The Event

Welcome to Le Petit Depart

A brand new cycle in 2014 that is on Sunday 4th June 2017. It celebrates the very best cycling the Yorkshire Dales has to offer and follows much of the Tour de France 2014 Stage 1 route. Starting from Skipton, Le Petit Depart offers two fantastic routes to cater for all abilities.  Sign on from 7.15am and set off between 8am – 10am.

2017 Start Numbers for the event – 1 to 500 on the 80mile Challenge Sportive and 501 to 800 on the 38mile Scenic Sportive – mostly in alphabetical order.

All entrants must read our Rider Road Book 2017 before you ride.

This 38 mile route follows the 2014 Grand Depart route up and back down the magnificent Upper Wharfedale valley, stretching right up into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Riders then return via the stunning Bolton Abbey

This ride is a regular favourite for our club rides, it’s relatively flat and takes you up and back one of the most beautiful Yorkshire Dales” , Skipton Cycling Club Chairperson.

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The Sportive Ride

This is 80 miles over three climbs & follows much of the Tour de France stage 1 taking you over 3 climbs and along 6 dales. From the head of Wharfedale the route goes over Kidstones, the first official climb of the 2014 Tour de France. It continues along the Stage 1 route, returning to Skipton via the impressive Ribblehead viaduct, the quaint market town of Settle and the lovely Malhamdale.

Riding your bike in the Yorkshire Dales is a truly wonderful and joyous thing. I’ve ridden around the world visiting 60 different countries and the Dales are one of the prettiest and most beautiful places to cycle. Enjoy Le Petit Départ.” Alastair Humphreys – born and bred in Yorkshire Dales, round the world cyclist and adventurer.

Check out this great film showing you how good the riding is in Yorkshire:


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This is a community based event, delivered by Craven District Council in partnership with Skipton Cycle Club. The first 3 events has raised £7500 for the club to support the clubs junior programme: Skipton Junior Riders and other cycling development in Skipton.

We had the following fabulous sponsors for 2016- watch out for what they will be sponsoring?

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