By Vernon Felton
Photos by Dan Barham
First there was a log…and then came the beer….and then The Bike arrived. That’s right. Manuel Beastly and his Fat Bike of Glory (yes, this steed demands upper-case treatment) arrived on the scene. Logs were pulled. Ordinary riders were transformed into thundering gods of war. Cheap beer was sprayed. Onlookers were dazed, confused and enraptured by the Fat and the Fury.
Spectators were universally stunned. “It’s like Manuel Beastly and his fat bike were made by angels,” managed one Sea Otter attendee through tears and hysterical sobs. “Really kick-ass angels! I think I’m love. I want its baby.”