Tour de Fat promises a parade, performances and plenty of fun

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The Tour de Fat at Waterfront Park
last year.
(Photos © J. Maus)

New Belgium’s Tour de Fat is set to take over Waterfront Park in Portland this Saturday. The event has been traveling all over the western U.S. in recent months and now it’s Portland’s turn to party.

Things kick off with what is sure to be one of the year’s best bike parades (starts at 11:00am, but get there early to register).

After the parade, the beer will start flowing and the performances begin. This year they’ll have the soulful and classy singing band Paper Bird and the raucously wonderful March Fourth Marching Band.

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The “Carpocalypse” funeral
procession in San Fran.

Then, for the second year in a row, Portland’s own bike dance crew the Sprockettes will take over. The Sprockettes have been following the tour all year, and have already wowed crowds at Tour de Fat stops in San Francisco, Truckee and Seattle. The ladies in pink are in prime form and this is a great chance to see them in action.

In addition to the usual bike competitions and freak bike corral that are always a hit, this year organizers have planned a tongue-in-cheek “Carpocalypse Now” funeral procession. I saw this happen down in San Francisco and it’s not to be missed. The mock funeral is done for the car of one lucky Portlander who has decided to trade in their car keys for a new, custom-made bike.

To see what’s in store, check out my slideshow from Tour de Fat 2007.

    Tour de Fat – Portland
    Saturday, August 16
    Waterfront Park (North of the Hawthorne Street Bridge)

    Schedule:
    10:00 a.m. – Bike Parade Registration
    11:00 a.m. – Bike Parade
    12:00 p.m. – Performances Begin
    12:30 p.m. – “Slow-Down or Throw-Down” Slow-Ride Competition
    2:30 p.m. – “Carpocalypse Now” – Funeral procession for the car belonging to the Car-for-Bike Trade volunteer
    4:30 p.m. – Car-for-Bike Trade Celebration
    5:00 p.m. – Curtain Closes

And by the way, if a very well-run and entertaining event is not enough for you, consider that the whole thing is a fundraiser for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and the Portland United Mountain Pedalers (PUMP).

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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Paolo
Paolo
15 years ago

Oh man I had a good car to trade…..
Where do you sign up?

maxadders
maxadders
15 years ago

Portland\’s already bursting at the seams with the \”fun\” side of bike culture (MMR, Zoobomb, naked rides, PedalPalooza, etc). Why should I attend? I went to TdF last year, psyched, and then left after 30 minutes– I can see this stuff nearly any day by looking out my front window.

The least they could do is charge a little less than full-price for a cup of beer ($4 is more expensive than most bars!). Same goes for the RedBull Flugtag. Their big multi-city promotional event wouldn\’t look so fun without 50,000 spectators standing around. But the vendors were out in full-force anyway, charging money to drink the product I\’ve shown up to watch people celebrate. Hmmmmmmm…

mmann
mmann
15 years ago

watching my son riding the shoe bike last year was a definite highlight. Wouldn\’t miss it for anything. I\’m in.

BURR
BURR
15 years ago

max = bike fun killjoy. If you don\’t buy beer the whole thing is FREE, if you do buy beer it supports the BTA and PUMP. If nothing else come down and ride in the parade!!!

Neil
Neil
15 years ago

Is March Fourth Marching Band the same band as last year? I really enjoyed last years performance.

Grimm
Grimm
15 years ago

There is a crit in the morning. Hopefully catch the tour on the way back through town for a bit.

Morgan
Morgan
15 years ago

too bad the beer sucks

Blue Paddle...
Blue Paddle...
15 years ago

Blue Paddle pilsner is light and refreshing, best for after-bike…

Dan
Dan
15 years ago

At #7 – Fat Tire is truly a disappointing beer, I don\’t understand why it\’s so popular. Given that we\’re here in Oregon, we can do much better… http://www.bikesnbrew.com

SkidMark
15 years ago

I don\’t like Fat Tire either, but I do like their new one, Mighty Arrow. I also like 1554.

Joe
Joe
15 years ago

im drinkin fat tire, recovery after hard efforts.

this looks to the main reason why i ride,
change is good and great thoughts are =.