When is Vélo Birmingham?

Vélo Birmingham takes place on Sunday 24 September 2017, with event registration taking place at the Barclay Card Arena (NIA) on Saturday 23 September.

What is the minimum age for entry?

All participants must be 16 years old or older at the time of the event. If you are aged between 16 and 18 you must fill out a parental consent form and bring it with you to registration.

Who is organising the event?

Vélo Birmingham is organised by CSM Active, part of CSM, in conjunction with Birmingham City Council.



How do I enter?

General and Fast Track Entries are sold out but you can still secure a place by riding for one of our amazing charities or by entering a team in the Business 100.

I've entered. Can I change my entry details?

If you’ve already entered the event then you can login to your account at myevents.active.com using the details created when you entered. You can then edit your entry details up to two months before the event to make sure the information we have for you is up to date.

How can I ride with friends?

If there’s a group of you wanting to take part then we will do our very best to make sure you start in the same wave. In order to allow us to do this you need to make sure you have entered the same ‘Team Name’ during registration. If you wish to check or change your Team Name you can login to your account myevents.active.com using the details created when you entered. Whilst we cannot guarantee to get everyone in the same wave as their friends we will do our very best.

Can I ride for charity?

Absolutely! Our Lead Charities would love it if you decided to ride for them.



I’ve entered but can no longer take part. What are my options?

If you’re reading this FAQ then we’re gutted for you! However, all is not lost, here are your options…

General Entry Riders:

1.    Transfer your place to a friend for £10. To do this, please forward your confirmation email to hello@velobirmingham.com and copy in the person you wish to transfer your place to. Please be advised that you should not make any financial transactions with your transfer ahead of emailing our team. This is an option until August 24 2017.

2.    Withdraw and defer your place until the following year’s event at a discounted rate (see rates below) by emailing hello@velobirmingham.com. This is an option until July 31 2017.

  • Before December 31 2016 = 50% off the 2018 entry fee
  • Before July 31 2017 = 25% off the 2018 entry fee

Charity Riders:

If you have secured a Charity Place you must contact them directly to inform them that you need to withdraw. Please do not withdraw before contacting your charity.

How do I change my Team Name or join a Team?

If you’ve already entered the event then you can login to your account at myevents.active.com using the details created when you entered the event. You can then edit your entry details including Team Name.



What type of bikes are NOT allowed at Vélo Birmingham?

The following are NOT allowed to be used by riders: bikes with disc wheels*, recumbent bicycles, electronic bikes of any kind, unicycles, penny farthings, tricycles, quad cycles, BMX bikes, fixed gear bikes / singlespeeds / fixies (allowed with two independent brakes and a freehub); any unconventional handlebars, including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, Spinaci bars and cow bars.

*bikes with disc brakes are allowed



When can I find out more details about road closures?

Due to the scale and numbers participating in Vélo Birmingham, it will be necessary to implement road closures across the full route to facilitate the safe passage of the participants.

In the coming weeks, we will be releasing detailed road closure maps, enabling you to discover more information about the road closures that will be in place in your area.

The route has been carefully considered and selected through a partnership of all local authorities, emergency services and transport operators to minimise the inconvenience of the necessary road closures. Emergency Services will be operating as usual and the public should use normal protocol in the case of an emergency.

We will do all we can to provide you with more information on how you can best navigate your way around the road closures.  If you have any queries regarding the route and subsequent road closures please email route@velobirmingham.com.



Do I need to stay in Birmingham the night before the sportive?

Unless you have a Fast Track Entry, you will need to come to Birmingham on Saturday September 23 2017 to collect your race pack and register for the event. The sportive will start early on Sunday September 24 2017 so if you are not a local resident you will most likely need to stay in the City overnight on the Saturday. Full details and timings will be released shortly but we suggest all entrants from out of town visit our accommodation page.



Can I purchase official Vélo Birmingham merchandise?

To purchase some Vélo Birmingham merchandise please click here.

How long do I have to complete the ride?

The last rider to cross the start line will have to average 19kph to complete the course which will give them 8.5 hours to reach the finish line.

A Pace Car will set off some time after the last wave has departed and will travel at 19kmph. If you are caught by the Pace Car and the driver feels that you won’t be able to maintain the average speed for the remainder of the ride, then you will be asked to get into the Pace Car which will take you back to the Start / Finish venue.

Please note, we will have a number of Domestiques doing all they can to help riders stay in front of the Pace Car.

To help you pace your ride, you will need to have left each Rider Pit Stop by the following times in order to stay in front of the Pace Car:

Pit Stop 1 – 10:40

Pit Stop 2 – 12:58

Pit Stop 3 – 14:27

Pit Stop 4 – 16:24

If you are caught by the Pace Car you will be offered a lift back to the Finish Line. If you wish to continue riding the route then you are more than welcome to do so but your timing chip will be collected and you will no longer be an official participant in the event. You will be cycling the remainder of the route on open roads and therefore must obey the Highway Code. By the time you reach Broad Street the Finish Line may have been taken down but we hope you can still join us in the Barclaycard Arena (NIA) where we will have a medal waiting for you!

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