Tour de Fat Raises $55,000 in Boise


  • Laurie Pearman

If there was ever any question that Boise loves both beer and bikes, it should be put aside considering Tour de Fat on Aug. 17 raised more than $55,000 to support local bike nonprofits.

Festival organizers from New Belgium Brewing announced that the Boise stop of the tour—which celebrates both beer and non-motorized transportation—drew about 7,500 people to Ann Morrison Park, with 6,000 people participating in the morning bike parade through downtown Boise.

Proceeds from merchandise sales and donations made at the event all go to nonprofits at each tour stop. In Boise, the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance and Boise Bike Project were the lucky beneficiaries.

Both the turnout and the proceeds are records for the Boise stop of Tour de Fat—in 2012, about 6,500 people came to the party and 5,000 rode in the parade, raising $50,000.

Just how Boise stacks up against other cities on the tour has yet to be seen. The 12-stop tour wraps up on Saturday, Oct. 5 in Tempe, Ariz.