Middlesbrough has been named as one of the key locations in the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire.
On May 1 Middlesbrough will be the starting point for the third and final stage of the race, with riders racing from the famous MIMA gallery in the town centre to the finish line in Scarborough’s Northern Bay.
Other notable locations will be in Thirsk, North Allerton and the award winning market town of Helmsley.
The riders will be mostly spending their time racing through the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park, just like they did in the augural event last year.
This is an exciting time for sport in Middlesbrough, with this important role in the Tour de Yorkshire only adding to the hype.
Speaking to the Middlesbrough council’s website, Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “It is a huge honour for Middlesbrough to host the start of the final stage of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire.”
“The town will provide a fantastic backdrop for this truly world-class event and we look forward to welcoming cycling fans from far and wide to what will be a memorable spectacle.
“The theme for the stage is a celebration of our proud links with Captain James Cook and this is an opportunity to share that heritage with a whole new audience.”
Despite the overall event traditionally being more suited to sprint racers, this particular stage will be a haven for climbers, with six King of the Mountain jerseys on offer, the highest number in the overall tour.
These jerseys will be won at the scenic points of Sutton Bank, Blakey Ridge, Grosmont, Robin Hood’s Bay, Harwood Dale and Oliver’s Mount.
There will be two major sprints in the 198km ride, the longest stage on the tour.
These will be held in Thirsk and around Whitby Abbey.
The overall ascent of the stage is a total of 2,593m, also the highest on the tour.
There will also be an opportunity for amateur riders, or even complete novices to experience and take in the atmosphere themselves, and race in the third stage of the tour.
They can choose to race the bulk of the tour, or go for the shorter distances of either 85km or 40km.
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Middlesbrough Council is also looking for the general public to be volunteers to help out during the event.
People are being urged to fill out a survey through their website, where they will then be in touch with the town’s police forces in order to make sure the event runs smoothly.
Middlesbrough’s children will be benefiting too from the event.
The Tour de France legacy event, known as Bank Bike Libraries, will once again sponsored by Yorkshire Bank. This helps children around Yorkshire ride bikes for free in order to build up fitness and confidence.
Coverage of the event will be available on ITV4 and also Eurosport from April 29 – May 1.