I have to admit that it’s one of my favorite days of the year!
I look forward to it all year long, willing October to get here quicker.
If you don’t know about this cool event, here’s a blip from their website: “… Tour de Fat, it is a thrilling rite of passage that includes an unparalleled costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eccentric entertainment, local food, unusual bike contests and much more.”
Yup, that’s right; BEER, BIKES, COSTUMES! It’s a mish mash of vaudevillian-like carnival side shows, cool costumes, bike rodeo, art, and drinking.
There’s even a bike parade that’s free to take part in. Imagine the fun of dressing up and having a cruise through the city streets with thousands of new friends.
Every year, in every city, they find someone willing to give up their car for a year and in return, New Belgium will present that person with a custom made commuter bike usually worth a few thousand bucks. As a bike commuter myself, I very wholly approve!
That person then takes part in a “funeral” procession for their dearly departed vehicle.
All in All, Tour de Fat is just a really fun time! Whether you’re into people watching or just want to be one of the crazies for the day; either way, your can’t go wrong. Even if you don’t ride a bike, I really suggest checking it out if it comes to your city!
Here I am in my most ridiculous PRO-BIKE glory!
In AZ this event is always in October and I have to admit, I already started wishing for October 2013 the very next day after Tour de Fat! There’s really nothing like it! Be sure to check out their website and Facebookpage for more info.
What’s your favorite New Belgium brew? I do love 1554, but enjoy quite a few of their other offerings. Yummy!