Take the atmosphere of San Francisco’s Bay To Breakers 12K run. Mix in the engineering creativity of the Burning Man festival. Put everyone on a bicycle.
Now add beer.
And you’ve got yourself a party, Fort Collins, CO-style.
Every year this normally sleepy little college town, home of Colorado State University, transforms into the wildest bike festival in the nation, courtesy of the New Belgium Brewery, headquartered here.
It’s called the Tour de Fat, named somewhat after the famous Tour de France bike race and NBB’s most popular flavour of beer, Fat Tire. All proceeds from beer sales are donated to bicycle-themed non-profits.
NBB hosts a dozen Tour de Fat festivals in cities across the nation: Atlanta; Washington D.C.; Durham, N.C.; Nashville; Chicago; Minneapolis; Boise; Denver; San Francisco; San Diego and Tempe, AZ. So there’s still time to catch one.
The driver of this car didn't know about the parade. She was stuck at that intersection for about an hour until police came and rescued her.
This is a family friendly event, with kids everywhere, even though some of them look pretty confused by the spectacle.
After the festival ends, costumed people slam the restaurants and roam the streets. It's like a Tim Burton movie come to life.
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