News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


No Tour de Fat this year at Gas Works

March 29th, 2011 by master

Bummer news for beer lovers and bicyclists: New Belgium’s Tour de Fat won’t stop at Wallingford’s Gas Works Park (or anywhere in Seattle) this year.

We learned through Seattle Bike Blog that the popular traveling festival, which has stopped in Seattle for the past 11 years, will skip both our town and bike-crazy Portland. The explanation appeared on The Tour de Fat’s Facebook page:

After eleven years in Seattle and six years in Portland, the Tour de Fat is moving on to spread the bike love to Durham, NC and Nashville, TN. Seattle and Portland, your bike scenes are idyllic (big love) and you’ve had a huge impact on shaping the Tour de Fat over the years. This year we will be spreading the bike culture we all share to new parts of the country where it’s still developing. Thank you for all the good times and great memories.

See our coverage of last year’s Tour here.

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Tour de Fat rolls into Gas Works

July 31st, 2010 by master

A parade of hundreds of cyclists (many costumed) on bikes of every stripe cruised from Gas Works Park through Fremont and back to power up the Tour de Fat.

Tour de Fat is a traveling carnival and beerfest that New Belgium Brewing stages each summer in cities across the country to promote travel by bicycle and sustainability. This event was co-sponsored by Bicycle Alliance of Washington and BikeWorks.

One of the most popular areas was the art bike corral (“Rideable Art-icles”), where anyone willing to don a helmet could take a spin on whimsical welded contraptions.

The day culminates with a car-for-bike swap, with great fanfare. See that story, “Wallingfordian Trades Car for Bike at Tour de Fat.”

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