This Saturday's Tour de Fat in Denver to Benefit Bike Denver and Denver Cruisers

From New Belgium: New Belgium Brewing’s cycling circus, Tour de Fat, is coming back to Denver for one day on Saturday, September 8 at City Park. Tour de Fat rookies and veterans alike are encouraged to grab a bike and join us for a whimsical day of entertainment and two-wheeled revelry, all while raising money for Bike Denver and Denver Cruisers.
For those who haven’t experienced Tour de Fat, it is a thrilling rite of passage that includes an unparalleled costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eccentric entertainment, local food, unusual bike contests and much more.

The Bike Parade begins at 10 am from the West side of City Park, but be there early to register.

The pinnacle of Tour de Fat is the ceremonious car-for-bike trade. At each Tour de Fat, one person becomes the center of the show as he or she gets up on stage, hands over car keys, and pledges to live one year car-free. Tour de Fat is now seeking volunteers to accept the swapper challenge. Each car-for-bike swapper will choose a local bike shop to help them turn their $2,250.00 budget into their ultimate car-replacement commuter bike. The cars will be auctioned by Vehicles for Charity, with proceeds to benefit local cycling organizations.

Swappers are chosen after submitting an application that describes why they are willing to trade in their vehicle for a shiny new bicycle. To submit an entry, go to the New Belgium Tour de Fat Facebook page (, click on events and your city of choice, and upload your application video. Applications may also be written and sent to:

A few tidbits about Tour de Fat:

Start sewing, collecting and dreaming up something to wear as Tour de Fat encourages embracing your inner costume-loving self. Come dressed up to help put on the most colorful, respectful and creative bike parade ever witnessed in each city.

Tour de Fat seeks to leave as small an environmental imprint as possible and composts and recycles waste. Bring only what you need and watch for proper receptacles. We’ll do the rest!

All performers grab your attention from alternatively empowered stages decked out in recycled materials; trucks and transport use biofuel sourced from recycled waste oils; and all vendors operate off the grid.

This is a pro-bike celebration, not an anti-car rally. Non-cyclists are more than welcome to join the festivities.

Schedule de Fat

9:00 AM - Parade Registration

9:45AM - Rhymanese Twins Parade Launch

10:00 AM - Bike Parade

11:00 AM - Devil Dan Show (main stage)

11:30 AM - Yo- Yo People (sideshow stage)

12:20 PM - Slow Ride (sideshow stage)

12:00 PM - The Cleverlys (main stage)

12:40 PM - Squirm Burpee Circus (sideshow stage)

1:30 PM - That One Guy (main stage)

1:40 PM - SssssnakenStein (sideshow stage)

2:30 PM - Car for Bike Trade (main stage)

3:00 PM - Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds (main stage)

3:50 PM - De Finale!

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Over $60,000 Raised!

From Bike Denver to their volunteers:

WOW!!! Utterly Amazing!! Wonderful! Fun! Fantastic! Spectacular! The list of superlatives that describe all of you volunteers for last Saturday's Tour de Fat is virtually endless! It was the largest crowd ever and you didn't miss a beat! Thanks to your dedication, participation and obvious good humor BikeDenver raised over $60,000+ towards our mission to to promote and encourage bicycling as an energy efficient, non-polluting, healthy and enjoyable transportation alternative in and around Denver. YAY!