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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 10:30

Cornwall’s biggest annual cycling event, the Eden Classic, is now open for entries with the chance to win a fabulous new road bike.

Next year (2020) is massive for cycling, Cornwall and Eden with the return of the Eden Classic mass participation event on Sunday May 17 and the opening leg of the Tour of Britain – which goes around Eden – on Sunday September 6.

To mark the return of the Eden Classic, Eden has teamed up with Clive Mitchell Cycles of Cornwall to offer the chance to win a Specialized Roubaix 2020 road bike worth £2,600.

Every person who signs up to participate in the Eden Classic through British Cycling before February 9, 2020, will be given the option to enter the prize draw.

Those wanting to enter can go to www.edenproject.com/classic.

The annual Eden Classic sportive is being staged for the sixth time and regularly attracts around 1,000 riders.

It starts in the shadow of the Biomes, zig-zagging up the side of the former clay quarry and offering three challenging routes – 36, 60 and 100 miles – through some of the most scenic coastal and countryside roads in the country before finishing back at Eden.

Among the participants in the 2019 event, which took place in blazing sunshine, was Wendy Houvenaghel, three times World cycling champion and Olympic silver medallist. Wendy said: “The venue is spectacular, the courses are challenging yet scenic with clear signage. The sportive was extremely well organised.”

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

All the courses take in a food and drink stop at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, arguably the finest feed station anywhere in the cycling world.

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

The Eden Classic is the first of two big cycling events at the home of the famous Biomes next year (2020).

Earlier this month (December 2019) the official route for the first day of the Tour of Britain on Sunday September 6, 2020, was announced. Elite cyclists will race from Penzance to Bodmin, going around Eden in the later stages.

Organisers say the race will give a massive boost to Cornwall’s economy. Independent economic reports estimate that it will generate over £3 million of extra spending within Cornwall over the stage.

It is hoped that around 180,000 people will line the roads to watch. The event is shown live on ITV4 and Eurosport as well as being broadcast in 190 countries worldwide.