Over 23 days, riders from 22 teams will cycle 3,664 kilometres broken into 21 timed stages. The action begins on the moors of northern England, before riders hop across the channel and race clockwise around France, and head for the finish line in Paris. Australia’s team ORICA-GreenEDGE will compete against teams from France, Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan and more, in this globally celebrated event.
For us Down Under, the tour happens at night, with most races finishing at around 1am. Watching them can be an endurance test in itself. But don’t sit at home watching it alone in your PJs. The Shadow Electric is again screening the tour. It’s done this for the past two years, each time in a different venue. This year it’s created a brand new pop-up bar, Domestique, in Fitzroy.
Domestique will have a party atmosphere. The bar will serve the usual selection of beer, wine, cocktails, with Fancy Hanks BBQ (Fridays and Saturdays) and Pierogi Pierogi dishing out food. So you’ll have access to enough sustenance to keep going longer than Lance Armstrong (too soon?).
The space is big enough for 350 people and it will be kept toasty warm, have comfy seating, DJs and, of course, a giant screen.
David Chestwig, director at The Shadow Electric, explains, there is a “welcome all” attitude regardless of whether you’re an avid cycling fan or completely new to the sport. “Toward the end people start to get keen on the race and begin to cheer, but a lot of the time it’s just quite social. People are just excited to hang out in a new space.”
While there are always fresh faces, a lot of people come back each year. And as Chestwig says, “There’s a real sense of camaraderie between those people who do stay up late and commit to watching the tour.”
The Tour de France runs from July 5 to 27. For more information on Domestique and a full list of screening dates go here.
83 Kerr Street, Fitzroy
Open 7pm-late but only on select race days.