Tour de Fat skipping Minneapolis this summer

New Belgium Brewing party won’t return to Loring Park in 2016

After seven years, the Tour de Fat bicycle and beer festival won’t be stopping in Minneapolis in 2016.

New Belgium Brewing’s roaming party is touring through nine cities this summer, but Minneapolis isn’t on the list for the first time since 2009. The 2015 event in Loring Park drew about 5,000 people and raised about $36,000 for local cycling nonprofits, according to the brewery, which is based in Fort Collins, Colo.

“The Twin Cities have a vibrant, active cycling community, and this year we had to make some hard decisions on where we focus our resources,” Paul Gruber, Tour de Fat operations manager wrote in an emailed statement. “We always love coming to Minneapolis so we’ll definitely miss it this year and hope to make a return in the future.”

The Midtown Greenway Coalition was one of the nonprofits that typically shared in proceeds from the Minneapolis stop on the tour. Executive Director Soren Jensen said the organization will refocus on other fundraising events, like its annual Greenway Glow arts festival, scheduled this year for June 18.

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