Cycling festival to honour Tour

Christian Prudhomme and Lord Harewood launch the cycling festival which will be staged during next year's visit of the Tour de France. (S)

Christian Prudhomme and Lord Harewood launch the cycling festival which will be staged during next year's visit of the Tour de France. (S)

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A new cycling festival to be held during next year’s Tour de France was launched today in the Wetherby area.

Yorkshire’s Festival of Cycling will be held from July 4-6 next year at Harewood House.

The three-day festival will give cycling fans the opportunity to see the Tour de France first-hand as it passes through the grounds of the historic stately home during Stage One (on Saturday July 5) from Leeds to Harrogate.

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 festival will also offer escorted rides to watch the race from the best vantage points on both stages one and two in Yorkshire. Visitors can also enjoy the Tour action on big screens within the grounds.

Set in the picturesque grounds of Harewood House, the Festival of Cycling will be a celebration of all things two wheeled.

The Big Sleep will offer camping and glamping so visitors can enjoy the Tour experience all weekend.

Visitors will benefit from a large Expo with major and emerging cycling and outdoor brands represented, as well as on-site entertainment focusing on a central stage, an array of cycling demonstrations delivered by Cycle Tours UK and a variety of catering options. Safe bicycle storage will also be provided.

Christopher Newton, Director of Festival of Cycling, 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.”

Visit www.festivalofcycling.org