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Vélo Birmingham & Midlands’ reveal 2020 routes & re-open entries!

Published on Thursday, 30th January 2020

Velo 2020

North Warwickshire prepares to welcome up to 18,000 cyclists on Sunday, June 21, 2020

30th January 2020 – Birmingham, UK: Vélo Birmingham & Midlands’ organisers reveal 2020 routes and re-open entries to the general public. 

With both routes officially finalised, a limited number of entries into the previously sold-out 100 mile route have been released along with entries into the 45 mile route from Birmingham through North Warwickshire to Coventry.

Firmly established as the UK’s second biggest cycling event, Vélo Birmingham & Midlands will take up to 18,000 riders of all abilities on an unforgettable 100 or 45 mile journey through the West Midlands on Sunday June 21, 2020.

The route remains largely unchanged from the hugely successful 2019 edition which saw tens of thousands of locals lining the route in support of the riders. Organisers have made some small changes to improve the rider experience and minimise the impact of road closures on local communities. 

With a new start & finish in the heart of Birmingham city centre near Centenary Square, the 100 mile route will once again pass through the heart of the 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, the route will traverse through North Warwickshire towns and villages such as Hurley and Fillongley, along with Solihull villages; Balsall Common, Berkswell and Cheswick Green, among others.

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

It’s expected local residents will once again line the streets and cheer on the cyclists in their thousands as local pubs and community halls host street parties and barbecues on the big day.

The route has been agreed in partnership with North Warwickshire Borough Council, 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 routes in full and enter the event now at https://www.velobirmingham.com/

Road closures – plan ahead

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 visit https://www.velobirmingham.com/road-closures/ to find out the road closure timings and how best to navigate around them.

From Monday February 10, over 650,000 detailed information leaflets will be distributed to all residential and businesses addresses on and around the route, enabling residents to learn more about the road closures, plan ahead and find details of how to contact the event organisers should they need further assistance. A dedicated team will also be pro-actively engaging with all businesses on and close to the route to raise awareness of the road closures and find solutions to any access issues that arise.

Unrestricted Emergency Services access

Access for Emergency Services will be unaffected throughout the road closures and will always be prioritised during the event. Emergency Service representatives are, and will continue to be, involved throughout the planning of the event as part of the Safety Advisory Group to ensure that all Emergency Service providers can operate as normal on Sunday June 21.

How to take part

In addition to General Entries, riders can secure their place on the start line via one of Vélo Birmingham & Midlands’ official charities - Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity Birmingham, NSPCC, Cure Leukaemia and Alzheimer’s Society.

Business 100 corporate challenge

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.

Supported by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and The Birmingham Post, the Vélo Birmingham Business 100 provides the business community with a unique VIP participation experience alongside extensive networking opportunities. Companies are encouraged to visit https://www.velobirmingham.com/ride-in-2020/business-100/ to secure their team now.

Volunteering opportunities

There are also plenty of volunteering opportunities for those not able to take part but still keen to contribute to the success of one of the West Midlands’ biggest sporting events of the year. To register your interest to be a volunteer, please visit: volunteers

To find out more, please visit www.velobirmingham.com

Route overview

0 – 25 Miles

Centenary Square will be the backdrop for the 2020 Vélo Birmingham and Midlands venue, with the start line located on the A4400 outside Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Upon crossing the start line, riders will exit the city centre of Birmingham via the A38 and A47, enabling them to get in a group right from the off and find a comfortable pace as they settle into the ride. Riders will pedal through the suburbs of Birmingham towards Warwickshire where they will get their first taste of the stunning countryside that characterises so much of the route.

25 – 50 Miles

Despite the absence of any major climbs, the route is relatively undulating between miles 25-35 as riders pass through beautiful country roads en-route to Bedworth and Coventry. A major highlight of the 2019 route comes around mile 40 when riders pass right through the heart of Coventry City Centre – the official 2021 ‘City of Culture’. Cycling on the cobbled roads surrounding the historic Coventry Cathedral in front of thousands of supporters will be a truly unique experience and is certain to make every rider feel like a true pro!

50 -75 Miles

At around mile 51 riders will pass through the historic town of Meriden – once regarded as the geographical centre of England – where they will pass the National Cyclists’ Memorial which was built to remember cyclists who died in World War One. From here, riders will continue to enjoy a mix of rural country roads and quaint towns and villages lined with enthusiastic supporters. Keep an eye out for Packwood House, a beautiful, timber-framed Tudor manor house and gardens owned by the National Trust since 1941.

75-100 Miles:

This is the final push as riders make their way back through the suburbs of Dudley and Sandwell and Birmingham. Riders will head back to Birmingham City Centre via the Ridgacre Road which will enable them to pick up the pace towards the finish! Upon crossing the finish line in the heart of Birmingham, riders will be directed back to the Event Village which is located in the iconic and newly redeveloped Centenary Square. Here, riders will receive their hard-earned medal before celebrating their amazing achievement with family and friends.