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Velo cycling extravaganza returns to region’s roads

07 December 2018

The 100-mile Velo cycling event is to return to the region’s roads next year – with a new name and a revised route.

Velo Birmingham & Midlands – formerly Velo Birmingham – is a closed-road cycling extravaganza which is expected to attract 17,000 riders of all abilities.

Starting and finishing in Birmingham city centre, the new route will pass through the heart of the 2019 European City of Sport and 2021 Capital of Culture – Coventry – where riders will cycle on the cobbled roads of Pepper Lane and in the shadow of St Michael’s Tower at the Ruins of Coventry Cathedral.

In between these two city centre adventures, riders will travel through Warwickshire towns and villages such as Coleshill, Hurley and Fillongley, along with Solihull villages Meriden, Bentley Heath, Balsall Common and Knowle, among others.

The stunning National Trust estate of Packwood House is another route highlight, while in Birmingham the Georgian streets of Edgbaston, historic Kings Norton Green and picturesque Bartley Green Reservoir also feature on the new route.

The route has been agreed in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Warwickshire County Council, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council as well as Emergency Services and transport operators to minimise the impact of the necessary road closures.

View the route in full here.

To facilitate the safe passage of riders, road closures will be in place at various times during the event day.

Businesses and residents based on or near the route are advised to click here to find out the road closure timings and how best to navigate around them.

General entries sold out within a week of opening, but organisers have confirmed that an additional allocation of entries will go on general sale in the new year to those on the waiting list.

Alternatively, riders can secure their place on the start line today via one of Vélo Birmingham & Midlands’ official charities – Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity Birmingham, NSPCC, Cure Leukaemia and Alzheimer’s Society.

In 2017, Vélo Birmingham raised over £2 million for a number of amazing charities and in 2019 it’s hoped that even more will be raised for these incredible charities and many other local and national good causes.

In addition to the charity entries, prospective participants can also secure their place on the start line via the Business 100 entry option and be in with a chance of riding alongside World Cup winning former England Rugby captain Martin Johnson CBE.

The Vélo Birmingham Business 100 provides the business community with a unique VIP participation experience alongside extensive networking opportunities. Companies are encouraged to click here to secure their team now.

Pictured: Participants in Velo Birmingham 2017

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