lunchtime, evening, whenever).

And lately the blog’s been about a little bit more.

What’s Going On Right Now

Besides being a middle-aged guy who loves cycling, I’m also the father of four kids (2 boys, identical twin girls). Until August 2009, I was also the husband of a woman — Susan — who passed away after a five-year fight with breast cancer.

So while I still write lots of the jokey stuff I always have, I’m now inclined to also write the occasional serious post, keeping my family and friends (including the hundreds of friends I’ve made on this blog, but have never met in person) up to date with how how I’m doing.

I also am prone to frequent contests for my readers, geared toward making money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, two organizations that have helped us in immeasurably in our fight against cancer.

How to Reach Me
It’s easy to reach me. Just send me email. You should know that there’s a reasonable chance I won’t respond, because, well, I have four kids, a full-time job, a blog, a love of bicycles, and a short attention span. So follow these guidelines:

  • Ask one question when you email me, and keep it simple. If you ask a whole bunch of questions or a question that requires hours of work from me, I’ll think to myself, “I’ll have to get back to this one later,” and then I never will. This isn’t me being snobby about email with strangers; this is how I am with everyone, including friends, family, and my boss.
  • If I don’t reply, try emailing me again. I’m probably not ignoring you on purpose. I’m just not very organized or responsible.

If You Want to Reprint Something I’ve Written
Once in a while, people ask me if they can reprint something I’ve written. If you find yourself in this situation, please seek help. It’s not too late to get the attention you need. Or you can just email me and ask. Generally I’m cool with it, as long as you give me credit. If you can give me extra credit, so much the better.

Wrapping Up
As of this moment, I am twenty pounds heavier than I was when the pictures you see here were taken. Once again, I can accurately call myself “Fatty.”

How nice for me.


  1. Comment by UtRacerDad. | 01.18.2008 | 4:49 pm

    I love the new layout and site, great looking :).

  2. Comment by Vince | 01.18.2008 | 9:31 pm


  3. Comment by Judi | 01.19.2008 | 9:06 am

    You got 20 lbs to lose!!

    The new layout rocks.

  4. Comment by cyclingphun.blogspot.com | 01.20.2008 | 8:29 pm

    I really like the new layout. Now for the ‘after movie review quote’

    “Fat Cyclist is AWESOME! I laughed, I cried, I splamed my balls and went for a ride! It was a 120 minute thrill ride!” -Don, Cycling Phun

  5. Comment by chtrich | 01.21.2008 | 8:13 am

    Great new design!!

  6. Comment by Jackie W. | 01.26.2008 | 9:42 am

    Hey – PW suggested your site.

    How is your wife’s health ?

    IF I want to ride a bike do I havta wear a helmet & get helmet hair ? Is that why you shave your head ?

    Want a double bike. If I am gonna ride then dh is gonna be right in front of me !

  7. Comment by welshcyclist | 01.27.2008 | 8:52 am

    Thanks for providing us all with your blog, I like it because it’s real, funny, serious, ordinary, readable and about cycling.

  8. Comment by cold in Calgary | 01.31.2008 | 9:47 pm

    Too much snow to ride, so I spend time looking for good cycling sites. Love yours, found it through Bike Snob NYC and it is already a favorite. About the sizes of your jerseys, really a XXXL that is only up to a 50! You call yourself fat…

  9. Comment by jeff bean | 02.1.2008 | 8:12 pm


    Keep on pedaling — and writing. Happened upon your blog while perusing Bloggies winners archives. Greetings from San Diego, and best wishes.


  10. Comment by Paul | 02.14.2008 | 12:02 pm

    I love your site,

    but.. in your bio there is no inventory of the bikes in your stable….. I would like to know what your riding and whats on it?



  11. Comment by jarocco | 03.8.2008 | 3:00 pm

    Speaking of attribution. I used your Best Cake in the World recipe twice now for work related functions. I gave out the recipe to those who were interested. I gave you all the credit and directed them to your website. I hope that was OK?

  12. Comment by Teresa | 03.24.2008 | 4:53 pm

    Hi there,

    I am just getting back into cycling and my husband directed me to your site. Please keep up the great work.

    Best wishes to you and your family. I hope your wife is feeling better soon. There are many excellent organizations out there to support you and your family during this difficult time. Please keep us all updated on her progress!

  13. Comment by Heide-Biker | 03.28.2008 | 6:53 am

    Hi Fatty,
    sorry I write a terrible english.

    Best wishes to win the Bloogies 2008. A great looking!

