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Yorkshire Cancer Research to cash in on Tour festival

Yorkshire Cancer Research to cash in on Tour festival

Published at 3:24pm 12th March 2014. (Updated at 11:31am 13th March 2014)

A cycling festival set for the Tour de France weekend has announced Yorkshire Cancer Research as its official charity partner.

With 3,000 tent, caravan and motorhome pitches set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Velofest is expected to be one of the most popular places to watch the Yorkshire Grand Départ.

Taking place from 3 to 6 July in Kilnsey, near Grassington, the event will include cycling trade stands, a Yorkshire Food Village, a Savage Skills stunt show, giant screens showing the race and live music.

The Stage 1 route will pass directly by the Velofest site, while the Stage 2 route is just a short drive away.

Tom Hawkins, event director, said: "We are delighted to announce Yorkshire Cancer Research as our official charity partner.

"The Grand Départ will showcase the very best of Yorkshire and we are proud to support a local charity that helps cancer patients right here in the county. We're happy to be helping to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer."

Andy Pierce, events manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, added: "Being the charity partner for Velofest will give us unprecedented access to thousands of people from Yorkshire and beyond. It will be a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about who we are and what we do, as well as helping us to promote our own cycling event, The Dales Rider, which will take place later in the year.

"We'd like to thank the organisers for their support."

For more information on Velofest, visit the website.

To find out more about Yorkshire Cancer Research, click here.