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Yorkshire prepares for Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling as the 2014 Tour de France race route is announced

The full route of the 2014 Tour de France was officially announced yesterday, with it being confirmed that the Grand Depart will leave Leeds and pass through the magnificent grounds of Harewood House and the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling.

The announcement in Paris yesterday included details of all stages in the three-week race, including the full route for Stages 1 and 2, held in Yorkshire and Stage 3 held from Cambridge to London.

Stage 1 will start in Leeds and head to Harewood House and the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling. Riders will then visit the surrounding villages of Ilkley, Otley and Ripon on the way to Harrogate, where sprinter Mark Cavendish will be hoping to take the yellow jersey in his mother’s hometown.

Taking place from 4th-6th July 2014, the 3-day festival will give tens of thousands of cycling fans the opportunity to see the Tour de France first-hand on Saturday 5th July en route to Harrogate, with dignitaries due to wave the riders on from the steps of the Grade I listed building.

The festival will offer camping so that visitors can enjoy the Tour experience all weekend and, when the riders have raced through the grounds of Harewood House, view the rest of the action on big screens. Visitors will benefit from a large Expo with major and emerging cycling and outdoor brands represented, as well as on-site entertainment including films, live music, interactive cycling demonstrations, inspirational talks and more.

The Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling’s set up will also mean that participants can watch Stage 2 on the race route by taking part in led rides from Harewood House.

Visitors will have the unique opportunity to follow in the tracks of the Tour riders by getting involved in the various rides, which will be available to festival-goers throughout the weekend. These will include sportives for all abilities, a womens-only Cycletta, criteriums and kids’ events as well as mountain biking, duathlons and trail running.

Harewood House will also be home to VIP hospitality for corporate guests and individuals.

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Christopher Newton, Director of Harewood Events Ltd, organisers of the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling, said: “Ever since Yorkshire won its bid to host the Grand Depart we have felt like an integral part of the 2014 Tour, so yesterday’s route announcement was an exciting day for everyone at Harewood House.”

He added: “We hope that the dual prospects of another vintage race and a third year of British success will encourage people to come along to see where it all begins and enjoy the unique atmosphere at the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling.”

Full event information and ticket prices for the event will be revealed shortly. For more information on the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling, please visit: https://www.festivalofcycling.org

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