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Le Petit Grand Départ, cycle sportive, Skipton

18th May 2014


Skipton Cycle Club and Craven District Council are organising a cycle sportive on Sunday 1st June 2014, called Le Petit Grand Départ. It starts from Craven Cattle Mart, Skipton, which is the event HQ. The sportive is part of La Fête du Tour, a weekend's celebration of the imminent arrival of the Tour de France.

There are two routes. The recreational ride (£11) is 33 miles up to Kettlewell and back. The sportive ride (£31) is 78 miles, and partly follows the route of Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour. It goes up to Kettlewell and Buckden, then over Kidstones Pass (the Côte de Cray) to Bishopdale and Aysgarth. At Hawes, it diverges from the Tour route, climbing Widdale to arrive at Ribblehead, then passing close to Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent, and travelling through Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Settle on the way back to Skipton. There are three major climbs, and it's likely to take 5 hours or more.

Entry is via the British Cycling event entry system.

Welcome to Yorkshire have this quote from Bruce Dinsmore of Craven DC: 'The council's Tour de France celebrations will start with Le Petit Grand Départ, which will be an annual sportive event on the route of the Tour de France. This will also be the first of our legacy projects, establishing Craven as a first class cycling destination.'

This Vimeo video shows Skipton Cycle Club on the route of the sportive:

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