Ride the Klondike again! The challenge is on! Famous teams and champion riders are to descend upon East Cleveland on the 29th April at 12:00pm, for a second year, for what has become a Spring classic!
East Cleveland Villages BIG Local has the pleasure and can proudly announce we are delighted to be sponsoring a second year of the hugely successful East Cleveland KLONDIKE Grand Prix, part of the Spring Series HSBC Elite Cycling Series with British Cycling being raced through the villages of East Cleveland, on Sunday 29th April 2018. Velo29 our Race Event Organisers are busy liaising with the top teams and British Cycling to make this year even more competitive and exciting.
The challenging route was designed at just under 100 miles, the start and finish being at Westgate, Guisborough where the ‘peloton’ (riders, police and team cars) will head out onto track, this year, the Klondike has been re-designed in which to incorporate Dunsdale and New Marske before entering onto course at Four Lane Ends. Here the riders will start a figure of eight through the villages of East Cleveland.
The circuit is completed x3 times with a final lap using just the first loop before racing back to Guisborough for a nail-biting finish. The race starts at 12.00 prompt and should finish around 4.00pm.
This is the start of an ambitious Tourism strategy to place East Cleveland back firmly on the Map as a visitor destination, showcasing beautiful heritage, coastland, woodland and moorland whilst taking in breath-taking scenery.
Last year saw we asked for the villages and community to dress their villages and towns, ‘golden’ yellow and dark green, throwing open the doors for all to come, see and enjoy a day of events, activities in the villages, whilst having fun and waving those flags to watch the professionals race around East Cleveland.
Why not have a look at some of the photos and fun on the Klondike facebook page, (think Tour de Yorkshire only our colours are Dark Green and ‘Golden’ Yellow), it doesn’t matter how old you are or what you do, EVERYONE CAN GET INVOLVED from baking, knitting, drawing, designing, painting, planting to talking to each other about the Klondike… why not enquire what’s going on around you, if you would like any help, get in touch below.
Let’s make this a this year another day to remember, funding has been secured for 3-years in which to build on this fantastic event to celebrate, show pride and community spirit whilst enticing visitors to come, remember East Cleveland and visit again!
The East Cleveland Klondike is part sponsored by Redcar and Cleveland Council working in partnership with Velo29 in which to bring you a safe and enjoyable 2018 East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix.
Check out the map below to view the route the race will take:
Click on the buttons below to download printable .pdf of road closures and travel information.
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YOUTH RACES – Guisborough Town Council sponsor the NORTHERN JUNIOR LEAGUE – X3 Races (children aged 6-16) bringing the North’s Finest Children and Young people to Guisborough to race around the town centre circuit (Westgate). Racing starts at 12.15.
A Birds of Prey Display – Sunnyfield House front garden – 12noon – 4pm.
Two face painters to be located at Sunnyfield House – inside the building on the ground
floor if poor weather or outside in the garden if good weather – 12noon – 4pm.
Circus skills workshop in Chaloner Mews, Chaloner Street – 12noon – 4pm.
Ukulele band musical performance at the Market Cross area of Guisborough from 12noon
Juice Bike in Westgate Road at the side of Sunnyfield House – 12noon – 4pm.
Sports Ambassadors – Promote Tees Valley Sport – famous sporting people from the North advocating sport and activity
Bike Scene – promoting and enhancing the different types of bikes from racing, leisure and mountain bikes and showcasing the new electric bikes that are currently on the market.
Guisborough Town Hall – Drama presentation inside St Nicks Parish Church as well as giving out literature at the Town Hall about the new successful award of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Gisborough Priory Project – Priory Grounds, open from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Yoga – morning only session 10.00am – 10.45am session 2 11.00am to 11.45 am
AP Adventures – ‘Soft Archery’ activity – Have a go session for public, using ‘safe’ (sucker-tipped) arrows
MTB Guisborough – Mountain bike taster sessions for kids run by qualified MTB coaches from MTB Guisborough. This will be a supervised activity using small obstacles, suitable for kids aged 6 – 16. Kids will ride their own bikes (if pass mechanical safety check) weather permitting. Contact details: Nick Piper, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga – Yoga for children and their carers
Session 1 Family Yoga:
Session 2 Children’s Yoga
Priory Trail – Children’s Trail through Gisborough Priory grounds.
St Nicholas Church
Arch Bishop Visit to East Cleveland he is coming to see the work of the people of East Cleveland moving around the villages
Drumming workshops – Come and have a go at the Drumming
Cleveland Mountain Rescue – Promoting the work of Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, to increase our profile, to engage with local people and to assist with raising funds to help the running of the team. There will be display boards depicting the history & activities of the team, a video of team activities, getting children involved in dressing up as a rescue team member and getting to use the stretcher and possibly some of the first aid equipment. There will be one of our vehicles and search dogs at the display as well. There will be other activities to involve people and some giveaways and merchandise.
