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Routes for 2020 Velo Birmingham and Midlands released

Joe Robinson
30 Jan 2020

Limited number of 100-mile entries up for grabs alongside new 45-mile event

A limited number of additional entries have been opened up for the previously sold old closed road sportive Velo Birmingham and Midlands.

These first-come-first-served entries for the 100-mile event have been offered up alongside the addition of a shorter 45-mile point-to-point route option from Birmingham to Coventry.

The UK's second-largest closed-road sportive behind RideLondon, Velo Birmingham and Midlands sees 18,000 cyclists take on the West Midlands event that tackles both town and Warwickshire country riding.

Organisers say they have made minor tweaks to the route for 2020 that should both improve rider experience and minimise the effects of road closures. Local pubs and communities are also expected to work on street parties to celebrate then event, something deputy Coventry Council leader Abdul Khan is asking residents to get involved with.

'Once again, Velo Birmingham & Midlands looks set to be another fantastic sporting event in Coventry and the rest of the region. Last year, the event proved very popular with Coventry’s cyclists and those who came out to watch them,' said Khan.

'I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to come and support the event and for entrants to explore Coventry and the rest of the region in a different way.'

The routes for both events have also been finalised, and in the case of the 100-mile option sticks very closely to the last event.

For both the 100-mile and 45-mile options, the route will depart from a new starting point in Birmingham's Centenary Square, rolling past the city's Museum and Art Gallery before heading towards their first taste of the countryside.

After heading through Bedworth, the race will hit the official 'City of Culture' for 2021, Coventry. While the 45-milers will finish on the cobbled city centre streets beneath the cathedral, the 100-milers will loop around for the second half of their ride.

Next up will be Meriden, once considered the geographical centre of England and home of the National Cyclists' Memorial as the amateur peloton traverses more quaint countryside.

The final 25 miles will then take riders through the outer suburbs of Birmingham, such as Dudley and Sandwell, before finishing back in Centenary Square.

For more information and entries, visit the Velo Birmingham and Midlands website here.

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