Running & Cycling

Coast and Clay Sportive 2022

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Event Details

17th July 2022
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Registration Deadline:
12th July 2021
Event type:
Running & Cycling
Training required
17 miles - 104 miles
Fees and sponsorship requirements:
£40.00 - EXTREME Route (104 Miles)
£38.00 - EPIC Route (71 Miles)
£35.00 - CHALLENGE Route (44 Miles)
£15.00 - INSPIRE Route (17 Miles)
£2.50 - INSPIRE Route Under 16 (17 Miles)
Contact details:
Jane Appleton, Event Director 01726 66868 option 3
Prideaux Place, Tregirls Road, Padstow, PL28 8RP
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The Coast and Clay Sportive

The Coast and Clay Sportive is back – register NOW for 2022!

Following the success of our 2021 event, we are very excited to be planning our 2022 event and we invite you to join us at this event which sold out in 2021.


Recognised by ‘Cycling Weekly’ as one of ’20 of the best British sportives to ride’, Cornwall Hospice Care is delighted to be entering into our second year of organising this popular event.

There is something for everybody, from the complete beginner to the hardened cyclist who likes a challenge, with 4 routes to choose from:





All the routes are designed to provide enjoyable and safe cycling in spectacular scenery. We start and finish at the magnificent Prideaux Place, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8RP.

En route, you will experience the coastline and cliffs of the north coast, beautiful country lanes of mid Cornwall and the calmer and gentler south coast, before winding your way back through the Cornish countryside where spectacular views and beaches lead to the finish. The route will be well signposted, with strategically placed marshals, well-stocked feed stations and a few hills! All finishers will be awarded a medal and there will be food and drink at the finish.

What is a sportive?

A sportive is not a race, but they are a great way to get into organised cycling events, giving you the chance to complete a fully signed and supported ride in a relaxed environment. Think of it as the marathon of the cycling world (or a fun run if the word ‘marathon’ brings you out in a cold sweat).

Riding a sportive is a superb way to explore a new area on your bike, in the knowledge that you are fully supported by event staff and surrounded by other enthusiastic participants.

Which route?

The Extreme and Epic routes are aimed at experienced cyclists who want a serious test of fitness, endurance and stamina. With over 8,000ft of hills for the 104m riders, and 6,000ft for the 71m riders, you will take on the thrills (and sometimes pain) of cycling some tough Cornish climbs, while enjoying the beautiful countryside as well as the rugged coastline.

The Challenge route is aimed at intermediate riders who want to go beyond their normal ability by taking in some serious hills (3,600ft) as a test of their cycling proficiency.

The Inspire route is for cyclists young or old, beginners or the experienced, who want to take their cycling ambitions beyond the Camel Trail or the commute to work.

View the route maps below:





What's included?
  • Fully signed course.
  • Timed Ride.
  • Mechanical Support.
  • Marshals.
  • Sweeper Van.
  • Free food, water and energy drinks at feed stations.
  • Medals for finishers.

For all riders, sponsorship is optional. However, riders are encouraged to raise sponsorship, no matter how much or how little, to help keep our beds open.  If you are unable to raise sponsorship at this time, please consider making a donation when you register.

Every £20 you raise will fund one hour of nursing care in our hospices. In 2020 your efforts helped us keep open our beds at St Julia’s and Mount Edgcumbe Hospices, beds that were and remain so needed. In 2021 your support sustained your local adult hospices, and collectively you funded 700 hours of nursing care!  In 2022 let’s see if we can help our hospices thrive even further! The registration fee covers the costs of this event, but by raising sponsorship you will enable us to care for more terminally ill people in Cornwall.

What happens next?
  1. Register today by clicking on the above red button. We will need to ask next of kin and phone details at the checkout for your Health and Safety.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email from our booking platform Charity Checkout letting you know that your registration was successful. There will also be details on how you can purchase a Cornwall Hospice Care Jersey.
  3. If you purchase a Jersey this will be mailed to you promptly.
  4. Please consider setting up a JustGiving sponsorship page here. Please do so, just £20 raised makes a huge difference to the care we offer.
  5. Share your fundraising page with your friends and family to raise sponsorship for Cornwall Hospice Care.
  6. You will receive joining instructions no later than 1 week in advance of race day.
  7. Any fundraising support you need, we will be on hand to help.
  8. Finally, enjoy the sportive!

Our thanks to our kind sponsors Suez Cornwall

Coast and Clay Sportive Terms and Conditions of Entry

See the Terms and Conditions of Entry to the Coast and Clay Sportive 2022

Coast and Clay Sportive Parental Consent Form

Parental Consent form for under 16's

Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus Protection Measures

If required, will be updated online with local and national guidelines nearer event day.

Registration process

All cyclists will be required to register and collect their number before being allowed to take part.  The number must be displayed on the front of your bike; cable ties will be provided.  Full joining instructions will be sent to all cyclists no later than one week before the date of the event.

Is there an age limit to take part?

All riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Parental consent must be completed by said parent at the time of signing up and paying the entry for their child.

All riders, regardless of age, will need to purchase a ticket for the Extreme – 104 mile, Epic – 71 mile, Challenge – 44 mile and Inspire – 17 mile routes.

