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Cycling festival at Harewood House to celebrate le Tour
A cycling festival will be held at Harewood House this summer to mark the arrival of the Tour de France.
The famous race’s Grand Depart is set to pass through Harewood and Wharfedale on its first day, Saturday, July 5.
The Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling, featuring a wide variety of rides, entertainment and camping, will run at Harewood House over the Tour weekend – from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6.
To raise awareness of the event the organisers have created a video that features, among other big names from the sport, Otley Olympian Lizzie Armitstead and the 2006 Tour de France champion, Oscar Pereiro.
ITV cycling presenter Ned Boulting, who donned traditional costume to play a butler in the film, said: “I’ve covered many Tours de France for TV, but the Tour de France in Yorkshire really is going to be something special.
The video, and more details about the festival – which will also include a BMX stunt zone, a 1,000-seat cycle cinema, assault courses, a climbing wall and more – can be viewed online at festivalofcycling.org.