While the rest of the world is trembling with World Cup fever, here in God’s country, the anticipation ahead of Le Grand Depart is inescapable. It’s amazing to think that on 5th-6th July, the beauty of Yorkshire’s countryside will be at the forefront of the world’s largest cycling event. What better way to experience Le Tour Yorkshire than to explore the route yourself? Rather excitingly for us, the route passes straight by Snugpak HQ in Silsden!
Cycling is a great way to experience Yorkshire’s countryside, without the pain of having to fill up at a petrol station, and of course, it’s healthy and it’s free! If you haven’t been on a bike for a few years, Britain on Foot has some great advice on how to ease back into cycling: http://www.britainonfoot.co.uk/activities/bike
In the run up to the tour, there’s a selection of cycling events and organised routes to have a go at across the region. ‘Cycle the Dales’ have created a route inspired by the Tour de France: https://cyclethedales.org.uk/route/tour_de_france_in_the_dales/
The Yorkshire Festival of Cycling at Harewood House will be the official starting point of Le Tour Yorkshire. The festival runs throughout the duration of the event 4th-6th July and will include ‘led rides’ to vantage points on the route of Le Tour, with camping options available.
If you’re getting into the spirit of Le Tour Yorkshire and camping at the festival, you’ll need your camping gear to be light if you’re taking your bike along too. Here’s some handy products we have to help:
Our ‘Chrysalis 1’ bag is perfect for activity filled weekends. It compresses to a handy pack size. When opened, its extra space allows air to move around, keeping the bag cooler. So if you’re hot after a days cycling, this is perfect!
For cycling you need lightweight and breathable attire. Our ‘Vapour Active Windtop’ is exceptionally waterproof. Its Paratex Micro Fabric is both breathable and hard wearing, just what you need when you’re cycling.
Cycling is thirsty work, so a durable, leak-proof water bottle is essential. Our Aluminium Drinks Bottle will help keep you going!
So get pedalling, breathe in that fresh air and enjoy!
Viva Le Tour!