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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tour de Fat: A pedal powered fundraiser of sustainable folly

A ballyhoo of bikes, Belgian Beer and circus?
Sounds like my kind of party.


The highly acclaimed Tour de Fat, a traveling circus show/costumed bike parade/excellent beer fundraiser, rode into the San Diego region over the weekend with a celebration set to rouse the inner cyclists within the citizens of America's Finest city, all in the good name of BIKE.

Participants are encouraged to abandon their best four-wheeled companions and grab their two-wheeled mistresses for the kickoff parade.

You'll find that Tour de Fat parade goers dress in their silliest attire to drink the finest of Belgian beers, 
and to proudly let their freak flags fly.

This one here lad managed to play the accordion whilst bicycling, fancy that!

The Tour de Fat is brought to us by the nice folks over at New Belgian Brewing

These days, this event is hailed the world over as a smashing success, raising money for local nonprofits through beer and merchandise purchases. To date, it will soon exceed the $2 million mark for total funds raised. 

 Cheers for Belgian Beers!!!

Saturday's event alone raised an excess of $27,000 for the City of San Diego! 

The bicycles on site were just as much of a spectacle as were the attendees, as they came in
all shapes and sizes for the day's celebration.

The minute details throughout made for a spectacular spectacle.

Silly biked themed games were abound to entertain us.

We even had jumbo-sized family board games for a bit of nostalgia, and a healthy bit of competition.

The day's schedule was packed with wondrous amusements.

I was particularly fond of the darling yo-yo couple, a high energy, comedy act called no other than 
the "Yo Yo Show".

 Yo Yo People: World Champion title and Guinness World Record Holders

Of honorable mention, was the Penny Farthing jousting, and the professional paddle gentleman.

Now where to park?

City Bike Coordinator and Event Hero, Tom Landre, traded his vehicle yesterday to join the ranks of those before him.

By electing to go car free in this year's celebration, he was rewarded with a $2,250 budget for the ultimate car-replacement commuter bike.

And of course he earned the accolades and respect of all car owning folk as he pledged to live car free for the upcoming year. 


A special performance by DeVotchKa, a dreamy, gypsy troupe took to the stage to wrap up the day's celebration of bikes and beer.

They performed a rousing, live set of music that told tales of romanticized desert escapades, the kind you find in only dreams, and at quirky bike celebrations.

Good day for a traveling cycling circus, I say!
An even better way to kickoff into a Bike-tober.

You really can have magic everyday on a bike.


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