Tour de Fat is Tomorrow. Here’s How It’ll Work:

By now, you likely know the components of tomorrow’s Tour de Fat, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing: convoy to parade at Yards Park, register or check in for parade, show off (safely and slowly, of course!) in the parade, arrive at Yards Park, tap beers, enjoy entertainment, gawk at costumes other than yours, celebrate! (Tour de Fat will pack up at 5 p.m., but not before a finale of epic proportions.) Here’s the most accurate itinerary we’ve got: Day Schedule 10-11 a.m.: Parade registration at Yards Park (pre-register for the parade here!) 11 a.m.: Parade leaves Yards Park 12 p.m.: Parade returns to Yards Park, beers are tapped, and festivities begin Entertainment Schedule 12 p.m.: Scot Nery Show 12:20 p.m.: Honeymoon Cabaret 1 p.m.: Slow ride 1 p.m.: The Moth storytelling 2 p.m.: Stunt Pepper dance contest 2 p.m.: YoYo People 3 p.m.: Car-for-bike trade 4 p.m.: Beats Antique, headliner 5 p.m.: Finale! If you missed the email with all the Tour de Fat minutiae we sent yesterday, you can read it hereRead more about Tour de Fat here, register for the parade here, and RSVP on Facebook here. We suggest arriving early for the parade registration; you’ll skip the lines and have the chance to purchase your beer tokens early so that when you arrive back at Yards Park, you can beat that rush. Stay late for the grand finale. Don’t forget your ID if you want to drink. Stay hydrated (there will be plenty of stations to fill up your water bottle) and keep your blood sugar up (stop by any number of local food trucks or check out the new restaurants that have cropped up in Yards Park since last year). Put on a kick-ass costume—last year’s will be hard to beat. And bring your friends and family: Tour de Fat might be sponsored by a brewery, but there’s lots of stuff to keep kids entertained. IMG_4607 All proceeds from Tour de Fat will benefit local bike advocacy: WABA, Black Women Bike DCFairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, and Phoenix Bikes are this year’s beneficiaries. Buy beer, buy T-shirts, buy memberships, or stuff some cash in a jar—it’ll come back to the groups who are working hard to make bicycling in the D.C. region better. We can’t wait to see you (in costume!) on Saturday.  

The Tour de Fat Party Starts on Thursday

We’ve told you all about Tour de Fat, this Saturday at Yards Park. But the party will get started early on Thursday at ChurchKey in Logan Circle! Stop by to taste 10 New Belgium beers on draft and enter to win a custom New Belgium cruiser. You can also register for the parade that precedes Saturday’s shindig. As with Tour de Fat, all proceeds will go directly to local bike organizations. WABA, Phoenix Bikes, Black Women Bike DC, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, and Mid-Atlantic Offroad Enthusiasts will benefit from your purchases and donations. RSVP with ChurchKey on Facebook here.

Tour de Fat: A Primer

What’s Tour de Fat? Tour de Fat is an all-day festival at Yards Park on Sat., June 1 for those who enjoy bicycles and beer (the event is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing). It’s silly, whimsical, and packed with activities, but also a great opportunity to celebrate the region’s growth in, commitment to, and love for bicycling. The day kicks off with a bicycle parade at 11 a.m. (registration and check-in begins at 10 a.m.). Costumes are highly encouraged. The beer starts flowing aoon. There will be music and entertainment, merchandise sales, a bicycle pit, and local shops and nonprofits staffing interactive tables and booths  from noon to 5 p.m. Why you should go: It’s hard to properly explain what Tour de Fat is (though you can see an overview of last year’s here). It’s an experience. It’s a daytime party that’s also family friendly. It’s a way to give back to area bike-advocacy groups. It’s a chance for you and hundreds of others to ride your bikes dressed in crazy, wacky costumes. It’s a reason to drink a beer at noon on a Saturday. And there’s plenty of great entertainment. It’s also free. We do ask for a $5 donation to participate in the preceding bicycle parade, but there’s no admission fee to Tour de Fat itself. Beer and merchandise sales, as well as parade donations, go directly to improving bicycling in the D.C. area.

Who should come to Tour de Fat? People who ride bikes—often, occasionally, and rarely. It’s a bicycle celebration, but you don’t have to ride your bike there. You don’t even have to have ridden your bike in the last ten years. We want anyone who’s tangentially interested in bikes to come out for the parade and festivities. People who drink beer—or not . Just because New Belgium is sponsoring Tour de Fat doesn’t mean you have to drink to be there. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy yourself and many other food and drink option at the festival and around Yards Park. Families and children. Tour de Fat is a family-friendly event. There will even be a side tent running puppet shows for the event’s youngest guests. Music and art lovers. There will be bands, spoken word, storytelling, and other performances around the Yards Park grounds all day long. Prepare to be amazed! You may even win the Thousand Person Dance Contest and receive a New Belgium cruiser bike for your efforts. DSC_1282 What does Tour de Fat support? Proceeds from the event go directly back to five local bicycle organizations: WABA, Black Women Bike DC, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, and Phoenix Bikes. WABA (that’s us!) works in the greater D.C. area to get more people on bikes, make bicycling safe, and expand and enhance bike infrastructure. We want to make getting to places by bike easier and a more viable transportation option. Black Women Bike DC is a rad group of ladies who build community and interest in riding bikes among black women through education programs, advocacy, and bike rides. Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling works to make bicycling an integral part of the transportation network in Fairfax County, Va. They sponsor social rides throughout Fairfax and work on numerous advocacy issues to make bicycling there more accessible. Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts represents the area’s mountain bikers and works to maintain regional trails. MORE organizes hundreds of rides and events per year. Phoenix Bikes is local bicycle co-op that supports youth in the D.C. metro area, providing a safe, nurturing, and educational environment that reinforces teamwork, hard work, and entrepreneurship through bike maintenance and education programs.   We’ll see you June 1st at Tour de Fat!