A Squadron of storm troopers
History of the Bicycle exhibition
Exhibits – Each Guisborough Cluster School has the opportunity to showcase their schools using the vision of the Klondike
Guisborough Museum – Why not pop into our friendly Town Museum – behind Sunnyfield House on Westgate and see our new displays. Entry is free, ramp access available, children very welcome with adults – and we even have bikes!
Hotdogs and refreshments to the residents of Dunsdale to watch the bike race go past – rcbc play park
More info coming soon
Event hosted in Duke William pub car park. Commercial Food van, refreshments from Duke William, possible bouncy castle, tombolo, cake stall, balloon art and face painting.
9.00am the school gates will open for parking cars and close at 6.00pm
11.30am the fairground rides will be open on the ground behind the Top House, Steams engines will be displayed the hair dressers.
Village hall will open for refreshments Hot and Cold food served and drinks. Games, Raffles, and Tomboloa. Cake stall. Face painting, henna art by Emilly. Get your Lucky Bags for the kids. Don’t forget to get your Klondike Bracelet £1.00 in the village hall. Open 12.30 – 5.30pm.
12.20pm Come and cheer the riders on the first circuit as they come up from Skelton Green. Cyclists anticipated passing through Boosbeck at 12.22 13.15. 14.08 15.01, 15.18 then back to Guisborough – WAVE YOUR FLAGS !!
1.00pm sing along with Whippet UP singing the Klondike SONG on the streets.
1.30pm Performance by Unicyclist / juggler/ Balloon shaper
2.00pm the raffle tickets are on sale in all the shops and pubs and will be drawn in the village hall @ 4.30pm
A treasure hunt for the kids to find bikes hidden all over the village, each bike will hold a clue to finding the next one, Cash prize. Get your paper from the village.
3.30pm; Punch and Judy show in the village hall
4.00pm Tug of WAR behind the Top House
Top house food and Hook a duck , stocks and evening Karaoke. Bottom house serving food and Old tractors on show outside. Mikes fish shop is open Karen’s cafe is open Mace shop also open. All selling raffle tickets.
ALONG THE HIGH STREET
Come at 11.45 am to cheer on the cyclists on their first circuit
Cyclists anticipated passing through Lingdale:
12.25pm – 1.23pm – 2.22pm – 3.20pm
At “Historic Bicycle Frieze” opposite Post Office
Performance by Unicyclist / Juggler / Balloon Shaper
Judging of “Best dressed-up bike / scooter” of
Lingdale Primary School Pupils
Live Accordion music
LINGDALE VILLAGE HALL – From 11.30am:
Rodeo Bull (£1 per ride)
Free Bouncy Castle and Free Face Painting
RAFFLE (Draw at 3.00pm):
1st Prize Unicycle
2nd Prize Meal for two at The Lingdale Tavern
3rd Prize One month free ExlFitness classes at Lingdale Village Hall
REFRESHMENTS Tea / Coffee / Hot Dogs / Waffles / Cakes etc.
“NO REGRETS” (From 12.30pm)
THE DALESMAN SINGERS (7.30-8.30pm)
ST. CHAD’S From 11.30am:
RAFFLE (Draw at 3 30pm)
Hamper / Bicycle Cake / Wine / Biscuits / Chocolates / Other prizes
TOMBOLA FOR CHILDREN (Prize every time)
SALE OF HOMEMADE PRODUCE
REFRESHMENTS (BACON BUTTIES / TEA / COFFEE)
Carlin How Club Car Park
Doctor Bike- Bring your bike for an MOT, Small repairs will be undertaken free of charge.
Bling your Bike/Scooter or Pram and decorate it with safety reflectors, windmills, Bells and lots more. Who will win the prize for the Best/ Safest vehicle in Carlin How (all free of charge)
Face Painting- Get into the Spirit
Design a Bike Helmet
Bike/ Scooter Obstacle Course. Who will complete the course with the best time and good safety record!!
Maynard Street Grass
Get into the spirit with wonderful music of a Steel Band by Steel Works
Viewing Area, seating will be provided
Refreshments served throughout the day
Bouncy Castle for the younger children.
3.30pm Presentation of Prizes
Best Window, Bling Station , Obstacle Course , Helmet Design etc and much more
4pm Afternoon Tea and Disco
Our friendly Characters Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and many more will entertain the crowd throughout the day. They will have gifts and treats to distribute to the spectators who are clapping and supporting the Riders
Village hall party after race.
