Nearly $35,000 for Local Bicycling Nonprofits
World-Class Entertainment and Bicycle Love Brought out 5,000 People;
Event Grew by 122% Since Last Year
Ft. Collins, CO, June 27, 2013 – Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement, raised nearly $35,000 for Nashville bicycling nonprofits last Saturday, June 22. About 5,000 bicycle and beer enthusiasts came to Centennial Park for the event and 1,200 people participated in the bike parade.
Although it is free to attend Tour de Fat, proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from bike parade participants went to local nonprofits. The beneficiaries this year are Sound Forest, (www.soundforest.org), Walk/Bike Nashville (http://www.walkbikenashville.org) and Ride For Reading (http://www.rideforreading.com/?page_id=482).
“Why is Nashville so fortunate to revel in Centennial Park, dancing, singing, riding and drinking? Because New Belgium Brewing wishes to help raise money for local nonprofits to enhance the Nashville bicycle community and help our bike culture grow stronger,” said Thomas Solinsky from SoundForest. “What better way to do this than throw a giant party that is free for all to attend and invite the entire city to join in the fun? The Mayor was there, Robin Williams was there, and everyday people like you and I were there. And everyone walked (or rode) away feeling great about what they saw!”
A highlight of every Tour de Fat stop is the car-for-bike swap where one person commits to commute by bike for the next year. Ayzit Doydum is this year’s swapper from Nashville.
“Winning this opportunity to trade in my car for a bike will be a great way for me live how I want: in harmony with nature, my city, and myself,” shared Ayzit. “As far as I'm concerned, this is a win-win-win situation!”
Details from the event:
Date: Saturday, June 22
Location: Centennial Park
Attendance: 5,000 bicycle and beer enthusiasts (up from 2,250 last year), 1,200 participants in the bike parade (up from 750 last year)
Money raised: $34,687
Waste Diversion: 84.07%
Sound Forest, (www.soundforest.org)
Walk/Bike Nashville (http://www.walkbikenashville.org)
Ride For Reading (http://www.rideforreading.com/?page_id=482).
Here Come The Mummies (https://herecomethemummies.com/home)
Rayland Baxter (www.raylandbaxter.com/)
Musician's Corner (http://musicianscornernashville.com)
See www.facebook.com/TourDeFat to follow the 12-city adventure, read the Tour de Fat credo, access schedules, watch videos and submit an entry to swap your gas-guzzler for a fancy new bicycle.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100 percent employee owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.