Date: 
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 13:45
WHAT: Eden Classic – the first-ever cyclosportive from the Eden Project.
 
WHERE:  Start and finish at Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG.  Takes in stunning south Cornwall coast and countryside.  
 
WHEN:  This Sunday,  May 10, 2015.   Cyclists parade through Eden from 7.50 am.  Ride starts near the stage at 8 am.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:  David Rowe drowe@edenproject.com  07813041923
 
ABOUT: More than 700 cyclists are expected to take part in the first-ever cyclosportive starting and finishing at the Eden Project on Sunday and taking in the spectacular south Cornwall coast. 
 
The event, organised by Eden and fellow charity Tempus Leisure, will be one of the biggest mass bike rides Cornwall has ever seen.
 
Riders will pedal the length of Eden past the world-famous Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes and twist up the hairpin bends of the former china clay quarry as they start their challenging journeys along one of three routes of 35, 62 or 100 miles.   
 
Among the riders are two top cyclists from Velosure Starley Primal Pro Cycling, based in Plymouth, Devon. Rising star Emily Attfield, 16, from Tavistock, Devon, is a British endurance cyclist.  In 2014, Emily was ranked second in the National Female A Road and Track category by British Cycling.  Joe Petrowski, 28, from Claremont, New Hampshire, USA, won the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships in 2013.  He left his job in the space industry to move to the UK and become a pro cyclist. 
 
A unique ingredient is an energy bar for each rider made with baobab “The Tree of Life” by Eden sous chef Mike Greer, who is also taking part in the Eden Classic.  
 
The Eden Classic is sponsored by acclaimed British cycling brand Boardman Bikes, founded by Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman, and to celebrate, two participants will win a men’s or women’s Boardman aluminium road bike in a prize draw. 
 
The two prizes are supplied through Velotive, Cornwall’s exclusive Boardman Elite and Performance Series dealer.
 
The Routes:
 
Short route (35 miles):  All riders will complete the short distance circuit that hugs the south coast via Carlyon Bay, Charlestown, Pentewan, Mevagissey and Caerhays, before returning inland to a feed station at 25 miles at The Lost Gardens of Heligan after which the routes split. After reaching Heligan, the short distance riders will make their way back to Eden via the south coast, picking up the outward bound section at Pentewan. To finish, riders will make their way back to finish in the centre of Eden. Total of 1,138 metres of climbing.
 
Mid route (62 miles): Mid and long route riders will make their way back to the south coast after the first feed station stop. After a 15-mile ride to the south coast, riders will stay on the coastal road to Portloe and Portholland before returning to the same feed station at Heligan, as visited on the outward. The road back to the finish at Eden is the same as the short route. Total of 1,673 metres of climbing.
 
Long route (100 miles) For long route riders, after completing the same route as the mid, instead of heading for Eden  they will their way to the south east coast via Fowey, Lostwithiel, Lerryn and Lanreath, to the final feed station at 82 miles. After topping up with drinks and food, the final leg of this route takes riders back to Lostwithiel, with a loop north before dropping south, past Luxulyan and the finish at Eden. Total of 2,501 metres of climbing.
 
For more information on the routes, go to: www.edenproject.com/edenclassic.

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