The 100th Tour de France begins on the island of Corsica this weekend, and with defending champion Bradley Wiggins out of the race with an injury, the field is more wide-open than usual. Live coverage of the race will be shown every morning on the NBC Sports Network, previously known as Versus and the Outdoor Life Network.
Most bars have access to the NBC Sports Network, but Meridian Pint is one place where you'll never have to ask a bartender to put the cycling on. The Columbia Heights bar will continue its tradition of showing the nightly Tour de France recap show, which begins at 8 p.m. (Most live coverage is broadcast before the bar opens. If the network decides to re-air full stages, as they are with a 12:30 p.m. showing of Stage 2 on Sunday, you may be able to watch those, too.)
If you'd like to watch while socializing with some die-hard cycling enthusiasts, the local Potomac Pedalers group has organized a Tour de France viewing happy hour at the Rhodeside Grill on Thursday, July 18. They've timed it for the 18th stage, from Gap to Alpe-d'Huez, which contains two punishing climbs into the Alps. The group will provide appetizers, and drinks are a la carte. Screening begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9:30.
We'll be adding more bars showing Le Tour as we hear about them. Where will you be watching?