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Tour de France viewing spots announced

Posted by on June 23rd, 2006 at 6:35 am

[Make way for spandex]
Photo St. Honore

Summer is finally here and that means the Tour is upon us. Two of the most well-known viewing parties are thrown by St. Honore Bakery and King Cycle Group.

St. Honore is a popular french bakery in Northwest that plans to show the coverage live. Like last year they’ll kick things off by teaming up with the women’s racing team they sponsor, Sorrella Forte. The team will be on hand to sign autographs and collect used bikes for the Community Cycling Center on opening weekend (July 1-2).

More details on the St. Honore website. My advice: show up early! I’ve heard this place fills to the gills with people.

King Cycle Group, whose headsets will adorn some Tour favorites, just announced their plans. Last year they rocked the Southeast Lucky Lab on every stage. This year they’re moving the party to the new Lucky Lab in Northwest (they’ve got indoor bike racks) where they’ll show replays of the coverage from 5-7PM every day of the Tour (except rest days of course).

King staff will be on hand (a good place to network if you want a job!) and they’re raising money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

I know there will be a ton of other places showing the Tour. Maybe we can get a list going. If I hear of a bunch more I’ll post an update.

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  • bArbaroo June 23, 2006 at 7:46 am

    Live Tour de France Viewing with Free Nossa Familia Coffee at the Hollywood Bike Gallery

    There’s nothing like exciting live coverage of the Tour de France to get your heart pumping in the morning especially when enhanced with a flavorful cup of Nossa Familia Coffee http://www.familyroast.com/. You can enjoy both for free at the Hollywood Bike Gallery at 5329 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland from July 1- July 23. The store will open it’s doors at 6:00 am for Tour fanatics wanting to watch the day’s events unfold on live television. We’ll have hot coffee brewed and some light breakfast treats available. During the final 10 days of the tour (July 13-July 20), those that brave the early morning hours are also rewarded with a chance to win a free pound of Nossa Familia coffee in a daily drawing.

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  • chummon June 29, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    Does anyone know of any viewing places further south? Like in SE Portland? Hawthorne was a stretch for me to get to (riding from work), but not NW or BG on Sandy. These are just too far north. HELP!

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  • Jaffo July 8, 2008 at 11:35 am

    searched for places were I can watch the Tour and have a couple of brews after work and came up with Tennessee Reds on SE 11th and Grant, just south of Lincoln. I checked it our for the 3rd stage and the setting is ideal, just missing more spectators.

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  • Andrew July 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    That French bakery in NW sucks for watching it. You can’t hear any of the race commentary and the girls who work there give you an attitude if you ask them to turn it up…weird. If you’re going to show the Tour and get 40-50 customers in your door why wouldn’t you have the volume so at least people could hear it? I’m going to try Bike Gallery tomorrow.

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