Fatty, as he is affectionately known to those who follow his blog, is blessed with a clever tongue and witty turn of phrase. His tongue-in-cheek stories and dry humor have never ceased to bring a smile to my face. Except that is for the guest post submitted by Al Mavia, one of his Australian readers, about saddle sores…but that’s a story for another day.
He blogs about road biking and mountain biking, single tracks in Southern Utah, and, his personal favorite, epic rides. He writes satire and sells it to cyclingnews.com under the name of Fat Cyclist Fake News Service.
His blurb, ALWAYS makes me chuckle.
It's like reality TV, except it's real. And there's no TV.
There was the time he gave Lance Armstrong unemployment advice after Lance retired from professional cycling. Or the time he told you how to talk trash, or spelled out universal hand gestures for all occasions, or the open letters to the Passenger in the Green SUV Who Screamed as He Went By Yesterday and Cannondale, or when he wrote about why Team Davitamon-Lotto Wished it Was Dead, or How to Size Up the Competition, Part 1.
Over the past couple of years, he has gained quite a following. People from Australia to Turkey actively comment and participate, the blog has become quite a community of friends.
So a week ago when Fatty told us his wife’s cancer has metastasized and she is starting chemo again, the outpouring of support was not surprising. Well wishes from all over the world have come his way.
In fact, one of his ‘Ads for Schwag’ partners, Twin Six, designed a jersey specifically for fat cyclists all over the world, in honor of Fatty’s wife Susan. To quote Fatty:
The Twin Six guys have contacted me, too. They had an idea. “What if we did a pink version of the Fat Cyclist jersey,” they asked, “to show support for your wife and raise some money to fight breast cancer?” They went on to explain that they wouldn’t make a dime with this — all profit would go to whatever cause(s) I see fit. …
So here’s what I’m thinking. $5 from each jersey would go to Susan to buy jewelry supplies, which Susan says she will use to make cool stuff to give to Fat Cyclist readers. The balance will go to the best breast cancer research foundation I can find (I’ll get BotchedExperiment to help me figure that out).
For those of you who are interested, start saving your pennies. When the jersey is up for sale, I’ll let you know. In the mean time, you could go to FatCyclist.com and click on the poll he’s doing so he knows how many jerseys they should plan to make.