Date: 
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 12:00

The iconic Biomes of the Eden Project in Cornwall will provide a spectacular backdrop to three days of cycling when StreetVelodrome visits for the first time from May 6-8 for Round 1 of the UK Pro/Am Series.

The exciting addition to the 2016 Series Calendar is a joint venture between StreetVelodrome, Eden and CORMAC (a Cornwall Council owned Company).

It co-incides with Eden’s own big cycling event, the Eden Classic sportive on Sunday May 8, which starts and finishes in the former china clay quarry near St Austell.

The UK StreetVelodrome Pro/Am Series uniquely offers local amateur riders the opportunity to race, for free, in a nationwide televised competition using its innovative pop-up velodrome track.

All those wishing to ride the velodrome need to register online before the event and there are a limited number of places.

The weekend's action will also see the opening round of the UK StreetVelodrome Kids Series and the battle between the Sharks and the Tigers. The series offers an exciting opportunity for local children to have an inspiring and fun cycle sport experience.

Eden is already established as a sporting and leisure venue with activities such as the Eden Marathon held every October, ice-skating throughout the winter and England’s longest and fastest zipwire.

Last year it hosted its first mass-participation cycle ride with the launch of the Eden Classic, championed by Managing Director Gordon Seabright, former Chief Executive of CTC, the national cycling charity. More than 700 riders took part in the event, organised by Eden and fellow Cornwall-based charity Tempus Leisure.

Looking ahead to the big weekend of cycling, Gordon said: “StreetVelodrome’s belief in providing inspirational opportunities is a great fit with Eden – and we all love bikes. Enabling school children, families, amateur and pro riders to take to the track at Eden at around the same time as the Eden Classic promises an epic few days of cycling.”

Visitors to the Eden Project can challenge their friends and family to try out StreetVelodrome for themselves on Saturday May 7 – the main “come and have a go” day.

Free equipment loan and coaching will be provided and visitors can reserve a place in sessions held throughout the day. For more details visit www.edenproject.com.

Sunday May 8 is sprint pursuit racing day. Those who wish to enter the Round 1 of the UK StreetVelodrome Series and test their skills in the national competition can find out more and register in the online ballot for free entries by visiting www.streetvelodrome.co.uk.

The Eden Classic returns on Sunday May 8 with a winning combination of stunning coastal scenery and challenging hills. The rides are open to anyone and there are three routes to choose from - 35 miles, 62 miles, and 100 miles.

All routes start and finish in the heart of Eden and take in The Lost Gardens of Heligan as an official food and drink stop. The 100-mile riders have a second stop at the Jubilee Inn, Pelynt.

Both Eden and Tempus Leisure are keen that the sportive attracts more than just the hard-core rider. For more information and to enter the Eden Classic go to www.tempusleisure.org.uk/edenclassic.

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