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Rollfast Partners with Carmel Clay Parks & Rec for 13th annual Tour de Carmel

Writer  /  Pat Carlini

Four Day Ray recently hosted a beer tapping party to celebrate their partnership with Rollfast – a cycling club that promotes wellness and health in our local community.

The “Tap the Possibilities” event tapped a new beer — the “Rollfast Glowing Blonde”, a strawberry rhubarb with a hint of jalapeno beer —specifically created for the event by FDR’s Brewer Mitch Ackerman.

FDR donated 50 cents to Rollfast for each pint sold at the tapping party, and the first 250 customers received a limited edition Rollfast Fondo pint glass.

“It was a great night and great support for Rollfast,” says Rollfast owner Matt Tanner.

Rollfast promotes cycling events all over Indiana to create opportunities for people to ride, no matter what experience level.

“Growing awareness and creating healthy outlets in communities helps us fund children that need assistance getting into cycling,” says Matt, who started the non-profit in 2015 to create grants and scholarships for youth in the area who want to pursue their cycling dreams. “It’s a circular funnel where we do what we love, people ride more, and we help the next generation of bicyclists.”

Rollfast paid for 15 entries to ride in the Grand Fondo (Italian big ride) — the organization’s largest fundraiser and community event held in September.

This year, Rollfast has more exciting news as they have partnered with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) to present the 13th annual Tour de Carmel scheduled for September 17. This year’s event will serve as a transition year as Tour de Carmel migrates from a CCPR event to Rollfast Gran Fondo in 2018.

“We want Carmel to be a nationally known bike town and evolving this classic event will get the national attention it deserves,” Matt says. “The Fondo is now ranked 8th in the nation and attracts riders from around the world.”

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s registration for the 2017 five- mile ride will go to the Carmel Parks Foundation. Matt says he is looking forward to this year’s Grand Fond, and he is proud of how far Rollfast has come.

“Our vision has always been to transform greater Indianapolis into a first-of-mind bike city, he says. “It will take generations but it’s happening today.”

For more information visit rollfastcycling.com or contact Rollfast founder Matt Tanner at rollfastfondo@gmail.com.

About Pat Carlini

Pat Carlini is an experienced television/radio personality associated with NBC in Indianapolis and the syndicated Bob & Tom Show. She can be contacted at patcarlini.com.

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