by Andrew Crisp
Tour de Fat, the annual carnival of bikes and beer, returns to Boise Saturday, Aug. 18. The touring cycling circus created by New Belgium Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colo., celebrates human-powered transportation.
Boise's Ann Morrison Park will host the daylong festival, which includes a group ride, parade and live entertainment.
Organizers urge visitors to ride their bikes to the FREE events, and grab a 16-ounce New Belgium brew for $5. Colorful costumes—the crazier the better—are encouraged. The event will benefit the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance and Boise Bicycle Project.
Tour de Fat's Boise stop raised almost $44,000 last year, and brought out about 6,500 attendees. But the key to the day's festivities is the annual charity car-for-bike swap.
Last year, the makers of Ranger IPA and Fat Tire convinced Boise first-grade teacher Matt Monette to give up his car. In exchange, he was given a brand new bicycle, and pledged to ride on two wheels for a full year.
Monette told Boise Weekly his yearlong foray into the world of bicycle commuting went well—even with a newborn child. This year, Tour de Fat will sacrifice yet another automobile to the Bike Gods. Details on entering the contest are available at New Belgium's website.
Here's the complete Tour de Fat schedule:
Sunday, June 2: Nashville, Tenn.
Sunday, June 16: Washington, D.C.
Sunday, June 23: Durham, N.C.
Sunday, June 30: Atlanta, Ga.
Sunday, July 14: Milwaukee, Wisc.
Sunday, July 21: Chicago
Sunday, July 28: Minneapolis
Sunday, Aug. 18: Boise
Saturday, Sept. 1: Fort Collins, Colo.
Saturday, Sept. 8: Denver
Saturday, Sept. 15: Los Angeles
Saturday, Sept. 22: San Francisco
Saturday, Sept. 29: San Diego
Sunday, Oct. 6: Tempe, Ariz.
Sunday, Oct. 20: Austin, Texas