You give some, you get some!
Now, what can you get? It's good stuff! Below is a list of each company and what they have provided. The list will be updated as more items are collected, so please check back often
First Endurance : *FOUR* (separate prizes) $250 gift certificates. Also comes with an initial consult to determine best breakdown of products (bars, gels, etc.). (Total contribution $1000+):
First Endurance integrates the latest clinical research with the input from the best cyclists, runners and triathletes in the world to provide the ultimate endurance-specific sports nutrition. I have personally relied on the First Endurance system of products for all of my Ironman wins. Their complete system of products takes the guesswork out of endurance nutrition for me. The $250 package is a perfect way for you to try a variety of their products.
Zoot : Prize pack - Two pairs of Zoot shoes and a Zoot wetsuit. (MSRP $1000+):
Zoot Sports, a global leader in endurance sports, is 100% focused on providing the athlete with the ultimate in performance apparel, wetzoots, footwear and accessories.
For 25 years, we have been pioneering innovative product solutions that cover the athlete from start to finish and head to toe. Zoot continues to draw on its history in the sport and its athletes to deliver the most comprehensive, technologically-advanced and complete multisport product line in the world.
Speedplay : Prize pack - set of stainless Zero pedals, a Speedplay hat or beanie, t-shirt, and socks. (MSRP $200+):
The performance features of the Speedplay Zero Pedal System read like a pro racer’s wish list. No other pedal system comes close to offering the superior adjustability or cutting-edge performance features of the Zero. By thinking "outside the box", we created and patented the most technically advanced pedal system ever, featuring your choice of either a fixed position or up to 15 degrees of micro-adjustable float. Once you compare the features of Zero pedals to any other brand, you'll find that other pedals systems are no match. (***Upgradeable to titanium spindle at user's expense; user pays only price differential for upgrade.)
SRAM : *TWO* (separate prizes) - SRAM Force complete groupset. Winner's choice road or TT. (MSRP $1499, Total Contribution $3000):
The SRAM Force groupset brought DoubleTap to the world first. Evolutionary improvements mean its focus on professionals who value innovation and thrive at the far end of the cycling spectrum is unwavering. If you want performance and affordability, then SRAM Force products are a great choice to make. Road groupset includes DoubleTap levers; TT groupset includes R2C shifters, plug-in brake levers, and TT rings (130BCD) if desired. Either group option gets your choice of crank length, chainring size, bottom bracket type, and cassette size.
Highway 12 Winery & Vineyards : *TWO* (separate prizes) – Cases of Highwayman red (MSRP $42 per bottle, $504 per case of 12 – total donation $1,008):
Proprietary from Highway 12 Vineyards and Winery, and cultivated in our Sonoma Valley wine corridor, our 2010 release is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Cabernet Franc (30%), and Petite Verdot (20%). The composition of this elite ‘Bordeaux-influenced’ blend showcases vibrant berry notes that make way for a rich, lush experience. The core varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc work like a symphony when blended together. You’ll find a dense core and firm, yet inviting tannins with a velvety-soft finish leaving an elegant impression. As we say, even our Man in Black has an elegant side to him - though HIGHWAYMAN remains a bold and robust wine that will age easily for 10 to 15 years.
Frosty Junction : *TWO* (separate prizes) - Full custom bag of any type – transition bag, messenger bag, etc. (MSRP $329+/ea - $658 total):
Their transition bag is designed not only for race-day transitions, but most importantly for the everyday transitions to and from workouts. The bag fits all of the stuff you need for your morning, midday, and evening workouts. By placing several internal bags inside the transition bag, you can be as organized as you want. Even better, you get to decide how many internal bags you want! Three bags do the trick for many triathletes (one bag each for bike and run gear, and the third for sweaty clothes), but you get to personalize your bag by deciding how many bags you want.
True-Motion: Prize pack - T-Zero Jacket, hoodie, long sleeve t-shirt, polo shirt, t-shirt (MSRP $277):
True-Motion sportswear was founded by a group of four passionate triathletes whose vision was to create casual sportswear that people feel good about wearing. We offer cool styles and comfortable fabrics to embrace the active lifestyle. There are numerous offerings of technical apparel available to today’s athlete, but what do you wear when you are done training and racing? That is how True-Motion was born. We want to be the after race, after training, or just hanging out on a Saturday afternoon brand of choice. So whether you are a fierce competitor, a promising novice, or simply a passionate spectator, off the field/court/roads you’ll look like all three. Be True.
