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 to participate. You can download this form here: PARENTAL CONSENT FORM.
Is there a deadline for transferring and/or editing my entry?
Yes! All transfers and amendments to your Event Registration must be completed 2 months before the event – Tuesday March 12, 2019. Please note: after this date no transfers or changes can be made to your entry.
What's the withdrawal policy?
Should you wish to withdraw from the event please contact our team on email@example.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). Any transfer will be subject to a transfer fee of £10. The new participant must sign up and agree to the event terms and conditions to complete the transfer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Can I ride for charity?
You can make your miles matter by securing your place through one of our Lead Charities.
If you decide to secure a General, Fast Track or CBRE Business 100 place you can still raise funds for charity.
Can I purchase merchandise during and after registration?
You can purchase official Vélo Birmingham & Midlands merchandise when completing your entry form or by clicking the ‘SHOP’ button on the event website.
Can I change my Start Wave?
It is not possible for us to officially change your Start Wave, but if you have friends who are starting in a later wave, you are welcome to move back to start together in their wave. Moving into an earlier wave is strictly prohibited and will be policed by marshals. You do not need to inform us of your decision to do move into a later wave.
Will my Event Pack be posted to me?
All General Entry Riders 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.
Fast Track Riders and CBRE Business 100 Teams will receive their Event Packs via post no later than 1 week before the event and will not need to attend registration.
Please note that all International riders will have to collect their Event Pack from Event Registration on Saturday May 11.
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.
What are the best options for Car Parking?
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.
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, 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.
When and where do I collect my Goodie Bag?
General Entry riders will get their Goodie Bag when collecting their Event Pack on Saturday May 11, from Event Registration in Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre.
Fast Track and CBRE Business 100 Riders will need to collect their Goodie Bags from the Victoria Square Event Village on Sunday May 12 after completing your ride. For more details on post ride information, please head to pg25-pg26 of the Rider Info Guide available here.
Is there a Bag Drop?
Bag Drop will be open in Victoria Square from 08:00-20:00 on Saturday. As space is limited, we ask that riders use this service for essential post-ride items only and where possible leave larger items in their vehicles and/or hotels. When you drop off your bag, you will be given a corresponding wristband. Please keep this with you until the end of the ride as you will need this to collect your items on Sunday afternoon.
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: email@example.com and our team will be able to help.
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 no later than 17:30, and with the last rider departing the start line at 08:15, this means the slowest time allowed to complete the 100-mile challenge is 9hrs 15mins.
For full key route information, including further timings, please make sure you read through pg17-pg18 of the Rider Info Guide available here.
How many Rider Pit Stops are there along the route and what will be available?
There are six stops located evenly across the 100 mile route. Three of these are Rider Pit Spots which include food, water, High5 Nutrition and toilets, as well as medical and mechanical support. The remaining three are Water and Toilet Stops which provide these two amenities, plus High5 Energy Gels.
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 do you recommend people bring with them on the day?
We highly advise all riders to carry two water bottles with them at all times.
Our well-equipped Domestiques will be out on the route to help riders. However, we recommend you bring the basics including items such as 2 x inner tubes, mini pump, tyre levers and a multi-tool are all useful and needed.
Will there be shower facilities to use after the ride?
There are no shower facilities available for riders post finishing.
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 pg21-pg22 of the Rider Info Guide, available here.
What type of bikes are not allowed?
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
How can I get my bike to the event?
The easiest and most convenient bike transport is available when using our trusted partner, SHERPR.
SHERPR are offering a door-to-door service from London (£99) and Birmingham (£69) and for any groups of 4+ from the same pickup location, there is a £10 discount available per bike.
SHERPR will collect your bike on Friday 10th May and you will be able to collect it on Saturday 11th May at registration.
You can then drop your bike off after the event and have it delivered back to you on Monday 13th May.
If you live outside of these areas then you can use SHERPR’s courier delivery service. Simply head to their site, order one of their boxes from (£37.99) and schedule a collection from your home to your hotel (£60 return).
Please visit SHERPR’S website for more information and to make a booking.
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 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 navigate your way around the road closures. If you have any queries regarding the route and subsequent road closures, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.