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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:


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.

Police appeal after cyclist killed in crash near Bolton Abbey

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was killed in a crash near Bolton Abbey.

It happened around 11.30am on Sunday February 15, 2015, on the B6160 between Bolton Abbey and Barden Tower, involving a silver Hyundai i30 car and a pedal cycle, which was travelling in the company of two other bikes.

The cyclist, a man in his forties from the Otley area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"If you witnessed the incident- or saw the car or cycles involved prior to the collision - I urge you to come forward as you have important information that could assist the investigation.

I woud also like to thank the members of the public who stopped at the scene to lend assistance in the immediate aftermath of this tragic incident."

– Traffic Constable Ken Riley, Skipton Roads Policing Group

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

Tour de Yorkshire announced for 2015

A major new international cycle race for Yorkshire has been confirmed by the sport’s world governing body, the UCI.

Gary Verity announces new international cycle race in Yorkshire

The provisionally titled Tour de Yorkshire – run by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation (which operates the Tour de France) and backed by British Cycling – has been officially added to the world cycling calendar for 2015.

The three day event will begin on 1 May next year and hopes to include parts of the county that this year's Yorkshire Grand Départ did not visit.

The format will see three full stages take place over the three days, and there is also an intention to have a women’s race and a mass participation sportive as part of the event.

This new official international cycle race heralds the start of a world-class event for Yorkshire that we want to see grow over the coming years to become known the world over. We already have a huge amount of interest thanks to the Yorkshire Grand Départ, which captured the imagination of millions of people globally – and the Tour de Yorkshire will be a fitting legacy. We’re confident that come May, we’ll deliver something very special

– Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire

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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