Twas the night before Tour de Fat, and all through the land, people prepped costumes and oiled kickstands. And down on Eighth Street, there arose such a clatter--of fixies and frankenbikes--it made hearts pitter-patter.
Tour de Fat, the annual New Belgium-sponsored beer-and-bike-tacular, is like Christmas for cyclists. Which is why this year, in addition to the Tour de Fat activities on Saturday, Aug. 20, locals will also celebrate Tour de Fat Eve with a big bikey bash. On Friday, Aug. 19, from 6-9 p.m., Eighth Street between Bannock and Main streets will be shut down for a custom, classic, fixie and frankenbike show. In addition, there will be live music, New Belgium beer specials, carnival-style game booths, raffles, bike-tuning stations, community bike awards and a photo booth, where a BW photog will snap prom-style shots of you and your ride.
Then on Saturday, with wacky hats and streamers gleaming, costumed Tour de Fatters will congregate at 9 a.m. at the fountain in Ann Morrison Park for parade registration. The parade will meander around the downtown area from 10-11 a.m., before returning to Ann Morrison for a beer-soaked afternoon. Musical jams will be provided by The Daredevil Chicken Club, The Dovekins, YoYo Squared and The Pimps of Joytime. The festivities wrap up with the annual car-for-bike trade and the beer stops at 4 p.m.