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York gears up for weekend of cycling

Cycling fever is set to hit York once again this weekend as the annual Festival of Cycling and Sky Ride York take place in the city.

The York Festival of Cycling will once again take place in Rowntree Park over the weekend with all sorts of pedal powered activities for residents and visitors to take part in. There will be bikes of all shapes and sizes including adaptive bikes and penny farthings for people to test ride.

There will also be an 'AirBag' for dare devils to try out their tricks on without the worry of a hard landing. Stunt team 'The Clan' will be on hand throughout the weekend to entertain people with their breathtaking stunt show, showing some of the amazing tricks that can be done on two wheels.

Tomorrow Sky Ride York will take place giving people the chance to ride around a 5.6km traffic free loop taking in some of the city's picturesque streets and historic landmarks.

The route will be open from 10.30am-4pm giving residents the chance to ride it as much, or as little as they want and at a pace to suit everyone.

After the amazing success of the Tour de France in York, this weekend gives people who may not be seasoned cyclists the chance to give cycling a go in a friendly and safe environment.

"People will even get the rare opportunity to ride on traffic free roads in the centre of York, just like the professional cyclists who took part in the Tour de France."

– Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism

Cavendish to ride Tour of Britain

Mark Cavendish plans to ride the Tour of Britain in September after missing out on Omega Pharma-Quick Step's squad for the Vuelta a Espana.

Cavendish dislocated his shoulder on Stage One of Le Grand Départ

Cavendish, 29, returned to racing last week after suffering shoulder ligament damage in a crash on the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate.

While his team will go to the Vuelta to support Rigoberto Uran in the general classification, Cavendish will ride in the Tour du Poitou Charentes (August 26-29) before the Tour of Britain, which runs from September 7-14.

After the injury both myself and the Team set a goal to get slowly back into a race environment at the Tour de l'Ain which I've now done. It was not an easy race for me because naturally my shoulder was still bothering me a little as it continues to get stronger each day. Now the next step is another shorter stage race at Poitou Charents. We will continue to monitor my condition week by week; as things stand it's impossible to know how I'll be feeling each week considering the severity of the injury and the accelerated recovery time. One thing is for sure, I would like to be at the start for the Tour of Britain for another chance to race in front of British fans again this year which holds lots of fond memories. My goal there will be to do the best I possibly can depending on the condition I'm in.

– Mark Cavendish

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Leuluai signs Rhinos extension

Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai, 36, has confirmed he will remain a Rhino for the 2015 season as he looks to continue his career at the very top of the game.

Kylie Leuluai to stay for 2015 season Credit: Press Association

In his eight season with the Rhinos, Leuluai has made more metres per carry than any other forward at the club with an average gain of 8.12m per carry and is one of only five props in Super League who have made over eight metres per carry this season.

I am enjoying playing the game and I am not ready to finish yet. I enjoy being with the boys and being associated with the club and that was important for me however the decision was always going to be performance related, especially in my position and what I can do for the team. There are certain levels and requirements that are required of you in any team, but especially with this group of players, and, like any job, you have to be able to meet those requirements.

– Kylie Leuluai

Leuluai is now just one appearance short of equally the legendary Arthur Clues in the all time list of overseas players for the club. Clues made 236 appearances for Leeds between 1947 and 1954 whilst only Australians Frank O’Rourke, Dinny Campbell and Eric Harris are above Leuluai and Clues in the all time list.

Cycling legend Brian Robinson joins Twitter

Cycling legend Brian Robinson has joined Twitter.

The 83-year-old signed up on Wednesday and his first tweet was to thank well-wishers for support after his crash:

Cycling legend itching to get back in the saddle after crash

The cycling pioneer Brian Robinson, who helped bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire, is back home from hospital after an accident while out riding his bike.

Brian, 83, was the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour in the fifties.

He is battered and bruised, but overwhelmed by good wishes from around the world and already planning his return to the saddle.

Jon Hill went to meet him:

Calendar's Tour expert to bow out at Sheffield Grand Prix

ITV Calendar's resident Tour de France expert and professional cyclist Dean Downing is to compete in his final race tonight.

The Sheffield Grand Prix will be the Rotherham-born rider's last event.

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Father of bike crash teen welcomes Jersey helmet law

It is a year to the day since sixteen year old Ryan Smith from Chapel St Leonards was knocked off his bike on his way to work. His father, Mark, was told that it was unlikely he would survive. But one year on Ryan is making remarkable progress and though Mark has not been able to make cycle helmets compulsary here in the UK, he has welcomed news that they have just become a legal requirement for children in Jersey. Adam Fowler looks back over Ryan's year.

Ryan's father Mark and Luke Griggs from the charity Headway came into Calendar's studio to talk about Jersey's decision to make it compulsory for children to wear cycle helmets.

Cycle helmet law change in Jersey welcomed by Lincolnshire father

The father of a Lincolnshire cyclist left brain-damaged after hit by van has welcomed news that it is now compulsory for all under 14's to wear helmets when cycling in Jersey. Ryan Smith did not have one on when he was involved in the accident a year ago today. His dad wants the same law introduced here.

Ryan Smith Credit: Calendar

Brian Robinson: 'I'll wait until Cav's back on his bike and I'll join him.'

Brian Robinson says he hopes to be back on his bike as soon as possible and may even wait until Tour de France rider Mark Cavendish can join him.

The ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider suffered a broken collarbone as he crashed out of the Tour de France on the Stage One sprint into Harrogate where his mother lives.

The 83-year-old can claim bragging rights though having suffered a broken collarbone, six broken ribs and a punctured lung.

He says he might wait until Cavendish is back in the saddle so he can join him on the road to recovery:

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