Friday, June 28, 2013

Tour de France Starts Tommorrow! Here's Where and What to Watch.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Watch Stage 9 on July 7. Four Cat. 1 climbs!
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  • Watch Stage 9 on July 7. Four Cat. 1 climbs!

Saturday, June 29 marks the beginning of the 100th edition of the Tour de France, one of the most grueling and beautiful sporting events in the world. But one that's also been plagued by scandal and negative press. Ignore such "information!" Care not about the latest non-apology from Lance! Le Tour survives and moves on!

Early mornings in July are meant for watching the tour, with all its punishing climbs, furious sprints, zany breakaways and peloton drama. If you don't have a fancy cable TV package, or reliable internet, or you're simply a social creature who would enjoy watching the 21-stage race with fellow enthusiasts, head down to Crow's Feet Commons in downtown Bend. The bike/ski/cafe/brew pub is opening early and showing the tour at 6 AM EVERY MORNING!

We recommend watching daily, starting at 6 am (check and for semi-reliable live tour feeds) to fully engage in the drama. But casual fans won't want to miss these stages (check VeloNews for a helpful info graphic showing basic info about each stage):

Stage 1, July 29: The first stage is for the sprinters—in Corsica!
Stage 2, July 30: The race gets into the low hills early on the second day of the tour. Breakaway?
Stage 8, July 6: First big mountain stage and Hors category climb.
Stage 9, July 7: No big mountains, but four Cat. 1 climbs through the hills.
Stage 11, July 10: First time trial.
Stages 15-20, July 14-20: The big mountain stages, all back-to-back (with another time trial on July 17). Stage 15 is the longest stage of the tour at 242.5K (150 miles).

Chris Froome, this years favorite, leads Wiggins, last years winner, in the mountains.
  • Chris Froome, this year's favorite, leads Wiggins, last year's winner, in the mountains.

Tonight Crow's Feet is commemorating the tour with a special showing of Breaking Away at Tin Pan Theatre (9 pm, $5). They'll also have a screen printing press so you can make your own "Cutters" T-shirt.

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