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A brand new event for 2014 to celebrate the Yorkshire Grand Depart of Le Tour!

We wanted to do something special to mark this huge occasion in Yorkshire and what better way than riding 101 miles of the 101st Tour de France, here on our own roads!

The event is not a one hit wonder, it will become part of the legacy of the Grand Tour and its visit to Yorkshire in 2014. We anticipate thousands of riders will take part and we’ve priced the event to be as accessible as possible to all without compromising the great features we offer.

The Ripon Tour Sportive will depart from Ripon Race Course (with camping available) and head out quickly to join the route of stage 1 of the 2014 Tour Route.

Over the 101 miles you will ride through the amazing North Yorkshire countryside on the same now hallowed roads as used in Le Tour the previous week. The roads will still be painted with the riders names and you too will feel like a Tour Star as you ascend these great climbs alongside thousands of other Sportive riders.

The short route at 40 miles takes in some spectacular scenery and a challenging climb to Lofthouse before an amazing long decent to join Le Tour route for a fast run in to the Ripon finish.

Full details will be launched on a specific event website very soon and online entry will be open from 1st December on the http://www.entrylive.com/ site.

Long Route £30   Short Route £25

The Ripon Tour Sportive | velo29eventsvelo29events.

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A MAJOR new cycling road race will take place in a North-East town centre next year.

Durham County Council is working with Guisborough-based company Velo 29 to host the event in Bishop Auckland on August 8, 2014.

It is hoped the event will attract thousands of visitors to the town and give a much-needed boost to the economy.

Organisers hope it will attract elite cyclists and become as popular as the tour series city centre race, which has taken place in Durham City over the past few years.

Speaking at a meeting of Bishop Auckland Town Council on Tuesday, July 30, John Thurlbeck, of Durham County Council, said details were still being finalised but in addition to the race, other activities and entertainment are being planned.

He asked the town council to consider contributing financially to the event, a proposal which will be discussed at the next meeting of the finance committee.

Mayor Councillor David Fleming said: “I think this can only be a positive for the town. It would certainly boost the economy.”

Councillor Sam Zair added: “This has to be fantastic news for Bishop Auckland. I whole-heartedly support this.”

via New cycling road race set to give Bishop Auckland a boost (From The Northern Echo).

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