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East Cleveland Klondike grand prix delights borough

East Cleveland Klondike grand prix Image copyright Redcar and Cleveland Council
Image caption The event was the first in the British Cycling Spring Cup series

More than a hundred riders, including cyclists from Sir Bradley Wiggins' and Madison Genesis' elite teams, have taken part in the first East Cleveland Klondike grand prix.

The 90-mile, figure-of-eight course circled through the area's streets, beginning and ending in Guisborough.

Organisers described it as "a tough one", with three "significant" hills, including Saltburn Bank.

A crash in the peloton brought down a number of riders near the start.

Redcar and Cleveland Council cabinet member Carl Quartermain said the authority was "very excited to be hosting this brand new event".

Image copyright Spa Hotel Saltburn
Image caption The Spa Hotel in Saltburn opened its car park to spectators

East Cleveland Big Local chair Mary Lanigan said the race, which precedes the Tour de Yorkshire, was "very prestigious".

Yellow and green bunting, bicycles and knitted cycling jerseys decorated the route through the residential streets of Easington, Saltburn, Carlin How, Liverton Mines, Loftus and other East Cleveland towns and villages,

The British Cycling Spring Cup race was an opportunity for professional riders to prepare for the Tour de Yorkshire later in April.

Three times Olympic Champion Ed Clancy was one of the competitors in the event, which was won by Chris Latham from Team Wiggins.

Image copyright Spa Hotel Saltburn
Image caption Bunting and knitted cycling jerseys decorated villages around the route

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