Yesterday Nashville had the honor of being the first stop on the 2012 Tour de Fat. The perfect weather, and the fact that it was the Tour’s second year here (word has spread!) made for a huge turnout. Although these two people were my favorite attendees.
Me and my parents at the TDF
Yes, my parents came up from Alabama for the Tour, because they’re cool like that. (Thanks, LJ, for taking this photo!)
The crowd at the start
I’m not sure that Nashville has totally embraced the opportunity for weirdness that is the TDF (I know my “costume,” basically just a vintage-y looking outfit, left something to be desired) but there were a few standouts in the crowd.
This year, without the scorching heat, we were able to stay for most of the festival after the ride and enjoy beer, sandwiches from Sloco (while pitying the fools who were standing in the interminable line for the Grilled Cheeserie) and the entertainment on the stage.
Shift is pretty delicious
Not sure what is going on here...
Dad enjoys the pedal fan
Nashville's Parthenon always makes for a dramatic background
While watching a couple hundred people see someone trade their bike for a car, the true importance of the Tour de Fat really hit home for me. I’m sure at least some of those people just came for the beer and the party, but they left with the impression that there is a large, vocal, fun and cool community of people who consider cycling a valid mode of transportation.
The "car" effigy that is traded for a bike
Last year's car-for-bike trader, Chris Sweeney, delivers a stirring speech
Plus, some awesome nonprofits like Walk/Bike Nashville, the Oasis Center and Soundforest made a lot of money (if the crowd at the merch stand and the beer tents were any indication…and I think they were).
Dad, mom and me
If the Tour de Fat comes to your town: GO. And bring your parents. They’ll have fun.