The first East Cleveland Klondike GP on Sunday 2 April will see a field of 140 elite riders compete on the roads of Redcar and Cleveland.
Riders from top British teams including Madison Genesis, JLT Condor, One Pro Cycling and Bradley Wiggins’ Team Wiggins have been provisionally entered into the first round of British Cycling’s Spring Cup.
Many of the 140 top-level cyclists will be using the East Cleveland Klondike GP to get practice on the region’s roads prior to the Tour de Yorkshire at the end of April.
The race will take on a figure of eight course, starting and ending in Guisborough with riders pedalling through the streets of East Cleveland for three and a half laps before heading back to Guisborough.
Starting at 12pm, the riders will take approximately four hours to complete the race, with roads closed in 10 to 15 minute periods as the police lead the peloton around the East Cleveland course. The roads will be opened up safely and quickly afterwards to keep traffic flowing.
As part of the race activities, residents on the route are being encouraged to decorate their houses in yellow and British racing green to show their support when the race comes through their village.
People travelling the race route in the build up to April 2 are asked to keep their eyes peeled for green and yellow bikes marking out the route.
Cllr Mary Lanigan, chair of the East Cleveland Big Local, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the progress of this event. A great deal has been achieved in a very short space of time.
“East Cleveland is a very unique area showing off our coastal area, moorland and villages.
“The communities have come together to provide a day to be remembered, with parties and events going on in all our towns and villages.
“A very big thank you to all who have assisted in this event with particular thanks to our tourism officer Jayne Barnard and Brian McLean who have worked incredibly hard to push this forward.
“This very prestigious race, which precedes the Tour de Yorkshire, is going to be a spectacular event and I urge everyone to come out and have a wonderful day.”
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “There is a real appetite for cycling in the area, as last year’s stage three start of the Tour de Yorkshire in Middlesbrough showed, so I am thrilled to see a brand new cycle race coming to Cleveland.
“With stunning scenery and some of the country’s top riders competing, it looks set to be a fantastic event. Whether you are a cycling fan or not, I’d encourage people to come out, support the race and enjoy what will be a brilliant day.”
Cllr Carl Quartermain, cabinet member for jobs, skills, and leisure, said: “The East Cleveland Klondike GP is shaping up to be an absolutely brilliant race, seeing so many elite British Cycling teams on the entry list is a good confidence boost for everyone organising the event as well as setting up what should be a cracking race.
“We are very excited to be hosting this brand new event that brings together the communities of East Cleveland and showcase our beautiful towns and villages. We are always keen to grow, encourage and support unique events like the East Cleveland Klondike GP as it can only be a benefit to the economy of Redcar and Cleveland.”
For more information on the race, go to www.eastclevelandklondikegp.co.uk.