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Beat the Brownlees at the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling this July

by Nick Gregory

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Human Race and the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling have recently announced the participation events that will take place throughout the festival this July.

Those attending the festival - situated at the Official Ceremonial Start of this year's Tour de France - will be able to take part in a host of running and cycling events. These will cover a range of distances to suit all abilities, and will take place on both the private roads around the magnificent Harewood House, and off-road trails. 

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2012 Olympic medalists and Yorkshire residents Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, ambassadors for the festival, are encouraging visitors to take part in the events as part of a drive to get the nation active this summer, and visitors to the festival will have the chance to beat them. 

Alistair said: "As well as seeing the Tour roll through, there will be lots to do for all the family in the grounds of Harewood House. The led rides are the best way to catch all the tour action from two different locations. Jonny and I are off to Harewood soon to set times in the trail runs and individual time trials on the bike." 

The festival itself - a celebration of the Tour de France setting off from Yorkshire - runs from Friday 4th July to Sunday 6th July, with the race passing through the spectacular Harewood House festival site, giving visitors a chance to see the most famous bike race in the world up close. Riders arrive from Leeds and pause to meet visiting dignitaries before the official start outside the front of the house.

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Human Race, who will be arranging the participation events, are giving those at the festival a unique chance to follow in The Tour's tracks. Watching The Tour will be exhilarating enough, but with led rides on offer participants have the opportunity to see The Tour at various points as it winds its way through Yorkshire. 

The festival organisers have been liaising closely with Yorkshire Police and Traffic Management teams to avoid the necessary road closures in order to give unmatched views of the Tour. The led rides will be available to all, with gentle (12mph), medium (15mph) and quick (18mph) options. There will also be a special ambassador led ride on the Friday afternoon. 

The festival will also feature off-road trail runs (5km and 10km), duathlons (10km run, 18km bike, 5km run) and access to the 5km bike course each day. For those keen to stick to the roads, there will be a 3.9km bike circuit for team, individual and enduro time trials, as well as family fun rides for those who want a non-competitive, gentler pace. 

There's plenty for the kids too, with the Human Race scootathlons making an appearance. These are for children aged 4-8 with the swim element of a triathlon replaced with a scoot. 

For more information about the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling head to: www.festivalofcycling.org. For a full list of participation events, including prices and times, head to: www.humanrace.co.uk.