Cyclists disappointed at loss of café

  • East end refreshments: Tyler Simmons, owner of the Victoire Café and Cycle Club. The cafe has now closed (Photograph supplied)

    East end refreshments: Tyler Simmons, owner of the Victoire Café and Cycle Club. The cafe has now closed (Photograph supplied)

Bermuda’s coffee-loving cyclists are lamenting the closure of an East End café and cycle hub.

Victoire Cafe and Cycle Club, opened on Water Street in St George by owner Tyler Simmons in 2018, has closed its doors.

The café quickly became known for the quality of its ‘Little Wolf’ coffee, which was sourced from a café and roastery in Massachusetts.

Victoire was also a hub for cyclists, who dropped in for an espresso and a pastry, or to watch live cycling events via an in-house projector.

Greg Hopkins is a former competitive cyclist who led Bermuda’s national cycling squad programme for five years, and remains an avid participant in the sport.

He said: “Many, many people, including me, used to go there. We were all very, very disappointed when we learnt it had closed. It was very popular.”

Mr Hopkins said St George’s is part of the regular riding route for many weekend cyclists.

“It was rare to go in there and not see other cyclists,” he said. “If I had a day off in the week from work, I would always call in there as well.”

Mr Hopkins, co-owner of Winners Edge bike shop in Hamilton, understood the challenges faced by business owners.

“It must be very difficult to run a business in a place as small as St George’s,” he said. “I am sure he couldn’t get by just on cyclists coming in there.”

Efforts to reach Mr Simmons were unsuccessful.

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Published Jan 22, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 21, 2020 at 7:38 pm)

Cyclists disappointed at loss of café

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