Tour de Fat bicycle festival is coming back to DC!

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Hey all you bicycle lovers, we have some exciting news to share with you! In case you haven’t yet heard, the Tour de Fat bicycle festival is officially coming back to Washington, DC this year. The free festival will take place at Yards Park on Saturday, May 21st, 2016.

This event is so important to WABA because it is our BIGGEST fundraiser opportunity of the entire year: 100% of proceeds from the event go directly to WABA and a couple other really rad bicycle non-profits in the DC area to support all of our work to make the region a better place to ride a bike. So when you attend Tour de Fat, bring your friends, and purchase beer or go on the bike ride or buy yourself a cool t-shirt, you are directly funding WABA’s ongoing community outreach and advocacy work!

We hope you’ll be there. Get ready for one of the most fun, wacky, beautiful festivals you’ve ever been to.

Go here for more details about DC’s Tour de Fat event.

Want to lend a hand and get two free beers?! Sign up here to volunteer and get free beer!

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Below is a super rad list of reasons this is the year you and all your friends should attend Tour de Fat, crafted by our good friends at New Belgium Brewing Company:

1. Turning a quarter-of-a-century super charges the creative juices. This year marks the 25th anniversary for New Belgium Brewing, which means more variety, local/regional acts and double the zany antics you come to expect at Tour de Fat.

2. Help push Tour de Fat past the $5 million mark! It could happen this year and we need everyone’s support! Although it’s a day of revelry, bike love, and fun times, the main mission of Tour de Fat is to give back to our non-profit friends, who spread bike love year round.

3. Become a trader! Nine people will trade will their car for a bike through an amazingly transformative experience celebrated through the Tour de Fat car-for-bike ceremony. Want to apply to trade your vehicle for the gift of two wheels? Click here to apply.

4. Did someone say great beer? Tour de Fat offers an opportunity to enjoy New Belgium classics, such as Fat Tire and Citradelic Tangerine IPA, along with more esoteric beers from its Lips of Faith series. It’s also the only place to enjoy Carnie Blood, a beer made in honor of the Tour de Fat Carnies that make this all possible every year! Carnie Blood Vol. 3 is an Imperial Stout brewed with two single-origin cocoas and chicory. Yum!

5. One word – costumes! Tour de Fat is the place to bring out the Halloween costume again, dress as your alter-ego and let your freak flag fly. We like to say if everyone is weird, no one is weird. So start thinking about it now!

6. The entertainment keeps going and going and going. Once it starts it lasts for about five hours with several venues going at once, filled with variety acts that’ll make you scratch your head, tap your foot and laugh out loud.

7. Do you like to win? We have contests! From a Slow-Ride, to a Fashion Show and even The Bike is Right! Gameshow – Tour de Fat is looking for ways to put you in the show and give away New Belgium cruiser bikes. So start shining up your dance shoes and practice your slow-mo bike riding skills.

See you on May 21st!!

Thank you New Belgium for an amazing Tour de Fat!

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Now that everyone has recovered from spending an entire Saturday saturated with bicycles, beers and bemusement, we want to say a truly heartfelt THANK YOU to New Belgium Brewing for bringing the Tour de Fat bicycle festival to Washington, DC for the fourth year in a row. We are very excited to announce that the DC Tour de Fat raised $65,000 for local bicycle non-profits!!!

WABA is very grateful for New Belgium’s support for making the Washington, DC region a better place to ride a bike. Check out New Belgium’s recap of the DC Tour de Fat here.

And also a big thank you to everyone who attended the Tour de Fat, rode in the group ride, brought a friend or family member with you, enjoyed a beer (or two) and helped us to raise a tremendous amount of money that WABA will use to advance our mission of advocating for better bicycling across the region.

We really appreciate the help and support of our partner non-profits (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, Black Women Bike DC, Phoenix Bikes, and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling), and we’re happy to be able to share the proceeds of the event with them to further bicycling across the entire region and for bicyclists of all ages.

The Tour de Fat was an amazing way to wrap up this year’s Bike Month!

