Ma­jor cy­cle ride comes through the heart of Cov

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By FIONNULA HAINEY News Re­porter [email protected]­

THE route for a ma­jor Mid­lands cy­cle ride has been re­vealed - and it comes right through the heart of Coven­try.

Velo Birm­ing­ham and Mid­lands is the UK’s se­cond big­gest closed road cy­cle event.

The 100-mile ride will see around 17,000 cy­clists hit the roads next May.

A ‘ma­jor high­light’ of the route will be when par­tic­i­pants pass though Coven­try, the Euro­pean City of Sport in 2019, and past the iconic Cathe­dral.

The Velo Birm­ing­ham was first held in 2017 but or­gan­is­ers took a year out this year to pre­pare for an even big­ger Mid­lands-wide event in 2019.

The de­scrip­tion of the route on the web­site reads: “Riders will en­counter stun­ning coun­try­side, panoramic views, pic­turesque vil­lages and iconic climbs... not to men­tion the tens of thou­sands of res­i­dents lin­ing the streets to cheer the riders on!

“A ma­jor high­light of the 2019 route comes around mile 40 when riders will pass right through the heart of Coven­try - UK City of Cul­ture 2021.

“Cy­cling on the cob­bled streets of the his­toric Coven­try Cathe­dral in front of thou­sands of sup­port­ers will be a truly unique ex­pe­ri­ence and will make you feel as though you’re rid­ing in the pro pelo­ton!”

Riders will start their hun­dred mile jour­ney in Dig­beth, Birm­ing­ham, be­fore leav­ing the city via the A45.

Rid­ing out through the sub­urbs of Birm­ing­ham, they will then pass through Soli­hull to­wards War­wick­shire into the sprawl­ing coun­try­side that char­ac­terises so much of the route.

Cy­clists will me­an­der through the vil­lages of North War­wick­shire be­fore head­ing down to Bed­worth and onto Coven­try via Long­ford Road and through Bell Green.

They then make their way down Se­wall High­way, through Bar­ras Heath and into the city cen­tre on Cox Street.

Af­ter pass­ing the mag­nif­i­cent Cathe­dral cy­clists will head onto the ring road and back out of the city past Rad­ford and Coundon.

From there, the route takes cy­clists through Meri­den and the sub­urbs of Sandwell and Dud­ley.

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