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The Route

Introducing the Vélo Birmingham route…

Starting on Broad Street in the heart of Birmingham, the 100 mile fully closed road route will take you on a breathtaking journey from city to country, passing through Herefordshire and Worcestershire via Sandwell, Dudley and Staffordshire.

Upon crossing the finish line on Broad Street, you will be directed to the impressive Barclaycard Arena (NIA) where you will be able to celebrate your fantastic achievement with fellow riders, friends and family!

To help bring the route to life, we have created an Interactive Route Map which you can use to explore the route in more detail. With 1,998 metres (6,555 feet) of climbing, it’s a challenging and undulating route. Our elevation graph below will enable you to pinpoint where the challenging climbs are located so you can start to get an idea of how you need to pace yourself on the big day.

This route has been years in the planning in partnership with six local authorities, emergency services and transport operators and we are extremely proud to be unveiling what we believe is a spectacular 100 mile route that showcases the very best of Birmingham and the West Midlands.

We’re confident you’re going to love it!

2017-03-03

Velo Birmingham Final Route Test

  • Distance
    Instructions

TOTAL ELEVATION: 1,998 METRES / 6,555 FEET

RIDER PIT STOPS: 19 MILES / 47 MILES / 64 MILES / 87 MILES

WATER STATIONS: 28 MILES / 36 MILES / 55 MILES / 76 MILES / 85 MILES

 

*If you intend to cycle parts of the route as part of your training for the event, please note that there are some sections of dual carriageway that are not suitable for cycling on without the necessary road closures that will be in place on the day.

0-25 Miles

Upon crossing the start line on Broad Street, you will exit the city centre of Birmingham via the Hagley Road, enabling you to get in a group right from the off and find a comfortable pace as you settle into the ride. The miles will fly by as you make your way through Halesowen and Stourbridge and before long you will find yourself approaching our first Rider Pit Stop, providing you with an opportunity to have a breather, re-hydrate and stock up on some energy products. Up next is the picturesque village of Bewdley – an attractive Georgian town that sits directly upon the River Severn. This is the first of many beautiful towns and villages you will pass through as you complete your epic 100 mile journey and sets the scene nicely for what’s still to come…

26-50 Miles

Upon leaving Bewdley you will briefly hug the River Severn before entering the sprawling countryside that characterises so much of the route. At mile 30, you will encounter our official King & Queen of the Mountain climb – the notorious Stanford Bank. At just under a mile long with an average gradient of 8%, this is a challenging climb that packs a punch. Upon completion of the KOM challenge your legs will be aching, but your spirits will be lifted by the panoramic views across the spectacular Worcestershire, Hereforshire and Staffordshire countryside. What’s more, you now have some exhilarating descents to enjoy as you make your way towards the second Rider Pit Stop and then the beautiful, un-spoilt market town of Bromyard.

51-75 Miles

Whilst there are no major climbs, the third quarter of the route is still relatively undulating. Even if you’re feeling strong, we recommend you don’t push the pace too much as there’s still a long way to go and sterner challenges lie ahead. The beautiful scenery that surrounds you will act as the perfect antidote to the lactic acid that will be starting to make its presence felt. The highlight of this section is undoubtedly the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Clifton-upon-Teme, a village and civil parish in the Malvern Hills district of Worcestershire. Upon leaving Clifton-upon-Teme you will enjoy a thrilling descent into Martley before making your way towards the penultimate Rider Pit Stop of the day.

76-100 Miles

This is it – the final push! Despite starting off relatively flat as you make your way through the quaint village of Belbroughton – home of the famous Scarecrow Festival - the elevation soon kicks up as you approach St Kenelm’s pass at mile 85. Stretching over 1.5 miles with an average gradient of 5.2% (max of 10% in some places), there’s no wonder it was a strong contender for our official KOM climb! When you reach the top you will be able to re-fuel at our fourth and final Rider Pit Stop ready for one final push towards the finish line located on Broad Street. Opon receiving your well earned medal, you will be directed into the iconic Barclaycard Arena where you will be able to celebrate with fellow riders, friends and family!