Cycling Circus 'Tour de Fat' Rolls into Seattle

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Grab your cruiser bike and slip into your alter-ego because New Belgium’s philanthropic cycling circus Tour de Fat is hitting the road for its sixth season! The roadshow series makes its stop in Seattle on Saturday, August 12, 2006. After being gone from Seattle for three years, the Tour is psyched to be back in the Emerald City! The event is slated along with ten other cities across the West throughout the summer.

Grab your cruiser bike and slip into your alter-ego because New Belgium’s philanthropic cycling circus Tour de Fat is hitting the road for its sixth season! The roadshow series makes its stop in Seattle on Saturday, August 12, 2006. After being gone from Seattle for three years, the Tour is psyched to be back in the Emerald City! The event is slated along with ten other cities across the West throughout the summer.

Tour de Fat brings together bike enthusiasts and bon vivants of every stripe in an all-out ballyhoo of bikes and beer. Costumes and decorated bikes are the rule as the participants come for a casual ride, good music and entertainment, then stay, of course, for the beer.

Amid the hoopla, Tour de Fat also raises money for local charities. The Seattle event is a FUNdraiser for the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, the local program that advocates for bicyclists. The program contributes to a bike-friendly Washington by pushing for safety legislation and design policies and runs programs including the Bike Buddy Program and the Metro Lost Bikes.

Tour de Fat’s goal is to recycle and divert as much waste as possible at the event. At each event on the Tour, participants help keep around 85% of the total trash out of the local landfills by composting the used beer cups and paper plates and recycling plastic water bottles and soda bottles. In addition, bands play from a solar-powered stage and the entire crew travels on B100 biodiesel fuel.

“Tour de Fat is a hair-raising, high-flying, death-defying show of incredible bike silliness and skill,” said Chris Winn, Event Evangelist. “You come out to the park, hang out with your friends, ride bikes and drink a little beer. At the end of the day, you’ve done your community some good just by having fun.”

What: Tour de Fat

When: Saturday, August 12

Where: Adobe Quadrant in Fremont

Time:

11:00 a.m. – Cruiser Bike Parade

12:00 - 6:00 p.m. – Bands and Beer

Bring: Your bike, the wildest costume you can put together, a smile and your happiest attitude ever!

Bands:

MarchFourth Marching Band

Check ‘em out at http://www.marchfourthmarchingband.com and make it a date!

Drums and Tuba (http://www.drumsandtuba.com)

Don’t miss their exuberant abstractions and soundscapes!

Sideshows:    

The Handsome Little Devils (http://www.handsomelittledevils.com/)

These media darlings are no small production. Check out their site and then come see them in action.

The Yard Dogs Road Show (http://www.yarddogsroadshow.com)

A traveling cabaret that brings the old-fashioned circus with burlesque and theater and fuses it with today’s pop culture.

All of this and bikes, too? ONLY at Tour de Fat.

Can’t join us in Seattle? Here are the other Tour De Fat Dates for the 2006 “cycle”:

July 8: Frisco, CO

July 22: San Francisco, CA

July 29: Truckee, CA

Aug. 19: Portland, OR

Aug. 26: Boise, ID

Sept. 2: Missoula, MT

Sept. 16: Durango, CO

Sept. 23: Fort Collins, CO

Sept. 30: Flagstaff, AZ

Oct. 21: Tempe, AZ

For more information on Tour de Fat, please visit http://www.newbelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces six year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit http://www.newbelgium.com.

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