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Bikes, Beer, and People Dressed Like Bananas

September 14, 2010

The coolest event on Earth? Probably.

How was your weekend? Bet it wasn’t as cool as mine.

I checked out New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat on its stop in Denver. Named for New Belgium’s signature Fat Tire beer, the event consists of a costumed ride around town, which culminates in a whimsical festival of beer, music, and general bicycle shenanigans.

There’s a win-a-New-Belgium cruiser contest, a car-for-bike trade celebration, and something called a “silent disco,” which sounds hysterical. The Denver event was sponsored by local groups Bike Denver, Denver Cruisers, and the Derailer Bicycle Collective.

I know I’ve bragged on New Belgium before, but this event is so cool, I can’t not write about it.

I didn’t have the prescience to sign up for the ride, but I didn’t let that stop me from attending the festival with some friends. We walked from the home of a friend who lives near City Park, where the event took place. During the three-block trip, probably 30 bicyclists passed by on the street.

To reach the booths and tents, we weaved through a field full of bikes, locked together in friendly little clusters. Every kind—road bikes, mountain bikes, touring bikes, cruisers, racers, hybrids, single speeds, fixies, and everything in between. Some were decorated with streamers and signs, some sported American flags, some had beer coolers strapped to their racks.

It was instant euphoria for any cyclist—or beer lover.

We made our way to the beer tent and waited in line behind Where’s Waldo (glad we spotted him early!) and a fantastical butterfly. From our spot in line, we caught glimpses of Wonder Woman, a group of bananas, and a guy

dressed as a pair of pants.

With Ranger IPAs in hand, we plopped down to watch a music act on one of the four stages. It was a guy playing cello and singing Dave Matthews-style. Some people got up and danced in the grass. Others lounged and pointed out the best costumes. A beer and a half deep, we cross-our-hearts promised one another that we’d ride next year.

Now the only question is what my costume should be. Any suggestions?


2 Comments leave one →
  1. pawl permalink
    September 14, 2010 9:13 pm

    I love this event. I’ve only been able to go once since living in pdx, and I’ve always wanted to enter the slowest bike race; who can take the longest time to go 10 feet on your bike, beer in hand.
    I’ve been practicing.

  2. avaerewyck permalink
    September 20, 2010 3:28 pm

    Maybe you should get one of your slow-riding practice sessions on film. I’ll totally post it on NCG!

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