Harrogate to host cycling festival

Fireworks go off at Leeds Town Hall as the route for the 2014 Grand Depart is revealed.

Fireworks go off at Leeds Town Hall as the route for the 2014 Grand Depart is revealed.

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The Tour de France will arrive in Harrogate in just over a year, on July 5, 2014.

As excitement builds for the event, which will see millions of spectators line the streets of towns across North Yorkshire, Harrogate will this weekend host a cycling festival.

Sunday’s Killinghall Moor event will run between 10am and 3pm.

Harrogate Borough Council’s Sports Development Team are launching the festival, which will mark the end of National Bike Week.

HBC Sports and Play Development Officer Joanne Armstrong said: “We are keen to get people of all ages and abilities to join us.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a keen cycler or just want to get back into the saddle, we would love to see you.

“Cycling is a fantastic way to keep fit, it’s cost effective and environmentally friendly.

“But perhaps more important, it is great fun and something you can do as a family.

“Our roads and countryside really wowed the Tour de France organisers.

“So start with us and really get to know what’s available on your doorstep. You never know, we might find the future Bradley Wiggins or Mark Cavendish.”

On offer will be pump track activities, including a chance to learn to ride and racing on the track, toddler bike sessions with Harrogate Cycle Hire and BMX ramps.

North Yorkshire Police will be on hand to mark bikes, there will be gentle led rides, and the Big Red Bike Company will offer advice on cycle security.

More information on the event is available at www.harrogate.gov.uk/sportsdevelopment

The cycle festival is expected to draw crowds, as the York Cycle Show, scheduled for this weekend, was cancelled earlier this year.

See next week’s Harrogate Advertiser for ourmonthly Tour de France countdown page.