New Belgium's Tour de Fat - Nashville

Tour de Fat is a daylong festival in the park that celebrates the bicycle, showcases New Belgium beers and provides eclectic and engaging entertainment for all. It’s a free event, but all proceeds from beer sales goes to local nonprofits. In Nashville the benefiting nonprofits are Sound Forest and Walk/Bike Nashville & Ride for Reading. Over its course, Tour de Fat has raised more than $2 million for nonprofit organizations.

Each festival kicks off with a bicycle parade through city streets in celebration of the bike. Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory—though the truly aware come prepared. Each parade route is designed for people of all skill levels, wrapping up at the park for a day of both sensory stimulation and relaxation. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/nashville.aspx.

Join us after the parade at Centennial Park for the pinnacle of Tour de Fat, the ceremonious car-for-bike swap. At each of the 15 Tour de Fat stops, one person will become the center of the show as he or she gets up on stage, hands over their car keys, and pledges to live one year car-free. Car-for-Bike Swappers are chosen after submitting an application describing why they are ready to give up their vehicle for the gift of two wheels. If you are interested in being the center of the show for this amazing cause, click on this link for more information: www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/tradeyourcar.aspx.

Parade registration is from 9-11 a.m.
Parade itself is from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Revival is from 12-5 p.m.
RSVP (optional) on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/441931009220741/

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  • Cheryl

    A robust turnout—significantly larger than last year's. Nashville's biking community seems to be growing and that's splendid news.

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Eric

    Tour de Fat is always a lot of fun. 'Here Come the Mummy's" are playing! Be sure to signup for the bike parade.

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Adams C.

    Hi All, in addition to David's 9:30 AM Battle of Nashville monument ride to the TDF, there are 5 other groups meeting up in different areas of town and riding in together. Feel free to join in on any of them or just come to Centennial Park at 10:00 to get in on the parade. Details below:

    Meet ups:
    http://goo.gl/maps/W6ng4

    Bicentennial Park/Germantown
    Ride leaves at 9:15am

    Eastside Cycles/Five Points
    Ride leaves at 9:15am

    Halcyon Bike Shop/12th South
    Ride leaves at 9:30am

    Local Taco/Sylvan Park
    Ride leaves at 9:30am

    The Hub/Edgehill Village
    Ride leaves at 9:45am

    If folks are interested in congregating at Centennial before the parade, the Bike Valet area by the Nashville B-cycle kiosk could be a good area- it is close to the parade start but slightly removed from the chaos. Even if you don't track down other slow riders at the Tour de Fat, you'll have a great time and probably make a few new friends!

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • heather

    Anyone live in the sylvan park area? I am planning on biking from my house. Would love to meet up with the group. what about at the entrance to the beer area? That could be an easy spot to find.

    June 18, 2013

  • Carey R.

    Here is the Facebook page with the schedule and start points for rides to the event.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/497563010313107/

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am I the only one planning on going for just the festival/beer? Are calm dogs welcome?

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • jim

    I will just wing it. If the weather is good I will most likely park at work, the Outback building, and ride over. I will have on my warrior dash shirt if anyone spots me. I will come into the park from the 31st ave side.

    June 18, 2013

  • David S.

    Google for pics of past year's Tours - you'll get an eyefull. Last year Nashville's event drew over 2000 cyclists.

    June 18, 2013

  • David S.

    Jim, it's fun but organised confusion at the Tour de Fat, with lots of people everywhere... can't think of a practical way to stand out in the crowd... if you have an idea of a specific place to gather, go ahead and post it, and we can try to find you.

    June 18, 2013

  • David S.

    Some of us will be meeting at the Battle of Nashville Memorial Park for the 5 mile ride to Centennial Park. It's at the corner of Granny White Pike and Battlefield Drive. We will meet by 9:30 and depart at 9:30 AM sharp. We will be riding slowly, and expect to get to registration about 10:00 AM. Please join us for the ride if you like.

    June 12, 2013

    • jim

      Hi David, I work near the park so I may park here and ride over or come on to the park since I don't know how long I will be hanging around. Do you have a banner or a place where you gather at the park?

      June 17, 2013

  • Donna H S.

    Wow. This sounds like a lot if fun

    June 16, 2013

  • Donna H S.

    Wow. This sounds like a lot if fun

    June 16, 2013

  • David S.

    Typo: We'll depart at 9:35 AM sharp.

    June 12, 2013

  • jim

    Hello group. This sounds like fun. Do ya'll gather for the parade also?

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you say 1554?

    May 28, 2013

2,000 went

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