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The Big Day. And an anti-climax.

It’s the 12th of July which means today is the big day. San Jose sees the Livestrong Challenge participants roll out for their various distances in a matter of hours and the 100 Off Road Miles of Nowhere finally takes place. Or at least it should.

The weather here has been great for the last two weeks and the trails have been in perfect condition – nice and fast with no damp sections under the trees to catch me out. But, for the last 28 hours it’s been raining. Heavily.

(There was going to be an embedded video here but seeing as I detest Youtube & Google video and for some strange reason only supports them or Daily motion, I can’t embed the Vimeo video. So click here to see the rain).

I went and took a test loop earlier to see how they would ride and got less than 1/3rd the way around before my tyre was jammed with mud. Which isn’t so good.

So I’ve made an executive decision: The 100OMON will be postponed until the weather improves again and the trails have had a chance to dry out. Today I shall instead be kicking my butt on the trainer watching the Tour de France as they haul themselves up the Tourmalet.

I’d like to apologise to everyone who’s been sending messages of support and following this as well as my generous donors both online and offline. I promise to you as soon as the trails are suitable again I will be doing the 100OMON! You don’t ride nearly 1,500 miles and 190,000ft of climbing while training for nothing!

Good luck to everyone taking part in the San Jose Livestrong Challenge, I wish I could be there with you all today! Have a fantastic time.



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The Final Push

This week I stepped up to riding 100 miles with the goal of doing that distance 3 times before I do it ‘for real’ on Sunday the 12th.

I’m not going to fib: It hurt! But I’m ready for this and know I’ll have no problems. The bike is ready, (I’ve got a new chain, cassette and brake pads ready to fit Saturday), and I’m ready.

So for anyone interested in my training for the 100 Off Road Miles of Nowhere  here’s a brief recap:

Distance ridden: 1,450 miles

Total feet gained:  186,408

Number of chains: 5

Number of cassettes: 3

Number of tyres: 4

Number of tubes: 0 (tubeless tyres rock).

Lbs lost:  18

Predicted time to complete 100OMON: 7:30:00 (or thereabouts).

This is the furthest I’ve ever ridden in just 8 weeks and I’m quite shocked I’ve done it without injuring myself. But I’m feeling strong and ready!

I’ve managed to rope in some support to help out with drinks and food while I’m riding and they’ll also get pictures and video. I’m going to try and record my ride with a SPOT Messenger but I make no promises as to it’s reliability under tree cover (which is what I’ll be under for most of the loop). I will however break open a fresh cycling computer just for the 100OMON and will post milestone mileages.

Will I be able to Tweet while I’m doing it? I don’t know, but I’ll try! I’m sure there’s a way to do it without taking myself headlong into a tree.

There’s still time to win the Flip Ultra HD camcorder I’ve generously been donated! Just make your donation of $5 or more ($10 gets you 3 entries, $20 gets you 6, $30 gets you 9, $40 gets you 12 ad $50 gets you a whopping 15 entries!) to my Livestrong Challenge page and keep your fingers crossed! I’ll email the lucky winner on Saturday.

That’s all (for now!) folks!

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Training update.

I’ve been under a bit of a cloud the past week with a cold so haven’t really put in the hard training push I should have been. As a result of my general apathy I really didn’t promote the draw to win the Flip HD either, so I’ll run that again from tomorrow through to Friday and will actually make a serious effort to promote it! Tell your friends, donate $5 to the LAF and perhaps you’ll win the Camera!

Training. Yuck. I did 80 miles yesterday as my plan called for and it hurt. My plan calls for me to ride increments of the 100 miles 3 days per week and last week I was to go from 60 miles to 70. Feeling the way I did I only managed 70 miles one day and the other 2 left it at 60 so the jump to 80 yesterday was a bit of a kick to the chamois. I feel ok today though so will continue with the 80 mile days on Tuesday and Thursday stepping up to 90 miles on Saturday.