SaltStick: SaltStick Mega-Pack - one each of EVERY SaltStick (dispenser, caps, etc) product plus SaltSick hat. (MSRP $150):
Electrolyte capsules and dispensers powering World Champions. SaltStick Caps are the most comprehensive solid electrolyte source with sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride to minimize muscle cramping and heat stress during training and endurance events. The only electrolyte capsule formulated to closely resemble the electrolyte profile lost in sweat, with a buffered salt composition that helps digestion and absorption. The unique SaltStick capsule dispenser fits inside aerobars, bicycle bars, and on running belts: Keeps capsules clean and dry.
Zipp: 808 Firecrest carbon clincher front wheel + Super-9 carbon clincher rear disc wheel. (MSRP $3,200):
My race wheel set of choice for just about anything non-Kona is the 808 Firecrest carbon clincher front wheel paired with the Super-9 carbon clincher rear disc. If you’ve ever wanted to try the same wheel combination, this is your big chance. The 808 changed perceptions about deep-section wheels. At first, its 81mm-deep profile appeared only in time trials and triathlons. And sure enough, its early incarnations netted numerous Grand Tour stage wins and Kona IM world championships. The Super-9 disc excels in races won on full-throttle power. Intended for time trials, track racing, and the occasional Tour de France prologue, the Super-9 is stiffer than the 900 disc and matches the Sub-9’s remarkable ability to generate forward lift when paired with the Tangente tire.
Road ID: SIX (separate prizes) $50 Road ID gift cards/shopping sprees (MSRP 6x$50 = $300 total):
Road ID manufactures the premier line of rugged identification gear for outdoor athletes so they can be identified in case of emergency or accident. Each Road ID is designed to give First Responders the information they need to immediately contact family members, access medical information and prevent serious delays in case of injury. The company’s line of customized IDs is an integral part of any active person’s gear and can be worn on the wrist, shoe, ankle, or around the neck. A full line of innovative ID products is available for cyclists, runners, triathletes, skiers, kayakers and other outdoor enthusiasts. For more information, check Road ID at their website.
Garrett Higney: Specialized Tarmac SL4 dream bike with SRAM Red and Zipp wheels. (MSRP $10,000):
If there is one prize that knocked my socks off more than any other this year – it’s this. Garrett Higney is one of the top fundraisers for World Bicycle Relief. He’s also 14 years old. In 2011, he was the top fundraiser for the Wrigley Field Road Tour 100 mile ride (which supports WBR). It was his first ever 100-mile ride. For his efforts, he was awarded a decked out Specialized Tarmac with SRAM components and Zipp 101 wheels. In 2012, Garrett was yet again the top fundraiser for this event, raising over $20,000. He was again set to receive a fully loaded Specialized Tarmac SL4 with SRAM Red and Zipp 101 clincher wheels. However, since he already had a bike (from the previous year), Garrett decided to donate the bike back in to my fundraiser – without ever taking delivery of it himself. That’s right – he’s repurposing a $10,000 bike for another WBR fundraiser. Given that the bike will be going to a new owner, none of the sizing is set in stone. The winner of this bike will get to pick the frame size, crank length, stem length, handlebar width, etc.
Personal Best Nutrition: One Month Nutritional Consult & Product. (MSRP $499):
Brian Shea has been working with athletes ranging from beginners to World Champions for over 15 years (including me), to help perfect their training & race-day nutritional strategies. This consultation package includes:
Extensive review of race history, including in-depth break-down of nutrition & hydration
- Analysis to determine caloric & electrolyte needs
- Extensive product testing, including everything PBN carries at your disposal (Test different products, flavors, concentrations, etc.....), with up to (4) product demo shipments included.
- Detailed nutritional outline for subsequent workouts (Example: You tell Brian what workouts/races you have on a subsequent weekend & he will outline EXACTLY what needs to go into your bottles & how much).
- Exclusive discounts on all PBN products.
- Weekly follow-up to be sure the newly implemented strategy is working*.
*Initial consultation includes consultation up to 'A' priority race - TBD with Coach Brian.
Details can be found online HERE.
Ironman Foundation: Ironman Foundation entry in to ANY 70.3 event except Las Vegas. (MSRP $600):
Just like it says, the Ironman Foundation threw their hat in to the ring this year with a fantastic donation – entry in to any 70.3 race (except, of course, for the World Championship in Las Vegas, which requires qualification).
This is, of course, a donation in addition to their already very generous donation of time and resource for my auction by building and hosting the back-end donation website linked at the top of the article. Thanks Ironman Foundation!
