Date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 09:00

Top cyclists will be racing around the first velodrome ever to visit Cornwall, Devon or Somerset at the Eden Project on the weekend of May 7 and 8.

The testing track comes complete with steeply-sided banked curves and will be set up in the stage area at the heart of the former china clay pit near St Austell. 

StreetVelodrome is the company behind it and the event will be the opening leg of their nationwide televised 2016 series. Spectators can look forward to the thrilling sight of professional and amateur riders taking part in Olympic-style pursuit races. 

Twelve professional riders will be competing at Eden, including downhill mountain bike champion and amateur boxer Jess Stone, Guinness World Record holder Matti Hemmings, TV presenter and former StreetVelodrome champion Anna Glowinski and 2015 StreetVelodrome champion and crowd favourite Dave Johnson.

Also competing will be champion mountain biker Glyn O’Brien and rising star Jessica Watts.

The riders are divided into regional teams and visitors to Eden will be encouraged to cheer on Team Cornwall, featuring Jess Stone and Matti Hemmings.

Carl Thompson, Series Director of The StreetVelodrome Company, said: “We have a great stable of professional riders spanning many different cycling disciplines and we’re really looking forward to bringing them and our pop-up velodrome to Eden."

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

Saturday May 7 is the main “come and have a go” day and Sunday May 8 is sprint pursuit racing day. All sessions have been allocated. Anyone who wishes to spectate can do so as part of the standard Eden admission price.

BMX fans will also be catered for as Mount Hawke Skatepark near Truro will be at Eden for the weekend with two quarter-pipes, two flat banks and a jump box.

The visit of StreetVelodrome co-incides with Eden’s own big cycling event, the Eden Classic sportive on Sunday May 8, which starts and finishes at Eden.

Chris Pritchard, Eden’s Programme Producer, said: “We are gearing up for a fabulous weekend of cycling action with everything from sprint pursuits around the velodrome to BMXers strutting their stuff to our challenging sportive, the Eden Classic. Whether you’re on a bike or spectating, there is something for every bike fan at Eden.”

The Eden Classic, Eden's first mass-participation cycle ride, launched last year. More than 700 riders took part in the event, organised by Eden and fellow Cornwall-based charity Tempus Leisure.

The Eden Classic boasts 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.

For more information and to enter the Eden Classic go to www.tempusleisure.org.uk/edenclassic.

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