Check out some of our photos from the Tour de Fat this year, and while you wait for the bemusement to return next summer, go out and enjoy the ride:

Calling all bicycle and beer lovers…

Join WABA, New Belgium Brewing Company, our awesome volunteers and their crazy carnies TONIGHT, Thursday, May 28th for the official kick-off, pre-party, and volunteer appreciation event of the Tour de Fat bicycle festival.

The party is also a fundraiser for WABA. Want to have your very own New Belgium Brewing cruiser bicycle?! WABA will be taking donations for raffle tickets and New Belgium will raffle off a bicycle at the end of the evening!

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It’s become a WABA tradition that every year on the Thursday before the Tour de Fat, we gather at Churchkey for a pint to toast to bicycles and our shared love of two wheels. All Tour de Fat volunteers (and there’s a lot of them – over 250 volunteers!) are invited to be part of the excitement and are treated to a pint on New Belgium. The pre-party is open to anyone, and it’s not to be missed if you are a beer snob*, err…., craft beer “aficionado”.

Event Details:
What: The FOURTH ANNUAL Pre-Tour de Fat Party & Volunteer Party
When: Thursday, May 28th from 6:00-9:00pm (TONIGHT!)
Where: Churchkey @ 1337 14th St NW, DC (party is upstairs at second floor bar)
Why: Support WABA, our love for bicycles, and our friends at New Belgium

There will be 15 New Belgium drafts, including 6 different Lips of Faith beers, and they are pouring 5 different brews on cask. WABA will be taking donations for raffle tickets throughout the evening (1 ticket + $2, 3 tickets = $5, Arms Length tickets = $20). All raffle proceeds benefit WABA! The cruiser bike will be raffled off at 9pm, and you must be present to win.

We can’t wait to see you there!

And p.s.: You should still come to the Tour de Fat on Saturday, May 30th at Yards Park, DC! Find the full Tour de Fat festival schedule and beer list here.


*For you beer aficionado’s, here’s the draft list that will be at the Pre-Party on Thursday:

Leopold’s Apple Whiskey Barrel Oscar
Sideshow (Bluejacket Collaboration)
Lips of Faith: Pear Ginger
Lips of Faith: Gratzer
Lips of Faith: Wild2 Dubbel
Lips of Faith: Cocoa Mole
Sunshine Wheat
Slow Ride Session IPA
Rampant Imperial IPA
Fat Tire
Skinny Dip Lager
Trippel
Snapshot
Shift Lager
Blue Paddle Pilsner
Abbey Dubbel
Ranger IPA w/ Simcoe (Cask)
Ranger IPA w/ Amarillo (Cask)
1554 w/ Chinook (Cask)
Fat Tire w/ Simcoe (Cask)
Somersault w/ Amarillo (Cask)

Tour de Fat is 3 weeks away!

The coolest bicycle festival you will ever go to is just three weeks away. The Tour de Fat will be held on Saturday, May 30th at Yards Park in DC. What’s even cooler? The free festival, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, raises a ton of support for WABA and other local bicycle non-profits! So come out and celebrate with us.

If you can’t wait for the big day, the good folks at New Belgium have a bunch of chances to celebrate and get in the Tour de Fat spirit between now  and May 30th. (P.S. We saved the best for last, so make sure to check out the whole list!):

This rad DC bicyclist traded in her CAR for a BICYCLE at the Tour de Fat last year!   (Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing.)

This DC bicyclist traded in her CAR for a BICYCLE at the Tour de Fat last year! (Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing.)

Tour de Fat Trivia, Wednesdays at Stoney’s L Street: Swing by after work for Tour de Trivia featuring weekly New Belgium prize packs for the winning team.  New Belgium beers will be featured at $4 pints and $14 pitchers.  Prizes include bicycle 6 pack holders, VIP tickets to Tour de Fat and much more!

Rolle Bolle Party, Wednesday, May 13 from 6-8pm at Vendetta Lounge on H Street NE: Come get a taste of our Belgian roots as New Belgium Brewing takes over the bocce courts with the traditional bocce-like game played in Belgium – Rolle Bolle!  They’ll teach you to play and give away NBB shwag and VIP tickets to Tour de Fat!

