With World Cup hype currently at fever pitch, you’d have been forgiven (until now) for thinking that the Tour de France would pass you by rather inconspicuously.
However, thanks to the freshest events space on the Island, Cycle 360, you have the perfect place to get your French on in the spirit of THE TOUR.
With French-inspired lunch and brunch specials, and French 75 cocktails on tap; the Parisian streets will feel well within touching distance.
Inspired by London and New York cycling cafe culture, and located in the Isle of Man Business Park on Cooil Road, Cycle 360 will play host to the finest viewing parties this side of the English Channel, for all of the key Tour stages.
We’ve put together a quick overview of the best stages and events going on up there, full details below.
STAGE NINE: Cobbles = Carnage
At 156.5 kilometers, the 9th stage of the Tour de France is bound to be a spectacle, with the route running from Arras to Roubaix and includes an energy-sapping fifteen stretches of ‘pavé’ (that’s cobbles to the English speaking amongst us!).
Cycle 360 will be screening the whole race and serving French 75 cocktails and French themed brunch specials ‘til 3pm.
STAGE TWELVE: Iconic 21 Turns
Anticipated to be an absolute classic, the twelfth stage of the Tour de France incorporates the iconic twenty one hairpins and 13.8 kilometers of climbing the world famous Alpe d’Huez!
For this monumental stage of the Tour, C360 are offering the opportunity to exclusively hire their brand new, private viewing room. Complete with a big screen, sound system and dedicated member of staff to tend to all your food and drink needs!
STAGE THIRTEEN: Sprinters Stage
With the Alps behind them, the riders descend to the Rhône Valley, where a bunch sprint seems the most likely outcome; this thirteenth stage is looking good for homegrown hero Mark Cavendish.
It’s a Friday night, so not only will C360 be screening the whole stage live, but will be staying open a whole two hours later ‘til 8pm, to help you kickstart the weekend!
Popping the ‘Cava for Cav’, whether he wins the stage or not!
STAGE SEVENTEEN: Summit Finish
Although the shortest stage of this year’s tour (at sixty five kilometers), stage seventeen could also prove to be the hardest; with the race ending with a sweeping 16 kilometer haul to the top of the Col du Portet!
STAGE TWENTY: Penultimate Stage
In this, the penultimate day of the Tour, the riders are in for one hell of a hilly individual time trial; riding from Saint-Pee-Sur-Nivelle through to Espelette.
This stage is likely to decide the Tour, with only the procession into Paris to follow, expect fierce racing. This is one not to be missed.
STAGE TWENTY ONE: Procession into Paris
On Sunday 29th July, we will bid adieu to the Tour for another year. C360 will be serving brunch ‘til 3pm and screening the whole stage on their big screens.
With Cav having won this stage on four separate occasions and targeting a fifth win in Paris, this should be a fan favourite. Why not make the most of the opportunity to exude Manx patriotism while watching Cav try to make it five!
All info can be found on the C360 social media sites.