ride a bike... volunteer at the Tour de Fat... and enjoy the day... that is what you should do

still looking for volunteers at the Tour de Fat Bike Valet
help MORE help you
here is the sign up
come on down and enjoy the Tour de Fat at Yards Park on May 30th
then if available... VOLUNTEER!

MORE Bike Valet Sign Up Sheet

Attend the Tour de Fat next Saturday and Volunteer at the Tour de Fat next Saturday!

Next Week is the first stop on New Belgium Brewery's 10 City Tour de Fat Tour!
yes... May 30th at Yards Park DC will host the Tour de Fat
this event would not happen without the effort of countless volunteers
that said..

Can you help out with Bike Valet at the Tour de Fat?
It promises to be FUN!
if available... sign up here

if not available... tell a friend!
scroll down the Gwadzilla Blog for more info about the event
or check it out on FACEBOOK


snapped a shot of Aiden... I think it was Aiden in Mount Pleasant

I thought it was a nice moment to capture
the Mount Pleasant home
a guy with his fixed gear checking his messages

a few more photos from Bike to Work Day aka BTWD

Bike to Work Day
the red carpet should be rolled out for cyclists everyday
for so many of us everyday is bike to work day
yet... this is the day to feel special
this is the day to stand on the pedals and get counted

it did not rain on this year's Bike to Work Day
in the days of Eric Gilliland it always rained on Bike to Work Day
check out the Gwadzilla Archives for mention of Bike to Work Day\BTW

then check out the Gwadzilla Facebook Page
go to the photo albums
quite an extensive archive over there

visit it often

I will throw these images and a few others on the Gwadzilla Facebook Page

 I breezed through Bike to Work Day
the morning responsibilities got in the way of my bicycle obsession

Phil of Bicycle Space
a long time positive contributor to the DC Cycling Community
gotta love Phil!

key players in the DC Bicycle Advocacy Scene

lots of smiles at Bike to Work Day!
I blew off the SWAG
although I love free
I had to get to work
just enough time for a few snaps of the camera


Volunteer Sign Up for the MORE Operated Bike Valet at the DC Tour de Fat

as a representative of MORE: The Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts I am in charge of the Bike Valet at the DC Tour de Fat on May 30th at Yards Park

what is the Tour de Fat?
what is MORE?
what is a bicycle?
what is beer?

I do not have time for all this Q&A

here is the sign up sheet for the Bike Valet for the 2015 Tour de Fat in Washington DC

thanks in advance

New Belgium Tour de Fat Schedule for May 30 at Yards Park in Washington DC (MORE BIKE VALET VOLUNTEERS... check for message later today to get your maybe into a YES!)

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Returns to Washington, D.C., on 
May 30 for A Day of Bikes, Beer and Bon Vivants  

Day includes ridiculous entertainment, wild and crazy costumes, hilarity in charity
and New Belgium beer! Local events will offer chances to win VIP passes

Ft. Collins, Colo., May 15, 2015 – Dust off the costume, shine up the bike and get ready for another epic and bewildering day as Tour de Fat kicks off the 2015 season in Washington, D.C. New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat arrives in Yards Park on Saturday, May 30. The daylong event is free, yet all donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales go to Washington, D.C.-area non-profits.
“Maybe you already bike all over town, or you’re a weekend warrior, or just a little bike curious,” said Matt Kowal, New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Impresario. “If so, this is for you. It’s a summer stew of sorts where we all come together, let our alter egos shine with no inhibitions. You’ll find dancing, contests, bike swapping, music making and a tiny tent where anything can happen. It’s one carnival you’ll actually regret missing.”

In D.C., some of the eclectic entertainment includes Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Charles Bradley, yo-yo performers and vaudeville acts. Brewing education, a bicycle revival, rideable art bikes, a “Thousand Person Dance Contest” to win a New Belgium cruiser bike, and even a fashion show are in the mix. In addition, Tour de Fat’s Le Tigre Grande variety tent and Sputnik mobile stage up the ante, adding more entertainment options from past years.
Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including the brewery’s flagship brew, Fat Tire, New Belgium’s latest year-round offering, Slow Ride Session IPA, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series.
As for the fundraising, the entire 2014 season raised more than $625,000, with the Washington, D.C. stop bringing in $57,047. This year, all funds raised in Washington, D.C. will go to Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Black Women Bike DC, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, Phoenix Bikes and Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE).

Car-for-Bike Swap
Every year, New Belgium gets one brave role model to step on stage to trade in his or her car keys for a bike, pledging to live car-free for one year. Each swapper is awarded a stipend to buy his or her own commuter bike. Car-for-Bike swappers are chosen after submitting an application describing why they are ready to give up their vehicle for the gift of two wheels. We’d love to hear from interested swappers. Apply at -NewBelgium.com/Events/Tour-de-Fat/CarTrader.