    Your blog is very interessing for me. Since 2003 i wrote a blog about cycling too. Your “open letters”, your fotos and the interesting storys are examples for me.

    I think (hope) you have a nice life, a nice sport and a nice familiy.

    Don´t forgot the biking … and writing!

    Karsten Niemann
    Heide-Biker (Germany)


  14. Comment by Beth | 04.21.2008 | 4:23 pm

    Someone told me to read your site. Going through my own journey. Peace to you. You have a new fan my friend.

  15. Comment by Dre | 04.23.2008 | 6:36 am

    I am so glad I found your site. I am a hair under six foot but a true clyde at an out of shape 270lbs. Years ago I was riding at 225lbs regularly (before kids, career and laziness). Some of us just can’t be 180lbs or smaller and sites like these show we can do the same things other riders can. Thank you for this site and the best to you and all the other Clydes in 08′.

  16. Comment by carls | 05.14.2008 | 9:35 am

    I don’t even have a bike yet but I want to train to ride the Cape Argus in Cape-Town next year – your blog is inspiring!!!!

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  18. Comment by Kristina | 05.29.2008 | 4:59 pm

    aw man! I missed out on the jerseys :( Make more, please!!! This ‘Athena’ wants one! It’s perfect for my venture into cycling. And my daughter will think a pink jersey with a horse on it is just perfect.

  19. Comment by Joffo | 06.2.2008 | 3:23 pm

    Dear Fatty,

    I have just stumbled across your brlliant blog.

    I am too a fatty (225 lbs or 16 stone in good old English Imperial) and have just taken up cycling to loose weight.

    Your brilliant stories are both inspiring and funny.

    Keep up the good work.

    P.s I sadely lost my eldest sister to Cancer earlier this so I am sending you my best wishes for you and your family.

    P.P.S I am attempting to ride from Cork to Galway in sept this year approx 185 miles in 2 days so wish me luck.



  20. Comment by Nuno Silva (from Portugal) | 06.16.2008 | 4:30 am

    Amigo, sou obrigado a escrever em Português… És uma lição de vida para todos nós… Vou continuar a acompanhar… E ajudar da melhor maneira possivel… Maiores felicidades!!!! FORÇA SUSAN

  21. Comment by TheGoose | 06.25.2008 | 11:44 am

    I have never seen pictures of bratwurst like that. Yummy.

  22. Comment by Dan O | 07.9.2008 | 10:09 am

    WIN Susan!

    I’m currently scheduled for a bone marrow transplant in the next 6 weeks and have no idea how mine compares, but I hope Susan wins!
    Life is good.

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  24. Comment by AMRcyclist | 07.23.2008 | 6:06 pm

    Hello FC,

    First time visitor. Ok, I can be a little slow but here I am…

    Just read your profile, if I can still call it that, and I am impressed. Good work!

    I hope your wife is doing well on her journey to recovery.



  25. Comment by Mike | 08.1.2008 | 11:40 pm

    keep up the good work

  26. Comment by Paulie in Tulsa | 08.6.2008 | 11:23 pm

    just found the blog, instantly bookmarked you.
    i too am a fatty. i started cycling a year ago and have lost 35lbs. of course, i’m still weighing in at 260lb, but at least i’m going in the right direction. kinda ticked that i missed out on the jerseys, but the xxxl pry wouldnt have fit my fat arse anyway. but the pink color would have been a perfect tribute to my mother-in-law who is celebrating her 10th anniversary of breast cancer survival.
    keep the faith!

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  29. Comment by Vini | 08.31.2008 | 2:50 pm

    Wow, really cool blog – bookmarked and included in my daily schedule of sites to read.

    Added you to my blogroll too as your story hsa similarities to my own.

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  31. Comment by Brad | 10.28.2008 | 8:41 am

    Elden -

    You don’t know me, and I don’t know you beyond your writings. Many people share similar things, though, and I’m just writing to encourage you that you’re not alone in all you’re going through. And I think you’re on a good path. Bad stuff happens that we can’t change, but we can approach it all with as much dignity as we can muster. When we can’t muster any dignity, the best we may be able to do is to know that we did our best. Keep doing your best, whatever that may be, and whatever the outcome. There may be lots of sadness, but I’ll hope there are fewer regrets.

    Prayers and Blessings to you, Susan and your family.

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  33. Comment by El Freako in Rico | 11.2.2008 | 5:43 pm

    I met you I believe at the KTR. I want to wish you and your family the best. I know it’s hard and it is hard to read what you are going through. Stay strong.

