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Tour de Fat is Cancelled for 2008

January 29th, 2008

Our friends at New Belgium Brewing have decided to cancel the Flagstaff Tour de Fat for 2008. FBO would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to NBB for all their financial support over the years. Without their investment in FBO, our organization would not be where it is today.  We look forward to exploring new funding ideas with them and continuing our advocacy efforts in different ways with NBB.  Since this event represented almost 50% of FBO’s income, we will immediately begin looking for new funding sources. The good news is that the good folks at New Belgium Brewing Company have promised not to abandon FBO by offering us grants and event support, however, we still need other funding ideas and opportunities. We will immediately begin brainstorming for funding sources, researching grants and planning events to help supplement our revenue to continue with our bicycle advocacy efforts in Northern Arizona. If you have funding ideas, or would like to help, please contact Melissa at melissa@flagstaffbiking.org. Below is an exert from the official notice from New Belgium Brewing Company explaining their decision:

To all the members and Directors of Flagstaff Biking Organization and Northern Arizona Pride Association;

It is with sincere regret that after 8 amazing years, we have decided not to bring the Tour de Fat back to Flagstaff in 2008. We never thought the day would come when our flagship show could cause such a ruckus… nor did we ever see the Tour de Fat growing into the behemoth that it has become. 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. Instead they have focused on pushing revelry to new heights.

As we saw in 2007, this has put all stakeholders in a potentially dangerous situation. While the core of our mission is to help, the risk of calamity has become more imminent. Since Wheeler Park is sadly no longer an option, we have lost the ability to host the show downtown. We have also lost the confidence of the City of Flagstaff to host an event that enhances the town as opposed to putting it at risk. These are the major factors in our decision not to return. Without a suitable venue, or necessary permitting, we are without promising options. Know that this course of action was not taken lightly by our crew, the Brewery, or our Distributor in AZ. The TDF is a loss all parties will miss.

Sadly we have to end our support for your groups as it has been structured. It is however not our desire to leave your missions unattended. It is our hope that we can continue to support and admire the unique Bike/Love/Sustainability Culture of Flagstaff in other ways going forward. May we all stay in touch, and let the ideas come. We hope we might find yet other ways aside from Tour De Fat to support your plans. Other events, sponsorships, philanthropy grants… there are other tools to assist those who have helped us for so many years with so many shows, trials, and triumphs. May your good work continue for many years to come.

Sincerely,

New Belgium Brewing and Team TDF (the now sad Clowns)

  1. Comment by robothouse on January 29, 2008 10:29 am

    *CRY* What a shame! I’m curious as to why the venue of this excellent bike friendly event never changed to suit it’s popularity… it seemed a bit too much for the park downtown, even in 2006.

  2. Comment by trail clown on January 29, 2008 11:07 am

    Color me confused! I missed this year’s event so am unaware what the “rucus” is/was. What was /is it?

  3. Comment by mapitguy on January 29, 2008 5:41 pm

    Shocking!!! Well perhaps having the event when NAU is in session only let it develop into a “drunk-fest” as I heard from some. Others wouldn’t want to get in because the bike fest became this very thing. Maybe it could come back again over the summer and at a different location. I’m sure the City of Flagstaff had its hand in this cancellation over safety concerns.

  4. Comment by Gnome on February 6, 2008 8:43 pm

    Indeed, it’s unfortunate that those well intended efforts were clouded by the alcoholic slant/focus of some attendees.

  5. Comment by coconinocycles on February 21, 2008 9:46 am

    unfortunately, the ftf porteayed flag as a town full of drunks, not a town full of cyclists. the attendance at the grouprides showed this. perhaps a fat tire festival more along the lines of crested butte’s with proceeds going to flag biking would be more productive, with racing and fun rides. coconino cycles would pay for booth space at a product expo/gear swap and donate schwag towards raffles. it’s sad that the funding was lost, but having your town taken over and filled with plastic cups probally only promotes agression and ill feeling towards cyclist anyway. rock on, steve garro.

  6. Comment by alfissimo on March 13, 2008 8:21 pm

    You know what? I am glad it is over. It was over 2 years ago. All the morons that ruined this fun event should not have the pleasure of it anymore. I have been attending these for 8 years, since the 1st one. Back when it was fun and peaceful.
    People just having a good time with friends, beer, music and shows. That last 2, maybe 3 years have been stupid. We tried in 2006 and hated it. left after a couple of beers, we tried once more in 2007, just to see if it would change, heck no! It was worse. The PEOPLE SUCKED!
    This event was fun before, especially the first 5 years. Use to see most of the same faces and now they are all young morons running around making fools out of themselves. Now it is just a disgrace to Flagstaff!! I am disappointed as it was one event I looked forward too in flag. But you know what good riddance. The reason it was in place was distorted by ignorance!!!
    I feel bad for FBO as well that they have to find another function that will bring in funds. Good luck guys, you will find something else. There are other ways to do it with or without the beer. it was a fun run though.

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