Friday, May 1, 2015 - 14:30

Hundreds of riders in the first-ever Eden Classic cycle ride on Sunday May 10 will be the first to sample a unique energy bar made from the amazing African fruit baobab.

Eden sous chef Mike Greer, who is taking part in the event, has devised the treat with fruit from the baobab tree and it will be available at feed stations on the route.

More than 600 riders have already signed up for the first-ever Eden Classic sportive which starts and ends at the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall.

Eden is partnering with fellow Cornwall charity Tempus Leisure to deliver the spectacular mass participation cycle.

Cyclists have until Monday (May 4) to pre-enter what promises to be one of the UK bike events of the year. All three routes take in the stunning south Cornwall coast and countryside.

Chef Mike and his team have used baobab - six times richer in vitamin C than oranges – and then added in banana, apricot, chocolate, oats, honey and raisins to make the super-tasty energy bars.

Mike said: “Baobab is a great food story. The fruit works well in both food and drink. It is very good for you and we thought it would be the ideal ingredient for an energy bar on what will be a challenging ride for everyone, including me.

“We think it’s tastier than anything you can buy off the shelf and it is fitting that the Eden Classic riders will be the first group to sample it.”

Last week, acclaimed British cycling brand Boardman Bikes was announced as sponsor of  the Eden Classic. To celebrate the sponsorship, all riders who enter before the deadline on Monday May 4 will have the chance to win a men’s or women’s Boardman aluminium road bike. The two prizes are supplied through Velotive, Cornwall’s exclusive Boardman Elite and Performance Series dealer.

The Eden Classic  will be one of the biggest mass cycle events Cornwall has ever seen. Riders will have 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.

The three route distances are 36, 62 and 100 miles. All take in a refreshment stop at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Friends and family of Eden Classic participants can enjoy Eden and Heligan free of charge on the day.