Tour de Fat rolls into Seattle this Saturday. What is Tour de Fat? In short, it’s a traveling celebration of bicycles and beer. Organized by New Belgium Brewing, Tour de Fat makes stops in 13 different cities across the western United States–from Chicago to San Diego, from Seattle to Austin. Gas Works Park will host the festivities again this year.
Perhaps my favorite thing about Tour de Fat is that it gives me an opportunity to use the word jalopy.
Got an old junker of a car that you’re looking to get rid of? Got a jalopy you want to offload? This is your chance to trade that car in for a stylish new bicycle. See the details below. We’re talking about a serious bike. This is a handmade, hardcore piece of machinery. You can see all specs details online. It’s a pretty intense bike. Trading in that old jalopy for this bike is a bargain.
Here’s the latest press release from New Belgium.
New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat
Rolls into Seattle on July 31
Car-for-Bike Swapper Still Needed! Send in Your Essay or Video Today!
Ft. Collins, CO, July 27, 2010 – Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, will stop in Gas Works Park on July 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Get your costumes and bike ready, and join us to honor mankind’s greatest invention.
For the fourth year in a row, Tour de Fat is looking for volunteers to accept the swapper challenge. One volunteer in each city will give up their car and receive a hand-built Black Sheep (http://www.blacksheepbikes.com/) commuter bike. The volunteer is chosen after submitting a video or essay describing their desire to live sans-car for a year. To submit an application, log on to http://www.newbelgium.com/tour-de-fat. A swapper is still needed in Seattle!
Tour de Fat is free to participants, but beer and merchandise proceeds from the Seattle stop will go to The Bicycle Alliance of Washington (www.bicyclealliance.org) and Bike Works (http://www.bikeworks.org/). Since its inception, the philanthropic cycling circus has raised more than $1 million on behalf of non-profit organizations.
What: New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat
When: Saturday, July 31, 2010
Where: Gas Works Park
10:00 a.m. Bike Parade Registration
11:00 a.m. Bike Parade Launch
12:00 p.m. Performances Begin
12:20 p.m. The SLOW RIDE
1:30 p.m. The Great Bike Story Contest for New Belgium Cruiser Bike
2:35 p.m. Car-for-Bike Trade Celebration
4:50 p.m. Faux Finale
4:55 p.m. Faux-Real finale
5:00 p.m. Curtain Closes
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