42 Mile FAQ’s


What is the minimum age to enter?

Participants must be at least 16 years old and therefore only persons born on or before May 12, 2003 will be able to take part. Participants aged 16 and 17 on May 12, 2019 must present a signed parental consent form at Event Registration on Saturday May 11, 2019 (Victoria Square Birmingham) to participate. You can download this form here: PARENTAL CONSENT FORM.

What's the withdrawal policy?

Should you wish to withdraw from the event please contact our team on hello@velobirmingham.com. Please note that no refunds will be issued in the event of withdrawal.
Participants may transfer their entry to another person up to two months before the event (March 12, 2019), subject to a transfer fee of £10. The new participant must sign up, agree to the event terms and conditions as well as pay the entry fee to complete the transfer. Once payment has been received the original rider will be refunded their entry fee (minus £10 to cover the transfer fee). Please email hello@velobirmingham.com for further details.

How can I purchase official event merchandise

You can purchase official Vélo Birmingham & Midlands merchandise on the entry form or by clicking the ‘SHOP’ button on the event website.

Can I ride for charity?

Yes! You can make your miles matter by securing your place through one of our Lead Charities. Even if you secure a General Entry or Business 42 entry you can still raise funds for a charity of your choice.


Will my Event Pack be posted to me?

If you have opted in (paying an additional £5) for your Event Pack to be posted to you, this will arrive no later than 1 week before the event.

All riders who have not chosen this option must attend registration in person to collect their Event Pack on Saturday May 11 between 08:00 and 20:00.

If you can’t personally collect your Event Pack from Birmingham City Centre on Saturday May 11, you can send someone else on your behalf. They will need your Confirmation Email, a photocopy of your ID (e.g. driving licence or passport) and a signed letter of consent.

Please note that all International riders will have to collect their Event Pack from Event Registration on Saturday May 11.

Can I change my Start Wave?

All 42 mile riders will start in the same wave departing at 06:55. As such, it is not possible for us to change your start wave.

How do I claim my free bike service from Cycle Republic?

Simply call up your nearest Cycle Republic store and book a Bronze Service for your bike! You will need to show your Vélo Birmingham & Midlands confirmation email in-store in order to receive the Bronze Service for free.
Find your nearest Cycle Republic store right here.


Where is Event Registration?

Event Registration will take place in our Event Village – Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre on Saturday May 11 between 08:00-20:00.

For full details on what to expect at Event Registration please head to pg4 of the Rider Info Guide, available here.

How can I plan my Car Parking across the weekend?

If you are not riding to the start line, parking in your hotel car park or being dropped off by a friend or loved one, there are a number of car parks within Birmingham City Centre that you will be able to use. A full list of car parks within the city can be found here and you can also pre-book your car parking space via the NCP website by clicking here. Please refer to pages 7-8 of this guide to see where your start pen is located so you can choose the best possible location.

If you are planning on parking your car on the morning of the event, please consider the following:

·        Car Park opening/closing times

·        Height restrictions

·        Road closures that may affect your route. For full road closure info please click here.

Is there spectator parking in Coventry on Sunday May 11?

Whether you’re parking your car in Coventry ready for your finish or need to find car parking for your friends/family coming to cheer your over the Finish Line, please visit the Coventry City website to find your best options for parking on Sunday, available here.

When and where do I collect my Goody Bag?

Riders attending Event Registration on Saturday May 11, will be able to collect their Goodie Bag along with their Event Pack, from the Event Village in Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre.
If your Event Pack is being posted to you, please collect your Goody Bag from the Finish Area in University Square, Coventry City Centre on Sunday May 12.  For more details on post ride information, please head to pg23 of the Rider Info Guide available here.



What type of bikes are not permitted?

The following bikes are forbidden at Vélo Birmingham & Midlands for health and safety reasons: bikes with disc wheels*, recumbent bicycles, electronic bikes of any kind, unicycles, penny farthings, tricycles, quad cycles, BMX bikes, fixed gear bikes / singlespeeds / fixies (allowed with two independent brakes and a freehub) and hand bikes / cycles. Any unconventional handlebars, including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, Spinaci bars and cow bars, handlebar extensions and any bars without bar end plugs fitted are not allowed.
*disc brakes are allowed


Do we start the event at the same location as the 100 mile riders?

Yes, the 100 Mile & 42 Mile Routes share the same start line.

