The contest is set. There are 19 contestants in all with a combined weight of 4,775 pounds. Whew! That’s over two tons. They have a lot of work ahead of them. The hard work to lose weight will last until October where during Biketoberfest they will have the finally at the Broken Spoke. There is a website Wicked Big Losers where updates will be posted We are looking for sponsors to put prize packages for the top three places of losers so if anyone would like to pass along any leads we would appreciate it. iEmail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And the contestants are:
Chris Callen – Cycle Source Magazine
Age: 38 Height: 6 feet Starting Weight: 309 Exercise Hours Per Week =0 Health: Poor. Since the magazine has gone to the national newsstands, I have had very little time to take care of myself, hence the very large spare tire that has amassed around my midsection. Anyway, after many lectures from friends and family I am ready to get back in shape for my health and appearance. Riding hard and partying like a nut is only okay if you prepare your body for the abuse of life on the road. I look to lose about 80 pounds during this challenge, through riding my mountain bike, aerobics, lifting and a good diet. PS- Roadside, it’s on like Donkey Kong…. Beyatch!
Roadside Marty – Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Chopper Show Judge. Age: 39 Height: 6 feet Starting Weight: 319 Exercise Hours Per Week =0 Health: Fair When I got out of the Army in ’97, I kinda let myself go. People have been telling me I had to lose weight but it didn’t become obvious until I bent over to tie my shoes and lost my breath. It was clear I had to do something. I’m gonna try and hit the gym 3 to 5 times a week, and instead of lifting only, I want to try and do cardio and light weight lifting. I hope to lose as much as I can, but I don’t want to put a number on it. I will say that by December I had hoped to be down to 240 or 250 so wherever this ends will be good. As many miles as we ride you have to be able to take the abuse and I notice more and more that after a long trip it takes the better part of a week to recover. We’ll still party like rock stars but we’ll be a little more responsible. Now everyone say it along with Roadside. Wildman is a BEEEYOTCH!!! And I WILL be the biggest loser here.
Paul Wideman – Bare Knuckle Choppers. Age: 36 Height: 6 feet 4 inches Starting Weight: 295 Exercise Hours Per Week =0 Health: Fair. My goal is a little different from some of the other participants. Where as most are just trying to shed a bunch of weight, I am actually just trying to relocate most of it. I played a little football in college, and I have been about the same weight ever since, approximately 285. Right now I’m 295, so I would like to knock a few off. More than anything, I need to get rid of the gut and throw in a little muscle up top (wrestling Ferguson every 4 or 5 weeks proves I could use it). I really want to do this to give myself more energy in the shop. Plus, when you put on a crapload of miles on the bike, stamina and strength really come into play. I know it was a lot easier to ride to the coast and back eight years ago than it is now. Me and some of the Limpnickie crew are going to be logging a LOT of miles this year, so I gotta be ready for it. I’m going to start by running 2-3 days a week, and lifting 3 days a week. I’m kinda lucky that I still have a pretty high metabolism, cuz my diet is crap. Well, that’s all gotta change too. No more fast food, no more soda.
Joe Knezevic: American Iron Magazine. Age: 37 Height: 6 feet 2 inches Starting Weight: 300 Exercise Hours Per Week: =0 Health: Poor/Fair. For most of my life I have been know as BIG Joe and maybe it’s time to change that and transform into Medium Joe. Over the years I have become pretty good at taking care of other people but I have never really focused on taking care of myself. Not really a fan of “going to the gym” I plan to start by simply changing my diet and incorporating regular activities into my daily routine. The diet changes I would like to make include: drinking less soda (except when mixed with Jim Beam), eating several smaller meals instead of fewer larger ones like I do now. And most importantly, making sure that the food I do eat is more nutritional than my current diet. As for activities, I plan to start by getting outdoors and enjoying this spring with simple things like walking and hiking as well as more structured activities like maybe joining an Ultimate Frisbee team. Without committing to a specific number of pounds I plan to lose what I would love to accomplish is two fold: First being able to comfortably wear a 2XL tee shirt instead of 3XL and secondly reduce the size of my belly and maybe even shoot my pants down a size or two. By working towards these goals I have no doubt that I will become healthier and improve my overall appearance. To keep everyone updated and me honest.
Steve “Brewdude” Garn – Brew Bikes. Age: 52 Height: 5 feet 10 inches Starting Weight: 230 Exercise Hours Per Week =0 Health: Very Poor After the phosgene gas accident, my health is very poor. This has caused me to be on insulin, have emphysema, chronic bronchitis, an oxygen deficiency and sleeping disorders. Also, over the years of bad health (2 bouts with chemical pneumonia, 2 lung flash burns, 100s of dislocated shoulders, no acl in right knee and several accidents) it is time to get at least 40 lbs off and get back in shape. My goal is to be under 190lbs, get my scrawny 16″ arms back near 18″, lose my 38 pants and go down to 34 and regain my energy. My plan to do this is to walk/jog 3 miles, 3 times a week, work out 3 nights a week and ride the motocross track at least 4 days a week located here on the farm. Also, cutting firewood and weeds on the farm to clear a couple more acres.
