The inaugural Vélo Birmingham organised by CSM Active in partnership with Birmingham City Council, will combine a 15,000 capacity 100 mile closed road sportive with the third edition of the Birmingham BikeFest, the free cycling festival which includes a closed road family ride along with fun cycling related activities for all ages.
Vélo Birmingham announces exciting route update
The organisers of Vélo Birmingham, CSM Active, have announced an exciting new change to the existing Vélo Birmingham route, replacing the 20 mile section of the 100-mile route which passed through Herefordshire with the same distance in the beautiful county of Staffordshire. The event remains a challenging 100-mile route taking place on September 24th this year on fully closed roads.
The route change is a result of ongoing work between CSM Active and its local authority partners to address issues which inevitably arise from an event with road closures of this scale.
The new section of the routewill take 15,000 riders through beautiful Staffordshire towns and villages including Kinver, Wombourne and Trysull, passing famous local landmarks such as Stourton Castle and Highgate Common.
The detailed route and road closure information will be released shortly and CSM Active, in partnership with all local authorities hosting the route, will continue to work closely with businesses and residents along the route to minimise the impact of the road closures.
Staffordshire County Council’s Highways Leader Mark Deaville, said: “This promises to be a memorable event for the region and has taken a lot of planning by the organisers and councils. We’re sure people will be supporting those taking part in the challenge and that they’ll have an enjoyable day. We are delighted that 20 miles of the route will go through Staffordshire, providing us with a brilliant opportunity to showcase our beautiful county to over 15,000 riders from right across the UK and further afield. There may be an impact on surrounding roads so we’d ask people to plan journeys in advance if they’re in that area on the day.”
Jon Ridgeon, Executive Chairman of organisers CSM Active, said: “We were already working closely with Staffordshire as an existing route partner and we are delighted to be able to extend the Vélo Birmingham route further into this beautiful County. We think our riders will agree that this new route is absolutely world class, and I’m sure they will be guaranteed a fantastic welcome in Staffordshire. We also want to thank our local authority partners in Worcestershire, Sandwell, Dudley and of course Birmingham for their continuing commitment and support.”
For more information, please visit www.velobirmingham.com
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