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Free tickets for Harrogate event marking 100 days to go until Tour de France

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

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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