Monday, May 6, 2013 - 15:29

More than 50 cyclists rode their bikes through the Eden Project today (Monday May 6) for the first ever Tour d’Eden cycle parade.

The event attracted all manner of cyclists, from families to serious riders from some of Cornwall’s premier clubs, including One and All Cycling from Bissoe and Falmouth Wheelers.

Riders were encouraged to make Bodelva the destination for their Bank Holiday bike ride before taking to the undulating paths in and around Eden for a colourful parade past the Biomes.

Honiton-based theatre company Burn the Curtain took part in the ride on their trademark animal-themed bikes, including one shaped like a chicken and another like a tall black swan. Gary Moger of Revolve Bicycle Works was on hand with his mobile maintenance workshop to ensure everyone’s bike was in top condition.

Many riders used the picturesque clay trails on their way to and from Bodelva. 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.

Ramon Van de Velde, Eden’s Visitor Services Manager who led the parade off their ride round Eden, said: “It was a great day with fabulous weather and everyone had a good time. We had a lot of support from local cyclists – from those who wanted a gentle bank holiday ride to some who had pedalled miles to be with us – and we hope that this will encourage more people to make Eden the destination for their bike rides. The clay trails are right on our doorstep and offer a spectacular, scenic route for anyone who wants to bike to the Biomes.”

The Tour d’Eden was 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.

Eden’s Locals’ Annual Pass returned especially for the day but cyclists who ride to Eden at any time can take advantage of special discounts. Adults and those entitled to a concessionary rate get a £4 discount off their entry to Eden while those aged 16 or under can come in for free.