Thanks to all who attended and volunteered at the 2014 Durham Tour de Fat!
Press release from New Belgium follows below:
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, which are all focused on making Durham a better place to ride, are BikeWalk NC (https://www.facebook.com/BikeWalkNCPlaceholder), Triangle Spokes (http://www.trianglespokesgroup.org) and Durham Bike Co-Op (http://www.durhambikecoop.org).
“The 2014 Durham Tour de Fat was the best ever,” said Bill Bussey of BikeWalk NC. “We had seasonable weather, super volunteers, a great show, lots more participants and plenty of cold beer. Everyone was having a great time in the Bull City! The funds raised will go a long way in making the Triangle and North Carolina a better place to ride a bike.”
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. Susan Stephens is this year’s swapper from Durham.
“I’m stoked to have this voice for cycling,” said Stephens. “The new bike is a boon, but I’m more thrilled to have focus on taking cars off the roads. My plan is to empower kids by sharing the freedom and independence of cycling, connecting the effort on the pedals to their journey in life.”
Details from the event:
Saturday, June 21
Diamond View Park
4,000 bike-riding philanthropists; 1,000 bike parade participants
$25,243 (up $5,234 from 2013)
Waste Diversion Rate:
Visit http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat for more information on the 10-city adventure.
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% 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, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.