H Street Country Club DC Bike Party after-party, Wednesday, May 13 from 10-11:30pm at H Street County Club: Again New Belgium is partnering with DC Bike Party with beer specials and shwag giveaways.  Join a slew of other bike enthusiasts on the ride departing from Dupont Circle as it takes you through this month’s unique DC route. (WABA will be at the start location of DC Bike Party to tell folks about the Tour de Fat, so give us a high five if you see us there!)

WABA and New Belgium’s Tour de Fat Pre-Party & Volunteer Party, Thursday, May 28th from 6-9pm at Churchkey on 14th St NW: WABA and New Belgium are keeping tradition rolling with our annual Volunteer Party/Pre-Party at Churchkey equipped with a raffle for a New Belgium cruiser bike, VIP tickets to Tour de Fat and more. The cruiser bike will be raffled off at 9pm.  All proceeds from raffle sales support WABA!!  For you beer nerds, the beer list will feature 5 unique cask beers, in addition to 15 other New Belgium staples and rarities. All Tour de Fat volunteers (you know who you are – and volunteers are still needed, so sign up here) will get a beer at the party courtesy of New Belgium.

Tour de Fat Pre-Show, Friday, May 29th from 5:30-8:30pm at Yards Park, DC: You didn’t know there was a pre-show?! The Tour de Fat Carnies will be showcasing a few of their performances along with the bands performing. Come hang out for the Yards Park Friday night concert series, enjoy a beer (WABA will be there selling brews!) and get a little free, live entertainment before the big day – make sure you come back on Saturday when the party really happens!

THE TOUR DE FAT! Saturday, May 30th from 10am to 5:00pm at Yards Park, DC: Here’s the deal – New Belgium is generous enough to put on an amazing show for all of us that’s bike themed and free, plus there’s really good craft beer for sale for just five bucks and all proceeds benefit WABA. There’s interactive games, a bicycle pit, a kids play area, a bike ride, soul music from Charles Bradley, fried chicken and pizza, and unlimited high-fives. You just have to come experience the fun for yourself!

We’re also still recruiting volunteers to help us make this amazing bicycle festival happen!

Sign up to Volunteer

We will see you at the Tour de Fat!!

Tour de Fat 2014 Schedule

Tour de Fat is a wacky, ridiculously enjoyable bicycle festival. It’s coming up this Saturday, May 31st and we want you there.

Here’s the official 2014 Tour de Fat festival schedule:

Overall Festival Schedule

10:00 a.m. — Bike Ride Registration opens
11:00 a.m.Bike Ride leaves Yards Park
12:00 p.m. Ride returns, Beers are tapped, and the Revival begins!
4:45 p.m.Last Call
5:00 p.m.Grand Finale


Check out this great video from New Belgium to take a sneak peek at the Tour de Fat.

Check out this great video from New Belgium to take a sneak peek at the Tour de Fat.

Entertainment lineup: Revival Stage (main stage)

11:00 a.m. — Launch
12:00 p.m. — Fashion! (Best Costumes of the Tour de Fat)
12:20 p.m. — The Reals
1:30 p.m. — Slow Ride Race
2:30 p.m. — 1,000 Person Dance Contest
3:15 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade
3:30 p.m. — Lee Zimmerman The Puppet Guy
4:00 p.m. — Reggie Watts
5:00 p.m. — Finale

Entertainment lineup: Side Stage
12:45 p.m. — The Handsome Little Devils
2:00 p.m. — Yo-Yo People
3:30 p.m. — Nigel Blackstorm

We really hope to see you on Saturday, May 31st at the Tour de Fat. The bike ride leaves at 11am (so get there at 10am to get ready) and the beer and music start at Noon. The grand finale is at 5pm. Yards Park is located at 355 Water St SE, right next to the Nationals baseball stadium. RSVP on Facebook for the event and pre-register for the bike ride to save time. See you there!