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  35. Comment by Hal | 11.11.2008 | 3:48 pm

    I can relate to what you are saying so for I manage to get back on the bike for the last 7 months and from 330 lbs to 297 lbs, I ride 3 to 4 times aday in the bay area (HILLS AND MORE HILLS). still got more lbs to go!!!

  36. Comment by Tinker | 11.25.2008 | 11:49 am

    JUst found your blog a few days ago, and your “fatness’ is an embarassment to all (us) fat cyclists. I have just purchased a rather neat malayasian-made Raliegh 3 speed. Hope to lose about (mumble) pounds, I weigh about 325, so all you pikers that complain about weighing 225, 275, those are places I am still struggling to get to, and you get no sympathy from me.

    Oh. The cancer thing. Hard cheese, man. You have my sympathy for that, at least. My mother and my wife’s mother both had “encounters” with breast cancer, years back, the doctor who said my mother was going to die in 6 months or less, died years before my mother did, my wife’s mother eventually succumbed to cancer. It would be stupid for me to tell you anything about making it through this, since you know more about how things affect you and your wife, here and now. I will note that the chances of surviving cancer now are far better than my mother’s chances 30 years ago, but you knew that already.

    Damn. Just… Damn. Words fail me. Since I had a stroke a few years ago, I find myself more emotional now than before, but even allowing for that, I am ill-equipped to deal with this, while you seem to be handling it rather well. I’d offer assistance but it would not be all that convenient a thousand mile away, to do anything substantive. But if there is anything I can do from Austin, TX to help, just ask. No, really. Just ask.

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  38. Comment by Serge Cornelus | 12.10.2008 | 3:48 am

    Great blog; great effort (the weight – cycling helped me too in losing approx. 20k – still 5 or so to go – perhaps I should try the humiliation tactic too :-)). Best wishes to you, your wife and family! Meanwhile, I’ll try to get some people on this side of the Atlantic to read your blog. Oh, and I definitely want some of that gear some time.

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  40. Comment by Melanie Kennedy | 01.6.2009 | 2:13 pm

    We are an advertising agency. Our client, Canadian Tire, is running various banner programs with some ad networks and affiliate marketing companies. We saw one of Canadian Tire’s Options MasterCard ads on your web site and we are having trouble determining which ad network or affiliate network placed the ad. Can you please tell me if you are affiliated with an ad network and if so, which ad network the Canadian Tire banner ad on your site originated from? Thank you very much for your help with this!
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  41. Comment by Aunt Clara | 01.11.2009 | 12:10 am

    Elden and Susan …
    Love your family photo! (Which one of your talented sisters took it.) You all look wonderful! … well, except I have to get used to not seeing any hair on Elden’s head. (At Thanksgiving, we took a “family photo” and out of my 3 sons and two sons-in-laws, 3 of the 5 had that stuff growing from their chin, too. It must be “cool”!) :-))

    As always, you are all in our thoughts and prayers … especially Susan. What a positive, beautiful example she is to all of us … with our “little problems”. It makes me, and my family, sad to know how hard it must be for you and your family, with all the emotions, pain, and sadness you are going through. Thanks Elden, for sharing your life with us and helping many find “smiles” in the hardest of times.

    Our love forever …

  42. Comment by Vanni | 02.16.2009 | 10:25 pm

    Can you share the secret / manner / guide on how to lose twenty pounds? I need to do this for my cycling adventure in three moths time.

    many thanks

  43. Comment by Ed | 02.19.2009 | 9:12 am

    Talking about satire. Here is a cyclist talking about how he was fat and decided to lose weight by starting a blog (which is very commendable by the way), only to have Pizza Hut’s Mac & Cheese with bacon advertised on it. Its like watching a McDonald’s commercial in the middle of Biggest Loser.

  44. Comment by Penina | 02.19.2009 | 12:21 pm

    This just in on Twitter…
    TeamAstana Johan just shaved Bob Roll’s head!!
    5 minutes

  45. Comment by Mike | 03.7.2009 | 1:12 pm

    You’re a lucky guy. You have a very handsome family.

  46. Comment by Remigijus | 04.2.2009 | 5:44 pm

    Really nice blog. Well done ;) how long are doing this blog?

  47. Comment by Jess Palumbo | 04.19.2009 | 7:04 am

    Thanks for the inspiring story and the great jerseys. It is a great conversation piece and provides a great view of a clyde when I pass weight weenies on the road.

