Velo Birmingham & Midlands Closed Roads 100 Mile Ride - Sunday 12th May 2019

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The Velo Birmingham and Midland 100 mile closed roads event is returning! A new route, passing through Solihull, Warwickshire, Coventry, Dudley and Sandwell, has been set and the date of the ride is Sunday 12th May. This awesome event has attracted huge interest and numbers, but has not been without some controversy.

The Birmingham Mail reported in June that the new Velo Birmingham and Midlands ride would take place in 2019. Their website has some footage of the ride held in 2017, giving you an idea of the scale and what’s in store for riders that participate.

100 miles of closed roads offers great appeal to both beginner and experienced cyclists; and this also allows the event organisers to cater for much larger participant numbers than standard sportives, in fact the number of riders at the 2017 event was limited to a whopping 15,000 entrants! There is something quite impressive about seeing an otherwise busy road usually filled with traffic completely void of vehicles, instead replaced with thousands of bicycles!

However, closing off 100 miles of roads, even on a Sunday, does not come without some controversy. The original route had to be altered due to complaints made by residents in the area. The event was subject to much criticism on social media and sections of the route were unfortunately compromised by sabotage, with nails and tacks left on the road.

Event organisers and local councils are working together to examine the lessons learnt from the previous event and to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses.

Riders interested in participating in May need to pre-register their interest, which you can do on the Velo Birmingham and Midlands website.

Hannah Smith