We really regret that LE PETIT DEPART SPORTIVE is now cancelled on 6 June 21

Due to Covid restrictions still in place Skipton Cycling Club has decided that the event can no longer happen in the way that we would like.  All entrants will be getting an email explaining the options for the fee that you have paid. Thank you for your interest in our event.

A fabulous cycle event, which takes place on Sunday 6th June 2021.  It showcases the very best cycling the Yorkshire Dales has to offer and follows much of the 2014 Tour de France,  most Tour de Yorkshire route and the 2019 World Championship road race route. Starting from Skipton an official Start Town for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire.


Available in both a unisex fit (Red) or Ladies fit (Black/Pink).  Prize draw will take place at the event so sign up today for your chance to win. Winner will then chose the bike and have it fitted at one of the Chevin Cycles 


This year Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice is our designated charity and we have raised over £500 from rider donations towards the charity: thank you. 

They provide expert palliative care, advice and support for local people who are living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families. This specialist care and support are free to the users but Manorlands needs to raise £2.1 million per year, to keep this essential provision in our local area.

  Fundraising Pack and Sponsor Form

Starting from Skipton, Le Petit Depart offers Four fantastic routes to cater for all abilities.

The Routes:

The NEW 100 mile Challenge Sportive : riders follow the 80miler route to Aysgarth feed and then the route heads over into Swaledale via Grinton Moor then along the dale and back over the famous Buttertubs to rejoin the 80miler route at Hawes. You then follow the 80miler route back via stunning Ribblehead, Settle and Malhamdale.  Cut off at Settle at 3.30pm with shortcut back to Skipton


The original 80 mile Sportive route 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 to Hawes, returning to Skipton via the impressive Ribblehead viaduct, the quaint market town of Settle and the lovely Malhamdale.

Looking down Kidstones Climb – Stunning!

Enter now for chance to win some great Hope goodies. Winner drawn on the day of the event for you to take home with you.


The NEW 49 mile Scenic Long ride adds on a really magical trip up beyond Kettlewell to Buckden to the foot of Cote du Kidstones followed by a fast run back to Kettlwell and rejoin the 38mile scenic route.


The 38 mile Scenic 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. The route returns via the stunning Bolton Abbey.

“This ride is a regular favorite for our Club rides, it’s relatively flat and takes you up and back one of the most beautiful Yorkshire dales” Skipton Cycling Club Chair.

Upper Wharfedale – just after riding under Kilnsey Crag


The event includes a Team Challenge Trophy which is for teams of 5 rider to take part and see who can do the best average speed. Download Team Entry 2019

The event starts and finishes at the CRAVEN CATTLE MARTS, Gargrave Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1UD, which we think works pretty well for hosting a sportive!  We open up at 7am to park and sign on with the 100milers starting from 7.30am,the 80milers starting from 8am and then the 49 and 38mile riders starting at 9am


“I would like to say thanks for organising a brilliant event, in some of the best countryside and scenery in the UK. I’ve cycled in a lot of Sportives and I can honestly say; Le Petite Depart was the best for food stops (pies and bacon rolls wow) organisation and friendly hospitality and even more food at the end.”

Entry Details

    • Ensure you register early for this event using the British Cycling event entry system as well as off line team entry system.
    • The event is fully insured via the comprehensive British Cycling event insurance (see here).
    • Prize drawn for the Chevin Cycles Bike and Hope Wheelset will take place on the day of the event.  Only pre-entered riders eligible for this.  On the day entries may not be included in the prize draw
    • Chip timing, Rider Bike Number, 3 Feedstops, Fully Waymarked, Marshals at key junctions, Full route Medical and Mechanical cover, post ride meal and event T-shirt: super friendly Skipton Cycle Club volunteers 🙂
    • There will be cut offs for the 100 miler and 80 miler so our super volunteers don’t miss out post event curry nite out!
    • You must be 16 or over to ride the 100 and 80mile Sportive ride and under 18’s on this ride must ride with a parent or guardian.
    • Under 16’s are free to enter the 38 Mile Scenic ride with their parent or guardian. All under 16’s must have 1 to 1 supervision on the ride and must have successfully completed their Bikeability level 2.
    • Standard entry price of £37 for the 100 miler, £35 for the 80 miler, £27 for the 49 miler and £25 for the 38mile (+£1 British Cycling Admin fee).
    • Team entry also available for 5 riders to challenge themselves for the JACS Team Challenge Trophy – average team speed.  Team Entry 2019
    • The event is not for profit and half of the surplus raised will be used by Skipton Cycling Club to develop and support its new junior cycle section as a Tour de France legacy project. We have raised over £13,000 over the past 6years.
    • A full rider road book will be sent to you in May. This will give you full details about the event and on the day information.   Past Rider Road Book  can be read here
    • Mechanical support at start, route junction marshals and feedstops.

