ELITE level cyclists will be getting in the saddle to compete in the first East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix on Sunday 2 April.

The region’s newest professional cycling race will feature top riders from around the UK taking on the challenging three-lap, 30 mile route.

Beginning and ending in Guisborough’s Westgate, the riders will take in Saltburn, Charltons, Boosbeck, Margrove Park, Lingdale, Liverton Mines, Loftus, Easington, Carlin How, Skinningrove, Brotton and Skelton.

Councillor Mary Lanigan, chair of the East Cleveland Big Local which has secured funding to host the event said: “This exciting race is also a qualifying event for the Tour de Yorkshire so the riders will be really pushing themselves to win.

“We’re putting East Cleveland firmly on the national cycling map and we’re confident it’ll be a huge success.”

Councillor Carl Quartermain, cabinet member for jobs, skills and leisure, said: “We want a great atmosphere on the day, so I hope people will come out to give the riders the kind of support and welcome that we’re famous for.”

The race begins at 12pm and is expected to end around 3pm, with each lap taking approximately 40 minutes.

Road closures are unavoidable with police motorcycle riders blocking entry to the route in advance of the riders on a ‘rolling’ basis as they compete in the race. As the race requires each rider to complete three laps, each road on the route will be closed to traffic three times, for approximately 15 minutes on each occasion.

Vehicle access and parking in Guisborough centre will also be affected.

For further information: www.eastclevelandklondikegp.co.uk.