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  49. Comment by Jhansen R. Machado | 05.5.2009 | 2:03 pm

    Hi there, Elden

    You really turned the “blog reading act” into a good time. Congrats m8…

    Brazilian hugs for you and yours…


  50. Comment by Paul | 05.19.2009 | 8:43 pm

    Just came across your blog and found it very entertaining. Wanted to say thanks for posting and making me smile, and may God bless you and your wife in her battle against cancer.

  51. Comment by Anonymous Contract Lawyer | 06.6.2009 | 9:02 pm

    Great website. Inspirational story. Brings a smile to my face thinking about and remembering all my friends from graduate school who cycle.

    and thanks for the info on the smelly truck!!!

  52. Comment by lara | 06.19.2009 | 5:05 pm

    hey, elden…just rode ride the rockies with your sister, kellene. it was the biggest honor to wear your fat cyclist jersey and ride for susan. i can’t tell you how many people asked about the site, and how many people already knew about it! i have never met you and your family, but those 380 miles were all for you guys!

  53. Comment by fattyfan | 06.22.2009 | 3:10 pm

    I met your sister on Ride the Rockies too! I got so many questions about fatcyclist.com – hopefully, a bunch more fans will start checking in. After doing your Ride to Nowhere, I was also honored to ride with your family in Colorado. Win Susan!

  54. Comment by chloe | 07.5.2009 | 10:23 am

    how much do you have too weigh to be in the club

  55. Comment by Joe H | 07.28.2009 | 8:01 am


    Was directed to your blog by Lance Armstrong twitter. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am battling bladder cancer currently and having surgery this week for a neobladder. I can identify with you the struggles with your children and “blowing up” over nothing. Don’t worry they really do understand. Hang in there. I am at a loss to say anything that you have not heard before. Just know that you ARE NOT alone. Livestrong my friend.

  56. Comment by lin | 07.28.2009 | 9:59 am

    Sent your way via Twitter via a certain Mr. Lance Armstrong. Hang in there. Remember to take a breath and have a laugh periodically! Your blog does make me laugh. So thanks!

  57. Comment by Damarys | 07.28.2009 | 10:08 am

    I too was sent via Lance’s twitter. I’ve been reading some of your posts and I must tell you to hang in there. Keep up the good work and Livestrong! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  58. Comment by Jim R | 07.28.2009 | 11:51 am

    found this site thru LA and Twitter. Keep up the fight Susan. Elden you are an inspiration to everyone who has battled cancer through a loved one. I was unfortunate to lose my mother at the age of 40 ( I was 23 ), this in 1990, but can tell you that a site like this would have motivated us both. And it takes motivation to “Battle”.

  59. Comment by Mike S. | 07.28.2009 | 1:28 pm

    E. – you have one Beautiful family! They are very lucky to have a father with the strength and humor that you have. Please tell Susan that you have brought “tons” of folks into your/her life who are now thinking of her and hoping like Hell that she will win her fight! While I know it is not the intent of your writings, you have made many of those “healthy” tons of people realize just how lucky they are when they look at themselves from a different angle.

  60. Comment by Al GP | 07.28.2009 | 2:28 pm

    Being a fellow fatty (I’ve lost 40 lbs over last 2 years) I’ve always wanted to have a jersey made that says “Don’t draft the fatguy.” or “It’s easy when you draft the fat guy!” I tried the link to buy a FC jersey but I guess it’s not available anymore. Anyway, got here via Mr Armstrong. Cool vid on the ride. Makes me wish we had mountains in Miami. I enjoyed the posts and am inspired by your strength and humility. Keep going strong.

  61. Comment by Bill Graham | 07.28.2009 | 2:44 pm

    Mr. Fatty,
    I was referred here by NYCBIKESNOB.com. I like your blog and I like your style and honesty. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Bill Graham

  62. Comment by Alex | 07.28.2009 | 3:03 pm

    loving your spirit – love to all the family

  63. Comment by donna | 07.28.2009 | 8:50 pm

    found you via Lance Twitter. bless you and yours
    hang in there!

  64. Comment by Andre Morton | 07.28.2009 | 9:32 pm

    Hey, found out about your blog via Lance’e twitter page.

    I wish all the peace and compassion the universe can muster. This past week was the 6th anniversary of my mom’s passing to lung cancer. I moved back home from California to be with her and my sister when she was first diagnosed until she passed on.

