It looks like this year's Tour de Fat was once again a raging success—both in terms of popularity and fundraising.
The Aug. 20 event raised $43,908 for Boise-based bike organizations Boise Bike Project, Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association and the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, according to event organizers and sponsors New Belgium Brewing. That total marks an increase of roughly $12,000 compared to the 2010 event.
More than 6,500 people came out to the celebration of all things people-powered (and beer), including roughly 3,000 who joined the rolling bike parade, making it the biggest parade in the 12 years the event has been coming to Boise.
And if Tour de Fat wasn't already a feel-good kind of event, SWIMBA seriously upped the warm-and-fuzzy factor by donating $5,000 of the profits the organization made selling beer at the festival to Boise Bicycle Project to help that nonprofit close in on the $115,000 it needs to buy its building. For its gracious and generous gift to a deserving cause, we tip our collective bike helmet to SWIMBA.