Event Organiser:  Mark Wilkins 0782 443 1217


The final Rider Times can be found here: 2019 Rider Times well done everyone

The Team Challenge Trophy was taken home by Otley CC: well done team.

JACS Trade and DIY Team Challenge
Position Average Speed KPH Team Name No of Riders
1 25.55 Otley CC 5
2 24.06 TEAM JACS 4
3 23.09 Skipton Cycling Club 5
4 22.86 Ilkley Cycling Club 100 Milers 5
5 22.81 Oldfield Z 5
6 22.8 Oldfield X 4
7 22.8 Oldfield Y 5
8 21.76 Skiing Mango’s 4
9 21.53 Holy Rollers Cycling Club – Bury 5
10 21.35 Ilkley Cycling Club 80 Milers 5
11 19.42 Ilkley Cycling Club 49 Milers
12 18.68 Garners Family 3
13 18.38 Holmfirth Cycling Club 4
14 18.36 Hottubbers 4
15 17.56 Cycle Sport Pendle 4
16 13.85 Symonds Family 4
17 11.5 Ilkley Cycling Club 38 Milers 5

Congratulations to Sara Furguson who won the Hope Wheelset and Congratulations to Janet Yau who won a fabulous Trek Domane AL 2 from the  excellent Chevin Cycles in our free bike draw.   

2018 Rider times below and a new course record with Andy Cunningham from Ilkley CC shaving few more minutes off the record.  Well done.

Andy’s super fast ride  didn’t help Ilkley CC secure the JACS Trade and DIY Team Challenge Trophy which is for the Team with the best average speed. It was super tight with 4 teams really close and the honors for the 2nd year in a row went to Team JACS.  Congratulations to all the teams that took part and we had record entries in this field.

Position Team Name Average Speed No in Team
1 Team “JACS” 26.76 5
2 Skipton Cycling Club 26.72 5
3 BMCC 26.58 3
4 Ilkley Cycling Club 26.39 5
5 Craven Energy 24.59 5
6 Oldfield NVA A 22.43 5
7 Oldfield NVA 1 22.43 4
8 Hope 22.14 3
9 Otley CC 21.66 5
10 Les Hobbits De Blackshawhead 21.43 5
11 Garforth Velo 21.12 5
12 Team Wilson 20.85 3
13 Dads n Lads Bronte Tykes 20.76 6
14 Team Dickinson 20.19 3
15 Team N.E.T. Jr 20.10 5
16 Hot Tubbers 19.84 3
17 Craven Energy – Scenic Team 19.08 3
18 chips curry and rice 18.58 3
19 Campanologists 17.62 4
20 Live Laugh Learn Play 16.24 5
21 Ilkley Cycling Club – Scenic Team 15.81 5
22 McferKIb 15.50 5
23 Narrogate Hova Wags 13.53 3
24 Otley CC – Scenic Team 11.14 5

2018 Rider Times and Team List

2017 Rider Times – New Course Record for Seth Smith and his crew.

2016 Rider Times – fastest rider home was Lisa Dickinson!

2015 Rider Times

2014 Rider Times

Many thanks for looking at our event page & Happy Riding,

Le Petit Depart Team rewarded in Beer from the excellent North Brewing Co