The East Cleveland Klondike GP provided an exhilarating start to the 2019 HSBC UK National Road Series.
With qualification points for the Tour of Britain at stake, Vitus Pro Cycling Team, powered by Brother UK sent a strong squad determined to maximise their return from such a gruelling engagement.
The Saltburn coastline provided a stunning backdrop as riders from Britain's best domestic teams went wheel-to-wheel on a varied and demanding course, before huge crowds at the roadside.
Cherie Pridham's team played a clever tactical game, placing Adam Kenway in the early breakaway to cover any dangerous moves, before reeling in the escapees and allowing Scott Thwaites to match firepower with eventual winner Rory Townsend (Canyon-dhb p/b Bloor Homes) and British champion Connor Swift (Madison-Genesis), who finished third.
The battle for points in the National Road Series will resume on Sunday May 12, 2019 at arguably the domestic scene's most prestigious one-day race: the Lincoln Grand Prix.