New Belgium Brewing Company – Tour De Fat – San Francisco:
“Grab your bike and slip into your alter-ego because New Belgium’s philanthropic cycling circus Tour de Fat is hitting the road for its seventh season! Costumes and decorated bikes reign supreme 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.”
Well – You Missed it!:
On 22 July 2007, I visited the Fat Tire Beer – Tour De Fat. I witnessed an “of the hook” performance by of the Yard Dog Road Show, watched others test ride the latest bike inventions, giggled at the costumes, sampled the New Belgium Portfolio of beers, and then .. . . I caught a glimpse at the Harley of Bikes …..
Now this is no ordinary bike!
Inside of that red & green seat bag is a PA that possess more than enough power to rock the house. “DJ Fossil Fuel” rides the bike, generates the power, sings & raps, and is very pleasing to watch. You’ll definitely want to check him out at the Bicycle Music Festival.
Bicycle Music Festival organizers Gabe Dominguez and Paul Freedman are the leaders in the young field of human powered music. Dominguez toured 700 miles through Utah in April & May of 2007 with his band SHAKE YOUR PEACE!, using a human-powered P/A system. Audiences were thrilled to volunteer their leg power, both at the shows and in the giant touring “Caravan” as the band and audience rode together from city to city. Freedman’s Soul Cycle mobile audio systems have appeared on BBC1 television and the San Francisco Chronicle, and will be featured in the August edition of Make Magazine. His company, Rock the Bike, supplied and sponsored the Human Power capability for the SHAKE YOUR PEACE! touring rig.
Best of Show!:
After chatting up Ed Dopman & Jamie Mastin of New Belgium Brewing Company, and slurping down three Skinny Dips, I ventured away from the beer garden and began to search out the most appealing characters & costumes. Here’s to the “best show.”
And there’s still time to lube the chain an visit the Tour De Fat. Check out the venue:
Truckee – July 29
Seattle – August 12
Portland – August 19
Boise – August 26
Missoula – September 2
Durango – September 16
Ft. Collins – September 23
Flagstaff – September 30
Tempe – October 21
So if you’ve attended the Tour De Fat or have attended my Fat Tire Beer Charity Fundraising Beer Bust , or just want to send out some love – send a thanks out to Brew Meister Jamie Mastin, Ed Dopman, & the Fat Tire Beer Team for their continued support towards charity bike rides, and charity benefits, and for their product sponsorships by clicking on their logo.
Wishing the best of all possible worlds,