A MONTH ago a Lindley cyclist followed Team Sky on a training run through Huddersfield.
Now he’s having to avoid potholes hidden by a new road surface.
Mark Hemingway, a Lindley councillor, is a regular cyclist and saw Team Sky, which includes Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, training on the hills of Huddersfield on the A640 at Buckstones.
But since then Kirklees Council have resurfaced the road and left it in what Clr Hemingway described as a "dangerous state".
Kirklees Council say it will ask contractors to go back and make changes.
Clr Hemingway said: "Buckstones is probably one of the best cycling roads in the country, used by hundreds of cyclists every week, including myself.
"That was until it was resurfaced last week – now the piles of gravel in the road are dangerous to riders, motorcyclists and walkers.
"The cats eyes have either been completely covered or left so low in the road surface to leave them ineffective.
"The potholes are still there but are harder to spot because the surface dressing has just gone over the holes, and the quality of the surface is so rough it feels like riding on a cobbled street.
"The road is now in a dangerous state."
As more people are encouraged to get on their bikes after British success in cycling in the Olympics and Tour de France, he fears for riders’ safety.
Yorkshire is bidding to host a stage of the Tour de France, with tourism chiefs working to securing a deal that would bring the road race to the region in 2016.
The opening two days of the Tour de France – known as the Grand Depart – are held outside France once every two years and keen cyclists are promoting Holme Moss to feature if Yorkshire is successful in its bid.
Clr Hemingway added: "We’ve just had a British winner in the Tour de France, we’re wanting the tour to visit Yorkshire for one of its stages, let’s hope the quality of our roads doesn’t have them heading back for the ferry, or worse still, going to Scotland instead."
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said the road had been resurfaced by a technique known as surface dressing, used by local authorities to extend road life and improve skid resistance.
He added: "Kirklees covers roughly 200 sites a year and without this work our roads would deteriorate much more quickly and require much more expensive and disruptive repair in the future to keep them safe and useable.
"Around 80% of our road network has been protected in this way at some time.
"Patching repairs on the A640 and the surface dressing were vital particularly because of the exposed location of the road and once work was done, contractors returned to sweep loose chippings – a normal part of the process – within 24 hours and as further accumulations occurred.
"We have required the contractors to return to carry work on the cats eyes covered by the work, so warning signs for all road users will stay in place."