|Rio Carnival is the costume theme for Tour de Fat this year.|
|Let's make it memorable!|
|Sterling Justice Trail overlook several thousand feet above Pocatello|
|Go see Corey Wight at the Sandtrap Bar & Grill in Pocatello after your ride|
The 15th annual Tour de Fat is on Saturday (Aug. 13), so that means it's time to put together a fun, goofy, maybe even sexy costume for the TDF parade on Saturday morning and the day-long event at Ann Morrison Park. The costume theme is based around the Olympics in Rio, meaning "Carnivale." Be sure to pre-register for the event and chip in $5 for the Boise Bike Project and help elevate the fund-raising bar for TDF to over $100,000!!!!
The TDF typically raises more than $70,000 for the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, SWIMBA and BBP, so this would be a quantum leap to surpass the $100K goal. All of the proceeds go toward these totally awesome non-profits. Drink beer = $ for bikes and bike trails!
The TDF parade starts to gather at Ann Morrison Park at 10 a.m. Get there early cuz it'll be a really long line! The parade starts pedaling at 11 a.m., and then the event starts as soon as people arrive at the park after making the loop around downtown Boise.
Make sure you read Jimmy Halliburton's blog about the 5 Big New Things to Look for at TDF. They have a hilarious video in the blog post about two naive riders who failed to pre-register for the event, and guess what? They crashed a tandem in the Boise River while wearing costumes and capes!
See you at TDF!
I recently wrote a blog, including maps and video, about Mountain Biking in Pocatello for VisitIdaho. Some friends took me a ride on the recently created Sterling Justice singletrack from the Gibson Jack trailhead over to City Creek, a fun but challenging 12-mile ride across the top of the footies in Pokey. I detailed that ride in the blog and also included GoPro video of a super-sweet ride, West Fork Mink Creek to Elk Meadows Loop.
I highly recommend riding in Pocatello, check out the City Creek trails and Sterling Justice, and the greater Mink Creek area as well. Gather up some friends and make it a long weekend. I recommend the Best Western in Pocatello Inn as a potential place to stay or you could tent camp up in the Mink Creek area.