Aug 19

Tour De Fat, San Francisco, Benefit for the Ridge Trail

New Belgium Brewing Company’s Tour de Fat Returns to Golden Gate Park Annual Ballyhoo of Bikes & Beer is Back!

The Tour de Fat once again comes to San Francisco on Saturday, September 24.


Join us in Golden Gate Park for music, fanciful entertainment, contests, art displays and, of course, New Belgium’s Fat Tire Ale and other brews.

Ballyhoo Benefits Two Great Organizations Proceeds benefit the Bay Area Ridge Trail and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Last year the Tour raised ~$30,000 for the Council and SFBC, and over the past 8 years has raised tens of thousands more to help complete the Ridge Trail and improve cycling in San Francisco.

Here’s your chance to practice drawing the perfect pint – and be rewarded with free beer!

Dozens of volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks and shifts throughout the day to help make Tour de Fat a success!

All volunteers receive a Tour de Fat t-shirt, beer token, and our deep and sincere gratitude and more Ridge Trail to ride or hike on! Must be 21 to volunteer for ID check, beer tokens, or beer booth.

Volunteer sign-up for 2011 is open! Click here! Or click on a shift below to sign up.

Volunteer Shifts Tour de Fat 2010 9:15am – 12:30pm: Bike Parade Marshalls Volunteers will register participants in the fantabulous Bike Parade, and then ride along as a guide, watching out for problems and keeping the parade group together. Parade route is a flat ride through Golden Gate Park down to the Beach and back.

10:00am – 2:00pm: ID Check & Wristbands

1:30pm – 5:00pm: ID Check & Wristbands Before our guests can have a beer, they must come to this booth to receive their wristband.

9:45am – 1:15pm: Beer Tokens

1:00pm – 4:30pm: Beer Tokens Once an attendee has been carded & wristbanded, they are allowed to buy wooden nickels. Volunteers sell these �beer tokens of our affection.”

10:15am – 2:15pm: Merchandise 1:45pm – 5:30pm: Merchandise There is another place at Tour de Fat just as busy as the beer tent: the Merchandise booths. Help raise more $$ for the Ridge Trail Council & the SF Bicycle Coalition by staffing, stocking & selling!

10:15am – 2:00pm: H20 Technicians 1:45pm – 5:30pm: H20 Technicians The mission: where there is no water, provide it. Volunteers keep the water stations stocked for all, and occasionally check-in backstage to make sure the performers are well hydrated.

11:15am – 2:30pm: Beer Booth 2:00pm – 5:15pm: Beer Booth This is where it gets fast & furious: bring your bells & whistles (yes, literally!) and make some noise! We need a strong volunteer base here in the form of pourers & servers.

8:00am – 11:15am: Ridge Trail Booth

10:45am – 3:15pm: Ridge Trail Booth

2:45pm – 6:15pm: Ridge Trail Booth Help out at the Ridge Trail booth – sell Ridge Trail t-shirts and use your vast Ridge Trail knowledge to woo guests and help them fill out membership forms.

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Tear Down The Tear-Down crew gets to clean up the party. We pride ourselves in leaving a park cleaner than when we arrived, so everything from breaking-down tents, stacking tables & chairs, final trash clean-up, etc. is what you�ll do.

Schedule of Events 2010 schedule of events (expect similar for 2011) *9:30 am – Bike Parade Registration Begins * 10:00 am – Bike Parade Begins * 11:00 am – Bike Parade – costumes HIGHLY encouraged * 12:00 am – Performances Begin – check out the music and theatrics by The Dovekins, Daredevil Chicken Club, YoYo Squared, Free Energy, and Extra Action Marching Band. * 2:30 pm – Funeral procession for car in the Car-for-Bike Swap * 4:30 pm – Car-for-Bike Trade Celebration * 5:00 pm – Curtain Closes Also check out the home-made bikes, vaudevillian and other entertainment, trick bikes for all to ride, slow-ride bike contest, port-a-potty karaoke, amazing art bikes, and DIY tent. Are you ready to trade your car for a sweet bike? For the fourth year, New Belgium will be giving a sweet new two-wheeled, human powered ride to someone – in return for their giving up the four-wheeled gas guzzling, global-warming causing vehicle. Interested? Get complete details and entry information here. Questions? Contact the Ridge Trail Council at [masked] or [masked]. Thanks for your support. Ride on! Don’t forget to sign-up here to volunteer!