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The 2019 Eden Classic

See the full list of timings and finishes for the day in this online Excel file.

The annual Eden Classic

Riders have a choice of three route options, ranging from a short yet challenging ride of 36 miles to a middle distance of 60 miles, and a long ride for the experienced sportive rider of 100 miles.

All of the routes offer riders the unique chance to pedal the length of Eden, past the world famous Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, as they start their challenging journey. They'll ascend steep hairpin bends up the side of the former china clay quarry before taking in the dramatic scenery of the south Cornwall coast, including the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

'Spectacular scenery, lovely variety, fabulous hills, superb signage.'

Eden Classic rider 

What's included for every rider

Every registered rider gets to enjoy: 

  • pre-cycle breakfast, with muesli, porridge and bananas to fuel your ride ahead
  • free entry for friends and family to the Eden Project (all weekend) and the Lost Gardens of Heligan (on the day)
  • delicious food and refreshments at stations along the route at some iconic locations
  • a well-deserved pasty following the event
  • a bespoke medal* 
  • timing chip*

*guaranteed for pre-registered riders only

Register your place

Route Pre-event fee (until 11 May) On-the-day registration
36 miles £32 £37
60 miles £36 £41
100 miles £40 £45



Eden Classic jersey

The official Eden Classic can be purchased from our online shop. The Primal sports jersey is 100% polyester and features a zip down front and a back pocket. The jersey is a race cut fit and has silicone grippers.

Frequently asked questions

You can find all sorts of practical information below, and please also see our 2019 Rider Manual

Registration

How can I register?

Pre-event registration closed at 23.00 on 7 May 2019. But we offer registration during the weekend of the event – as long as numbers allow. We unfortunately can't guarantee a timing chip and medal for all those who register during the weekend.

We would advise registering on the Saturday (11 May) if you want to secure your place. This will be open in the Gallery at our Visitor Centre between 9am and 6pm. 

If you choose to register on Sunday, please make sure you arrive early enough to pay and then be ready for your safety briefing (100 mile: 7:30am, 60 mile batch 1: 8am, 60 mile batch 2: 8.30am, 35 mile: 9am). Please also note that there is an additional £5 per entry, and we can only take cash payments on Sunday. FYI, there's a cash point at the Eden Project Visitor Centre.

Can children take part?

Yes! There's no minimum age requirement for the sportive, but cyclists under the age of 16 must have a signed parental consent form and must be accompanied by an adult throughout the ride. Cyclists aged 16 and 17 years will need a signed parental consent form but do not have to be accompanied. We also ask that all riders under 18 years submit a photography consent form as part of our safeguarding guidelines. 

These forms will be available at registration (Saturday 11 May, 9am – 6pm, and Sunday 12 May, 6am – 8.30am). Or if you'd like to see these beforehand, please email edenclassic@edenproject.com to request the relevant forms before entering. 

Do you offer group discounts?

As places are limited, we don't offer group discounts, but we can help you book as a group. If you're entering a group of five or more and wish to pay in one transaction, please email us on edenclassic@edenproject.com and we can assist. 

Cancellations and transfers

Am I able to transfer my place to somebody else?

Yes, if you're unable to take part for any reason, and have a friend who would like to take your place, email us on edenclassic@edenproject.com with your name and distance entered along with a completed copy of a paper entry form. Please note that you can only transfer places for the same distance, and all transfer requests must be recived by 23.00 on 7 May 2019.  

I can no longer take part in the event, what do I do?

If you are unable to take part, please notify us via email (edenclassic@edenproject.com) by 31 March 2019, with your name and distance entered. Please note any requests received after this time will not be issued with a refund.

Can I change the distance I entered ahead of the event to a shorter distance?

Yes you can. Should you need to change the distance you entered to a shorter distance, please email edenclassic@edenproject.com with your name, distance entered and the distance you'd like to do instead. Please note that we unfortunately cannot offer a refund for the difference between entry fees. 

If you decide en route that you need to change your distance, please let the team at the finish know your rider number, distance entered and distance completed. 

Can I change the distance I entered ahead of the event to a longer distance?

Should you wish to increase the distance entered, please email edenclassic@edenproject.com with your name, distance and the distance you'd like to do instead. Once accepted, you will be required to pay the difference between entry fees. We will advise at this stage on how best to make the payment. 

If you decide en route that you need to change your distance, please let the team at the finish know your rider number, distance entered and distance completed. 

Timing chips and times

How long do the rides take?

You can see timings for 2018 participants online.

What time does it all start?

Here are the full timings for the day:

  • 6am – 8.30am: Registration 
  • 6am – 8.30am: Rider breakfast
  • 7.30am: Rider safety briefing – 100-mile riders
  • 7.40am: Start – 100-mile riders
  • 8am: Rider safety briefing – 60-mile riders (batch 1)*
  • 8.10am: Start – 60-mile riders (batch 1)
  • 8.30am: Rider safety briefing – 60-mile riders (batch 2)*
  • 8.40am: Start – 60-mile riders (batch 2)
  • 9am: Rider safety briefing – 36-mile riders
  • 9.10am: Start – 36-mile riders 
*60-mile riders' safety briefings will be on a first come first served basis.

