Harewood House cycling festival to celebrate the arrival of Grand Depart

Lord Harewood, left, and Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme launching Yorkshire’s Festival of Cycling at Harewood House last August

Lord Harewood, left, and Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme launching Yorkshire’s Festival of Cycling at Harewood House last August

First published in Local news

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 promotional 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, plays 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.

“For me, there was no better way to get in the mood than to dress up as a butler at the grand Harewood House; serving champagne is a skill I didn’t know I had until now.”

The video, and more details about the festival – which will include a BMX stunt zone, a 1,000-seat cycle cinema, assault courses, a climbing wall and more – can be viewed at festivalofcycling.org.

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