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Le Petit Depart 2018

A stunning cycle sportive taking place on Sunday 3rd June 2018.

Le Petit Depart

Craven District Council wishes to develop a partnership with a local charity to become this event's designated charity partner. If you are interested in becoming the event's charity partner then please download the form below.


This event, organised by Craven District Council and Skipton Cycling Club, celebrates the very best cycling the Yorkshire Dales has to offer and follows much of the Tour de France 2014 Stage 1 route.

Starting from Skipton, Le Petit Depart offers two fantastic routes to cater for all abilities.

38 miles

The 38 mile route follows the 2014 Grand Depart route up and back down the magnificent Upper Wharfedale valley, stretching right up into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Riders then return via the stunning Bolton Abbey.

80 miles

The sportive ride is 80 miles over three climbs and follows much of the Tour de France stage 1 taking you and along six dales. From the head of Wharfedale the route goes over Kidstones, the first official climb of the 2014 Tour de France. It continues along the Stage 1 route, returning to Skipton via the impressive Ribblehead viaduct, the quaint market town of Settle and the lovely Malhamdale.

For more information and to enter go to