Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:15

Actors on exotic cycles and expert advice for all riders are two newly-added features at the Eden Project’s big bike bash on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6.

Cyclists on bikes of all shapes and sizes are invited to pedal through the iconic site for the first time on Monday in what is being billed as the Tour d’Eden.

Theatre company Burn the Curtain will be bringing characters from their cycling promenade theatre The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle  as well as running workshops for people who would like to decorate their bikes in preparation for the ride.

Members of the company, based in Honiton, Devon, will be riding their trademark animal-themed bikes for the event - which is the first time visitors have ever been allowed to ride through the Eden’s Project’s lush outdoor landscape.

They will lead workshops for people who would like to decorate their bikes in preparation for the show will take place from 11am in Eden’s Visitor Centre.

People with bikes in need of a tune-up can visit a special cycle surgery run by Gary Moger of Revolve Bicycle Works based near Portreath, Cornwall. Gary and his team will be on hand between 10am and 2pm to give advice and help on any basic bike maintenance issues.

Emma Hogg, Eden’s Site Wide Live Producer, said: “We’re very excited to be welcoming Burn the Curtain and their unique promenade, participatory, pedalling theatre style to the Tour d’Eden. Their irreverent style and spectacular animal-themed bikes will be a brilliant addition to what promises to be a uniquely Eden festival of cycling.”

Cyclists and cycle clubs are being encouraged to make Eden the destination for their Bank Holiday morning cycle. At midday the cyclists will be invited to take a guided cycle tour through the various outdoor habitats of Eden – otherwise known as the Tour d’Eden - culminating in a snaking climb up the challenging land train route. This route is being opened to bikes especially for this day.

Eden already gives a discount for cyclists but for one day only, people from Cornwall and Devon – whether they cycle to Eden or not - will be able to take advantage of the return of the Locals’ Annual Pass which allows unlimited entry to Eden for a year, costing just £7.50. Proof of residence and a photo ID is required.

Cyclists who ride to Eden for the event but don’t live in Cornwall or Devon can still take advantage of a specially discounted rate of £15 for adults. Young cyclists aged 16 or under will be admitted free. Everyone who rides their bike to Eden on the day will get a special cyclists’ snack as part of the entry price.

Riders are being encouraged to come from all corners of the South West and they have the option to use the picturesque clay trails for their route through Eden’s surroundings.

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.

Cyclists are being asked to arrive at around 11am on Monday May 6 at the Visitor Centre (Eden’s main entrance building) where secure cycle parking will be provided.

The two–mile Tour d’Eden will set off from the Visitor Centre at 12 noon and will take a route up the hill to Orange Car Park. They will then circle the Eden outer estate before hitting the downhill route to the Core, riding through the Eden site and then up the steep, winding land train route back to the Visitor Centre. Organisers emphasise that it is not a race, more of a cycling parade.

The Tour d’Eden is 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 which was inspired by HRH the Prince of Wales and its objective is to present an inspiring picture of a sustainable future.

The Locals' Annual Pass is available exclusively to people whose primary residence is in Cornwall or Devon (i.e. addresses with postcode starting TR, TQ, PL or EX). Visitors should bring photo ID with their address on it such as a photo driving licence (which has both) or alternatively a passport accompanied with a utility bill to prove that your primary residence is in Cornwall or Devon.