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Olympic Gold medalists turn out for The Milk Race

Olympic Gold medalists Laura Trott and Dani King have been competing at The Milk Race in Nottingham today.

The event - which sees the great and good of world cycling compete in elite events, alongside other activities for the public - kicked off in Nottingham's Market Square this afternoon.

Laura Trott is the reigning Olympic and European champion in the Team Pursuit and Omnium disciplines.

Dani King is also an Olympic Team Pursuit champion, which she won with Trott when the pair helped set a world record at London 2012.

The Milk Race back in Nottingham for another year

The Milk Race takes place in Nottingham today Credit: ITV News Central

The Milk Race returns to Nottingham today, with the city centre being transformed into a 1.2km racing track for the second year in a row.

The race was the most prestigious cycling event in the British calendar for over 30 years, until it was abandoned for two decades until it was resurrected in 2013.

Spectators can watch elite cyclists, enjoy public rides and a number of activities in The Milk Race Village.

In the past, some of the most successful road cyclists have taken part in the event.

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Pearl Izumi cycle race starts in Stoke for first time

The Pearl Izumi cycle race is coming to Stoke-on-Trent today, and it will be the first time the city has hosted the start of the series.

Olympic medallist Ed Clancy is due to take part Credit: Tim Ireland/PA

Big names like double Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy, Kristian House and Yanto Barker are expected to be among those contest the race.

It will be the first of several elite city centre cycling races being shown on ITV4. It has run for the past six years in Stoke-on-Trent, attracting thousands of spectators, but this is the first time the city will host the opening of the series.

Father of boy in coma for 4 months talks to students

Teenager Ryan Smith Credit: ITV Central

The father of Lincolnshire schoolboy Ryan Smith, who was left in a coma for four months after a cycling accident, will talk to students later about the importance of wearing a helmet.

Mark Smith has petitioned to force cyclists to wear a helmet, but was unsuccessful in getting MPs to bring in tougher new rules.

Ryan Smith was 16 when he was knocked off his bike riding to his summer job in Grantham. He woke up from his coma in November four months after his accident.

Improvements to cycle routes due before council cabinet

The Green Routes plan is part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

A package of improvements to cycling routes in parks and river valleys in Birmingham is due before the city council's cabinet today.

The £1.7million Green Routes plan is part of the wider Birmingham Cycle Revolution project.

It comes a month after councillors approved improvements to 30km of canal towpaths.

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National Cyclo-Cross Championships come to Derby

Around 700 cyclists will compete in Derby this weekend Credit: DAVID STOCKMAN/Belga/Press Association Images

The National Cyclo-Cross Championships is being held in Derby this weekend.

The first race will start at 09:30am at Moorways Sports Centre on Moor Lane.

There will be around 700 cyclists competing in nine different races across the weekend.

Birmingham could become a better city for cyclists

Birmingham's canals could become cycle friendly Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

Birmingham's canal network could become more cycle friendly if £6.3 million of improvements are approved by the city council's cabinet today.

The proposals form part of the wider Birmingham Cycle Revolution project - which won £17 million of funding from the government in August this year.

Cycle safety event in Derby

Cyclists and lorry drivers are in Derby today to learn how they can stay safe on the roads.

Here a display shows how easy it is for a cyclist to slip into a lorry's blind spot Credit: ITV News Central
And here a young cyclist gets a demonstration of what a lorry driver can and cannot see from the wheel Credit: ITV News Central
Joe Oakley in action Credit: ITV News Central
The event is taking place in the shadow of the impressive new velodrome taking shape in Derby Credit: ITV News Central
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