Where to watch Tour de France in Northern Colorado

June 29, 2010 — 5 Comments

Due to the overwhelming success of my post entitled “Where to watch World Cup in Northern Colorado,” I’ve decided to appease those cyclist fanatics out there - as it turns out, there are a lot of you.

I can ride a bike, but I am not a “cyclist,” however, I do occasionally tune in to the grand daddy of all bike races to check on Lance and revel in the beauty of the French countryside.

While chatting with several of my enthusiastic cycling friends, I was made aware that while most bars and restaurants are willing to air Tour de France, most refuse to turn on the sound. According to one avid Tour fan, half the fun of watching the race is being able to hear the commentary.

Thanks to the Northern Colorado bike shop owners and employees who helped me with this post, including Peloton, Lee’s Cyclery, ProVelo and Spokes

So without further adieu (so excited to have included a French word in this post), here is a list of Northern Colorado venues that will be showing Tour de France with the sound on and the volume up. 

Road 34, 1213 W. Elizabeth, Fort Collins, CO – It’s not just a bike shop, it’s also a bar. This place will definitely be showing the Tour with the sound on. You can’t beat Road 34 for dependably good bar food and affordable beer.  www.Road34.com

Bungalow Coffee House, 1399 Water Valley Parkway, Windsor, CO – This place has been Windsor’s headquarters for World Cup action, and they intend to be the same for Tour de France. In addition to being voted the Best Coffee in Windsor, they also offer breakfast, lunch and ice cream. They have recently obtain their liquor license, so you can ride over and enjoy an ice-cold beer while watching the Tour on their flat screen televisions.  www.bungalowcoffeehouse.com  

CB & Potts, Colindale Golf Course location, 1441 E. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO – This past spring, CB & Potts took over the restaurant/bar at Colindale Golf Course, and it’s not just about golf at this place. For World Cup the bar has done promotion with Modelo beer, and because they open early, it was packed for the matches. They intend to pack the house for the Tour as well.  www.cbpotts.com

Mulligan’s Pub, 2439 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO – This pub has private booths were you can ask for the sound to be turned on or up on the various televisions. The pub has also just recently opened their Sports Club, and if there’s enough interest, they will be showing the Tour in the club.  www.mulliganspubfc.com

Peloton Cycles, 1310 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO & 3027 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins, CO – Both of these bike shops will be showing Tour De France on their flat screen televisions. They invite you to stop in and watch with fellow cycling fans.   www.peloton-cycles.com

This year’s 97th Tour runs Saturday, July 3 through Sunday, July 25. To keep a close online eye on the race, click here.

5 responses to Where to watch Tour de France in Northern Colorado

  1. If I could, I would put you on a podium, kiss both your cheeks, and present you with a stuffed lion. THANK YOU for this post!! Allez allez allez!

  2. Woohoo! Thanks so much for the great post my Mayor! This helps us to not have to search for venues. We fully expect to gain 10lbs after 1 month of world cup bar watching and 1 month of tour bar watching. :-)

  3. Closest I ever came to getting into cycling was the movie quicksilver! Thought being a bike messenger looked fun and the idea of dodging traffic with no brakes would really make one feel alive.
    Glad to see a creative post such as this. I would not think about tour de france viewing stations. Something for everyone.

  4. Sat down and watched the end of the race yesterday. I was surprisingly riveted by the action – 3 accident, including one that involved most everyone in the peloton – wow. I think I will probably be watching more of the Tour this year! Of course, World Cup viewing comes first! Go Germany! :-)

  5. Thanks to http://www.YourGroupRide.com I just discovered that El Monte Bar & Grill(www.elmontegrill.com) in Fort Collins will be serving up $1 New Belgium drafts for Prime Time Tour de France coverage.
    That’s good stuff!

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