The Penlee Mayday Sportive is a challenging ride to raise money for the RNLI. There are 3 routes to choose from:

The Lifeboat Route is from Penlee to St Ives, then to Sennen Cove (including the hill) and Lands End before returning via Mousehole and Penlee, around 75km and taking in the classic coastal hills of Penwith.

The Mayday route is shorter, from Penlee to St Just and Lands End then back via Lamorna and Mousehole, and comes in at 41.5km. This is a great option for the more casual rider.

Family Ride

We’ll also have a family friendly short route from Penlee Point old lifeboat station and back, around 4.2km. You can stop and visit the old station. Most of this route is on the coast path/cycle way or pavement.

Please select you preferred route and start time/wave on the ticket page. For those purchasing tickets for the Lifeboat and Mayday routes, each wave has a capacity of 10 riders and there will be 10 minute intervals for a staggered start. Registration opens at 6.30am. Please check in on the day 30 mins before your start time. The first start time is 7.30am.

Age requirements

Tickets must be purchased by someone over 18 years old. Anyone from the age of 14 can participate however, they must be accompanied by an adult.

You will be given a rider number to display on both your bike and helmet or clothing. You must check in when you finish so we know you’ve completed the ride.

Parking is available at Newlyn Harbour, approximately a 5 minute walk from the registration point. You can drop your bike and kit off at registration then walk back. Please be aware parts of Newlyn Harbour are a working harbour and is in constant use.

Riders must bring a mobile phone, water bottle and puncture repair kit. A course mechanic will be available but please bring cash or card for en route repairs (parts at cost, labour free). Please call the Rider Hotline to request mechanic support or report a minor incident. If a major incident occurs please call 999 in the first instance before reporting to Rider Hotline when safe to do so. We will send you a safety brief, GPX map file and arrival instructions before the event. If you can’t make it please let us know as soon as possible.

Online ticket sales end 11 May 2023 at 23:00.

At a Glance
  • 14 May 2023 7:00am
  • Tickets On Sale
  • RNLI Penlee SportiveRNLI Penlee SportiveNewlyn, Cornwall, UK
  • Up to 75 km (47 miles)
  • From 5.00 GBP
  • Unknown Riders