Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 12:30

The Eden Classic mass participation bike ride is to return next May 8 with a winning combination of stunning coastal scenery, challenging hills and fabulous food stations.

More than 700 riders took part in the first sportive from the Eden Project earlier this year, organised by Eden and fellow Cornwall-based charity Tempus Leisure.

The route starts and finishes in the shadow of the famous Eden Biomes and takes in The Lost Gardens of Heligan as an official food and drink stop.

Registration is now open for the second Eden Classic to take place on Sunday May 8, 2016.  For next year, organisers plan to partner with St Austell Brewery to designate one of their pubs as a second fabulous food stop for hungry riders along the route.

Eden Managing Director Gordon Seabright said today: “Last year the Eden Classic established itself as one of the best events in the sportive cycling world.

“So many participants commented on the amazing quality of the food – a vital factor when you are cycling up to 100 miles in a day.

“With our partners Tempus, Heligan and St Austell Brewery we’ll ensure that the second Eden Classic keeps up its reputation as the tastiest long ride anywhere.”

Like last year, riders will start by tackling the steep hairpin bends up the side of the former china clay quarry before taking a choice of three routes along the south Cornwall coast and then finishing back over the line in the heart of Eden. Final details of the short, medium and long routes will be published soon.

Ceri Harvey of Tempus Leisure, who has led the development of the route, said: “It has been great working with the team at Eden to organise the event. We designed the routes to take in the fantastic scenery around the Eden Project and the South Coast of Cornwall whilst providing a challenge for all riders.

“The rides are open to anyone and there are three routes to choose from; 35 miles, 62 miles, and 100 miles - we would encourage more novice riders to enter the shorter rides. The first Eden Classic last year was a big success with more than 700 people taking part and we hope we can get even more people to get on their bikes this year and join the fun.”

Eden is already established as a sporting and leisure venue with activities such as the Eden Marathon held every October, ice-skating throughout the winter and – England’s longest and fastest zipwire.

Eden 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.

Both Eden and Tempus are keen that the sportive attracts more than just the keen hard-core rider. To help achieve this, Eden and Heligan will be open free of charge over the day to friends and family of all those taking part in the Eden Classic.

To watch a video from last year’s Eden Classic, see

For more information and to enter the Eden Classic go to