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28/01/2014 - "Le Petit Depart" Sportive on June 1st

Be a Tour de France rider in Le Petit Depart on June 1st. Skipton Cycling Club and Craven District Council are launching a new annual event for cyclists of all abilities. The unique routes will follow much of the spectacular Tour de France stage 1.

Petit Depart image Starting from Skipton Auction Mart, there are two distances to choose from.
The 78 mile route will take more experienced riders over 3 climbs and along 6 dales. The route leads through Wharfedale over 'Cote de Cray' at Kidstones, the first official climb of the 2014 Tour de France. It continues along the Stage 1 route, before returning to Skipton via the famous Ribblehead viaduct and through scenic Settle and Malhamdale.
The 33 mile route is relatively flat and therefore suitable for less experienced riders. It follows the Grand Depart route up and back down the magnificent Upper Wharfedale valley in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Tour de France Legacy

Le Petit Depart is a community event, created and promoted by local riders and proceeds from the event will go to the Skipton Junior Riders to promote youth cycling.

Skipton Cycling Club Chairman Sean Mckibben says: "At Skipton Cycling Club we wanted to celebrate the arrival of the Tour de France in style and we think Le Petit Depart does just that. We're privileged to be working with Craven Council to deliver the event, combining the club's experience of cycling events and knowledge of the local roads the Tour will soon be rolling along with the council's expertise in event planning."

"The Tour de France legacy starts here", adds Councillor Simon Meyers of Craven District Council. "This sportive will be an annual event and is one of many initiatives to ensure Craven will take its place as a world class destination for cycling and cycling tourism."

Early bird discount

Enter before February 7th to take advantage of the early registration discount. Entry fees are currently £28 for the 78 mile timed event and £ 10 for the 33 mile ride. The entry fees will go up by about 15 per cent on February 7th.

All entries are via British Cycling.

Kids go free!

Kids under 16 (on June 1st) can enter the 33 mile ride for free, but must ride with a parent or guardian. They must have passed their level 2 Bikeability and be over the age of 12. Entrants for the 78 mile event must be 16 or over on June 1st.

Spot Prizes

Over the coming months the event will be offering some special spot prizes worth £400.  Follow us on Twitter to find out more. All entrants will automatically be included in the spot prizes.

More information

For more information and to enter please see the event website: Le Petit Depart