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Sign up for Le Petit Depart before it's too late!

Hundreds of locals and visitors are signing up to take part in the third running of the Craven District Council and Skipton Cycle Club sportive cycle event on Sunday 5th June in Skipton.

Le Petit Depart 2015

This year there will be three special awards for the those taking part including prize vouchers from JACS Trade and DIY for the first male and female riders home on the 80mile Challenge Sportive and Keelham Farm Vouchers for the first male and female riders home on the 38 mile Scenic Sportive.

With just over two weeks to go entries are flooding in and the Skipton event looks like it will be as popular as ever. To be sure of a place, cyclists are advised to book quickly - entries close at midnight on Monday May 30th.

Cllr Linda Brockbank, Lead Member for Working with Communities, said: "This is a fantastic event and it's great to see so many people entering this year. The Craven District and the Yorkshire Dales has some truly spectacular scenery and some wonderful roads for cycling on and Le Petit Depart combines these to make a fabulous event."

Gavin Haworth, JACS Marketing Manager, said: "JACS supports several local community events, especially for local people from Skipton and the surrounding area. Le Petit Depart is a fantastic event and we're looking forward to see how our team gets on in the JACS Trade and DIY team challenge."

This year the event has secured some additional sponsorship from two local companies. 

Keelham Farm Shop are supporting the event and have one of their excellent farm shops just at the entrance to the event venue on Gargrave Road. They champion over 400 local suppliers and farmers so their shelves are packed with great Yorkshire produce.  Pop in over Le Petit Depart weekend to see what great local produce they have. 

The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa is also supporting the event following on from their backing of the Skipton Town Centre Criterium Race last July.  Entrants from outside the area can take advantage of their weekend package to stay over and enjoy the luxurious surroundings and service they offer. They offer tree nights for the price of two, with prices starting  from £162 per person based on two people sharing a classic room, to book please call 01756 748080 and quote THE CONISTON ESCAPE.

Anyone who enters the event in the final month will be put into a fabulous prize draw for £300 of bike goodies from Cycle company Hope Technology in Barnoldswick and Vouchers from JACS Trade and DIY.

Le Petit Depart follows much of the Tour de France 2014 Stage 1 route. Starting from Skipton and travelling north into the Dales, the event offers two fantastic routes to cater for all abilities: a 38-mile scenic Sportive ride and an 80-mile challenge.