More info coming soon
Charity Coffee Morning 10am to 12 noon at The Station Hotel Loftus
12 noon to 4pm Open House courtesy of Dave Fitzpatrick
Refreshments for Ambassadors and for the Public
in Loftus Town Hall from 12 noon to 3pm Organised by Loftus Womens’ Institute
‘A Touch of Brass’ A variety of music in the Market Square (or Loftus Town Hall if wet) 12noon to 3pm
Childrens’ Art & Activities for all ages (Loftus Guides) – Loftus Town Hall
‘Picnic on the Green’ for Arlington Estate residents
Willow Tea Rooms – Tea and Cake
Free Professional ID coding of bikes and other valuable positions outside Loftus Town Hall
Smoothie Bike Loftus Town Hall
Exhibition in Loftus Town Hall 12 noon to 3pm – ‘A History of Cycling in Loftus’
‘Picnic in the Park’ from 3pm to 6pm
Childrens’ games, stalls, entertainment, food – Coronation Park, Loftus
‘CELEBRATION PRESENTATION’ – Loftus Town Hall
FREE LIVE MUSIC NIGHT in the Station Hotel
Village hall open serving tea and coffee and children’s arts and crafts activities in the hall
Village hall open serving refreshments and children’s art and crafts
Village hall open, tea and coffee with birds of prey in garden
Teas, Coffees and Hotdogs in Brotton, St Margaret’s Parish Church.
Afternoon tea – £3.00, available from 12 to 4pm at 4, the avenue, Brotton. Organised by brotton improvement group: the group that gave you the wonderful badgers around the village. Sit with friends and enjoy the race coming past as you have afternoon tea
Community Arts Centre – BBQ and refreshments
Saltburn Cricket Club – Cricket Match, Bowls Match, exercise bikes on carpark try your go at the Klondike Static bikes.
The Spa – Bikescene bikes on car park
Saltburn Ukulele Bank will be playing outside the Parish Council offices on Marske Mill Lane and light refreshments will be available in the Parish Council offices.
Saltburn Theatre and Community Centre
GREAT VANATAGE POINT TO VIEW THE RACE. THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON THERE WILL BE A BARBECUE AND A LICENSED BAR WILL OPERATE.
COMMUNITY HALL 1.15-4pm
1. CYCLE REPAIR SHOP – MIDDLESBROUGH CYCLE CENTRE will be giving general advice on maintenance, checking cables and brakes and helping with puncture repairs
2. MAKE YOUR CYCLE SECURE – SALTBURN COMMUNITY POLICE will be making your cycle individually identifiable using their dot marking machines
THEATRE 4.10PM ONWARDS – ORGANISED BY THE BOOK CORNER
5 minute Introductory film footage from Yorkshire Film Archive
FROM TRIKE TO BIKE.
1. SPEAKER JENNY FINCH – CYCLING AS AN OBSERVER Jenny will talk with wit and knowledge about the joys of being a cycling enthusiast.
2. SPEAKER SIMON COATES – CYCLING AS A COMPETITOR Simon will talk from experience about the rigours of competing in road races.
Both Jenny and Simon will have bicycles on display in the Hall during the afternoon.
3 BOOKSTALL Jenna Warren will have a range of books about cycling available to purchase
The events on this day have been supported by Tees Valley Community Foundation
Village hall – arts and crafts and traditional games in the garden of the village hall.
Please see the information below to help you get prepared for the day
if you are heading to the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix:
The race will depart from the Market Place at 12:00. Please arrive ahead of schedule, the race can go quicker or slower than planned
Please bring warm clothes, camping chairs and snacks to the road side. It’s early in the year and the climate can change.
Please plan your parking. While the race is passing you won’t be able to access the road for around 15 minutes each lap. Please don’t park on the roadside on the race course, find a safe off the road position. The race route needs to be open and clear on the day of the race, known as a ‘clear way’ – and like ‘The Deep Cleans’ that are carried out in our villages, we are asking for you to park your car off the road (race route), this is for the Safety of Everyone and it means you get a clear view of the race coming, it will be fast!
Head to Guisborough to enjoy the finish and prize giving between 15:00 – 16:30
If you’re interested in volunteering you can to do so here or alternatively feel free to post images and comments to Facebook or Twitter during the event using the official hashtag #eastclevelandklondikegp
The race will involve riders cycling along in a peloton (essentially a bubble of Police motorcycles at front and back); in order to ensure the complete safety of competitors a rolling road closure will be implemented and managed by Community Traffic Management and the Police. The rolling 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 it is safe to do so. To assist with the safety of all those involved ‘traffic marshals’ will be situated throughout the race route.
Dogs are more than welcome to join but please ensure they are not let off their leads at any point.
Please don’t stand in the road even to get a photo. Riders can approach at up to 50mph
Don’t cross the road once the lead car has past, the race will be coming soon!
The Klondike has been designed to take in as many of our beautiful villages and the 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 regards to closing the roads.
We are looking for support for the traffic management teams and ALSO for you to talk positively about the race to others to help make it happen.
Have any questions about the Klondike or want to volunteer? Get in touch below!