Cycling: Festival for 2014 Grand Depart

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A cycling festival to be held during next year’s Tour de France will take place July 4-6 at Harewood House near Leeds.

The world famous race begins its 2014 edition in Leeds on July 5 with stage two the following day finishing in Sheffield.

The three-day festival will give cycling fans the opportunity to see the Tour first-hand as it passes through the grounds of Harewood House, one of the great houses of England, during the first stage from Leeds to Harrogate.

In addition, the festival will offer led rides to watch the race from the best vantage points on both stages one and two in Yorkshire. Visitors can watch the Tour action on big screens within the grounds. Visitors will benefit from a large Expo with major and emerging cycling and outdoor brands represented, as well as on-site entertainment, cycling demonstrations and a variety of catering options. Safe bicycle storage will be provided.

There is also the opportunity to follow in the tracks of the Tour riders by getting involved in the various rides, which will be available to members of the public throughout the weekend. These include sportives for all abilities, a women-only Cycletta, kids’ events and more.

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, 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.”

The full schedule of events is at www.festivalofcycling.org

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