Kiwami USA: TWO (separate prizes) $150 gift certificates. (Total contribution: $300):
KiWAMi was created in 2003 by triathletes Craig & Hélène Watson (nee Salomon). After ten years of international competition, and nearing the end of their own careers, Hélène and Craig decided to embark on providing future generations of triathletes with something that had not been readily unavailable in top quality during their racing careers: quality garments that are purposely designed and produced for triathlon competition.
Hachette Publishers & Chrissie Wellington: 100 copies of A Life Without Limits. (MSRP $2800):
As always, we have a special prize for the first 100 people who donate at least one bicycle. This year, Chrissie Wellington and Hachette Book Publishers have stepped up to give 100 copies of Chrissie’s excellent book, A Life Without Limits.
In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer to the sport and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A Life Without Limits is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, and the trails of Argentina, and first across the finish line. Wellington's first-hand, inspiring story includes all the incredible challenges she has faced - from anorexia to near-drowning to training with a controversial coach. But to Wellington, the drama of the sports also presents an opportunity to use sports to improve people's lives. A Life Without Limits reveals the heart behind Wellington's success, along with the diet, training and motivational techniques that keep her going through one of the world's most grueling events.
Specialized : *FIVE* (!) multiples (separate prizes) of this package - Globe Daily 2 & Specialized Echelon melmet. (MSRP $750/ea; $3,750 total donation):
Specialized really stepped up their game this year by taking last year’s prize – and multiplying it by five. You read it right – five lucky winners will have eligibility to take home a Specialized Globe Daily 2 bike plus a Specialized Echelon helmet.
8-speeds and integrated fenders make the Daily 2 perfect for a diverse range of urban uses in varying landscapes and weather conditions. The light weight, compliant A1 aluminum frame provides an efficient and comfortable ride.The New Echelon Design for 2013 has a sleeker and faster look, with a compact profile on the riders head. The new design has increased ventilation and improved ergonomics - with great fit, comfort and ventilation - making it the ideal helmet for road cycling enthusiasts.
NormaTec: Complete NormaTec MVP Recovery System (machine, 2 boots, hosing, power). (MSRP $1,650):
Your legs will thank you for using the NormaTec compression boots, whether it’s before a big race or after an intense training session. NormaTec’s patented massage action (called Sequential Pulse Technology) will help enhance your athletic performance and significantly speed up your body’s natural recovery process. The NormaTec MVP is the recovery tool of choice for the best endurance athletes on the planet. Train Harder. Recover Faster. Perform Better.
Timex: Prize pack - Cycle Trainer 2.0 GPS Bike Computer and Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS HRM. (MSRP $525 total):
The lightweight Cycle Trainer 2.0 bike computer adds a dashboard to your handlebars. Five screens of real-time cycling data provided by GPS, the included heart rate sensor, and optional ANT+ bike and power sensors let you track your performance and finely tune your rides.Timex Ironman Run Trainer was designed for runners who want to say goodbye to repetitive loops, complicated mapping and over-planning. With a large, easy-to-read, customizable display, you can see exactly what you want during a workout. Plus the 8-hour battery life and 50m water resistance give you the reliability you need from a training tool. Don't let training get in the way, enjoy the freedom of running and let the Run Trainer system do the rest.
Life Time Fitness: FOUR (separate prizes) race entries. Two entries for any 2013 Lifetime Fitness series race and two entries for any 2013 Leadman series race – winner’s choice.
This is four separate prizes. Two entries for any Life Time Fitness series race and two for any Leadman series race. Pick one near you, or a destination race – either way you’re guaranteed a fun day and rewarding experience.
David McColm: Prize pack: Copy of Whistler - An Outdoor Paradise by David McColm and Justin Fabian, and twelve 5”x7” Whistler art cards. (MSRP $95 total):
Whistler-based photographer David McColm writes on his site, "Again this year, I will continue to photograph Whistler's stunning landscapes, it's unique and amazing people as well as many of its outstanding events. I know how fortunate I am to live in and be surrounded by such a limitless wealth of photographic opportunities, so you will notice that my photography is very much Whistler-oriented. At the same time, I also enjoy "getting out" and experiencing other people, places and events. One sport that I love to photograph (and, all too infrequently, DO!) are triathlons. Accordingly, I will continue to photograph a number of triathlons away from Whistler including Ironman Canada as well as the "original" Ironman - the World Championship in Kona.
This package includes a dozen beautiful art cards, along with a copy of this book.
