“Super tough”: that’s how the hardest stage of this year’s Tour of Britain, which will be hosted by Redcar & Cleveland and North Yorkshire, has been described.

Today marks 30 days to go until the UK’s leading cycling event heads to the north of England and promotes the villages and towns along the route to an international audience.

Over 100 of the world’s best riders will tackle a 149.5km (93mi) stage that begins on Redcar Esplanade (11:30am) and culminates in the grounds of Duncombe Park, Helmsley (approximately 3pm) on Wednesday 7 September. The route will pass through Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Grosmont, Castleton, Great Ayton and Stokesley. A large crowd is expected to turn out to watch this free-to-attend sporting spectacle.

Redcar has never previously hosted the race while this stage marks the Tour of Britain’s return to North Yorkshire for the first time since 2009.

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Wiv SunGod rider and Yorkshireman Jacob Scott believes it will be a special day. “It’s great to have the Tour of Britain rolling back into Yorkshire and visiting this part of the world again,” said Scott, the winner of the ŠKODA King of the Mountain jersey in the last two editions and reigning sprints jersey winner. “It’s going to be a big day out for everybody – the route is super tough, up and down all day, but the crowds out all along the course will help us get through. It has been great being so competitive in the last two editions of the race, so I’d love to be on the start line for this one and show off the Wiv SunGod jersey around the world!”

Councillor Mary Lanigan, Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said: “We have worked hard to secure this national cycling race and are very privileged to be welcoming these elite riders to Redcar and Cleveland. There are many fans of cycling across our borough and the number of people who turned out to support at previous events was just brilliant; even in the midst of Covid restrictions last year. “With only a month to go, our teams are busily working to ensure the event runs smoothly and successfully. Roadside spectators will bring welcome custom for our local businesses too. We are very lucky to live in an area which lends itself so well to spectacular events like this, which in turn benefit our local economy.”

Councillor Louise Westbury, cabinet member for climate change and culture, commented: “We are delighted to have Britain’s biggest race starting in Redcar and moving through several of our borough’s towns and villages – it’s a fantastic opportunity to show the world what a great place the area is to live, work and visit. “I’m especially excited for our children and young people to see the cycling elite in the place that they live. It is so inspirational for them to be able to see the professionals on their own doorstep and we hope it will motivate many people to take up and enjoy an active hobby.”

Councillor Simon Myers, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for culture, leisure and sport,  said: “We’re excited to be hosting this major, free sporting spectacle in North Yorkshire, where we have a proud tradition of embracing competitive cycling. The countdown is most definitely on, with just one month to go, so now is the time for people to think about how they will watch or celebrate the event.”

Information for fans

Full stage details are available online at tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-four.

Stage four will be shown live and in full on ITV4 from 11:15am on race day, with highlights following that evening at 8pm.

While fans can watch all the action by the roadside for free, race day hospitality packages offering guaranteed prime views of stage starts and finishes, as well as unforgettable experiences featuring Tour de France stage winner Dan Martin are now available. Visit sportsbreaks.com and destinationsportexperiences.com for more information.

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