    I cherished those moments when her pain lessened and she was lucid. I know how tough what you and your family are going through is. I wish you the strength and courage for all that is to come, it seems god has already granted you grace and wisdom to find the light inside the shadows.

    Love and blessings to you and your family, Fatty.

    Sincerely, Andre Morton

  65. Comment by Rob O. | 07.28.2009 | 9:38 pm

    Elden – I found you through Lance’s twitter page. I’m sorry to hear of your wife’s condition – hang tough – love to you and your family.

    - Rob

  66. Comment by David Quickel | 07.28.2009 | 11:10 pm

    Great website you have here my friend!! I just heard about it today via Lance Armstrong’s twitter.I myself am trying to lose enough weight….just to get on a bike.I watched the TDF this year and was totally hooked on cycling now.I drive to and from work in the hillcountry outside of San Antonio Tx. everyday amongst bike riders. And I can’t wait to be able to lose enough weight to purchase a bike and enjoy what you all do.(and get fit also) I’m sorry to hear about your wife.She is in my prayers….along with you and your children.
    God Bless you all.

  67. Comment by Jim | 07.28.2009 | 11:39 pm

    stumbled into your blog through LA’s twitter. Stay strong brother for your children Susan and your self. Like Andre Morton said earlier. “I wish all the peace and compassion the universe can muster.”

    Take care Live strong and ride hard.

  68. Comment by Pedar | 07.28.2009 | 11:50 pm

    Elden, er ‘Fatty’ -
    You seem like an open book kinda guy. That’s very rare and awesome.

    I just happened to learn how to look at people’s Twitter accounts when I saw Lance Armstrong’s post about your family. Long story short, I’ve been sitting here after our kids have gone to bed…reading your family’s story, your passion for cycling and your intimate battle with Susan’s cancer. I didn’t plan on reading all this tonight, but you have an amazing sense of calm and positivity – things that I truly value as well.

    Just wanted you to know that a fellow father is sending prayer your way – for peace and strength. I just happen to LOVE cycling too…and maybe you can inspire me to find ways to get out on my old Bontrager again soon for a spin around Northern California :-)

    Take care

  69. Comment by Kit | 07.29.2009 | 6:31 am

    your blog is moving and rad. someone in new zealand is thinking of you guys and sending you positive vibes
    : )

  70. Comment by becky | 07.29.2009 | 9:24 am

    I got directed to your site through the team estrogen bike forum. My Mom died of breast cancer when she was 51 and I was 26. I am now 47 and had a normal mammogram at the age that my Mom was first diagnosed. Godspeed to you and your family. After watching your webcam, I might be thinking Beethoven instead of the usual Rev Theory “Hell Yea!”

  71. Comment by Norma | 07.29.2009 | 10:34 am

    Hi Elden

    What an amazing story. I feel the love you have for Susan. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  72. Comment by Christina | 07.31.2009 | 11:59 am

    I goth here through Lance’s comment on Twitter the other day.
    All the best to you. You are an incredible human being, and your family is amazing.
    All the positive energy from Milwaukee from this amateur triathlete and rider.

  73. Comment by Rob | 08.6.2009 | 4:34 am

    Hi Elden,

    Been reading the site for some time and am always inspired.

    I am so sorry for your loss.


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  75. Comment by Don | 08.6.2009 | 12:51 pm

    It hurts and sucks she’s better now and she will always be with you. I’ve been there my wife had the same cancer, she fought for 7 years she passed May 13 2002. Hold on to each other. i’m here if you need to talk. Don Roberts

  76. Comment by Olde Steele | 08.6.2009 | 6:00 pm

    Haven’t been to your site in over a year, and just checked in. Sorry about Susan. I lost my first wife to breast cancer about 6 years ago. Have a granddaughter that got leukemia when she was 1. She’s 8 now but I still worry about her and pray for her every day. And oh yes, I’ve had prostate cancer – not once, but twice! (Who gets prostate cancer twice?). Biking is my life. Sorry again for your loss.

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  78. Comment by tami rush | 08.7.2009 | 6:21 am

    just heard of u this morning and am compelled to send love and hugs….

  79. Comment by jcampbell | 08.7.2009 | 8:54 am

    Peace be with you and your family during this time.

  80. Comment by Treve Misemer | 08.7.2009 | 9:36 am

    My thoughts go out to you and your family. I will share with you something I wrote last year.

    I look down at the yellow rubber bracelet as I type. What it meant to me when I first started to wear it has changed through the years. Initially, it was for a cyclist, a cause, a survivor that had inspired me.

