I mentioned in a previous post that the Tour de Fat has been cancelled for 2008. And, most likely, beyond.
The bash of bands, bad wigs and binge drinking known as Tour de Fat won’t be coming to Flagstaff this fall, and possibly won’t ever return.
Finding Wheeler Park too small, the growing crowds too drunk and the overall scene too dangerous, New Belgium Brewing Company is pulling the plug on its bicycle extravaganza, saying they’ve lost support at City Hall.
…”As more and more folks discover the TDF, sadly not all of them have come for the purpose of moving the bicycle to the forefront of transportation,” the New Belgium wrote in a statement. “Instead they have focused on pushing revelry to new heights.”
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New Belgium ran that show. Flagstaff Biking Organization provided the volunteers, but New Belgium called the shots. They picked the bands, they controlled the vendors, they brought the beer. They controlled the keg count.
They brought two hundred kegs of beer and then were surprised people got loaded.
And FBO comes up with the short end of the stick.
Flagstaff Biking Organization and the Northern Arizona Pride Association will each lose a major fundraiser with the cancellation of Tour de Fat, which brought in a total of $57,000 last year for the two groups.
…The hit of $39,000 to Flagstaff Biking Organization will remove half of the organization’s budget, Executive Director Melissa Dunstan said.
The core of what the group does — trail-building days, guided rides for kids, Bike-to-Work week gifts and food, and the quarterly newsletter, Biopic — will all be scaled back unless funds are found elsewhere, Dunstan said.
FBO does a lot of positive things in our community. I hope they can continue to do so in the future.by