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Three-day cycling festval in Yorkshire next year to coincide with Tour de France Grand Depart

Harewood House near Leeds will provide spectacular setting to celebration of cycling

Harewood House near Leeds will next July play host to a three-day long event, Yorkshire’s Festival of Cycling, timed to coincide with the Tour de France’s Grand Départ.

The festival – announced this morning, coincidentally on Yorkshire Day – will take place from Friday 4 July to Sunday 6 July.

The grounds of the 18th Century stately home, built for the Lascelles family who still own it, feature on the route of Stage 1 of the race as it goes from Leeds to Harrogate, and there will be big screens so visitors can catch all the action.

There will also be led rides to specific locations on the opening two stages of the Tour, as well as a cycling expo, catering, secure bike storage, and camping facilities.

The festival’s director, Christopher Newton, said: “The Festival of Cycling will be the hub for the Tour in Yorkshire and the perfect way to witness the race’s unrivalled atmosphere.

“But it’s not just about watching; our visitors can participate in many different events throughout the weekend – all made easy by on-site camping in the magnificent Harewood grounds.”

Besides that, there will also be sportives, including a women-only Cycletta event, which will enable riders to follow the same roads used by the Tour.

Those rides are being organised by Human Race whose director, Nick Rusling, said: “There’s no better way to enjoy the Tour weekend in Yorkshire than to get on your bike and participate.

“With events for everyone on offer, there will be something to choose from no matter what your age or level of experience.”

More information is available on the Festival of Cycling website, where you can also register for updates.

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme – pictured above right with David Lascelles, the 8th Earl of Harewood, said: "We just can't wait to come to Yorkshire for the Grand Depart in 2014.

“It's a spectacular region and we hope that fans will come from all over and experience it first hand. With beautiful venues like Harewood House, there will be some incredible places to watch and some great ways to get involved."

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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skippy | 10 years ago

Whose autograph ? Chris froome , i suspect !

My comment elsewhere with link to Petition for a NEW UCI Constitution !

" jim burn aka phat the rat mc q who is attempting to emulate the " dear leader " & robert mugabe is reaping what he sowed last December 2012 !

When he reviews the 1970s and his contempt for IOC Rules & Regs , should he be surprised that he has earned the ire of ALL Stakeholders ?

My comment elsewhere :

" WAS unaware of the 90 day rule until now ! However , i am not paid Salary to uphold the UCI Constitution , jim burn ( who thinks he is a combo of mugabe & “the dear leader “) aka phat the rat , certainly draws Salary , even if he chooses a devious course !

My petition today :

deserves support , yet because people have to reveal their name , appears to be a non starter !

When phat is returned as President , it will give me great satisfaction to see people squirming for they are the beneficiary of his unethical behaviour in the future !

You reap what you sow ! Inaction will result in a lot of whining !

HOW MANY OF YOU WANT TO SIT BACK and let events pass you by ?

stealth | 10 years ago

Interesting! Pleased to see that there will be camping.

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