The Tour De France is coming to the Yorkshire Dales !
The world's greatest cycle race is coming to Yorkshire. With a worldwide TV audience of some 3 billion, Le Tour is the largest sporting event on this planet after the Olympics and Football World Cup.
Over the weekend of July 5th & 6th 2014, two stages of the Grand Depart will take place in this great county. On Saturday 5th, the world's greatest cyclists will set out from Leeds, head north into the Dales, taking in Wensleydale and Swaledale before turning south, travelling through Leyburn and finishing in Harrogate. A route of seven castles and seven abbeys. A route of 190km taking in some of the highest ( and scariest ) points in the country.
To celebrate this great occasion, Yorkshire is gearing itself up with a host of events in the 100 days leading up to Le Grand Depart. From the end of March until the beginning of July speakers and world renowned cycling heroes will be appearing in the area to speak at various venues across the Dales. Towns and villages will be hosting events and festivals to mark the occasion. Nothing this big will have been experienced in the Dales in living memory !
For cyclists of all abilities there will be opportunities to ride part, or all, of the Stage 1 of Le Grand Depart. There will be family fun rides up to complete stage tour rides. If you are not a regular lycra wearer and simply want to rediscover the childhood feeling of freedom that biking brings the don't worry, Yorkshire is a pedal powered paradise. You do not have to be a club rider or one of our cycling superstars to enjoy the Yorkshire Dales to the full.
Click Here to see what cycling opportunities there are being arranged around Le Grand Depart.
The actual Grand Depart will be passing through Leyburn and, indeed, passed Cecilia House. Spending time in this area acts as the perfect base to cycle this great county.
" I knew Yorkshire, but I did not realise it was so gorgeous. "
Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour De France
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