On Saturday, I went to New Belgium’s Tour de Fat festival during its one-day stop in Chicago. For those who are not familiar with the Tour, it’s basically a gloriously goofy celebration of bike culture and craft beer. It also raises money for bike non-profits local to each city – the highly deserving West Town Bikes for Chicago.
My festival story must begin with this sneaker bike. Yup, sneaker bike, a beautifully grotesque creature. Too much fun, right? Yeah, because after doing one lap around the ring, I wiped out spectacularly (kinda like that guy in the background). Totally worth it.
That was after Megan and I tried and failed to ride an extremely odd tandem – if you could even call it that.
I wasn’t the only one checking out the franken-bikes. Ash and Rico also took their turns.
Later at the main stage, there was a slow bike race. As in, whoever gets to the finish line last without stopping wins. I think Coco and I could have been real contenders, but she was too lazy to try.
Apparently, she has nothing to prove. Instead we drank beer served to us by Stephanie (thanks!).
Jami twisted amazing balloon creations (not as deviously as she looks in this photo).
And others wore them very chicly.
Mr. Dottie posed for a rare photo.
Finally, a group of us headed to nearby Lula Cafe for lunch and drinks, which was the perfect way to end a hot day.
The Tour de Fat is always lots of fun, plus it’s an unusual and inexpensive way to spend the day outdoors while benefiting deserving non-profits. Highly recommended!
I plan to be there again next year, just like I was last year and the year before.
Check to see if the Tour de Fat is coming to your area. If so, you should put it on your calendar!
Stay tuned for Trisha’s story of the Nashville Tour de Fat next week!