Rider FAQs

ENTRY INFORMATION

How do I enter?

100 mile entries are opening soon and to be in with a chance of taking part you must pre-register. Following an exclusive pre-sale to 2019 riders, the remaining entries will go on sale to everyone who pre-registers. Pre-register now to be the first to know what date entries will open.

When will entries for the shorter route open?

The introduction of a 42 mile route was a fantastic addition to the 2019 Vélo Birmingham & Midlands and we’re looking forward to announcing a new and improved shorter route in 2020.

To be the first to hear about exciting announcements relating to our shorter route, please pre-register by clicking here.

What is the minimum age to enter?

Participants must be at least 16 years old and therefore only persons born on or before June 28, 2004 will be able to take part. Participants aged 16 and 17 on June 28, 2020 must present a signed parental consent form at Event Registration, in Birmingham City Centre, on Saturday April 27 to participate. You can download this form here: Parental Consent Form.

Can I ride for Charity?

Yes, you can secure your entry via one of our official charities today! Find out more by clicking here.

How do I improve my odds of starting with friends?

You will be asked to enter a Team Name during the registration process. If you wish to ride with friends, agree a Team Name and enter it on the entry form. Make sure all riders enter exactly the same Team Name and we will do our best to put you in the same start wave.

You have until two months prior to the event (April 28, 2020) to add / edit your Team Name.

 

PRE-EVENT INFORMATION

Will my Rider Pack be posted to me?

Fast Track Riders and Business 100 Teams will have their Rider Packs posted to them 2 weeks before the event and will not need to attend registration.

All General Entry and International Riders must collect their Rider Packs from Event Registration on Saturday June 27, 2020. For more information on Entry Options, please click here.

 

EVENT WEEKEND

Where is Event Registration?

Event Registration will take place on Saturday April 27, in Birmingham City Centre between 08:00-20:00. We will announce the exact location closer to the event.

What is the Event Weekend Schedule?

Saturday June 27 – Event Registration for all General Entry Riders
Sunday June 28 – Event day
Please note: full Event Weekend will be available in due course.

BIKE INFORMATION

What type of bikes are not allowed?

The following are forbidden at Vélo Birmingham & Midlands for health and safety reasons: 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.

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

For the at 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 or tricycle configuration) 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.

THE RIDE

Where will the ride start and finish?

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

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.

 

OTHER

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

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.