Eden Classic sportive cycling event
The Eden Classic sportive is a mass-participation cycle ride with three route options, ranging from a short yet challenging ride of 35 miles, to a middle distance of 62 miles, and a long ride for the experienced sportive rider of 100 miles.
Riders have the unique chance to pedal the length of Eden, past our world-famous Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes as they start their challenging journey.
They then ascend steep hairpin bends before taking a choice of three routes along some of the most stunning coastal roads in the world and then finishing back in the heart of Eden. The longest route features 2,433 metres of climbing!
“Spectacular scenery, lovely variety, fabulous hills, superb signage.”
Eden Classic rider
Free Eden entry for family and friends
Eden will be open free of charge over the weekend to friends and family of all those taking part in the sportive – simply tell the Eden ticketing staff which rider you're here to support.
BMX demos and balance bike races
Professional BMXer and Guinness World Record holder Matti Hemmings will be doing demos and running kids’ BMX workshops throughout the day:
- Demos at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 2pm
- Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Aggie Cycles will be running balance bike races for kids every 15 minutes from 11am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 4pm.
About the 2017 routes
All routes make the most of the undulating south coast and all riders pass through picturesque villages and coastal beauty spots, whichever route they choose, going through spots such as Carlyon Bay, Charlestown, Pentewan, Mevagissey and Caerhays Bay.
Entrants get exclusive access to ride though the centre of our site (usually closed to traffic) before reaching the start point opposite the Rainforest Biome. Once riders are released over the timing mat at the start, all face a muscle-stretching climb out of the site and up the hairpin bends before continuing their ride in earnest.
The Eden Classic is becoming renowned for the quality of its feed stations. We pride ourselves on using the best local produce. All guests descend on the iconic Lost Gardens of Heligan for the first feed station, where there are some firm favourite dishes, including the amazing Miracle bar created by Heligan’s bakery designed to boost your energy for the rest of the ride.
Riders embarking on the 63-mile or 100-mile route will have a second invitation to stop at Heligan. Those taking the 100-mile route will enjoy a final stop at the St Austell Brewery’s Jubilee Inn at Pelynt.
“Excellent route and feed station (Heligan). Surreal experience cycling down and up past the Biomes - unlike any other sportive.”
Eden Classic rider
What's included for every rider
Every rider will benefit from the following:
- pre-cycle breakfast, with muesli, porridge and bananas to fuel your ride ahead
- free entry for friends and family to the Eden Project on the weekend of the event
- free entry for friends and family to the Lost Gardens of Heligan on the day of the event
- delicious food and refreshment at stations along the route at some iconic locations
- a well-deserved pasty following the event.
- a bespoke medal
Riders also have the opportunity to buy a limited edition Eden Classic jersey.
How to book your place
Pre-registration closes at 11.55pm on 1 May 2017. Only pre-registered participants are guaranteed a timing chip and medal.
Late registration will be available at the following times:
- 9.30–11.30am on Saturday 6 May - in the Gallery in Eden's Visitor Centre
- 6-7.45am on Sunday 7 May - Eden's Banana Coach park
Please note the increased entry fees for late registration:
- 100 miles: £38
- 62 miles: £34
- 35 miles: £31