When will I receive my timing chip?

Each rider will need to attend registration, where they will receive their rider number and timing chip. Registration will take place on both days during the weekend of the event (Saturday 11 May, 9.30am-6pm, and Sunday 12 May, 6am-8.30am). Please note: This year all riders are required to collect their own rider registration pack and sign our signing on sheet to confirm they have read, understand, and will abide by the Rider Briefing Manual.

Where do I attach my timing chip?

Your timing chip is already secured to your rider number – simple! You'll need to secure this to your handle bars with the cable ties we provided to you in your rider pack. 

Do I need to return my rider chip?

No you don't – we use disposable timing chips so no need to worry about returning them. 

When will I receive my time?

You will receive an SMS message – shortly after riding over the finishing timing mat – with your time, as long as you provided a mobile number when entering. If you didn't give us your number when you entered, please now email edenclassic@edenproject.com with your name, distance and mobile number. 

When can I find out other people's time?

It's not the time that matters, it's the taking part that counts! However, it's natural to be curious about how you did against other riders. All the times of riders who completed the event will be posted on the website as soon as possible after the event. Please note that we won't list them in time order however, as the Eden Classic is a non-competitive event. 

Along the route

Route and maps

All routes make the most of the undulating south coast and all riders pass through picturesque villages and along beautiful coastlines whichever route they choose, going through spots such as Carlyon Bay, Charlestown, Pentewan, Mevagissey and Caerhays Bay. 

Entrants get exclusive access to ride though the centre of our site (usually closed to traffic) before reaching the start point opposite the Rainforest Biome. Once riders are released over the timing mat at the start, all face a muscle-stretching climb out of the site and up the hairpin bends before continuing their ride in earnest.

See the 36-mile route on Ride with GPS

See the 60-mile route on Ride with GPS

See the 100-mile route on Ride with GPS

Will there be signs?

We pride ourselves of providing excellent signage, which we check the morning of the event, but it has been known for signs to vanish mid-event so please do take one of our maps with you! If you do get lost, please call our emergency number provided to you in the rider's pack, and we'll do our best to get you back on track. 

What do I do if mid-route I can no longer continue?

Hopefully this won't happen, but if for any reason you find yourself unable to complete the course, please phone our emergency number provided to you in your rider's pack. We'll need to know your rider number so please have that handy, and we can arrange for one of our pick-up vehicles to bring you back to the Eden Project. Should you not require pick-up, please still call us so we know you're safe and well. 

Feed stations and food

Can you accommodate my dietary requirements?

If you have a specific dietary requirement, please email edenclassic@edenproject.com with your name, distance entered and details of your dietary requirement. Please let us know as early as possible so we have time to accommodate your request. 

Where can I collect my pre-ride breakfast?

The pre-ride breakfast will be served in Banana Coach Park where the Sunday registration and the safety briefing takes place. It's also a great time to meet other cyclists and socialise. 

The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Can I sleep in my vehicle overnight in the car park ahead of the event?

It's strictly prohibited to stay in your vehicle overnight at the Eden Project, but we do have on-site accommodation with YHA Eden Project. More information can be found on our YHA Eden Project webpage

Can my family visit the Eden Project?

Yes they can – for free! We pride ourselves on making the Eden Classic family friendly. Whilst you're taking part, your friends and family can explore what Eden has to offer and cheer you over the finish line. They'll need to tell the ticketing team your name and the distance you're completing to gain access. You could also make a weekend of it and come into Eden on Saturday prior to the event (and pick up your registration pack on your way in too). 

Can my family visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan?

Yes they can – again for free! Friends and family can visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan on the day of the event to motivate you at the Lost Gardens of Heligan feed station. To gain access, they'll need to tell the ticketing team your name and the distance you're completing. 

Can my family wave me off?

Yes, we'd recommend the Arena (in front of the Stage) as a great spot to give you a good luck cheer and see you on your way. They can make their way back there for your return if they'd like to too!

Cycling equipment and clothing

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes you do – helmets are mandatory at the Eden Classic. 

Do I need a road bike?

No, you don't have to take part on a road bike, but we would recommend them for the longer distances. In order to take part, you'll need a two-wheeled one-track cycle that carries one rider. 

Can I ride an electric bike?

Sorry, no electric bikes are permitted – all bikes must be a manually powered two-wheeled one-track cycle that carries one rider.

Can I use a hand cycle?

Due to the hilly terrain and the fact that the circuits take place on busy roads, we don’t recommend taking part in the Classic with a hand cycle. However, riders are free to do so if they so choose. They will need to ensure that they are fully visible on the roads, e.g. use a vertical, visible flag placed at the back of the hand cycle. 

Where can I buy an Eden Classic jersey?

We are delighted to be offering race cut Eden Classic jerseys produced by Primal. They're available to purchase from the Eden Project online shop and on-site shop.

If you have any further questions, please contact us on edenclassic@edenproject.com. Or get in touch via our Facebook event