How do I find out my bib number, start wave and start time?

All riders have now been emailed with their allocated bib number, start wave and start time. If for any reason you cannot find this email, you can also view your start time on the full rider start list here.

If you are one of multiple riders with the same name, please contact our team on: hello@velobirmingham.com and our team will be able to help.

Where do we split from the main route to finish our event?

The 42 mile route is the same as the 100 mile route until riders arrive in Coventry city centre where they will be directed by signage and marshals towards the finish line in University Square.

How many Rider Pit Stops are there along the route and what will be available?

There are two stops where you can refuel across the 42-mile route. The first is a Water and Toilet Stop, for 42 Mile Riders ONLY. It provides these two amenities, plus High5 Energy Gels. The second is a Rider Pit Spot where you will find food, water, High5 Nutrition and toilets, as well as medical and mechanical support. For the exact locations and further details on what is available at each stop, please see pg13 of the Rider Info Guide available here.

What is the minimum speed riders must maintain?

To ensure we’re able to reopen the roads on time, we are required to enforce the minimum speed of 11mph (17.5kph) across the whole of the ride – this includes time spent at any Rider Pit Stops or Water & Toilet Stops (so turn off the auto stop feature on your GPS device).
The last rider must cross the finish line in Coventry City Centre no later than 12:00. The departing time for all 42 mile riders is 06:55, meaning the slowest time allowed to complete the 42 mile challenge is 5 hours & 5 minutes.
For full key route information, including further timings, please make sure you read through pg13-pg14 of the Rider Info Guide available here.

What should I take with me on the ride?

We highly advise all riders to carry two water bottles with them at all time. Our Rider Pit Stops will be well stocked but if you have a preferred gel / snack / drink you’re used to then it is wise to pack some of these.
Our well-equipped Domestiques will be out on the route to help riders, however we recommend you bring the basics in case they don’t have those items. Items such as 2 x inner tubes, mini pump, tyre levers and a multi-tool are all useful and needed.
If you’re planning to explore Coventry City and the Food Festival after the ride, you might want to bring a change of clothes and trainers (in a small rucksack) to make the most of your day.

What guidelines must riders adhere to whilst on route to ensure every rider has a safe and great ride?

We have seven simple but important Rules of the Road which all riders must following whilst taking part in the event. For full information on this, please head to pg17-pg18 of the Rider Info Guide, available here.


What are my post-event travel options?

The 42 mile route is a point-to-point ride and participants are responsible for arranging their own way home after they’ve finished in Coventry. There are regular direct trains from Coventry to Birmingham New Street – please check with the train providers regarding their bike policy.
An alternative option is to ask your family and/or friends to drive and park in Coventry so they can take you home after the ride.

Will there be shower facilities to use after the ride?

There are no shower facilities available for riders at the start or finish.

Where can I reunite with my friends and family once I’ve finished?

The best place to reunite with your friends and family post-ride is University Square! Once you’ve recovered, make sure you go and check out the amazing Coventry Food Festival!


When can I find out more details about road closures?

Due to the scale and numbers participating in Vélo Birmingham & Midlands, it will be necessary to implement road closures across the full route to facilitate the safe passage of the participants.
The route has been carefully considered and selected through a partnership of all local authorities, emergency services and transport operators to minimise the inconvenience of the necessary road closures. Emergency Services will be operating as usual and the public should use the normal protocol in the case of an emergency.
Specific Road Closure information can be found by clicking here.

We will do all we can to provide you with more information on how you can best navigate your way around the road closures. If you have any queries regarding the route and subsequent road closures, please email route@velobirmingham.com.


I'm a local business that wants to get involved, how do I get in touch?

We want as many local businesses as possible to get on board and support our riders. If this sounds like something you would like to do, please drop us an email at: route@velobirmingham.com.

Do you need volunteers?

We are looking for keen volunteers to help make the weekend special for all our riders. If you would like to be involved please complete our volunteer form.

I have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQs, how can I contact you?

Please drop us an email at: hello@velobirmingham.com.

As all staff will be onsite preparing for the event from Thursday May 9, this inbox will not be manned after this time over the event weekend.

Make sure you have carefully read through the Rider Info Guide, available here. If your questions are still unanswered, please visit us at the Help Desk on Saturday May 11 in Victoria Square from 08:00-20:00 or on Sunday May 12 from 05:00 onwards in Edgbaston Street.