Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 10:15

Hundreds of riders are gearing up for Cornwall’s biggest cycling event the Eden Classic, returning to the Eden Project on Sunday May 12.

The fifth annual sportive, starting and finishing at the home of the famous Biomes, features three challenging routes – 36, 60 and 100 miles – through some of the most scenic parts of the country.

There is still time to sign up through the British Cycling website. Pre-event registration closes at 11pm on Tuesday May 7.

The event boasts what many say is the finest cycling food station anywhere, based at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, where tables laden with energising snacks are there for everyone taking part, whatever the distance.

Home-made sandwiches, frittatas, cakes and bakery treats all await the cyclists at the pit stop.  However, it’s the now famous Heligan Miracle Bar, packed with fruit, nuts and a secret Heligan ingredient, that has become the winning nibble among the riders.

Cyclists can start the day at Eden with pre-cycle breakfast, with muesli, porridge and bananas to on offer. On completion they can top up their calories with a pasty. All food is free with entry to the Eden Classic.

Family and friends wishing to cheer on the riders get free entry to the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan all weekend.

This year Eden has also teamed up with Clive Mitchell Cycles of Cornwall to offer the chance to win a men’s Specialized Allez Elite or women’s Specialized Dolce Elite road bike, both of which retail for £1,050, by entering into a free online draw.

The prize is being kindly donated by Clive Mitchell Cycles who will ensure the winner can have a bike to suit her or his size. To enter the competition, go to

Eden chief executive Gordon Seabright said: “We are so looking forward to welcoming back hundreds of the cyclists who have helped establish the Eden Classic as Cornwall’s biggest cycling event - and meet new riders too.

“As we look further ahead to the fabulous prospect of the Tour of Britain coming to Cornwall in 2020, there can be no better time to get that bike out of the shed and enjoy the pleasures of riding our spectacular coast and country roads.”