Le Petit Grand Depart

The entries for Le Petit Grand Depart are now OPEN!

A brand new cycle event celebrating the very best cycling the Yorkshire Dales has to offer and of course the much anticipated arrival of one of the biggest events in the world sporting calendar, the Tour de France. Le Petit Grand Depart will follow the same route as Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2014. Starting from Skipton, Le Petit Grand Depart offers two fantastic routes to cater for all abilities.



This 33 mile route follows the Grand Depart route up and back down the magnificent Upper Wharfedale valley, stretching right up into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

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” Sean McKibben, Skipton Cycling Club Chairman:



This is 78 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 du 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 Grand Départ and then the Grand Départ.” Alastair Humphreys – born and bred in Yorkshire Dales, round the world cyclist and adventurer. www.alastairhumphreys.com