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Our last speaker event took place at Ripon Cathedral this week. Renowned Le Tour author, Graeme Fife, entertained the audience with accounts of his cycling life and association with Le Tour.


As we move closer to TdF weekend, our film festival takes place at the Curzon Cinema. They have a great selection of cycling films showing between the 4th Julyand 10th July 2014:

The Armstrong Lie

An engrossing documentary about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and the biggest deception in the history of sport

Pantini: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist 

In 1998 Marco Pantini, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia – a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has achieved since. However, less than 6 years later, aged just 34 , he died alone, in a cheap Italian hotel room.

Cycling With Moliere

A warm, funny, literate comedy in which two French actors portray two French actors, friends at odds with one and other in every possible way…


A tomboyish girl challenges Saudi Arabian traditions in this ground-breaking drama. Fun-loving, troublemaking 10 year old Wadjda lives in a suburb of Riyadh. When she sees a lovely green bicycle for sale, she years to have it so that she can beat local boy Abdullah in a race.

Our event at Ripon Cathedral on 4th April with cycling legend Graeme Obree was well attended. Graeme spoke and took questions for over 2 hours and inspired all who attended. There were around 200 people in the audience, with this cycling great telling his life story and intimate details of his life in cycling.


Further details of the Arts and Culture Festival can be found at our Event News section or under the Arts Festival navigation links above. Including the renowned St Cecilia Orchestra and their special Le Tour programme.

Come on, book a place and be inspired!

Things are moving apace in the Le Tour Ripon planning. The Ripon Le Tour 2014 100 mile Sportive is set for the week after the Grande Depart.

Go on, enter the race, set for the 13th July and test yourself on the route itself!

 Click here for details

The Arts and Culture Festival continues with the Jon Sparks  photographic exhibition at Ripon Cathedral for the next 100 days.

Rob Penn not only visited Fountains Abbey to talk about his travels on a bike; he also went to North Stainley to unveil a new artwork – ‘Cancellara’ the Stag!


We’ve also got a number of family bike rides lined up at both Fountains Abbey and Newby Hall, along with some longer Sky Rides from British Cycling and the National Trust. All safely off road, so that the family can enjoy it together. We’re also having some Sky rides from the National Trust at Fountains Abbey, so watch here for the dates.

And on the weekend itself is pedal power with exercise bikes and great prizes, smoothie bikes, a childrens fun tent and a big screen on the Market Place. All with some great food providers just waiting to help feed you while you enjoy watching Le Tour as it speeds through the Dales on route to Ripon!

Please note: The Ripon Festival is a community project inspired by the greatest race on earth. It is a non-commercial venture with the sole aim of inspiring all in the community to celebrate this great event, and to get out and ride.  All money raised from tickets is to cover costs for putting on the events themselves. By supporting us, you support our community. We are extremely grateful for ASO and Welcome to Yorkshire for bringing this great race to our county. 

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