We’re inviting cyclists on bikes of all shapes and sizes to pedal through our iconic site for the first time, this Bank Holiday Monday (6 May 2013). You can arrive at any time in the morning, but to be part of the guided Tour d’Eden, please get to the the Visitor Centre (Eden’s main entrance building) at 11.45am.
The Tour d’Eden will take a route up the hill to Orange Car Park. Cyclists will then circle the Eden outer estate before hitting the downhill route to the Core, riding through the Eden site and then up the steep, winding land train route back to the Visitor Centre. Organisers emphasise that it is not a race, more of a cycling parade. This route is being opened to bikes especially for this day.
Locals’ Annual Pass back for one day only
We already give a discount for cyclists but for one day only, people from Cornwall and Devon – whether they cycle to Eden or not – will be able to take advantage of the return of the Locals’ Annual Pass which allows unlimited entry to Eden for a year, costing just £7.50. Proof of residence and a photo ID is required.
Cyclists who ride to Eden for the event but don’t live in Cornwall or Devon can still take advantage of a specially discounted rate of £15 for adults. Young cyclists aged 16 or under will be admitted free. Everyone who rides their bike to Eden on the day will get a special cyclists’ snack breakfast as part of the entry price.
Programme for the day
From 9 am – arrive at the Visitor Centre and park your bike in the designated area. To enter the Eden Project, if you’re from Cornwall or Devon you can get your Locals’ Annual Pass for £7.50 for year-long admission (proof of address and photo ID required). Cyclists from elsewhere get a special rate of £15.
Cyclists can fuel up for the big ride with complementary snack, available from the Eden Bakery (in the building between the Biomes) with the token you’ll be given when you pay at the Ticketing Desk and identify yourself as a cyclist.
11.45 am – cyclists return to their bikes at the Visitor Centre to prepare for the start of the Tour d’Eden.
12 noon – The parade of cyclists will be led by the Ramon of the Eden Project who will be riding a red bike. Please ride with care and consideration and follow Ramon at all times. Please obey the rules of the road and ride on the left. Eden will have traffic marshals posted along the route. The two-mile route goes around the Eden estate before descending into the pit and finishing back at the Visitor Centre after a steep and snaking ride up the side of the pit.
Other activities for cyclists on the day
10am-2pm – Gary Moger of Revolve Bicycle Works will be offering advice and tips on a variety of bike maintenance issues in the Visitor Centre.
11am-midday – Burn the Curtain theatre company will be running workshops in the Visitor Centre for people to decorate their bikes to look like animals in preparation for the big ride.
Use the Clay Trails!
Riders are being encouraged to come from all corners of the South West and they have the option to use the picturesque clay trails for their route through Eden’s surroundings. Eden, along with Wheal Martyn, Sustrans and a variety of local businesses, agencies and community members have come together to form the Clay Trails Partnership to make sure that the trails are available to cyclists, walkers and horse-riders alike. See the Clay Trails website for maps.
Start initiative’s Be the Start campaign
The Tour d’Eden is part of the Start initiative’s Be the Start campaign. Taking place throughout May, the campaign will help people find out about all the different, simple ways people can live a more sustainable lifestyle and be the start of the better, more sustainable future we all want. Start was inspired by HRH the Prince of Wales and its objective is to present an inspiring picture of a sustainable future.