Tour de Fat
is a traveling celebration of “beer, bikes and bemusement” organized by
the employee-owned Fort Collins brewery New Belgium and taking place in
almost a dozen cities around the USA throughout the summer (next stops
are in Denver, San Diego and Tempe).
This week (on August 30,
2014), Tour de Fat Fort Collins happened – bringing together 25,000
people to ride their bikes in the parade, wear colorful costumes, drink
beer, watch bands and other performers… and tell us how cute our dog Whiskey is (sorry, couldn’t help it… she really is cute).
According to a New Belgium blog post,
$80,000 were raised for local biking nonprofits. We tried to do our
part by drinking our fair share of Ranger, Fat Tire, Shift and the new
Tour de Fall beers.
The video I put together is not a
comprehensive overview of all that went on that day. It skips all the
bands on three stages, all the nice people I met and fun conversations
we had and that crazy delicious sandwich from the Jax stand (and the
disappointment that the Moe’s stand was already out of food).
should give you an idea what a fun, sunny, colorful and beer-induced
event this was.
The bonus of attending the Tour de Fat in Fort Collins for us was to jump in the Poudre River for a refreshing dip
and then ride home on the fantastic bike trails along rivers and creeks
with the view of the Rocky Mountain Foothills and a random Kingfisher
just hanging out. Quite different than making your way home from the
Atlantic Antic in Brooklyn…
|Bike Parade at the New Belgium Tour de Fat in Fort Collins, Colorado
August 30, 2014