Tour de Fat 2010

I joined more than 8,000 people riding in the Tour de Fat parade in Fort Collins on Saturday. Tour de Fat = tailgating + Halloween + bicycle parade + music festival.

I went last year with my sister, who is a senior at Colorado State. This year, the CSU/CU-Boulder rivalry game was held in Denver on the same day, taking my sister and many other college kids with her.

I went down Friday and stayed with Stefanie, a good friend from college who’s well on her way to a Ph.D. from CSU. We woke up earrrrrrly to get “dressed” in our mad/lazy/crazy housewife outfits: muumuus, robes, curlers, slippers. Total cost for both outfits: $6 during a Salvation Army sale. We biked about 5 miles to a house party for mimosas and warm zucchini coffee cake.

It actually took a lot of time to look like we just rolled out of bed.

The ride to the New Belgium Brewery wasn’t far, but when we got there, we hit a wall of bikers.

Stopped at a light.

We cut around the crowds and got to a spot further down where the crowd thinned. We settled into a spot behind Peter Pan and Tinkerbell and next to a guy blasting classic jams out of a speaker on a cart behind his bike.

After the parade, we met Stef’s friends at Steakout to watch football. The three games pleased everyone in the group: Iowa/EIU, Mizzou/UIUC and CSU/CU. Two wins, two drinks, half a cheeseburger and a ton of fries later, we walked back down to the brewery to catch the end of the post-race festival.

More than a dozen warped bikes were available for people to try.

We heard an awesome band from Chicago — Mucca Pazza, which describes itself as a “circus punk marching band.” It reminded me of klezmer+big band. The stage was packed with at least 20 musicians dressed in marching band and cheerleader uniforms.

The whole day made us too tired to do more than shower, eat and watch a movie. So that’s what we did. Sunday was another early morning for me because I had to be back in Casper for the fantasy football draft. A whirlwind trip to Colorado, but well worth it for a one-of-a-kind event and quality time with an old friend.

06. September 2010 by Jackie B
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