Eric Wynn: Half-day professional photo shoot with Eric. (MSRP $1000 PLUS a once-in-a-lifetime experience):
One of the official photographers and videographers for many of the best known companies in the triathlon world, Eric Wynn will donate a half-day personal photo shoot. Want to showcase that new bike and team tri kit? Have a new M-dot tattoo that you want to capture in timeless photography? Or maybe you just want some nice photos to send to your loved ones – it’s all good.
Photo shoot will be arranged between the winner and Eric for a mutually agreed upon time/location.
Michellie Jones: Giddy Up Multisports Coaching Package. (MSRP $1200 PLUS a once-in-a-lifetime experience):
Let’s face it – Michellie Jones is one of the best female triathletes… ever. She has an Ironman World Championship, Olympic Silver, two ITU World titles, and has a host of other victories to her name. “MJ” now does coaching in addition to her athletic pursuits, and this is your chance to learn from the legend. In her own words:
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what type of triathlon racing you do, Michellie Jones can provide you the necessary knowledge and direction to help you “Live Your Dreams”.
The purpose of coaching is not only to provide the building blocks to make you a better athlete, but also to create an environment in which you have all the tools necessary to succeed. It is all about supporting you in a friendly, enjoyable atmosphere - even for those “character building” workouts while fulfilling your dreams. There are plenty of choices but none with Michellie’s Race record and experience. Are you ready for MJ to Coach you for the performance you have been dreaming about? The Coaching package includes a month-to-month detailed program for 3 months tailored around your specific race goals.
Quarq: SRAM Red Quarq power meter. (MSRP - $1,995):
The SRAM RED Quarq Power Meter features Power Balance™ and OmniCal™ and comes equipped with SRAM’s X-GlideR chainrings. Integrated electronics minimize interconnections and reduce exposure to the elements, bringing unmatched durability and reliability. Installation and operation is a breeze with the LED that signals power on and set zero, clearly visible ANT+™ ID and tool-less, user-replaceable CR2032 battery.Winner has the option to swap for the S975 crankarm set (if they have a non-SRAM drivetrain). Either way, you get to pick from standard GXP or BB30, along with standard 53/39 or compact 50/34, and the arm length (170, 172.5, 175, 177.5mm options).
Simon Whitfield: Custom signed race uniform PLUS assorted Olympic gear. (MSRP – Priceless):
Four-time Olympian, gold and silver medalist, and my good friend, Simon Whitfield, was generous enough to donate another signed race uniform this year. As a bonus, he also said he’d throw in some assorted Olympic gear – truly a unique donation and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the winner. Thanks, Simon!
Chris “Macca” McCormack: Signed Under Armour race uniform PLUS custom sunglasses. (MSRP – Priceless):
Two-time Ironman World Champion, Chris “Macca” McCormack came through yet again with a great donation – a signed Macca Under Armour race uniform plus a pair of custom-made Under Armour sunglasses. Even if you can’t race as fast as him, you can wear his kit and own a piece of history from one of our sport’s great champions.
Jordan Rapp: Signed race uniform – worn (but washed after) at IMTX, IMNYC, and Leadman. (MSRP – arguably priceless):
This is my personal full-custom Zoot racing suit that I wore at Ironman Texas, Ironman New York, and the Leadman 250 Epic. I’ll sign it “To” whomever wins the auction – or to anyone, really (i.e. if the winner wants to give it to someone else as a gift). I hope this holds value to *someone* out there. It served me well, but is ready to find a new home.
Enchantments, Inc: Custom carved spell candle. (MSRP $40):
This donation is very near and dear to me – as it comes from my sister, Stacy Rapp. She works at Enchantments, Inc in New York City. The donation is a custom carved spell candle of the winner’s choice. What does it do? It’s more what you do with it. According to Stacy, “The basic idea behind them is to help people focus their energy in a positive way towards a specific goal: e.g. - attracting love, money, finding a new job, etc.” There are many types of candles to choose from, and they’ll customize it however you want. It will be shipped to your door and includes instructions for use.
Competitive Image / Paul Phillips: 10x15” print of USAT Olympic issue magazine cover – signed by the US triathlon Olympic team. (MSRP – Priceless):
Award-winning photographer Paul Phillips offered up a fantastic donation this year – a 10x15” print of the USAT Olympic issue magazine cover… which has been signed by all five American 2012 Olympic participants. With a company mission statement of “Capturing the Indomitable Spirit of Sport”, I think this prize clearly fits the bill. Thanks, Paul!