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An afternoon in Golden Gate Park of beer, music & bike mayhem
By - posted 9/13/2014 No Comment

Get ready for another wild, wonky day of bike philanthropy, beer, bikes and bemusement as New Belgium’s Tour de Fat 2014 stops in San Franicsco with live music, strange bicycle mayhem, lots of beer, and lots of recycling and composting.

2014 Tour de Fat
Saturday, September 13, 2014 | Noon to 5 pm
Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park (near 30th Ave & JFK)
FREE, but an RSVP is appreciated

The event kicks off at 11 am with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through Golden Gate Park followed by eclectic entertainment from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and headliner Reggie Watts, internationally renowned musician, beatboxer and comedian.

2014 Event Schedule

  • 10 am — Parade Registration
  • 11 am — Parade Launch
  • Noon — Fashion (Best Costumes of the Tour de Fat)
  • 12:20 pm — The Reals Band
  • 1:20 pm — The Slow Ride Race
  • 1:40 pm — The Handsome Little Devils
  • 2:30 pm — Car for Bike Trade
  • 2:45 pm —Yo-Yo People
  • 3:35 pm — 1,000 Person Dance Contest – winner receives a New Belgium cruiser bike
  • 4 pm — Reggie Watts
  • 5 pm – Finale

11 am | Bike Parade (10 am registration)
What is a bike celebration without a bike ride? The day will be kicked-off with you in your San Francisco best at 11 am (parade registration begins at 10 am) for a fun and frolicking ride through Golden Gate Park. The optional $5 ride donation goes to support the bicycle advocacy work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Costumes are enthusiastically encouraged.

12-5 pm | Afternoon Ballyhoo
Two parts bike rodeo and one part circus, starting at 11 am, there will be fire-jumping bike acts, cycling games, live music, tasty eats and great beer, of course, and all proceeds go to benefit two great nonprofits: the SF Bicycle Coalition & the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council.

2014 Entertainment:

  • Reggie Watts – internationally renowned vocalist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian/ improvisor, wows audiences with his unpredictable performances.
  • Yo-Yo People – This husband and wife duo brings back the nostalgic toy, reminding the crowd of their old favorite yo-yo tricks and amazing everyone with new and bizarre tricks.
  • Slow Bike Race – Exactly what it sounds like – who can ride their bikes the slowest without falling over?
  • Car for Bike Swap – Seriously, one lucky car owner will exchange their car for a fully-rigged commuter bike worth $2,250.

What about families and dogs? There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, so bring the lil’ ones out with you. Dogs are welcome, but as with any large public event, please only bring pawed pals with a lot of experience at loud, crowded events.

Tour de Fat is proud to be a model of total self-sustainability in the form of an all solar/b100 biodiesel fueled event; they collect about 300 pounds of compost, 70 pounds of recycling, and last year, had only 12 pounds of trash generated by 6,500 attendees.