Following last year’s highly successful event, East Cleveland Villages BIG Local has sponsored, in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council through Velo29, an Elite Cycling Grand Prix, to be raced through the roads of East Cleveland, on Sunday, 14th April.
The East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix is the opening round of the HSBC Spring Cup, with an Elite Women’s Race taking place, which is new for 2019.
‘East Cleveland Villages BIG Local’ is a lottery funded group of 11 Villages who develop, support, and create a lasting legacy to the people of East Cleveland.
All the biggest teams and riders will descend upon Guisborough for what will become an early season classic. The circuit is a tough one! There are 3 significant hills on each of the 3 main laps. They are short and sharp making it a course for a strong rider who can climb well but has the legs to keep it going in the tough side winds over the top.
The ladies will race first, starting from 9am on Westgate, Guisborough, a field of the UK’s top female racers will assemble for the opening round to the HSBC National Women’s Series. They will race 65.7 miles over 2 laps of the same large circuit which the men will use.
The Men’s race will start at 1.30pm prompt and rollout through to Dunsdale. The flag will drop as they turn right to Sandy Lane (Errington Woods) and the racing will start immediately, the riders will turn right through New Marske, onto the A174, and join the main circuit at Four Lane ends. It’s over 100 miles to complete the circuit, the riders will do 3 laps, then one small lap, then return home from Boosbeck, Margrove Park, Charltons and Slapewath back to Guisborough via Whitby Road for the nail biting finish!
The finish line will be at Westgate, Guisborough in front of Sunnyfield House where huge crowds will gather to enjoy the excitement. A great race for Elite riders to take part in and for the crowds to enjoy.
A rolling road closure will mean traffic will be stopped for around 15 minutes to allow the ‘bubble’ to pass through safely. Inevitably, this will cause minor disruption; however, both the traffic management company and the police will aim to get traffic moving as soon as possible and when safe to do so. To assist with the safety of all those involved, trained ‘traffic marshals’ will be situated throughout the race route.
For further information, go to: www.eastclevelandklondikegp.co.uk