The Event

Welcome to Le Petit Depart

A brand new cycle event last year that is on Sunday 31st May 2015. It celebrates the very best cycling the Yorkshire Dales has to offer and follows much of the Tour de France 2014 Stage 1 route. Starting from Skipton, Le Petit Depart offers two fantastic routes to cater for all abilities.

NEWS: Rider times here in PDF or Excel

Rider Times

Sportive Rider Times

Recreation Rider Times

This year we have added in Gold, Silver & Bronze categories based upon your time.  Sportive riders get a Gold standard for sub 5hours, Silver for Sub 6:30min and rest get Bronze.  Recreational riders get a Gold standard for sub 2:30mins, Silver for sub 3hours and rest get Bronze.  Tough conditions this year: well done everyone.

NEWS – 20th May 2015

We have just sold out of the original 400 places but have released another 50 places for this ride.  Price is now £15 for the ride only and £20 for ride and meal

NEWS – 18th May 2015

For those entering this year please find the essential rider briefing for you to read prior to attending the event. Hopefully this will answer any questions you have, but if not, just ask one of the friendly Skipton CC members when you arrive. Rider Briefing 2015  See you all on Sunday 31st May

Please note that no tri bars or triathlon bikes will be allowed to ride the event: sorry British Cycling rules!

The Recreational Ride: New Route

This 38 mile route follows the 2014 Grand Depart route up and back down the magnificent Upper Wharfedale valley, stretching right up into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Riders then return via the stunning Bolton Abbey

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.

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The Sportive Ride

This is 8o 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 de 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 Départ.” Alastair Humphreys – born and bred in Yorkshire Dales, round the world cyclist and adventurer.

Check out this great film showing you how good the riding is in Yorkshire:


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This is a community based event, delivered by Craven District Council in partnership with Skipton Cycle Club. The 2014 event raised £4000 for the club to support the clubs junior programme: Skipton Junior Riders.

We had the following fabulous sponsors for 2015- watch out for what they will be sponsoring?

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