Coventry will be on the route of the second largest road cycling event next May, during its year as City of Sport.
Vélo Birmingham & Midlands (formerly Vélo Birmingham) will see around 17,000 riders set off from Birmingham on a 100 mile route, which go through Coventry suburbs and past the Cathedral.
The event was launched today (Thursday 27 September) at the Cycle Show in Birmingham by a panel led by Lord Sebastian Coe (Chairman of CSM, organisers of the event). Entries will open on Thursday October 4 exclusively to everyone who pre-registers before midnight on Wednesday October 3. The inaugural event sold-out in just three days and with over 40,000 pre-registrations already received for the 2019 event, competition for places on the start line is expected to be fierce.
After setting off from Birmingham, riders will travel through Solihull, Warwickshire, Coventry, Dudley and Sandwell where they will encounter stunning views, challenging climbs and tens of thousands of residents lining the streets to cheer them on.
Cllr Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader at Coventry City Council, who is responsible for events, said: “This will be a fantastic event for us as next year’s UK City of Sport and for the rest of the region. The route will take riders past Coventry’s iconic Cathedral, which will offer a stunning backdrop and I’m sure that riders and the public will come out and support the event. It’s encouraging that there are already a large number of participants signing up to the event. I hope that it is a great success.”
Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of organisers CSM, said: “We are delighted that Vélo Birmingham & Midlands is returning in May 2019. The fantastic support for the event from our local authority partners demonstrates the importance for the Midlands of hosting major events in the build up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and we thank them enormously for helping us create this stunning 100 mile route.
The new and improved route really shows off the beauty and diversity of the Midlands and the opportunity to experience cycling through the heart of two major Midlands cities on closed roads will provide a truly unique experience for the 17,000 riders taking part. “
Interested riders can pre-register at www.velobirmingham.com