The Tour de Fat celebration of bikes and beer will roll into 12 cities this year, including one in Idaho and two in California. The bike-friendly event is in its 14th year.
Unfortunately, New Belgium Brewery’s traveling bicycle-beer fest is detouring past Seattle for the third straight year.
The bicycle-friendly city hosted the event for 11 years until 2011, raising funds for the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and Bike Works.
The Tour de Fat has raised some $2 million for local bicycle groups in the cities it visits over the years. The event is free, but shares its proceeds from beer and food.
The event starts with a bicycle parade. People are encouraged to wear costumes and dress up their bikes for the easy ride around town.
Arriving at the park, participants are treated to bands, comedy and other entertainment. The slow bike race was a popular contest in Seattle. A menagerie of bizarre bicycles are made available for fun rides.
The highlight is the awarding of a commuter bicycle to someone who has pledged to give their car to charity and live car-free for one year. Check Tour de Fat to enter the contest.
The host cities for 2013 are:
Atlanta, GA – May 11 at Piedmont Park
Washington DC – June 1 at Yards Park
Durham, NC – June 15 at Diamond View Park
Nashville, TN– June 22 at Centennial Park
Chicago, IL – July 13 at Palmer Square
Minneapolis, MN – July 27 at Loring Park
Boise, ID – Aug. 17 at Ann Morrison Park
Fort Collins, CO – Aug. 31 at Civic Center Park Area
Denver, CO – Sept. 7 at City Park
San Francisco – Sept. 21 at Golden Gate Park
San Diego – Sept. 28 at Golden Hill Park
Tempe, AZ – Oct. 5 at Tempe Town Beach