Written By Sherri Martin Folks / Reporter Jul 4, 2013 The Hub and Spoke – A Cycling Cafe SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestPhoto by Sherri MartinAnyone who has ever been to a rural European town to experience a cycling event will tell you it is unlike anything you will find in North America. The ambiance of the cafes and the excitement of the patrons is an essential part of the cycling culture. Often you can post up in a café along the race route with a pint or espresso (usually standing room only) and anticipate the race arriving. Once it gets close you simply spill outside the front doors onto the street curb and try not to blink while the riders race by. Then, back inside to continue with the event on the television amidst all the excitement.Victoria resident, cyclist and entrepreneur Jeff George is hoping to capture a little of this tradition by bringing it to his pop up café The Hub and Spoke. The café will be located in the previous Sips location at 425 Simcoe Street in James Bay. It will operate for the duration and celebration of the 100th year of the Tour de France from June 29th – July 21st inclusively.The café will be open during the week from 5:30-10:30am. 2% Jazz Coffee and Silk Road Teas will be served along with local pastries to sit back and savor and watch the race on one of the three flat screens. (Gluten Free options will be available)In the evenings from 5pm-10pm you can come by and watch the re-cap of the days stage. The menu has not been finalized but the focus will be on charcuterie from The Whole Beast Artisan Salumeria along with Charelli’s Cheese Shop and Delicatessen. Local Italian baker Il Forno di Claudio will be (appropriately) delivering his fresh breads to the café daily on his bicycle.The wine will be local (to be determined) and will be served by the glass or you can purchase your favorite bottle next store at Spinnakers Spirit Merchants and the Hub will happily do a corkage fee for you.Keeping in the bike theme these beers will be available from local breweries: Phillips (Slipstream Cream Ale, Lighthouse Switchback IPA, and Spinnakers Tour de Victoria Kolsch. Spinnakers and 2% Jazz are also collaborating to brew a specialty coffee based beer exclusively for the café.Even though the Peloton of the Tour de France will not be charging down Simcoe Street anytime soon, the Hub and Spoke should prove to be the next best thing. Cycling is alive and well in Victoria and local participant Ryder Hesjedal has enormous support from his home town of fans who will get together and be watching every grueling day. So bring your bike down, pull up a chair and indulge in a little European culture while it lasts.Beer & CiderCafecycling SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Sherri Martin ... Read More You may also like Interesting Locals / Vancouver March 31, 2017 10 Questions for BC Distilled Founder Alex Hamer BC Distilled is British Columbia’s premier artisan distillery festival. Its goal is to celebrate and highlight British Columbia’s ... Read More Causes / Events March 28, 2017 10 Questions for Food Activist Arlene Stein Arlene Stein is a Canadian food activist and the executive director and founder of Canada’s largest food symposium, Terroir, which takes place ... Read More Reporter / Victoria December 19, 2016 Fernwood Lights Recap November 27, 201 4-6:30 pm It was a magical evening in the Fernwood village for the recently held first annual Fernwood Lights. The Fernwood NRG ... Read More Food People / Interesting Locals December 15, 2016 An Insider’s View of the Outlander Kitchen Cookbook “You Always Eat What You Shoot” The first time I met Theresa Carle-Sanders, we sat at a small table in the back of Stage in Fernwood, and ... Read More Restaurants November 30, 2016 Good-For-You Grocery Finds + Giveaway Welcome to EAT’s new “Good-For-You Grocery Finds” page! As the magazine’s Good-for-you columnist I will reveal some of my favorite, ... Read More Awards / Causes November 13, 2016 Gold Medal Plates BC To Take Place Nov. 17 in Victoria GOLD MEDAL PLATES B.C’s COMPETING CHEFS FOR 2016! Victoria – 2016 is an Olympic year and B.C.’s Gold Medal Plates will be celebrating ... Read More Comments are closed.