    It has sense become a symbol for fighters; of people I knew battling cancer. Some of them I will continue to see, but sadly there are those that I will never talk to again. All of them have a part of my conscious as I wake each day. It may have been the calmness which they faced uncertainty, or a fond memory of a time that we shared.

    Cancer is indiscriminant. It finds a way into our lives at some point, and until there is a cure, an unwelcome guest and inconvenience. It encourages me to be as humble as I can. Thankful for the family and friends that I have, the water I drink, the food that I eat.

    If I have learned anything, it is that I must acknowledge any small nugget of shine that comes my way. A smile, a chance conversation, an opportunity to give back, a sunset I may have overlooked. To strive to see the world with the curiosity of a child.


  81. Comment by Sally | 08.9.2009 | 7:42 am

    Prayers from Phoenix. God bless you all. So sorry to hear. Sal

  82. Comment by Gavin | 08.10.2009 | 1:32 am

    I’ve come to your site by chance… which I don’t believe in.

    God bless you and your children during this difficult transition. You, and they, know she lives still and that you’ll be together again. What a wonderful promise!

    When you are ready to begin moving forward again let me know how I can extend your fundraising network to the Tampa, FL area.


  83. Comment by Anthony MJ Colistra | 08.10.2009 | 9:39 am

    Condolences to you my brother. May God bless your four beautiful children & yourself. May the loving memory of Susan, her life & her valiant fight against cancer endur forever.


  84. Comment by Tricia | 08.10.2009 | 8:13 pm

    I came to his site because a Seattle cyclist was wearing a teeshirt with this website on it. I thought I should check out this website..
    I was very moved by your writing about your wife. Losing a spouse is not for the weak-I’ve been there.
    MY you have the strength to live strong. The one thing I learned is that the public funeral is just the surface part of the deeper “decoupling” that will take place.
    Peace to you and your family.

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  87. Comment by Chuck | 09.1.2009 | 8:31 pm

    What can one say other than Thanks, for the words you have written about Susan and for the love that is obvious to all around you. Continue the fight, Live Strong. A survivor.

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  90. Comment by Gary | 10.23.2009 | 5:00 pm

    Nelson – Read the article about you and your family, very touching story, it was very timely, as my wife as just recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, undergone her 1st session of chemo and this week has lost all of her hair. How do I become a member of the Fat Cyclist Team?

  91. Comment by Mike Olsen | 11.9.2009 | 8:22 am

    It’s funny how these things snowball. Hopefully…if you have someone helping monitor this, you can contact us. We are holding a stage race the last weekend in February. We are also in a dilemma of what to do with the proceeds of an “auction bike”. It’s an Italian Wilier Tri-Crono TT bike. We want to split it amongst a National and Local cause.
    It’s great to try and be part of something bigger than ourselves. Some go through things on earth. Their own handling of that journey has the ability to inspire. You and yours, case in point.

    Mike Olsen

  92. Comment by Matt Walsh | 12.1.2009 | 6:43 pm

    Hey Fatty, I hestitate to write after hearing about all you’ve been through. And I know you were already a super busy guy. I have a cycling blog I write everyday (for 9 months now) and I’m impressed with the layout, technology and advertising integration you’ve got. I’d love to buy you lunch or a few rounds sometime — maybe after the holidays — and pick your brain and get some advice. I’m right down the road in Fairfax. It would be a huge help. Any chance we might pull that off sometime? Matt

  93. Comment by john anthony | 12.2.2009 | 11:49 pm

    Hi Elden, I didn’t know of you and your family before today. I was close to tears when I read your story in December -Bicycling. I think you were a great husband to Susan. As I believe you are a great father, a great man, with a heart bigger than most can think of having. I pray for your continued success as well as your children. john

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  95. Comment by Coloradobiker1 | 12.7.2009 | 9:21 pm

    My wife showed my your stuff from Twitter and we donated yesterday. Congrats on riding with the Team and thanks for raising the money for the causes. God bless you and your family.

  96. Comment by turned40 | 12.16.2009 | 8:37 am

    been following your posts off an on over the years. Saw that you got to go to the Shack training camp for having raised so much money. Congratulations!!! you deserve it. Will look for you when you come out for the tour of california.

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  98. Comment by Dave Scutchings | 01.1.2010 | 4:59 am

    Im an Aussie cop organising a charity bike ride for kids with cancer. check it out http://www.ridelikecrazy.com held on the 1st day of the Tour Down Under just in time for Lance and the teams to ride out…. Join me in the fight……

  99. Comment by David | 01.7.2010 | 10:35 am

    I love your blog! I’m going to add a link to it on biking blog page on my road bikes site QBike.com. Will find you on Twitter, too, to keep up to date on your riding.

