Olympian praise for Yorkshire

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The Tour de France will pass through the Harrogate district in July.

As the district prepares to host the opening stages, Olympic silver-winning cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has named the county the best cycling destination in the world.

She said: “There’s such a buzz about cycling in Yorkshire at the moment.

“As a county we’ve produced some of the best cyclists in the world and we’re very proud of our cycling history.

“For me, Yorkshire’s the best cycling destination in the world; the scenery’s beautiful and the terrain is tough, relentless even, but it’s training in these conditions that makes Yorkshire’s cyclists such strong competitors.”

She continued: “On top of that, Yorkshire is just a really friendly place to go out on your bike.

“There’s a really strong community spirit here so I know that the locals will be out in force to support the Tour, especially the British teams and riders, and Harewood House is a fantastic setting to bring everyone together to celebrate.

“On a personal level, I’m really looking forward to being a spectator for once and enjoying the race with my family and friends.

“We’ll be getting together at the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling to take part in as many events as we can, from the time trials and family rides to the mountain biking.

“It will be a new experience for me - it’s different from the usual musical festivals and there’ll be so much going on all weekend, I’m even planning to try out glamping.”