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Wife of cyclist killed in road collision says he 'always had a smile on his face'

The wife of a cycling coach killed in a road collision has paid tribute to her husband, saying he 'always had a smile on his face.'

Craig Armitage, aged 44, was taking part in the Otley Reliability Ride to Kettlewell last Sunday when he was killed.

Hundreds of people turned out for a memorial bike ride in Otley in his honour yesterday (Sunday February 22, 2015).

Jill Armitage said she hoped her husband's legacy would continue within the cycling community he was such an integral part of.

Friends of cyclist killed in accident urge people not to be put off

The family and friends of a popular cyclist killed when his bike collided with a car have urged people not to be put off cycling.

Yesterday hundreds of family and friends turned out for a ride in Craig Armitage's memory.

He ran coaching sessions with his business partner Jonny Farnaby on Otley Chevin.

They had planned to give free sessions to inspire children ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire.

He was killed last Sunday near Bolton Abbey - but Jonny told Calendar that Craig would not have wanted people to be put off cycling:

Widow thanks community in mourning

Hundreds of cyclists have turned out today to ride in memory of a popular father-of-three who was killed in a cycling accident a week ago near Bolton Abbey. Craig Armitage ran cycle coaching classes for children in Otley and was well known in the area. In her report Helen Steel talks to his mother Joan and friends Jonny Farnaby and Tristan Emptage but it starts with the words of his widow Jill.

Mother of cyclist says she is "humbled" by turnout in honour of her son

The mother of a cyclist killed during a cycling event last weekend told Calendar she is overwhelmed by the amount of people who turned out to a tribute ride today.

Craig Armitage was well known in the cycling world - coaching children and teaching them about bike safety.

His mother Joan said she felt 'humbled' today:

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Hundreds of cyclists pay their respects to friend killed in road collision

Otley comes to a standstill to pay tribute to dead cyclist Credit: Helen Steel

Hundreds of cyclists are riding out in West Yorkshire today in honour of their friend who died in an accident on a country road near Bolton Abbey last weekend.

Forty-four-year-old father of three, Craig Armitage, was taking part in the Otley Reliability Ride to Kettlewell last Sunday when he was killed.

Friends have described Mr Armitage as a family man who was passionate about cycling and helping others. Along with friend and business partner, Jonathan Farnaby, he had started up Otley-based cycle coaching firm In Gear Coaching.

Today those friends held a minute's silence at the Lawnswood Arms, Otley Road, Leeds, before riding his favourite routes.

Cavendish returns to track after Grand Départ crash

Mark Cavendish will return to the track next month to ride in the Ghent Six Day races.

Cavendish dislocated his shoulder on Stage One of Le Grand Départ

The 29-year-old Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider is bidding to recover peak condition after requiring shoulder surgery following a crash on stage one of the Tour de France in Harrogate.

The Ghent Six Day, which takes place from November 18 to 23, is a series of races taking place in front of a passionate Belgian crowd.

Cavendish will compete alongside Iljo Keisse, his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team-mate.

Le Tour boss welcomes new Yorkshire race

The Director of the Tour de France has welcomed the announcement that there will be a new international cycle race launching in the county next year:

Christian Prudhomme says Yorkshire is a "gorgeous" venue for cycle racing

We knew Yorkshire was gorgeous and there was a real passion for the Tour, but now we know after the unforgettable Grand Départ that people love the sport of cycling. It is now time to work together to bring a new race that will see some amazing riders and passionate crowds once again line the streets.

– Christian Prudhomme
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