The Midlands in Central England is gearing up for the third edition of its biggest annual charity fundraising event. The organisers of Vélo Birmingham & Midlands – ‘the flagship event of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution’ – have released full details of the event’s 2020 routes and re-opened entries to the general public.
With both routes officially finalised, a limited number of general entries into the previously sold-out 100 mile route have been released along with entries into the ‘point-to-point’ 45 mile route from Birmingham to Coventry.
In addition to general entries, prospective riders can also ride for one of the event’s official charities – Alzheimer’s Society, Stroke Association, NSPCC and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity. Charity entries are available for as little as £20, with minimum fundraising targets. Riders at this year’s event are once again expected to raise well over a million pounds for a range of local and national charities.
Positioned as the ‘UK’s second biggest cycling event’, Vélo Birmingham & Midlands will take up to 18,000 riders of all abilities on a 100 or 45 mile journey through the West Midlands on Sunday June 21, 2020.
Both routes remain largely unchanged from the2019 edition, which saw tens of thousands of locals lining the route in support of the riders. The 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 over the cobbles, while the 45 mile riders will cross the finish line by Coventry Cathedral.
‘Vélo Birmingham & Midlands is the only cycling event in the world that takes in two city centres as part of its route’.
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said “Vélo Birmingham & Midlands is one of the biggest and well supported events in the Midlands’ annual sporting calendar and we can’t wait to welcome up to 18,000 cyclists of all abilities on Sunday June 21.
“With the 2022 Commonwealth Games now firmly on the horizon, Vélo Birmingham & Midlands is a fantastic reminder of the region’s ability to host world class sporting events with immense support from the general public.
“With both the 100 & 45 miles routes now on sale, I’d encourage anyone thinking of taking part to take the plunge and give it a go. The feeling of cycling on traffic-free, unpolluted roads through the West Midlands will be an experience to savour.”