Steve Adams – Kiwi Indian. Age: 51 Height: 5 feet 8 Inches Starting Weight: 268 Exercise Hours Per Week =0 Health: Good. Other than being waaay over weight, or under tall, I feel pretty good. But I really need to shed pounds and get back under 200, although I have an age disadvantage (metabolism, what metabolism?) I think this is a great idea! See you on the scales!
Robert Filla (AKA: Fat Robert): Starting Weight : 244 lbs. Height: 6’-0″ Average Exercise Hours in a Week = 0 Health Condition: Shaky Age: 54. As Editor of the South edition of Thunder Press magazine, my job mainly consists of sitting in front of a computer for extended hours, sitting on a motorcycle for extended hours or sitting on a bar stool at some rally for extended hours. Due to high blood pressure, my doctor has been urging me for the last year to quit smoking, cut out the chicken-fried bacon, start exercising and lose some weight. And since Roadside is my adopted son, I just couldn’t let him face this challenge without his ol’ man being along for the ride. Especially when it comes time to make fun of his efforts.
Jeff Nicklus– Jeff Nicklus Customs. Age: 60 AKA The Old Guy Of The Group Height: 5 feet 11 Inches Starting Weight: 317, Exercise Hours Per Week =0 Health: Fair
“When I first read of this little contest on Cyril’s blog I thought Hot damn, this is just what I needed, a weight loss contest between a group of biker fat boys! There is sure to be some smack talk going on here! What more perfect for me? This is sure to be painful, fun, yet painful! No more chicken fried steaks, potatoes & gravy, fast food, sodas and, most painful of all, I will be giving up my daily allowance of liquid bread! In the last 5-6 years I have gained a total of 65 pounds so to lose that extra weight as well as losing “many” extra inches will be my goal during this contest. In fact I WILL lose at least 12″ off my waist line. I suppose it is time to make my Bowflex machine into something other than a spot to hang clothes. I will even warm up the tread mill ….. if it even still works! It is time to get out from behind the desk! The beauty of this contest is that we will all be winners in the end.
CJ Allan – CJ Allan Engraving. Age: 68 Height: 6 feet 3 inches Starting Weight: 297 Exercise Hours Per Week = ZERO to none Health: Decent. The hardest part of this project is having to see the pics of whatever the hell that thing is, wearin’ the hat! The only thing that makes me feel a little better is seein’ Chris! Pretty good in the overall health dept., mostly just 80+ lbs overweight. But there’s the neuropathy in the extremities, nerve damage from breathing all the paint fumes & other toxic crap I’ve put through my body. This will get me off my ass by workin’ out with my heavy bag, elliptical, and my cane exercise system. I want to get down to 200- 220 and tone up
Jonathan “JC” Coen – Three Two Choppers. Age: 38 Height: 5 feet 10 Inches Starting Weight: 261 Exercise Hours Per Week = 0 Health: Okay. Working 7 days a week with a family and kids has gotten the best of me. I used to be in excellent shape, considering I did the AAU Classic body building competition in ‘94 but a Computer Science Degree, Mathematics Degree, broken shoulder, wife and two kids later my weight has increased significantly. It’s on my mind every day to start a program but I can not seem to get the right motivation to do so. Now, reading this, it’s time. It’s time to do what I need to do. I look forward to this and hope to get back to a good solid weight and health.
Carl Olsen – Carl’s Cycle Supply. Age: ?, Height: 6 feet , Starting Weight: 273, exercise Hours Per Week = 0, Health: Fair. I want to shed some pounds and get in shape so I can be in tip top condition for riding motorcycles this summer and I want to be around to play with my grandchildren. I plan to go on a 45 minute walk with my son Matt every morning and get to the gym three times a week. I am also going to drink more water and eat more fruits and vegetables. I am also going to eat smaller portions and stop eating fast food. I hope to shed 40 to 70 pounds over the next six months and am excited to see how the contest turns out.
Andy Friar – BAKER Drivetrain Engineering. Age: 29 Height: 6 feet 3 inches Starting Weight: 285 Exercise Hours Per Week = 0 Health: Decent. So 9 years and 60 lbs ago I was playing Jr A hockey in Montana. I was killing opponents, handing out stitches and collecting fighting majors. Nowadays I am killing foot long subs, smoking like a choo-choo train and collecting stretch marks faster than the Octomom. I was able to gain 110 lbs since I graduated high school ‘97. I want to lose weight for the obvious health reasons. My goal is to be under 250lbs, I plan to accomplish that by hitting the gym regularly for cardio and weights, swimming laps at the YMCA and riding my mountain bike.
