We’re excited to announce the first raffle winner of the Fat Cyclist’s Grand Slam for Kenya, David Visschedyk! David got a call from Fatty himself and hand-selected his amazing grand prize. Read below for David’s account of the exciting moment.
On Wednesday August 12, I was sitting at my girlfriend’s house when my phone started buzzing with various emails. My friend Barry Cox was in Leadville, Colorado having a bratwurst with Elden “Fatty” Nelson and Team World Bicycle Relief and advised that my name was pulled in some sort of raffle. I immediately called him, and he passed the phone over to Fatty who advised that I was the first name pulled out of the Grand Slam for Kenya raffle.
To say I was excited was an understatement. That said, two things kept me relatively cool. 1) Elden’s voice sounds different on the phone than how I hear it in my head when I read his website. When I read his website, his voice sounds a lot like mine. On the phone, not so much! 2) There were now eight amazing grand prizes that I could choose from, and I had to choose relatively quickly.
With the motto of “go with your gut”, I quickly decided to choose the amazing experience in Italy with InGamba, rather than one of the amazing bikes that were available. It was a tough choice because who wouldn’t want an Ibis Mojo 3, or any S-Works bike? But I had spent a week riding in Bormio last year and loved Italy, so I knew the InGamba trip would be unforgettable.
While I was the winner of the Grand Slam, I think we can all agree that the real winners are the people who will be getting the bikes through the World Bicycle Relief. I know how much a bicycle has meant to me, and I don’t have 1/1000 the challenges that people in Africa do.
When I was eight years old I was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, and my leg was amputated at the knee. As a result, most high impact sports have been a non-starter for me, but I have no difficulties riding a bike. In fact, in 2006 I rode 6,850 kilometers across Canada to raise money for kids with cancer. I was able to raise money for cancer research on a bike, and now bikes are being used to transform the lives of people in Africa. Is there anything a bike can’t do?
I want to thank everyone at World Bicycle Relief for all they do; I want to thank InGamba and all the other sponsors for providing such amazing prices and last but certainly not least I want to thank Elden and Lisa for using their blog to not only entertain us but help change the world!