Eden Classic Sportive Cycling Event

A sportive is a non-competitive mass participation cycle ride. Our Eden Classic has three distances suitable for varying abilities: the short yet challenging 35-miles for novice sportive riders, the mid distance of 62-miles for intermediate riders and the 100-mile route for the experienced sportive rider looking for a challenge.


  •     Sunday 13 May 2018
  •     Three routes: 35 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles
  •     Price: £32/£36/£40
  •     Free entry to Eden for friends and family of riders
  •     Register now on the British Cycling website

Riders have the unique opportunity to pedal the length of Eden, past our world-famous biomes before they start their challenging journey. 

All riders ascend the steep hairpin bends before cycling along some of the most stunning coastal roads in the country. Riders are invited to stop and refuel in iconic locations such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan, where friends and family can gather in support before exploring the renowned visitor attraction for free.

“Spectacular scenery, lovely variety, fabulous hills, superb signage.”

Eden Classic rider 

Free Eden entry for family and friends

Riders' friends and families are entitled to free entry to Eden on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May, and The Lost Garden of Heligan on Sunday 13 May. Just tell the respective ticketing teams the name of the rider you're supporting and the distance they are completing.

About the 2018 routes

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.

“Excellent route and feed station (Heligan). Surreal experience cycling down and up past the Biomes - unlike any other sportive.”

Eden Classic rider

(Maps below updated on 14 March 2018)

See the 35-mile route on Mapometer.

See the 62-mile route on Mapometer.

See the 100-mile route on Mapometer.

What's included for every rider

Every rider will benefit from the following: 

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

a bespoke medal (guaranteed for pre-registered riders only) 
timing chip (guaranteed for pre-registered riders only) 

Riders also have the opportunity to buy a Primal Eden Classic race cut jersey, available from the online and on-site shop from January. 

Entry fees

  • Distance  Pre-entry fee
  • 35-miles £32
  • 62-miles £36
  • 100-miles £40

We'll announce closer to the time if we'll be accepting entries on the day.

Enter on the British Cycling website