Do you need volunteers to help deliver the event?

Yes, well over 20 volunteers help ensure the Coast and Clay Sportive is delivered safely and smoothly. We always welcome volunteer help. If you can join us drop the Event Director, Jane Appleton an email on

Will the event be chip timed?

The event will be chip timed and an alphabetical list of finishers will be published after the event.

Recommended cycling equipment and clothing

We recommend you equip yourself with:

Spare inner tube(s)

Puncture repair kit




Snacks (bananas, energy gels etc.)

Suitable clothes – unfortunately it does rain sometimes

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Yes. Helmets are a mandatory safety requirement at the Coast and Clay. Anyone without a helmet will not be allowed to ride.

What cycles are allowed?

Road bikes, hybrid bikes, mountain bikes are all suitable bikes, although we advise that the longer distances will be more challenging on a mountain bike.

Electric bikes are also welcome, although any form of e-bike with a twist and go style throttle is not permitted.

Is there Parking on site?

Yes, there will be ample parking available for cyclists. The Sportive is held at Prideaux Place, Padstow. Please use the postcode: PL28 8RP for directions and then follow the event signs for the car park.

Start times

When you arrive, please follow the marshals’ guidance to the registration desk to pick up your number with integrated chip. Registration will be by distance and surname.

Provisional times are as follows, but are subject to change once numbers are confirmed:

• Registration is set for 1hour prior to your wave release, please respect this
▪ EXTREME 104 Milers – Registration is 6:30AM – 7:30AM with your wave
releasing from 7:30AM
▪ EPIC 71 Milers – Registration is 7:00AM – 8:00AM with your wave releasing
from 8:00AM
▪ CHALLENGE 44 Milers – Registration is 7:30AM – 8:30AM with your wave
releasing from 8:30AM
▪ INSPIRE 17 Milers – Registration is 8:00AM – 9:00AM with your wave
releasing from 9:00A

DO NOT BE LATE! If you arrive after 9am you may not be allowed to take part.

The route

The route, course splits, hazards and feed stations will be clearly signposted.

Keep an eye out for our motivational signs!

GPS files are available to download above.

It is your responsibility to follow the course. Should you get lost, call the event support number, and we will try to get you back on track.

What distances are the feed stations?

• 104m route – TBC circa (30 miles), Mount Edgcumbe Hospice (54 miles) and TBC circa (80 miles).

• 71m route – TBC circa (30 miles), and TBC circa (48 miles).

• 44m route – TBC circa (20 miles).

• 17m route – no feed station.

Will there be finishers medal?

Yes, and a totally cool one at that!  After you have crossed the finish line, you will receive your finishers medal.

How can I get a Cornwall Hospice Care jersey?

Anyone who raises over £250 is entitled to a jersey for free. If you have raised over £250 please email with details of your sponsorship and size, and a jersey will be sent to you.

Or, if you prefer, you can buy a jersey here.

Is there any mechanical support?

If you have a mechanical problem, please wait at the roadside and call event support on 07539 152 560.  There will be a sweeper van following the last rider.  Pumps and inner tubes will be available at feed stations.

Abandoning the ride, what do I do?

If you cannot complete the ride please tell a Marshal at a check point or phone 07539 152 560.  Do not go home without telling someone or we will assume you are injured and have the emergency services out looking for you.  You will have to pay any costs incurred.

Is there a cut off time?

5PM is the cut off time.

At this point, the Event HQ will begin pack-down and our sweepers will look to engage with all riders on the course to determine their condition and expected return.

Rest assured we will not leave you unattended, but if you remain out on the course, any additional costs incurred in getting you back safely you will have to pay for.

There will be more tourists on our roads this summer than usual, how will this be managed?

The event is almost entirely on the open roads, however we stay off the major routes in and out of primary tourist destinations where we can. When we come back through North of Newquay to head up the coastline back towards Padstow, most groups of cyclists will long be split, true also for Pentewan Road. We will be releasing people in waves to ensure minimal traffic and the early start will ease this too.

The route will be well signed and this will include signs for motorists for awareness that there is an event on and to exercise caution. There are a handful of tricky junctions and these will be marshalled to keep participants and members of the public safe.

Did you enter the 2021 event? Here are details of how we have transferred your entry.

Deferrals from the 2021 event have been carried forward and automatically entered into the 2022 event. All those with a deferral place have been contacted. If you are concerned about your entry, perhaps you have not heard from us, please contact Event Director Jane Appleton on or call 01726 66868 (option 3).

Cancellations and transfers

Registrations are strictly personal, firm and binding and fees shall not be refunded for any reason.

If you are unable to take part please let us know as soon as possible by calling 01726 66868 (option 3).  You may defer your place for 2022 or transfer your place to another cyclist. Please note deferrals and transfers will be accepted up to Monday 12th July 2022 at Midday.

Event Cancellation Refund Policy

If the event is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons beyond our control, we may at our discretion offer a refund of your entry fee(s). However, we reserve the right to deduct an amount to cover the expenses incurred in setting up the event to ensure that Cornwall Hospice Care and our associated partners are not out of pocket due to running this event.