30/03/2017

Cleveland Police offer support to East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland is supporting East Cleveland’s ‘Klondike Grand Prix’ this weekend by giving over 35 unclaimed bikes which have been held in storage.

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The ride, which starts at 11.00am on Sunday 2 April, has the potential to become a very important date on the professional cycle racing calendar in the UK and Rural Crime Reduction Officer Paul Payne said: “The bikes we have donated for the event have all been painted and placed as markers along the route.”

The Klondike is endorsed and operated through British Cycling. The race is for professional riders and they hope to be welcoming 120 – 140 professional riders and their teams.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger said: “I am pleased we have been able to put the unclaimed bikes to good use by offering them up to take part in our own version of the ‘Tour de Yorkshire.”  It is fantastic that we are able to support the event which takes in the beautiful scenery right on our doorstep”. 

The race will start in Guisborough and then progress through Slapewath, Charltons, Margrove Park, Boosbeck, Lingdale,  Skinningrove, Loftus, Easington, Liverton Village, Liverton Mines, Loftus, Brotton, Saltburn, Four Lane Ends, Apple Orchard, Skelton Castle, Skelton Green, Boosbeck (this circuit is done three times).

They will then come back via Upleatham back into Guisborough for a town centre circuit. The route is Cemetery roundabout, Bolckow Road, Stokesley Road, the Avenue, Hutton Lane, Westgate, Whitby Lane to Gisborough Hall to Laurence Jackson School then back round (five times).

The Klondike has been designed to take in as many of the beautiful villages and spectacular scenery we are so privileged to live within. However, by passing through so many residential areas and by finishing with several circuits around Guisborough Town Centre, it presents a highly technical challenge with regard to closing the roads.

The organisers are encouraging everyone to come along and lend their support throughout East Cleveland  between 11am and 3pm - more details can be found on the link  https://clevelandwheelers.com/2017/02/01/east-cleveland-klondike-grand-prix-sunday-2-april-2017/

Photo caption, left to right - Paul Payne (Rural Crime Reduction Officer) Mike Barnes (NHW and one of the event organisers) Rob Cottle (Parish Councillor for Loftus) Barry Coppinger (PCC) Wayne Davies (Loftus Mayor)