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“Tour de Fat” Still Needs a Car-for-Bike Swapper
 Traveling Festival Comes to D.C. on Saturday, June 16
Tour de Fat Stage 3              New Belgium Logo 2

TdF07 Denver parade - SwiftCar-for-Bike Trade Program - Ft. Collins - Swift
Ft. Collins, CO, June 5, 2012 – Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, is still looking for a car-for-bike swapper for its Washington, DC stop on Saturday, June 16 at Yards Park. A highlight of Tour de Fat is the annual car-for-bike swap where one person will hand over his or her car keys and commit to one year of living car-free. This year, the swapper will choose a local bike shop to help turn a $2,250 budget into an ultimate car-replacement commuter bike. Vehicles for Charity will auction the cars, with proceeds benefitting local cycling organizations.


To submit a swapper application, go to the New Belgium Tour de Fat Facebook page (, click on events and your city of choice, and upload a video. Applicants may also submit letters about why New Belgium should select them by emailing:


Tour de Fat kicks off with a colorful bicycle parade and the day is chock-full of live entertainment, crazy bike contests, delicious food and a selection of New Belgium beers. Although the event is free, all beer and merchandise proceeds support local nonprofits. In fact, Tour de Fat just broke the $2 million mark for total funds raised since its inception 13 years ago.  In Washington, DC, our nonprofit partner is Washington Area Bicyclist Association.



Saturday, June 16

Parade Registration:                       
9:00 a.m.


Ride Times:                                   
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Yards Park


Washington Area Bicyclist Association (


Performances By:

Mucca Pazza -

Ian Cooke -

Yo-Yo People -

Sssnakenstein –



Admission – Free

Parade – Suggested donation of $5 or more
Beer - $5 for a 16 oz. pour


In 2011, Tour de Fat traveled to 13 cities, attracting a total of 69,550 festival attendees and 41,150 parade cyclists.  It also raised $401,563 and boasted an impressive 90 percent diversion of waste from landfills. 


See for the Tour de Fat credo, schedules, videos and to submit your entry to swap your gas guzzler for a fancy new bike. 


About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces nine year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, Sunshine Wheat, Shift Pale Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases.  In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship.  For more information, visit



Mucca Pazza
Mucca Pazza - Swift 2
Ian Cooke
Ian Cooke



Jenny Foust
Communications Strategy Group, on behalf of New Belgium Brewing

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