The Tour de Fat, the New Belgium Brewing Company’s traveling bike festival, will roll into Durham this Saturday, June 25. The first run of this 13 city tour begins at 10am at the American Tobacco Campus. There will be a 5 mile bike parade in downtown Durham until 11, followed by live music, DIY booths, and, of course, beer. The event will end at 4pm. Registration opens at 9am.
The event is free but there is a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds benefit the NC Active Transportation Alliance (NCATA), an organization that promotes non-motorized transportation. The Durham Bike Co-Op will also be there collecting bike parts and tools.
New this year is a car/bike trade. One person at the festivities will literally trade their car for a custom-made commuter bike called “The New Belgium”. In exchange for the bike, the lucky volunteer will pledge to go without a car for one year. The car they give up will be sold by Vehicles for Charity and the money given to NCATA. A quick look at the Tour de Fat Durham Facebook page shows that at least three area bike enthusiasts are interested in making the switch.
Billed as “a pedal-powered FUNdraiser of sustainable folly”, the Tour de Fat’s goal is to promote biking as a fun, healthy, and community-building. Outrageous costumery is encouraged. If you’re looking for inspiration, have you considered procuring a moustache for your bike?
Are you planning on going? As always, we welcome your stories and pictures.