Running & Cycling

Coast and Clay Sportive 2021

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Event Details

18th July 2021
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)
On the day registration, if places are available, will have an additional fee of £5 on the above prices.
Contact details:
Oliver Hoare, Event Director 01726 66868 option 3
Prideaux Place, Prideaux Place, Padstow, PL28 8RP
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Our great thanks to our Title Sponsor for this event Clive Mitchell Cycles

The Coast and Clay Sportive

The Coast and Clay Sportive is back!

With the 2020 event cancelled as a result of the pandemic, we are delighted to be planning for 2021 and we invite you to join us.

Recognised by ‘Cycling Weekly’ as one of ’20 of the best British sportives to ride’, Cornwall Hospice Care is delighted to be sitting in the saddle, taking over from the Rotary Club of St Columb.

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?

Well, it’s not a race. Sportives 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.


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 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.
  • 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, you can help to 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 this pandemic. You can make the difference in 2021 and support your local adult hospices.  Your registration fee will cover 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 on to you promptly.
  4. You will be offered the chance to setup a JustGiving sponsorship page. 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 Tregonings of Cornwall


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 2020

Coast and Clay Sportive Parental Consent Form

Download the Parental Consent Form for the Coast and Clay Sportive 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus Protection Measures

Cornwall Hospice Care and our stakeholders are in regular contact and we are monitoring the UK situation as how best we can deliver this event.

The Coronavirus Pandemic has affected us all and Cornwall Hospice Care is committed to delivering safe and COVID secure events. The Coast and Clay will be our first event ‘back’ as in live, and we will be adhering to all measures in place from Government and Cornwall Council. We will update on what those are nearer the event as it is likely the situation will change from now (Jan 2021) to event day. You should be aware, however, that if restrictions aren’t lifted to satisfy the safety of this event, we reserve the right to postpone and if no suitable date is available, then to cancel the event.

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 that one before the date of the event.

Is there an age limit to take part?

All riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. A parental consent form is required for each rider under 16.

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

Each full price entry to Inspire 17 mile route will also include free entry for two under 16s.

Do you need volunteers to help deliver the event?

Yes, well over 60 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 Race Director, Oliver Hoare 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 and spectators.  More details will follow.

Start times

From 7.30am at Prideaux Place, Sunday 19th July 2020. Riders will be started in batches to avoid congestion and must finish by 5.00pm

104m riders from 7.30am

71m riders from approx. 8am

44m riders from approx. 8.30am

17m riders from approx. 9am

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, although expected to be Roche (30 miles), Mount Edgcumbe Hospice (54 miles) and Summercourt (80 miles).

• 71m route – TBC, although expected to be Roche (30 miles), and Summercourt (54 miles).

• 44m route – TBC, although expected to be Summercourt (30 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.

Can I buy a Cornwall Hospice Care jersey?

Yes! Anyone who raises over £250 will be offered 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 07817 004430.  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 07817 004430.  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.

There will be more toursits on our roads this summer, then 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 2020 event? Here are details of how we have transferred your entry.


The Coast and Clay Sportive 2020 is cancelled – now confirmed for July 18th 2021

In the light of the current Covid-19 pandemic we wanted to update you on our position regarding the Coast and Clay Sportive that was due to be held on Sunday 19th July 2020. We’ve been following and reviewing the government’s advice and had hoped it might be the first event we could run post the pandemic. However, we are sorry to say that we have no choice but to cancel the event and start the plan to run it in 2021.

We can confirm that Sunday 18th July 2021 is the new date for the sportive. The event is unchanged; indeed, the venue and routes remain identical.

We’ve transferred your entry to the 2021 event. If you don’t want to take part next year you have two options to choose from; You can donate your entry free to Cornwall Hospice Care, or you can have a refund of 75% of your fee.

All cyclists entered into this year’s event will be email today, Monday 18th May 2020, by the Event Director.

There’s no need to inform us if you’re happy to be transferred to the 2021 date, but if you choose instead to donate your entry fee or request the refund, please let us know by 30th June 2020. We regret that we can’t offer a full refund as we have costs for the 2020 event that we are unable to recover. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at

In the meantime, thank you for your support. We’re thinking of you all and are pleased to report that with your continuing help our hospices remain open 24/7 and we are still admitting those patients who need us.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Coast and Clay Sportive 2021.

Oliver Hoare
Coast and Clay Sportive Event Director
& Cornwall Hospice Care Head of Fundraising

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 2021 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.

You should be aware, however, that if restrictions aren’t lifted to satisfy the safety of this event, we reserve the right to postpone and if no suitable date is available, then to cancel the event.

Cornwall Hospice Care and our stakeholders are in regular contact and we are monitoring the UK situation as how best we can deliver this event.