Ballyhoo of bikes and beer hits Frisco |

Ballyhoo of bikes and beer hits Frisco

Daily Staff Report

FRISCO – Grab your bike and slip into your alter ego because New Belgium’s philanthropic cycling circus Tour de Fat is hitting the road. The roadshow series begins in Frisco on July 8.The Tour de Fat brings together bike enthusiasts and bon vivants of every stripe in an all-out ballyhoo of bikes and beer. Costumes and decorated bikes reign supreme as the participants come for a casual ride, good music and entertainment, then stay for the beer. Amid the hoopla, Tour de Fat also raises money for local charities. The Frisco event will raise funds for Summit Flight for Life, the local program that responds to the medical needs of Summit County residents and airlifts patients to St. Anthony Hospital. The event will also raise funds for the High Country Conservation Center, which will be managing the zero-waste efforts this year.Last year, the Frisco Tour de Fat attracted more than 500 Fat Tire fanatics who raised $3,850 for the Summit County Fat Tire Society, and $500 for Summit Flight for Life. Additionally, Summit County Recycling also raised $500 by helping the Tour divert waste from the event. Team Tour de Fat composted 100 pounds of beer cups and paper plates and recycled 70 pounds of plastic water and soda bottles. At the end of the event, 85 percent of the total Tour de Fat waste was kept out of landfills. Even the generators and transportation vehicles are biodiesel. “Tour de Fat is a hair-raising, high-flying, death-defying show of incredible bike silliness and skill,” said Chris Winn, event organizer. “You come out to the park, hang out with your friends, ride bikes and drink a little beer. At the end of the day, you’ve done your community some good just by having fun.” Vail, Colorado

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