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World-class cycling event announced in Darlington and Redcar in September

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The Tees Valley will host a full stage of the Lloyds Bank Tour of Britain men’s cycling race for the first time later this year.

The second leg of this year’s race will take place on Wednesday, September 4, starting in Darlington and finishing in Redcar.

The world’s best cyclists will be heading to the North East, continuing the success of the British National Road Race Championships which have been held in the region for the last two years.

This year’s Tour of Britain will return to Darlington for the first time in 15 years and the stage will be the first to finish in Redcar.

Starting from Darlington town centre, the route will pass through the Tees Valley, taking in parts of the North York Moors National Park and the picturesque North Yorkshire coast before climbing a critical climb up Saltburn Bank to its finish point on Redcar beach.

British Cycling’s executive director of events, Jonathan Day, said: “We are delighted to be bringing top-level racing and the joy of cycling to communities across the country in September. Across six stages we will showcase the best of Britain’s character and terrain.”

“We are hugely grateful to our local partners who have supported the running of this year’s race, which we hope will continue the momentum of the successful Lloyds Bank Tour of Britain Women in June. I have no doubt that their communities will do their best to welcome cyclists and deliver another week of racing to cap off a great summer cycling event.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “It’s fantastic news that our region will host a stage of the Tour of Britain and we look forward to welcoming some of the world’s best cyclists.

“This event will further enhance our reputation as a great destination for cycling and showcase the fantastic places we have to offer, such as Saltburn Bank.”

Darlington has previously hosted two stage starts in the men’s Tour of Britain in 2008 and 2009. Both times the stage finished at the Quayside in Newcastle/Gateshead.

The Tour of Britain will begin in the Scottish Borders on Tuesday, September 3. After the Tees Valley stage, the race will head into South Yorkshire and West Northamptonshire, finishing in Suffolk on Sunday, September 8, after six stages of racing.