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John Dean. Age : 47 Weight : 280.8 Exercise : 0 Physical condition: Round
So like all of the rest of us, I just let myself get farther and farther out of shape, I’ve always loved to eat, drink, and be merry so I grew up knowing good pasta needed good wine, what’s a BBQ without baked beans, potato salad, ice cold barley beverages, a decent steak needs a big baker, large salad with dressing, throw in surf food of choice, and a nice Tennessee sourmash – damn I’m getting hungry! The next thing you know, BOOM 280! So now portion control, walk the dogs, use the bowflex………
Joe Mielke –Age: 36 Weight: 296 Exercise: 0 Health: Good Physical Condition: Fred Flinstone’ish!! Even though I look damn fine in my baby blue tank top, I know I’m beyond husky. Just after the new year and too many holiday treats I was at 315lbs. I tried hard for a few weeks to shed some pounds to get back under 300. And I did, I dropped about 20lbs real fast. Chris reads minds I tell ya, this is a good excuse to work harder at losing the weight and having a group to hold me accountable is good. I have not been over 300lbs in about 10 years. In ’99 I hit 300 and I had to do something. By eating a lot of salad, running every day and hitting the gym I got down to 235 lbs. It took me nine years but I got it all back and then some. I’d like to get down to 230-240 again. My knees will love me for it. That and when your skinny, your junk looks bigger.
Dave Sietsema “Cowboy”. Age: 38 Weight: 260 Exercise: 0 Physical Condition : Apple-Shaped . I was hoping I would be part of the movement of bringin’ sexy back to the big, loveable teddy-bear looking guys. I was hoping that bowlers, golfers and professional poker players would be the new GQ look for the 2000s. Seriously I just found other things to do other than take care of myself. Lots of fun along the way, but I can probably still have fun and be healthier too. It’s a change in habits, that with the help of the Krew here at Klock Werks, I need to make for myself. Looking for my high school weight of 192.
Gina Woods – Open Road Radio. Starting Weight: 165 lbs. Exercise Hours Per Week = Kickin’ My Pan Health Condition = Average Age = Nunya. Since starting the radio show, I thought I was going to be ridin’ my bike around the country 24/7, man was I wrong! There’s lots of computer time and like Chris, it’s minimized my time for myself, not to mention the secretary ass that seems to be following me around! I haven’t worn a bikini in years and the pictures show you why. Spring is here and I am ready!!! This is a great motivator for me. I plan on hitting the gym 5x a week for several hours at a time. I am going to up the cardio and lift weights.I plan on losing 30 lbs! I don’t eat when I should, often I wait till I am starving so I have a plan to eat several small meals a day and not eat (or drink) after dark….ha ha I mean 7 pm. May the best “man” win!
Athena “ Chickie “ Ransom– 5 feet 8.5 inches tall. Current weight 196 pounds. Age 20 ( Twice ) and I am in relatively good health. For my birthday I quit smoking to make sure I would be around to ride with my piece for a long time to come, and I put on about 50 pounds in six months. I have three kids and I have always maintained a weight of 140 to 150 pounds until this change in life choice. With that said, I want to lose 60 pounds as my body has had time to re-adjust. I can only say the advantage of the weight gain was getting to see myself with cleavage- The girls grew with the weight gain. My boy toy will be sad to see them go…My wonderful family has been supportive of the non- smoking and my beautiful daughter Desiree said that reaching my goal through this contest will be motivational to others to get healthy without shame so they can ride off into the sunset. I am truly blessed and the last time I was this heavy I was just about ready to give birth. I am excited to be a healthier, happier and flat chested again me , the girls will be the first to go, ( sorry, sugar buns ). The motivation for me is the pictures at the end, the starting ones are a kick in the ass to reach the goal. Thanks for the opportunity and I am glad that we could do this among friends, that makes it super cool.
Rebeca Ispas. Age:32 Height:5’6″ Health:good/fair Starting weight:180lbs Exercise hours per week:0 Ok. I was reading Cyril Huze blog the other morning like I normally do and I saw/read this challenge and I thought: PERFECT! I am very interested in losing weight, but, by myself proved to have too many temptations and I’d always just give up. I’ve tried a number of ways to lose weight and a miriad of diets to no avail. The determination/drive just hasn’t been there. It’s great to have something motivational and this may just be the thing for me. I’d love to get back down to 125-130 lbs again. I ride my own Harley (custom Sporty) practically every day. I have a strong will and do SO love a good challenge..plus..I used to be so damn cute! (haha) – But – knee surgury, laziness and a lot of biker parties has put on an unneccessary 50 lbs. So…no more crap food, soda, lounging around and I will be easy with the biker parties :) It will be difficult and will-power testing, but I’m looking forward to the end result!