45 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 June 21, 2004 will be able to take part. Participants aged 16 and 17 on June 21, 2020 must present a signed parental consent form at Event Registration, in Birmingham City Centre, on Saturday June 20 to participate. You can download this form here: Parental Consent Form.

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.

I require more information about merchandise, who do I contact?

Any questions regarding merchandise and orders should be sent to our official merchandise supplier Scimitar at: help@scimitarvelo.shop or by calling 01905 425324 (please note that call charges may apply). Scimitar’s customer service information is available here.

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 you can still raise funds for a charity of your choice. Click here for more information.



Will my Event Pack be posted to me?

All General Entry Riders must attend registration in person to collect their Rider Packs on Saturday June 20 between 08:00 and 20:00. Event Registration will be held in Birmingham City Centre with details of the host location to be announced in due course.

If you can’t personally collect your Rider Pack from Birmingham City Centre on Saturday June 20, you can send someone else on your behalf. They will need 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.

Can I change my Start Wave?

All 45 mile riders will start in the same wave. As such, it is not possible for us to change your start wave.

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 (April 21, 2020), 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.



What type of bikes are not permitted?

It is necessary for us to restrict or prohibit various types of pedal bicycles and equipment at Vélo Birmingham & Midlands for health and safety reasons. It is our responsibility to manage the risks involved with the number of riders we are placing on the closed roads across the whole of the routes.

Bikes with disc wheels, recumbent bicycles with full fairing or tricycle configuration, electronic bikes not compliant with current UK/EU legal requirements for ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (EAPCs), unicycles, elliptical cycles, penny farthings, tricycles, quad cycles, BMX bikes, fixed gear bikes / singlespeeds / fixies (allowed with two independent brakes and a freehub) and handbikes / cycles. Any unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, Spinaci bars and cow bars, handlebar extensions, bars without Bar end plugs fitted; and any other items which the Organiser considers may be a danger to the safety of other participants.

We are sorry to disappoint certain groups of riders with the restriction of certain bikes and equipment. These decisions are not taken lightly and are made after a comprehensive review of all risks associated with a participant using such bikes or equipment, as well as the risks present to themselves from the large numbers of cyclists participating in the event. We do continually review our policies on permitted bicycles and equipment and if you have any further questions please get in touch with us at hello@velobirmingham.com.

Can I ride my e-bike at Vélo Birmingham & Midlands?

For Vélo Birmingham & Midlands, e-bikes will be permitted on all distances. Only those cycles that comply with current UK/EU legal requirements for ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (EAPCs) are permitted in the sportive. EAPCs still require the rider to pedal and the electric motor, with a maximum power of 250 watts, cannot provide assistance when travelling at more than 25 km/h (15.5mph). Participants using e-bikes must still meet the requirements for entering as per the Event T&Cs.

If you wish to participate in Vélo Birmingham & Midlands on an e-bike, you must inform us by emailing hello@velobirmingham.com (stating your full name) prior to purchasing your entry. These details are required so you can be placed in a suitable start wave for safety reasons.

Can I ride my recumbent bike at Vélo Birmingham & Midlands?

Recumbent Cycles (not full fairing) with a sufficient visible rear marker that is 2m in height will be permitted on all distances at Vélo Birmingham & Midlands. If you wish to participate on a recumbent, you must inform us by emailing hello@velobirmingham.com (stating your full name and image of recumbent) prior to purchasing your entry. These details are required so you can be placed in a suitable start wave for safety reasons.


Where is Event Registration?

Event Registration will take place in Birmingham City Centre between 08:00-20:00 on Saturday June 20. We will announce the exact location closer to the event.

Can someone collect my Rider Pack on my behalf on Saturday June 20?

If you can’t personally collect your Rider Pack on Saturday June 20, you can send someone else on your behalf. They will need 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 for each Rider Pack.

When and where do I collect my Goody Bag?

General Entry riders will get their Goody Bag when collecting their Event Pack on Saturday June 20.

If you selected the Fast Track option then you will receive your goody back on arrival at the finish line in Coventry.



Where will the ride start and finish?

Both 100 Mile & 45 Mile Routes share the same start line.

Vélo Birmingham & Midlands will start and finish in Birmingham City Centre, exact locations will be released in due course!

How will I know my exact start time?

You will find out your 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 45 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.

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).

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.



What are my post-event travel options?

The 45 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 of Vélo Birmingham & Midlands, road closures will be implemented across the full route to facilitate safe passage for all participants.

The route has been carefully considered and selected with the 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 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 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: route@velobirmingham.com

I have purchased the event day insurance through Yellow Jersey – How can I make my claim?

If you would like to make a claim, please visit the insurance homepage HERE to fill in the online form.

If you have a query, please call Yellow Jersey who are available Monday to Friday 09:00-17:30 on 0333 003 0046 or email support@yellowjersey.co.uk.

For full details on the insurance, please visit the Velo Birmingham & Midlands event day insurance page HERE.

Where are the event T&Cs?

For full event Terms and Conditions please click here.

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.