  100. Comment by Gina | 01.7.2010 | 2:03 pm

    Listened to your NPR story today and was moved to tears for many reasons. What an amazing yet sad story. Looking forward to reading your past and future blogs.

  101. Comment by roberto | 03.4.2010 | 7:19 pm

    i need your e mail address

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  103. Comment by Peggy | 04.8.2010 | 3:19 pm

    How do I get to join the Fatcyclist gang? I am fat for a grrl, and old, too, but that doesn’t stop me! I ride recumbents. Keep up the good work, and keep riding and writing. I know how hard it must be to do both AND have a family. I was sorry to hear about your wife, Susan. Good luck in all future endeavors!

  104. Comment by Rebecca | 04.24.2010 | 1:11 pm

    I love your blogs and passion for cycling-and great job telling us how to behave when a cyclist is hurt! But most of all, you have my respect for how you honor your family and cared for your wife.
    Hope you find every day brighter!

  105. Comment by Shannon | 06.13.2010 | 4:25 pm

    Fatty – saw your jersey on the MS DeKalb ride today and was eager to get home and logon and see what it’s all about. I’ve already read so many blog entries. My 17 year old has been undergoing treatment (off and on) for a brain tumor for more than ten years. She’s stable for now. So much of what I’ve read here already has hit home. Especially as a fellow fatty cyclist. Looking forward to more.

  106. Comment by Travis | 06.16.2010 | 7:08 pm

    Fatty – Looking forward to meeting you in Seattle. I’ve been meaning to join Team Fatty since seeing your video last year at the Fundraising Appreciation Dinner in Seattle, but have just barely gotten around to it. Better late than never, right? I’ve read the blog a little in the past, spent most my life in Utah County, and also have a passion for defeating cancer. Keep up the good work and hopefully we’ll see you Saturday night in Seattle.

  107. Comment by Mike | 06.19.2010 | 8:28 pm

    Fatty- I just ran accross your web-site and I am moved. I am a 41 yr Soldier, and have been try to figure out how to start a chartible bike club in San Antonio. If you have advice let me know, just like you tragic story the people I work with have a roller coaster of stories

  108. Comment by Lindsay | 06.21.2010 | 10:24 am

    Amazing!!! I love your site.

  109. Comment by Camille | 07.8.2010 | 12:59 pm

    Just came across your blog because of the upcoming Tour de Donut race! I am impressed at your passion for cycling, but mostly for your family. So sad to hear about the recent passing of your wife. Cancer is such an ugly disease. I’m happy to be doing my part (albeit “small”) in supporting the cure by competing with the Tour de Donut.
    Love your blog!

  110. Comment by Joel Stevenson | 07.11.2010 | 7:30 pm

    Hi Fatty-Last week at our regular Sunday get togethers here in Whitefish your auntie Kathy told me about your blog and a bit about your cause. I have read some the articles and enjoy your style and wit. My hat is off to you for what you do. Thanks!

  111. Comment by Sarah | 07.21.2010 | 9:39 pm

    Last week or more now we had the opportunity to be at the Tour and rode up the Col du Madeleine. We saw ol’ Smiley, a bit of a crusty fellow stopping at every camper van and telling everyone to go to fatcyclist.com and about your mission. We were told to tell you we saw him riding up ;) He was effective–as he was definitely a memorable character. I also heard an NPR story tonight saying that Lance twittered you. This is a pretty cool thing you’ve got going here. Good work and keep it up. Best to you and yours. Sarah – Tacoma, WA

  112. Comment by Regina Kobialka | 08.5.2010 | 10:32 pm

    I truly liked this article, this one will go straight to my stumble upon membership :)

  113. Comment by carlos | 08.11.2010 | 9:02 am

    great job fatty
    keep up the good work and GODBLESS <

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  115. Comment by Allison | 10.4.2010 | 12:25 pm

    I always saw your name as leading the fundraising for the Livestrong Challenge in Austin…… As a fellow Livestong-er I had to google you and find out more about you and your mission.

    Glad I did… I lost my best friend to brain cancer in June 2009 which is how I got involved in the LAF.

