Welcome to Le Petit Depart – a brand new cycle event on Sunday 1st June 2014 that celebrates the very best cycling the Yorkshire Dales has to offer and of course the much anticipated arrival of one of the biggest events in the world sporting calendar, the Tour de France. Le Petit Depart will follow the same route as Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2014. Starting from Skipton, Le Petit Depart offers two fantastic routes to cater for all abilities.
THE SPORTIVE RIDE
This is 78 miles ride follows much of the Tour de France stage 1 taking you over 3 climbs and along 6 dales. From the head of Wharfedale the route goes over Kidstones, the first official climb of the 2014 Tour de France. It continues along the Stage 1 route, returning to Skipton via the impressive Ribblehead viaduct, the quaint market town of Settle and the lovely Malhamdale.
THE RECREATIONAL RIDE
This 33 mile route follows the Grand Depart route up and back down the magnificent Upper Wharfedale valley, stretching right up into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.