Race director Christian Prudhomme joins past and present stars at event which will also see launch of official Grand Départ anthem

Free tickets are now available for an event in Harrogate on 27 March that will mark 100 days to go before Yorkshire hosts the start of the world’s biggest annual sporting event, the Tour de France.

The Y14 event will also feature the debut of official song of the Yorkshire Grand Départ by singer-songwriter Alistair Griffin – more about that in this Yorkshire Post article – as  well as launching the Grand Départ Legacy project and marking the start of the arts festival, Yorkshire 2014.

Race director Christian Prudhomme will be joined by past and present stars of cycling at the chat show-style event, which will take place at Harrogate International Centre from 10.45am and will be presented by TV sports presenter, Rob Walker.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Since 2009, our Y events have heralded the start of the tourism season to help invigorate and galvanise the Yorkshire tourism industry.

“But never before have we had the pleasure of telling people that the world’s largest annual sporting event will be coming to our doorstep in just a few months’ time and the eyes of the entire world will be on Yorkshire.

“Anyone who wants to know more about the Tour coming, is a cycling fan or just wants to be part of this massive event for the county should register now as seats will go fast – especially given it is a free event.”

Tickets, which are free, are expected to go quickly and can be booked at www.yorkshire.com/Y14.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.