How to get ready for the Tour de Fat

Photo credit: Ranpuba

Photo credit: Ranpuba

Tour de Fat is a wacky, ridiculously enjoyable bicycle festival. It’s coming up on Saturday, May 31st and we want you there. Perhaps it’s your first Tour de Fat and you have no idea what to expect. (Or perhaps this is your third time going–in which case you’ll want to share this with your friends.)

Here are WABA’s tips and tricks on how to get ready for the bicycle-inspired fun:

  • Wear a costume: Though not required, it’s strongly encouraged that you wear a fun costume. It can be anything from 80’s inspired neon color track shorts and tall socks, overalls and a cowboy hat, last year’s Halloween costume, or even just your pajamas! The goofy costumes help everyone break out of their shells, let loose, and have a good time.
  • Arrive early, stay late: You don’t want to miss the big bike ride that leaves Yards Park at 11am. And the finale of the Tour de Fat on the main stage at 5pm is another thing that can’t be missed.
  • Share the festivities: Charge up your smart phone or bring a camera and document the festivities. Share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #tourdefat and #bikedc to share with the greater community. And don’t forget to mention @wabadc.
  • Bring your friends: Craziness is always best when shared… Or come alone! And make new friends at the Tour de Fat; it won’t be hard to do.
  • Exercise your mouth: Get ready to smile for an entire day. Do some smiling exercises. You’re going to be smiling and laughing a lot!
  • Don’t forget the essentials: Don’t forget to put on sunscreen before you head out. It will likely be hot and sunny. And bring a water bottle with you. There will be water stations to refill.

We really hope to see you on Saturday, May 31st at the Tour de Fat. The bike ride leaves at 11am (so get there at 10am to get ready) and the beer and music start at Noon. The grand finale is at 5pm. Yards Park is located at 355 Water St SE, right next to the Nationals baseball stadium. RSVP on Facebook for the event and pre-register for the bike ride to save time. See you there!

Tour de Fat: The Top 5 Reasons You Should Go

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Tour de Fat is a wacky, ridiculously enjoyable bicycle festival. It’s coming up on Saturday, May 31st and we want you to be there. Here’s why (click the links to see snapshots from Tour de Fat’s past):

5. HAVE FUN. It’s more fun than you can count on one hand (and that’s a lot of fun).

Think: wackier costumes than they have at Party City, an interactive bike pit including a bike with tennis shoe tires and a John Deere tractor bicycle, life size games such as mega jenga, a massisve dance contest, and a giant blow up marshmallow man. Yes, it’s weird. Yes, it’s hard to explain if you haven’t been there before. And yes you’ll want to come back year after year. This video gives you an inside look of what to expect. And did we mention it’s fun for the whole family?

4. BE A SHOWOFF. Arrive early for the huge group bike ride that leaves Yards Park at 11am, and you get to be a showoff.

Show off your fancy or vintage or commuter or recumbent bicycle. Show off your wacky, tacky, silly, great costume. Show off your smiling face and your love for bicycles.

3. CHEAP BEER. And when we say “cheap” we mean in cost. Definitely not quality.

This is one of the only places where you’ll find really good beer for only $5! New Belgium sponsors the Tour de Fat and they go all out stocking the event with kegs and cans of 12 (yes TWELVE!) varieties of their Colorado-based beer. Check out the beer list here.

2. IT’S FREE. The Tour de Fat is a free festival (besides the beer. No free beer. Sorry).

Free fun. Free laughs. Free high fives and hugs. We’re going to ahead and say it: This is the best free event that DC has to offer. Plus, there is really good entertainment like The Reals, with folk-y Americana-tinged tunes, a hilarious puppet guy, a mini-circus act, Y0-yo people, heavy metal magic (we have no idea what that means, but we can’t wait to see), and, of course, Reggie Watts. Check out this TED talk by Reggie Watts to learn more about his amazing talent.

1. HELP WIN MORE BIKE LANES & SAFER STREETS. WABA is the main non-profit beneficiary of the Tour de Fat. It’s a huge fundraiser  for us.

