It was that time of year again this past Saturday â€“â€“ time to bring out old boxes of Halloween costumes and goofy outfits to suit up for this yearâ€™s annual Tour de Fat, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company.
Starting at the gates of the local brewery, dubbed the Mothership, thousands set off on a bike parade tour through Old Town and City Park that was about five miles long.
With particpants dressed to look like anything from bananas to gnomes, drag queens to sports stars, the 10-year-old event ended with a festival remnant of whimsical bohemia with stages and vendors.
All proceeds from the sale of beer tokens for Choice City-brews went to three local charities: Bike Fort Collins, The Bike Co-op and Overland Mountain Bike Club. Each association came together with hundreds of volunteers to put on the event.
Lt. Hal Dean from Fort Collins Police Services said 30 tickets were issued this year. Most of those citations pertained to open container violations during the parade and festival.
With much of CSUâ€™s student body cheering on the Rams football team at the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown, incidents with students were kept to a minimum, Dean said.
The philanthropic tour began in 2000 as a way to promote bike use and to support local agencies that do the same. It has raised more than $1.5 million for bike charities, as well as supported host citiesâ€™ economies by attracting people from around the country.
Charlie Cannon, who was dressed as a ballerina and traveled from Denver for the event, said he would try to make the trip for the 2011 event next September.
Staff writer Justin Rampy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about New Belgium
Upcoming seasonal beers:
Hoptober: August through October
2 Below: November through January
New Belgium tours:
Tours are scheduled in advance and run Tuesday through Saturday. For a full list of available tours visit http://newbelgium.com.