Yorkshire Festival programme announced

A cultural festival to mark the lead up to this year's Tour de France is taking place across Yorkshire and the programme has been released.

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Tour de France prompts pot hole repairs

Road Closed as maintenance works get underway Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A programme of road maintenance is taking place in a market town which will feature on the Tour de France Grand Depart route. Otley will be the focus of road resurfacing at five sites in preparation for the event in July.

Most of the work will be carried out between 9am and 3pm, on Monday to Thursday avoiding market days on Fridays and Saturdays.

"We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause. We have done our upmost to make sure this essential work is carried out at times that would cause least disruption.

This is a significant scheme of work undertaken in a short time frame to accommodate the Tour de France, which will be passing through Otley in July.

It is set to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for Leeds and we're asking residents to bear with us as we carry out these works to ensure the tour runs as smoothly as possible. "

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council

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Yorkshire cyclist's Tour de France dream

As thousands of people across Yorkshire are looking forward to seeing off the world's cycling elite for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France this July, one cyclist from West Yorkshire, dreaming being more than just an onlooker.

23-year-old Scott Thwaites from Burley-in-Wharfedale is one step closer to his dream. His team, netapp Endura, has been handed a wildcard for the event.

21 professionals in the team will battle it out over the next few months to be whittled down to a team of nine who will compete in the biggest cycling race in the world.

Helen Steel met him as he trained:

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Wildcard Tour de France chance for Yorkshire cyclist

A Yorkshire cyclist has been given the chance at competing in the Tour de France.

Scott Thwaites has a shot at competing in the Tour de France

23-year-old Scott Thwaites from Burley-in-Wharfedale and his team, Netapp Endura, has been handed a wildcard for the event.

Scott training ahead of the selection process

21 professionals in the team will battle it out over the next few months to be whittled down to a team of nine who will compete in the biggest cycling race in the world.

Campaign launched to get us on our bikes

While Yorkshire goes cycling crazy with the Tour de France heading our way in July a campaign to turn us into a nation of cyclists has been launched.

New research has revealed that only 2 percent of journeys to work are made on two wheels so British Cycling has set out a 10 point plan calling on the Government to take action to make it easier for people to get on their bikes. David Wood reports

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