Tour de Fat swapping bikes for cars

New Belgium brewing has posted the tour dates for the 11th season of Tour de Fat, its “traveling celebration of all things bicycle.” The tour begins June 26 in Chicago and concludes Aug. 30 in Austin, Texas.

For the fourth year in a row, Tour de Fat is looking for volunteers for the “swapper challenge.” One volunteer in each city will give up their car and receive a hand-built Black Sheep commuter bike. A 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 the Tour de Fat site.

“The car-for-bike swap is the pinnacle of the day, illustrating one person’s true belief in all that a bicycle can offer,” said Bryan Simpson, spokesman for New Belgium. “Bikes represent freedom, fun, fitness and folly while helping the environment. It’s a way of life that we live and share at New Belgium.”

The full schedule:

June 26 – Chicago, Palmer Square Park
July 3 – Milwaukee, Humboldt Park
July 10 – Minneapolis, Loring Park
July 31 – Seattle, Gasworks Park
August 14 – Portland, Waterfront Park
August 21 – Boise, Anne Morrison Park
September 4 – Fort Collins, Mothership
September 11 – Denver, City Park
September 25 – San Francisco, Lindley Meadows in Golden Gate Park
October 2 – San Diego, Balboa Park
October 9 – Tempe, Tempe Town Park
October 23 – Los Angeles, L.A. Historic Park
October 30 – Austin, Fiesta Gardens