100- mile cy­cle spec­ta­cle Vélo set to re­turn in May


Solihull News - - NEWS - TAM­LYN JONES tam­lyn. [email protected] reach­plc. com

FULL de­tails of how the 2019 Vélo Birm­ing­ham & Mid­lands cycling event passes through Soli­hull vil­lages and coun­try­side have been re­vealed.

Or­gan­is­ers con­firmed the specifics of the closed- road, 100- mile sportive in­clud­ing all of the ar­eas which will be af­fected by the event.

The Vélo first came to the West Mid­lands in Septem­ber 2017 but will re­turn next year for a late spring event on Sun­day, May 12.

Around 17,000 cy­clists are ex­pected to take part, rais­ing mil­lions for char­ity, while cor­po­rate teams are in­vited to sign up for the Busi­ness 100 chal­lenge.

Res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers are be­ing warned by or­gan­is­ers now to plan ahead for the one- day event which will see road clo­sures across the route which takes in many parts of the West Mid­lands.

It will also pass through Coven­try city cen­tre and its iconic cathe­dral, mark­ing part of its sta­tus as Euro­pean City of Sport for 2019.

In a change from last year’s route, the ride will start south of Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre near St An­drew’s foot­ball sta­dium and fin­ish in Sher­lock Street from where riders will be di­rected to the event vil­lage close to Bullring shop­ping cen­tre.

Among the towns and vil­lages to be in­cluded on the 2019 route are Coleshill, Hur­ley and Fil­lon­g­ley in War­wick­shire and Meri­den and Bent­ley Heath in Soli­hull.

The Na­tional Trust es­tate of Pack­wood House and Bart­ley Green Reser­voir are among the other lo­ca­tions to fea­ture on the new- look course.

The route has been agreed in part­ner­ship with Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil, Coven­try City Coun­cil, Soli­hull Metropoli­tan Bor­ough Coun­cil, War­wick­shire County Coun­cil, Dud­ley Metropoli­tan Bor­ough Coun­cil and Sandwell Metropoli­tan Bor­ough Coun­cil as well as Emer­gency Ser­vices and trans­port op­er­a­tors to min­imise the im­pact of the nec­es­sary road clo­sures.

Coun­cil­lor Joe Tildes­ley, Soli­hull Coun­cil, cabi­net mem­ber for leisure, tourism and sport, said: “Soli­hull is de­lighted to be host­ing a key sec­tion of next year’s Vélo Birm­ing­ham & Mid­lands route. This event is quickly es­tab­lish­ing it­self a key date in the cycling cal­en­dar and is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to show­case the bor­ough.

“We will be the first port of call for lots of peo­ple vis­it­ing the re­gion to take part in the event and I hope that they will take the chance to ex­plore some of what we have to of­fer in Soli­hull.”

A team will be pro- ac­tively call­ing all busi­nesses on and close to the route to raise aware­ness of the clo­sures and find solutions to any ac­cess is­sues that arise.

Ac­cess for emer­gency ser­vices will be un­af­fected through­out and will be pri­ori­tised dur­ing the event and a hot­line will be open on the day to help peo­ple who are trapped by all the clo­sures and diver­sions.

Any­one po­ten­tially af­fected by the road clo­sures is ad­vised to visit the Vélo Birm­ing­ham & Mid­lands web­site for full de­tails of the route.

Gen­eral en­tries sold out within a week of open­ing but or­gan­is­ers said an ad­di­tional al­lo­ca­tion of en­tries would go on sale in the new year to those on the wait­ing list.

Of­fi­cial char­i­ties for the 2019 ride are Queen El­iz­a­beth Hospi­tal Char­ity Birm­ing­ham, NSPCC, Cure Leukaemia and Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

The 2019 Vélo Birm­ing­ham & Mid­lands route through Soli­hull

Thou­sands came out to sup­port the first ever Vélo Birm­ing­ham

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