Fort Collins Tour de Fats occasions canceled over pandemic
Tour de Fats’s bike parade and pageant is not going to occur in Fort Collins this yr, New Belgium Brewing introduced Thursday morning.
Citing latest recommendation from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the brewery’s COVID-19 response group, New Belgium mentioned the annual occasion shall be held just about with on-line contests, challenges and fundraisers for native bicycle nonprofits this yr. The in-person occasion shall be again in 2021, in accordance with a information launch from the brewery.
“We can’t in good conscience promote our conventional bodily gathering of mates, household, and group this yr, as we need to make sure the well being and security of everybody,” New Belgium’s Director of PR and Communications Leah Pilcer mentioned within the launch.
“Suspending this yr’s celebration makes us much more excited to have fun New Belgium’s thirtieth anniversary subsequent yr with a fair greater and higher Tour de Fats in 2021.”
Tour de Fats occasions in Asheville, North Carolina, and Tempe, Arizona, have additionally been postponed till 2021, the discharge mentioned.
This could have been the annual occasion’s twenty first yr in Fort Collins. It historically takes place on Labor Day weekend, drawing lots of of costumed cyclists to a downtown Fort Collins parade loop. This yr, Tour de Fats was deliberate for Sept. 12 in Fort Collins, although New Belgium by no means launched that date to the press or public.
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New Belgium and Tour de Fats will proceed to help its nonprofit companions by matching donated funds as much as $10,000 per group together with Bike Fort Collins, Overland Mountain Bike Affiliation, Fort Collins Bike Co-op, Ship City Bike Membership, Asheville on Bikes, Tempe Bicycle Motion Group, Bike Saviours and the Central Arizona Mountain Bike Patrol.
The previous few years of Tour de Fats marked appreciable change for the oh-so-Fort Collins occasion. In 2017, New Belgium moved its post-parade pageant from Washington and Civic Middle Parks in Outdated City to its Fort Collins brewery, 500 Linden St.
It also changed up the festival’s format, switching from free admission to a ticketed event. The swap drew criticism and New Belgium finally canceled the Denver leg of Tour de Fats that yr. New Belgium ditched its ticketing format for the event in 2019.
For particulars on the Tour de Fats’s giveaways, on-line contests and digital choices this yr, comply with @tourdefat on Instagram.
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