Win free tickets to the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling – be at the ceremonial start of the Tour de France
It isn’t every year that the world’s largest annual sporting event comes to England. The first two stages of the 2014 Tour de France are going to be hosted in God’s Own County (that’s Yorkshire in case you were wondering) where huge numbers of roadside spectators and a carnival atmosphere are expected.
Explore will be close to the action with an exhibitor stand at the inaugural Yorkshire Festival of Cycling and we've got five free pairs of tickets to the event to give away. You could join us in the magnificent grounds of Harewood House from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July 2014. The festival will give tens of thousands of cycling fans the opportunity to camp next to Le Tour route, watch the world’s best riders race through the grounds of one of England’s finest estates and enjoy a packed weekend of mass participation events as well as cultural, family and action entertainment.
Win free tickets
To be in with a chance of winning one of five pairs of free tickets to the event (camping not included) simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line 'Festival of cycling tickets' by 10am Friday 20th June 2014. We'll randomly choose five winners from all entries received and let you know how to claim your free weekend pass.
The Tour de France begins in Leeds at around midday on the 5th of July and just 20 minutes later the peloton will ride through the private grounds of Harewood House for the official ceremonial start. The fun starts a couple of hours prior to the peloton as the popular publicity caravan passes along the same route with dozens of colourfully decorated vehicles handing out freebees to the crowds.
Giant screens will enable you to follow all the racing action and will be used to show other sporting events (there is the small matter of the World Cup after all!). A host of mass participation events for all types of riders will be at the heart of the festival for those looking to get involved and it is recommended to sign up as soon as possible onto the rides that will include individual and team time-trials, trail runs and duathlons, kids' races and the extremely popular led-rides to other great vantage points on the Tour route.
The entertainment programme is too long to list in full here but includes concerts, a bespoke mountain bike trail, cycling demonstrations, interviews with cycling celebrities and the army’s lazer quest, paint balling and parachute tower.
The team behind the festival have released this video to really give you a feel for the event.