So by coming out to have fun, ride your bike, and drink beer, you fund our year-long efforts to advocate for better bicycle infrastructure and safer streets.  All proceeds raised from the Tour de Fat festival (that’s donations from the parade, beer sales, bartender tips, and merchandise) directly benefit WABA and our partner organizations: Black Women Bike DC, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, Phoenix Bikes, and Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts.

We really hope to see you on Saturday, May 31st at the Tour de Fat. The bike ride leaves at 11am (so get there at 10am to get ready) and the beer and music start at Noon. The grand finale is at 5pm. Yards Park is located at 355 Water St SE, right next to the Nationals baseball stadium. RSVP on Facebook for the event and pre-register for the bike ride to save time. See you there!

What’s It Like to Trade Your Car for a Bike?

Car-for-Bike Trader Kevin Hayes

One of the cornerstones of New Belgium’s Tour de Fat (in case you forgot, Tour de Fat is a celebrate of beer, bikes, and bemusement) is the car-for-bike trade. Potential traders submit to  New Belgium videos detailing what they’d do with cash to spend on a new bike.

Kevin Hays, this year’s car-for-bike trade winner, took the money to District Hardware for a light, fast, strong 2013 Neilpryde Alize. Neilpryde is known within the windsurfing community for its knowledge of carbon fiber and aerodynamics—so, maybe not what you think of when you think “commuter bike.” To which Kevin says, “On top of getting back and forth to work I love going on long, hard rides, and this bike will help me achieve both.”

We asked Kevin about his decision to make the trade.

WABA: Trading your car in for a bike could be considered crazy by some people. Why did you do it?
Kevin: Really, because owning a car in D.C. is a pain in the ass, and driving it can be even worse. It is just not practical for me right now. I was fed up with paying for parking and still getting parking tickets. I even got a parking ticket on the last day I had my vehicle, the day it was picked up for donation.

WABA: Why are you a bicyclist? Why do you choose to get around D.C. on a bike?
Kevin: First and foremost, it is fun. I really enjoy riding my bike back and forth from work everyday. It is quick: It only takes me about 15 minutes to get from my home to work. And finally, it is cheap. A properly maintained bike will cost you next to nothing to keep running for the year.

WABA: What’s the first word that comes to your head when I say “bicycle”?
Kevin: Lifestyle

WABA: Tell how you got started biking.
Kevin: Mine dates back to my freshman year in college. I may have partied a little too hard that first year, and I was kicked off campus for breaking a few rules…I moved a few miles away from campus and was forced to bike back and forth everyday. After that, it just stuck. I started doing longer rides for enjoyment, and I would like to think I have been a pretty serious cyclist ever since.

WABA: If you had to go back, would you do it again?
Kevin: I wouldn’t change a thing. Bicycling has changed my life and have introduced me to many of my closest friends. I may have convinced myself to start wearing a helmet a little earlier, only because I had a few close calls that could have changed things significantly.

WABA: And lastly, how do you promote bicycling in your everyday life?
Kevin: I have promised to live my life without owning a car for the next year.  I have started a blog called carfreedc.tumblr.com, that I will use to document this adventure.  I would like to show people that it is easy to get around town without a car or without using public transportation. I would like to share the tricks of the trade I have and hopefully inspire some people who may have not considered biking prior to this that it is really a great option for a means of transportation.

Car-for-Bike Trader Kevin Hayes

Kevin’s story is pretty inspiring. We know many of our members live the car-light life, but for those that don’t: consider trading just one car trip for a bike trip. And we hope all our car-free superstars are gently encouraging their friends and family to try biking for transportation.

Your Photos From Tour de Fat

Last Saturday’s Tour de Fat—with its edict of crazy costumes for all and a full slate of entertainment and performances—provided great fodder for photographs. We’ll post a more formal recap later in the week, but for now, enjoy the festivities as captured by a number of local photographers. (Go below the jump!)

Did you take photos at Tour de Fat? Add them to our Flickr pool!

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