Washington, D.C. Events Leading up to Tour de Fat
Several opportunities in the D.C. area will provide the chance to win VIP passes to Tour de Fat, a custom New Belgium Cruiser, shwag and more! The VIP pass holders will get complimentary beer, food, and access to a VIP lounge.

Tour de Trivia at Stoney’s on L (2101 L. St. NW, Washington, D.C.)
Every Wednesday in May
Swing by for Tour de Trivia, featuring weekly New Belgium prize packs for the winning teams! New Belgium beers will be sold in $4 pints and $14 pitchers. Prizes include bicycle 6-pack holders, VIP tickets and much more!

Beers, Bikes, & Bemusement Instagram Contest
May 1 – May 24
Submit a photo of your bike excursions around DC for the chance to win Tour de Fat survival gear and a New Belgium Cruiser bike. Visit NewBelgium.com/DC for more details and official rules.

Tour de Fat Pre-Party at Churchkey (1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.)
May 28, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Tradition will be kept alive with the annual pre-party at Churchkey, equipped with a raffle for a New Belgium Cruiser, VIP tickets and more! Between 6 and 9 p.m., six raffle tickets will be drawn and bike lock keys will be distributed to the winning tickets. At 9 p.m., all key holders will test their keys to see if it unlocks the Cruiser. All proceeds from raffle sales support Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The beer list features five unique cask beers in addition to 15 other New Belgium favorites and Lips of Faith rarities.

Tour de Fat – Washington, D.C. Details

Saturday, May 30

Yards Park

Main Stage:               
11:40 a.m. — Fashion! (Best Costumes of the Tour de Fat)
12:00 p.m. — Lips Lounge Tapping: La Folie, Oatmeal IPA, Cocoa Mole
1:00 p.m. — Lips Lounge Tapping: Pear Ginger Beer
1:10 p.m. — The Slow Ride Races
2:00 p.m. — Lips Lounge Tapping: Carnie Whiskey Barrel Love 
2:10 p.m. — 1,000 Person Dance Contest – Winner receives a New Belgium Cruiser!
2:40 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade
3:00 p.m. — Lips Lounge Tapping: Transatlantique Kriek
4:00 p.m. — Charles Bradley
5:00 p.m. — Finale

Stage Stage:
12:20 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.
Superfriends Variety Hour: Death Defying Comedy, Chain Saws, and Bananas
11:15 a.m. - Marnie Sams Muffin Show (Kids Show)
11:50 a.m. - The Other One
12:20 p.m. - Fire Leopard 
1:10 p.m. - The Kroup
2:05 p.m. - Yo-Yo Time Machine
2:40 p.m. - Honeymoon Cabaret
3:30 p.m. - The Other One
4:20 p.m. - Etiquette School

Admission – FREE!
Donations for non-profits are accepted
Beer – $5
You can pre-register and donate to receive a limited edition Tour de Fat license plate, bike light or sunglasses at http://bit.ly/1zIuyeP.  

See Facebook.com/TourDeFat for the Tour de Fat credo, schedules, videos and to submit an entry to swap your vehicle for a fancy new bicycle. For more on the Washington, D.C. stop, click here.
About New Belgium Brewing Company 
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at NewBelgium.com.



On health

How is it that this man is one year younger than me and I am twenty years younger than him

More on camping

You can not pee on your campfire and the wonder why the flame has gone out

people riding their bikes in the afternoon on Bike to Work Day... for me... Everyday is Bike to Work Day

this guy was hammering up 18th Street
and this woman
well... I liked her smile
she is cute in this picture
yet I failed to capture her true essence in this shot

A quick portrait at the Freedom Plaza Pit Stop at Bike to Work Day

more photos to come
more photos from Bike to Work Day

Hung some posters for Tour de Fat at DC Reynolds!

support the arts... Silent Auction at the Gala Theater TONIGHT!

yes... tonight... Tuesday
Silent Auction at the Gala Theater
support the arts... check for more info on their page

Tivoli on the Gwadzilla Page

this shot is from my trip to Colorado last month...

Boulder and Colorado on the Gwadzilla Blog

photos from the photo booth at DC's Bike to Work Day aka BTWD

check to see if they have your photo here
DowntownDC BID

get the word out about the Tour de Fat in Washington DC on May 30th!

tell your friends
tell like minded people
tell people who you think would have fun there
tell people who you think would add to the party

Tour de Fat on Facebook

what is the Tour de Fat?


Tour de Fat in Washington DC on May 30th... mark your calendar... see ya there!

name that bathroom!

May 30th is not far off
I have started hanging posters and handing out flyers for the Tour de Fat
trying to get the word out

hanging posters
handing out flyers
spreading the word via Social Media
well... all that is valuable
but really
word of mouth is the best way to spread the word

Washington DC is the first stop on the tour

May 30th at Yards Park

yes... tell your friends
what is the Tour de Fat?
If you have to ask.... 

Tour de Fat

I will be running the Bike Valet at the Tour de Fat as a representative of MORE
let me know if you are interested in volunteering

MORE and Bike Valet