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Legendary cyclist to be named Freeman of Leeds

Legendary cyclist Beryl Burton will soon have her name engraved into a plaque in Leeds commemorating a select few freemen of the city.

She was born in Leeds in 1937 and died in 1996 having dominated women's cycling during her career.

She won more than 90 domestic championships and seven world titles.

Olympic standard velodrome to open in York

A new Olympic-size outdoor velodrome has been unveiled in York.

The 250 metre track at the York Sports Village is being hailed as another example of the legacy of the Tour de France.

It cost £1.1 million and has been jointly funded by York University and British Cycling.

It will be accessible to all, from beginners to elite cyclists, and it is hoped it will help produce the next crop of British champions.

John Shires went to see it:

Emmerdale stars saddle up for Tour de ITV

Some of Emmerdale's best known faces will join other ITV stars for a special Tour de ITV fun ride.

Stars will ride between Corrie's Rover's Return and Emmerdale's Woolpack Credit: Press Association

The pub to pub trek on July 1st covers 60 miles from Corrie's Rover's Return to the Woolpack and back.

The cycle is part of the ITV Local Heroes campaign which was launched to encourage volunteering in local sport.

They will also be raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care - the official charity of the Grand Départ.

Emmerdale's James Hooton who plays Sam Dingle, Jamie Shelton who plays Robbie Lawson and Nicola Wheeler who plays Nicola King will be joined by Good Morning Britain's weather presenter Laura Tobin.

Horse riders fear rise of cyclists on Yorkshire roads

There are fears that there could soon be a serious accident between horse riders and cyclists in the Yorkshire Dales.

Although the tourist hot spot has always been a popular biking area, the British Horse Society claims the increasing volume of cyclists on rural roads in the run up to the Tour de France, is frightening.

It is now calling for better safety awareness, as Kate Walby reports.

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Hundreds cycle in memory of former World Champ

Hundreds of cyclists have taken part in a bike ride in memory of former World Champion Tom Simpson.

Simpson, who was from Haworth, died aged just 30 after cycling through intense heat during the Tour de France in 1967. Each year cyclists from Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire race in his memory as Ian Davenport explained.

Cycling stars unite for Festival of Cycling teaser video

Yorkshire cyclist Lizzie Armitstead joined up with greats in the world of cycling to take part in a special teaser video for the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling.

The Otley cyclist rode around Harewood House following this summer's Tour de France route.

2006 Tour champion Oscar Pereiro, ITV Cycling presenter Ned Boulting and a host of other stars feature in the video produced as part of the build up to the event which runs from July 4-6.

Visit www.festivalofcycling.org for further information.

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