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Friday, January 16, 2015 - 09:52

The full routes of the first-ever Eden Classic bike event are announced today with The Lost Gardens of Heligan featuring as a spectacular stop-off for riders on the day.

The Eden Classic sportive on Sunday May 10, a partnership between Eden and Tempus Leisure, offers cyclists the unique chance to pedal the length of Eden past the world-famous Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes as they start and finish their challenging journeys.

There are three routes, all of which take in the dramatic scenery of the south Cornwall coast and a stop at Heligan where riders can refuel at a refreshment station at the entrance to the acclaimed Lost Gardens.

The 36-mile short route http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_3967356.html goes south west from Eden and includes the villages of Charlestown, Pentewan, Mevagissey and Gorran before the stop at Heligan and return to Eden at Bodelva near St Austell.

The 60-mile mid-route http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_3971805.html includes the short route and goes on through Tregony, Veryan and Portloe on the way back to Eden.

The long route of 100 miles http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_3976369.html includes the two shorter routes and adds a scenic loop to the east of the River Fowey, taking in Lostwithiel and Lerryn before returning to the finish at Eden.  In total the long route includes 2,433 metres of climbing, making it a real test for even the most experienced road cyclists.

Gordon Seabright, Director of the Eden Project, said:  “It is great that The Lost Gardens of Heligan are now part of the Eden Classic.

“With two amazing gardens, some of the best coastal scenery in the world and  lots of sinew-stretching ups and downs, the Eden Classic is shaping up as a unique sportive. Add to this the fact that riders can bring their families into Eden for free on the day and you have a great package.”

Beth Nicholls, Heligan Events Manager,  said:  “Being  the main stop on the Eden Classic route creates another strong link between Heligan and Eden.  We can promise the riders a warm welcome and some great refreshment so they are all ready for the hills again after their call in at the gardens.”

Tempus Leisure Trust are partnering with the Eden Project to organise the event.  Eden and Tempus are both charities based in Cornwall.

Geoff Samuels of Tempus Leisure, who has led the development of the routes, said: “Now that entries are open and the full routes published, there’s a terrific buzz around the Eden Classic. 

“These are roads and lanes which have not seen a mass-participation ride on this scale before and the feedback we are getting from cyclists signing up is that they can’t wait to test themselves on these spectacular routes.”

On the day of the Eden Classic, other cycling activities will also be available at Eden, especially for children and less experienced cyclists.

For more information and to enter the Eden Classic go  to  www.edenproject.com/edenclassic.

Eden is already established as a sporting and leisure venue with activities such as its Eden Marathon held every October, ice-skating throughout the winter and SkyWire – England’s longest and fastest zipwire. It encourages cyclists and walkers all year round by offering discounts on its entry prices for those arriving by other means than a car.

Tempus Leisure is actively involved in providing opportunities for people to engage in healthy active lifestyles in Cornwall as well as addressing the health inequalities experienced in the region.