Bicycles + beer + crazy costumes = one hell of a party. And that’s exactly what you get when you attend a New Belgium Tour de Fat.
Add to that the fact that Tour de Fat events benefit local charities and promote bike awareness and it’s a par-tay you do NOT want to miss. Trust me!
I was at the 2nd of the Tour de Fat dates for 2011 in Nashville, TN this past Saturday and it was truly one of the most creative and most fun charitable events I’ve ever been to.
What is the New Belgium Tour de Fat?
New Belgium says,
Yes folks, the Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through 13 U.S. cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle.
Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2011 we hope to drive our message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of.
With wording like that and New Belgium’s expansive history of sustainability initiatives, you might think that the Tour de Fat is about rubbing motorists’ noses in the pollution that spews from their tailpipes (as is common with MANY pro-bike organizations and causes), but you’d be wrong.
In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Before the kickoff of the bike parade in the Nashville Tour de Fat this past weekend, New Belgium’s Mike Craft took the Rhymanese Twins’ stage and said something that really resonated with what we’re all about here at Eco-Snobbery Sucks. It was so great, I tweeted it out on the spot. He said,
Now that is a non-eco-snobbery sentiment that I can TOTALLY get behind! Eco-snobbery sucks…but so does bike-snobbery, ya know?
New Belgium Tour de Fat dates
Only 2 of the 13 scheduled 2011 Tour de Fat events have taken place so far, so you have plenty of time to get involved and have a great time when the Tour de Fat comes to a town near you. The remaining dates are:
- Chicago, IL – 7/16
- Minneapolis, MN – 7/23
- Milwaukee, WI – 7/30
- Boise, ID – 8/20
- Ft. Collins, CO – 9/3
- Denver, CO – 9/10
- San Francisco, CA – 9/24
- San Diego, CA – 10/1
- Los Angeles, CA – 10/8
- Tempe, AZ – 10/15
- Austin, TX – 10/22
In tandem with the bike parade, the Tour de Fat brings a carnival to town that puts a new spin on an old-school atmosphere. There are games, shows, music, food, and an area full of crazily constructed bikes that you can ride at your own risk (and I do suggest you risk it!).
The carnival is definitely large on fun but low on impact. A board member from one of the non-profits at the Nashville Tour de Fat told me that the event would be zero waste and powered by 90% solar power. Sweet!
Tour de Fat photos and videos that you HAVE to see
Most of these photos and video was shot by my friend and partner in crime, Rick Harris. You can see footage from the event on his Nashville Tour de Fat flickr album.
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