Friday, April 28, 2017 - 10:45

A record number of cyclists are expected to descend on the Eden Project in Cornwall on Sunday May 7 for the third annual Eden Classic mass participation ride.

Sign-ups are well ahead of previous years for the sportive event and there is still time to join in. Road riders have a choice of challenging country and coastal routes from Eden then back to the home of the Biomes.

In the run-up to the event, the Bamboo Bicycle Club from London will be teaching a handful of cyclists how to make bikes from Eden-grown golden bamboo and they will then be invited to join the sportive on the Sunday.

During the day world record-breaking BMX rider Matti Hemmings will be showing visitors his amazing stunts at demos and workshops.

The Eden Classic sportive is a mass-participation cycle ride with a choice of three routes, ranging from a short yet challenging ride of 35 miles, a highly-popular middle distance of 62 miles and a long ride for the experienced cyclist of 100 miles.

Riders have the unique chance to pedal the length of Eden past the world-famous Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes as they start their challenging journey.

They then ascend steep hairpin bends before taking a choice of three routes along some of the most stunning coastal roads in the world and then finishing back in the heart of Eden. The longest route features sinew–stretching climbing of more than 7,000 feet in total.

The Eden Classic is becoming renowned for the quality of its food stops. All riders descend on the iconic Lost Gardens of Heligan for the first food stop, where there are some firm favourite dishes, including the amazing Miracle bar created by Heligan’s bakery, and a couple of new energy-boosters, a fig and walnut bar and a pomegranate, date and quinoa bar  suitable for vegans.

Riders embarking on the mid or long routes will have a second invitation to stop at Heligan.

The 100-mile cyclists will enjoy another sumptuous food stop at the recently-refurbished and historic Jubilee Inn at Pelynt, courtesy of hosts David and Jacqui Southward.

Chef Adrian Stapleton is preparing a special superfood falafel to be served in the car park of the 16th Century inn, to speed the cyclists on the last leg of their marathon ride back to Eden.

There is free entry for friends and family of the Eden Classic riders to the Lost Gardens of Heligan on the day of the event. Eden will be open free of charge over the weekend to friends and family of all those taking part.

Those not taking part in the rides can marvel at the skills of Matti Hemmings, the BMX Flatland rider based in Bristol who holds three Guinness World Records.

Flatland BMX is described by many as like breakdancing on a bike. Riders perform a unique display of ground tricks witch all kinds of twists and spins at high speed.

Matti has achieved the most BMX “cliff-hanger spins” with one foot on the handlebars in one minute and most “death-truck spins” involving balancing with just the rear wheel on the floor in one minute.

Matti will be displaying his stunts and then showing visitors how he does some of them at demonstrations and workshops in the Orchard area throughout the day.
Bikes and helmets will be provided for the free workshops which are on a first come first served basis.

Also in the Orchard, visitors can have a go on balance bikes provided by Aggie Cycles in St Agnes.

Eden Managing Director Gordon Seabright said: “Sunday May 7 promises to be Eden’s biggest-ever bike day, with the best part of a thousand cyclists here for the Eden Classic and the exciting prospect of bamboo bikes among them, plus a great BMX display from the formidable Matti Hemmings.” 

Pre-registration for the Eden Classic closes at 11.55pm on May 1. Only pre-registered participants are guaranteed a timing chip and medal.

Late registration will be available at the following times: 9.30–11.30am on Saturday May 6 in the Gallery in Eden's Visitor Centre and 6-7.45am on Sunday May 7 in Eden's Banana Coach park.

There will be Eden Classic cycling jerseys for sale throughout the day.

For more information and to sign-up to the Eden Classic go to