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All set for Klondike Grand Prix.

Byline: JOANNE WELFORD joanne.welford@trinitymirror.com @joannewelford

THE bunting is out, the 100-mile circuit planned - get on yer bikes for one of East Cleveland's biggest annual events. The Klondike Grand Prix returns to the area for the third year on Sunday, and will see teams of elite cyclists racing their way through the towns and villages of East Cleveland.

The event promises to be competitive and exciting and, if last year is anything to go by, will attract thousands of spectators along the route which starts and finished in Guisborough.

Here's everything you need to know: Where will the race take place? The high speed races starts and finishes in Westgate, Guisborough. The route is 100 miles and takes in the towns and villages of East Cleveland. This year the Klondike route has been redesigned to include Dunsdale and New Marske. It will take a figure-ofeight loop through Dunsdale, Marske, Skelton, Boosbesk, Lingdale, Carlin How, Loftus, Liverton Mines, Liverton Village, Easington, back into Loftus and Carlin How again before hitting Brotton, Saltburn , Charltons and Margrove and returning to Guisborough.

Who's racing? Race organisers Velo 29 say there will be 140 male riders and more than 70 women competing this year, hitting speeds of more than 50 kilometres per hour on the descents.

Special guest is Boro goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos, who will be presenting the winner's trophies.

The event is part of British Cycling's Spring Series HSBC Elite Cycling Series.

When does it start and finish? The Ladies circuit is completed twice, it starts at 9am and is expected to finish at noon.

The Mens circuit is completed three times, starting at 1.30pm and ending around 5.30pm.

The Youth race starts at1.30pm and should finish around 4.30pm.

Which roads will be closed? The race involves cyclists riding along in a peloton with police motorcycles at the front and back.

A rolling road closure will be put in place which will stop traffic for around 15 minutes as the riders pass through. Traffic marshals will be situated throughout the race route.

Westgate, Fountain Street and Chaloner Street in Guisborough will be closed all day.

Where can I park? Spectators and racers are advised to plan their parking ahead of time - and are asked not to park on the roadside on the race course.

Council car parks are suspending parking charges from Saturday May 13 at 5pm up until Monday May 15 at 10am.

Is there entertainment throughout the day? There will be a market in Guisborough and the villages along the route have arranged some fun for the spectators.

Coffee mornings, face painting, drawing competitions, bands, exercise sessions and more are on offer during the race day.

Need more information? www.eastclevelandklondikegp.co.uk has all the race information.

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The first East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix cycle race, Guisborough in 2017 PETER REIMANN

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Apr 10, 2019
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