I’m now on my 4th chain and 2nd cassette since I started training! Everything else on the bike is holding up great and there are no mechanical issues at all. We’re told it’s likely to rain here the next couple of days so I expect that’ll eat up another chain and probably some brake pads as well. At least riding in mud will be good for my handling skills.

Ok, that’s me done with the update. All that’s left is to ask you to donate to my Livestrong Challenge page, we need to raise every penny we can to support the fight against Cancer! The draw for the Flip HD starts again tomorrow and runs through to Friday. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday and will start another draw on Monday for another fantastic prize!

Thanks for reading, have a great week!

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Fight Cancer, Win great gadgets!

The Flip Ultra HD CamcorderWho wants to win a Flip Ultra HD camcorder?

I’ll bet you do!

Well I’m giving you the chance to win your very own ultra portable high definition camcorder and help raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation! It’s a win / win.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the Flip Ultra HD is donate $5 to my Livestrong Challenge page between now and Monday June 22nd. For every $5 donated you get one entry to the draw. Simple!

As an extra incentive I’m offering bonus entries if you donate multiples of $5, so $10 gets you 1 extra entry (3), $20 gets you 2 extra entries (6) , $30 gets you 3 extra entries (9), $40 gets you 4 extra entries (12) and $50 gets you 5 extra entries giving you 15 in total!

On Tuesday June 23rd each person will be allocated a number (or series of numbers based on their donations) and entered into the List Randomizer at which will pick us our winner! I’ll notify the lucky winner by email as soon as they have been selected and arrange shipping their shiny new Flip Ultra HD Camcorder to them.

What are you still reading this for? Go enter the draw now! Good luck!

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So I figure it’s probably best to tell you a little bit about little old me.

But I’m not important. So I won’t.

What I will tell you is what I’m up to, and more importantly – why I’m doing it.

On July 12th 2009 several hundred riders & runners from all across the USA will be taking part in the San Jose round of the Livestrong Challenge to raise much needed funds for the continuing battle against Cancer. Taking part in the event will be about 100 members of Team Fatty: Fighting For Susan.

The Susan we’re united in the fight for is Susan Nelson. Wife to Elden ‘Fat Cyclist’ Nelson, Writer, Maker of Beautiful things and Mother to 4 great Children. Susan has Cancer. Which sucks.

Elden created Team Fatty as a way for us all to do our bit towards the fight against Cancer and we’re determined that we’re going to spread the word, raise as much as we possibly can and make people aware of just how devastating this disease is.

There’s a horrible statistic that 1 in 3 people will be impacted by Cancer at somepoint in their lives.

1 of 3 people.

That’s staggering.

And wrong.

Cancer sucks. But we’re smarter and more determined than it is. We can beat it.

So on July 12th Team Fatty San Jose will roll out for our leg of the fight. The vast majority of people will actually be in San Jose for the ride but for various complicated reasons which I won’t bore you with right now: I won’t be.

So instead I’m going to do something incredibly silly.

Seriously. It’s so daft it’s almost genius.

Fatty ran the inaugural ‘100 Miles of Nowhere‘ event in May and countless people around the World stepped up to the challenge to ride 100 miles without actually getting anywhere. Some rode on rollers, some on short road circuits, some on exercise bikes.

I’m tweaking it slightly.

On July 12th I will ride 100 miles, off road, without actually getting anywhere. I’ve got a closed singletrack circuit which is pretty much bang-on a mile long and I’ll complete it 106 times. During this time I’ll climb a total of 11,448ft without ever getting more than 217ft above sea level.

Which is silly, I’m sure you’ll agree.

But it is for a very good cause.

So this is the point where I ask you to donate whatever you can to the Lance Armstrong Foundation via my event page which you can find here. Any donation, no matter what size helps us in the fight. So please, read Fattys blog to learn about Susan and what she is going through then make your donation to the LAF through my event page.


My next post will be a good deal shorter, I promise!

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