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Tour de Yorkshire cycling event to feature women's race

It has been announced that this year's Tour de Yorkshire cycling event will also feature a women's race.

Tour de Yorkshire cycling event to feature women's race Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The women's road race will held on the York circuit of the Tour de Yorkshire when it visits the town on Saturday the second of May. The inaugural event - which follows on from last year's Grand Depart - will begin in Bridlington the day before.

Hundreds say final farewell to Otley's "hero" cyclist

The family and friends they described as 'a hero' in the cycling community have said their final goodbyes.

Craig Armitage

Craig Armitage died after his bike collided with a car during an event in North Yorkshire. A few days later, those he rode alongside paid tribute in a mass cycle through Otley.

He was looking forward to what he was going to be doing with his cycling - teaching kids, coaching them.

I remember speaking to him just before he left that day, he was so passionate.

– Gary Hudson

The father-of-three regularly raised money for charity by long-distance rides. Since his death, friends have raised more than £16,000 to support his family.

Hundreds turned out in Craig's home town to pay their respects at his funeral:

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Funeral to take place for Otley cyclist

The funeral takes place today of a cycling coach from Otley who died in a road accident last month.

Craig Armitage was taking part in a cycling event when he was in collision with a car near Bolton Abbey.

Hundreds turned out for a bike ride in his memory a week later. His private funeral takes place at Otley Parish Church later today.

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:

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