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 do I improve my odds of starting with my friends?

You will be asked to enter a Team Name during the registration process. If you wish to ride with friends, please mutually agree a Team Name and enter it on the entry form (making sure that everyone spells it the same). Make sure all riders enter the Team Name exactly the same and we will do our best to put you in the same start wave. Do not put the name of the person you want to ride with as this will not help us allocate you to the same start wave.

If you’ve already entered and didn’t put a Team Name or want to edit your Team Name login to your Active account (http://myevents.active.com/) and click ‘Edit Registration’.
You have until two months before the event (March 12, 2019) to add / edit your Team Name.

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.


Do I have to go to Event Registration on Saturday May 11 to collect my Rider Pack?

Unless you pay £5 during the entry process to have your Rider Pack sent to you in advance of the event, all General Entry Riders will need to attend Event Registration to collect their Rider Pack on Saturday May 11 between 08:00 and 20:00*. Event Registration will be held in Birmingham city centre – exact location TBC.

Business 42 Teams will have their Rider Packs posted to them around one week before the event and will not need to attend Event Registration.

* If you can’t personally collect your Rider Pack from Birmingham on Saturday, then you can send someone else on your behalf. You will need to provide them with your Rider Number (issued approximately two weeks before the event), a photocopy of your ID (e.g. driving licence or passport) and a signed letter of consent.

Please note – International riders will have to collect their Rider Pack from Event Registration in Birmingham city centre on Saturday May 11.

My Business 42 Rider Pack has not arrived. What should I do?

Please note your Rider Pack may arrive as late as Friday May 10. If it doesn’t arrive by then, we will have a spare pack ready for you to collect on Saturday May 11 (8am to 8pm) from Event Registration in Birmingham (exact location TBC).

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 Birmingham city centre. We will announce the exact location closer to the event.

Can someone collect my Rider Pack on my behalf on Saturday May 11?

If you can’t personally collect your Rider Pack on Saturday May 11 and have missed the deadline to pay to have your pack posted, then you can send someone else on your behalf. You will need to provide them with your Rider Number (issued approximately two weeks before the event), a photocopy of your ID (e.g. driving licence or passport) and a signed letter of consent.
One person can collect on behalf of multiple riders, providing they have everything listed above.

When and where do I collect my Goody Bag?

General Entry riders will get their Goody Bag when collecting their Rider Pack from registration on Saturday May 11.
Business 42 riders and those who have opted to have their Rider Packs posted to them will need to collect their Goody Bag from the Help Desk within the Event Village on Sunday May 12 after the ride.

Is there a bag drop?

There will not be a bag drop service for the 42 Mile event. We suggest riders carry a small bag with them on the route carrying essentials you will need throughout the day. Alternatively, ask friends and family who are coming to support you to take your belongings to the finish for you in Coventry, so you can stay in the city centre & enjoy the Coventry Food Festival!


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.

When will I know my exact start time?

You will find out your exact start time approximately 2 weeks before the event. You can move back to a later wave but not forward to an earlier wave. You do not need to inform us if you decide to move back to a later wave.

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 on the 42 mile route? If so, what food and drink will be available?

There will be one Rider Pit Stop and two Water Stops on the 42 mile route. The Rider Pit Stops will be well stocked with both sweet and savoury bites, fruit, water and energy products (gels and drink), providing participants with the opportunity to refuel and recharge during their ride. Whilst best endeavours are made to cater for all, if riders have specific nutritional or dietary requirements, we strongly recommend that they bring with them suitable sustenance for their ride.

What is the minimum speed riders must maintain?

To comply with road closure timings, riders will be expected to maintain an average speed of 17.5 kilometres/10.5 miles per hour. This includes any stops at Rider Pit Stops and water stations.
To get you to the finish in good time we will have dozens of ‘Domestiques’ (support riders) to help you maintain the average speed required. The first riders will depart at 06:55, and all riders must be across the finish line by 11:30am.
A sweep vehicle system will be in place to collect any riders who fall behind this time limit or otherwise cannot continue due to injury, fatigue, mechanical failure, etc.

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.

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!


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.


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.


Is there spectator parking on Sunday?

We advise all those coming to spectate find a suitable public car park near to the city centre. Please remember a number of roads through Birmingham and Coventry will be closed for the event so please plan ahead when choosing your car park and planning your journey.

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.