    Thanks for all you do……

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  117. Comment by John W Bodkin | 10.10.2010 | 6:24 pm


    Another warrior has lost the battle but the war continues. I was really appreciative of you post about my cousin Megan’s husband and fantastic survivor Marc Mandaville. Unfortunately, his battle is now over. He passed yesterday and will be sadly missed by many as h touched so many through his life and especailly during thes 2 year battle.

    I have nothing but respect for the work you are doing. Keep up yur wonderful efforts.

    John Bodkin (Jay)

  118. Comment by Jim Kasle | 10.25.2010 | 3:15 pm

    Your a great guy to ride with – thanks for taking more than your share of pulls along the way in Austin.
    More importantly many thanks for all your efforts raising money for the LiveStrong Foundation. I did not know your wife had passed from breast cancer until I read through your site – my thoughts and prayers are with you both.

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  120. Comment by Doug | 11.17.2010 | 12:57 pm

    …just read your page and short bio…nice to meet you Elden. You seem to share a true passion for what you write..impressive. I felt a kinship especially when you mentioned “knees hitting your gut…me too. Been riding for about three years here in Texas. Participated in some rides along with the MS150 and have to say…cycling is the best way to meet people and size yourself up in the process. I to have yet to actually try and stick to any kind of diet or healthy trend…need to..could but still enjoy food, beer and all things god given.. see you out there dude. Doug

  121. Comment by Todd | 11.18.2010 | 10:17 pm

    found your site from Ben’s site……Anybody that can hold their high and move on with life when thrown a curve ball, I admire. As a cyclist myself, I see cycling as purely another way to find the inner child in ones self. My wife is a survivor, and everyday I tell myself that this is still all a dream, that never happened to us…..God bless…. I ride everyday to take my mind off everything life related…even if it is now on the trainer except for cross season that is about to end….”At least your enjoying the ride”……Hell in a Bucket – Grateful Dead

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  123. Comment by Scott | 03.13.2011 | 9:05 pm

    Discovered you from a fat cyclist jersey this weekend at the Echo Red 2 Red MTB race. 460+ racers for the first OBRA series race of the season. Great site, searching for a jersey.

  124. Comment by Tim | 03.16.2011 | 11:21 am

    Scott – any Fatty gear that is available would be at TwinSix.com, but the best way is placing an order during the annual buy which should be some time this summer if Fatty follows his routine….

  125. Comment by John | 04.21.2011 | 8:23 am

    Truly enjoyed your site. Keep up the great work and I, since I’ve come upon your site, will become a frequent visitor.

    Keep the sense of humor!

    Cheers ~ John

  126. Comment by James | 05.9.2011 | 2:31 pm

    Found your blog after noticing a jersey on a rider at the Head for the Hills ride in Cedar Hill, Tx, this past weekend. I must bookmark this site, and I’m really considering the fatcyclist jersey. It fits me so well. The description, not the jersey…no clothes fit me well…

  127. Comment by Squishy AKA Mike | 05.16.2011 | 6:53 am

    I just did a google search for fat cyclists and came across your blog. I just started (as of last night) blogging in hopes to motivate my fat self to lose weight as well.

    Your blog looks amazing, and I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.


  128. Comment by Fatiana | 05.21.2011 | 10:13 pm

    Go Fatty, you are doing something to change the world for the better. That is a great way to pay tribute to Susan. How are you doing with your weight these days? Let us know.

  129. Comment by Karla | 07.11.2011 | 9:26 pm

    Elden, I know that after reading several of these blogs that the 2nd year is coming up in a few weeks when Susan passed away. My face is wet with tears after reading these endearing words from people you don’t even know! How precious they are and good for my soul too. I’m a survivor of 2.5 years of Advanced Stage 3 Breast Cancer. I have some days that are better than others and how fortunate to have a team of supporters for you and your family! I’m now a fan! I will cheer you on in your endeavors. My husband couldn’t handle my cancer and asked me to leave the home. I’m struggling and it’s nice to know there are so many people that really care. Karla in American Fork, UT

  130. Comment by SLC Bike | 07.22.2011 | 8:37 am

    I love your story! Congrats on all you do.

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  132. Comment by Marco | 09.21.2011 | 3:46 pm


    I just started reading your blog a few days ago. As a fairly new cyclist I’ve found your posts pretty inspiring. At 5′8″ and 175lbs, I need all the inspiration I can get! I just finished my first Gran Fondo last weekend in Palo Alto, CA and I’m seriously considering doing Levi’s Gran Fondo in Napa next weekend. If not, I may just have to book a cycling trip to France or Italy after seeing some of the pics of your trip! Good luck and keep up the great work!


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