Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

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Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby kingrollo » Wed Sep 05, 2018 09:31 am

A surprising return 100 mile closed road sportive - totally different route to 2017, more over solihull way.

Be interested to see the take up and DNS figures - who has 100 miles in them in May ? - I know most of us on here probably will - but if the idea is to attract new cyclists

Will probably do it as it so close to me.

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby ugo.santalucia » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:22 pm

As a citizen of Solihull, I'll make sure I stockpile on tacks ahead of the event... :lol:

Perfect date for me, squeezed between two massive Audax I have planned, I had zero intentions to ride my bike on the day... I will be out cheering... :wink:

I had a look at the proposed route, it's your usual Midlands rolling course, nothing to shout about and no views of particular interest. No climbs to tell your children "you did it!" and an overall more urban route than the previous incarnation... it even visits Coventry!!
However, I assume people will enjoy the closed roads and will have a good time crossing the river Blythe multiple times... :D

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby Slowbike » Wed Sep 05, 2018 13:06 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:<hardly any negative stuff


Are you feeling ok? do you need a health checkup ? :lol:

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby Bottom briquettes » Wed Sep 05, 2018 13:13 pm

it doesn’t look terribly inspiring.

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby ugo.santalucia » Wed Sep 05, 2018 13:15 pm

Slowbike wrote:
ugo.santalucia wrote:<hardly any negative stuff


Are you feeling ok? do you need a health checkup ? :lol:


Ha ha... If it helps to create some noise around Coventry City of Culture 2021 it has to be a good thing. The route sucks, but I suppose people don't care too much about trivialities like "a good route", otherwise they wouldn't ride RL100.

At least one could argue that there is a point in closing those roads for a cycling event, as nobody in the right state of mind would otherwise cycle in Coventry and Birmingham for leisure... closing more rural roads seems a bit gratuitous.

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby ugo.santalucia » Wed Sep 05, 2018 13:17 pm

Bottom briquettes wrote:it doesn’t look terribly inspiring.


For a better route, look no further than this

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby Philip Whiteman » Wed Sep 05, 2018 15:12 pm

Ugo's Audax route through the countryside certainly looks vastly more interesting than Velo Birmingham's endless trudge around the dullness of West Midlands suburbia. Looking at the route, two thirds of the Velo must be located in built-up areas.

CSM have not publicized the route on the website but a draft and provisional route was given to Solihull MBC which can found in Appendix A of a Cabinet Report at http://eservices.solihull.gov.uk/mginte ... 20Ride.pdf

I also suspect that this event will cause disruption to CyclingUK's annual event at the Meriden Cycling Memorial.

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby Rank_amateur » Wed Sep 05, 2018 15:48 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:
Bottom briquettes wrote:it doesn’t look terribly inspiring.


For a better route, look no further than this

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Ugo, this looks like it goes right past my house. Where’s a bigger version of this map?

I loved VeloBirmingham, it was one of my best days ever on the bike, great fun. That new route though, hmm, I’m not so convinced.

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby kingrollo » Wed Sep 05, 2018 16:06 pm

ugos route looks very middle class to me.

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby Rank_amateur » Wed Sep 05, 2018 16:22 pm

kingrollo wrote:ugos route looks very middle class to me.

Well when I said it went right past my house, I wouldn’t necessarily see it as my driveway is so very long.... I’ll ask the gardener to keep any eye out though. :lol:

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby ugo.santalucia » Wed Sep 05, 2018 16:34 pm

Rank_amateur wrote:
Ugo, this looks like it goes right past my house. Where’s a bigger version of this map?

I loved VeloBirmingham, it was one of my best days ever on the bike, great fun. That new route though, hmm, I’m not so convinced.


It's here... but you can join the Strava club I created (follow the link on the other thread)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28461800

I have a plan to run it next year as an Audax... either July or September, still have to decide... in the meantime, please do the loop (or part of it) and give me some feedback on the route

Off topic, I know... :roll:

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby kingrollo » Wed Sep 05, 2018 16:55 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:
Rank_amateur wrote:
Ugo, this looks like it goes right past my house. Where’s a bigger version of this map?

I loved VeloBirmingham, it was one of my best days ever on the bike, great fun. That new route though, hmm, I’m not so convinced.


It's here... but you can join the Strava club I created (follow the link on the other thread)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28461800

I have a plan to run it next year as an Audax... either July or September, still have to decide... in the meantime, please do the loop (or part of it) and give me some feedback on the route

Off topic, I know... :roll:



why have you omitted that bastion of the working class....Weoley castle ?......shame on you !

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby ugo.santalucia » Wed Sep 05, 2018 17:03 pm

kingrollo wrote:

why have you omitted that bastion of the working class....Weoley castle ?......shame on you !


once again, read the rules of the challenge on the Strava club... :wink:

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby lettingthedaysgoby » Wed Sep 05, 2018 19:19 pm

I agree the route doesn’t look that pretty, but the idea of cycling round more urban roads - that are usually full of cars - has a certain appeal.

I’ll likely be doing it.

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby david7m » Wed Sep 05, 2018 19:40 pm

A friend sent me this today, and I'm interested!
Gonna be tough after a winter of nothing, but something to aim for.
Like the idea of closed roads so I can't get lost like Sunday just gone for first sportive:)
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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby Philip Whiteman » Thu Sep 06, 2018 07:42 am

Pre-Velo Birmingham Prep Event: Sunrise and Snowdrop Express Audax

Each February there is a very popular audax centred on Worcestershire. It is 123km in length and not too hilly. Be warned though, it is usually full-up before December.

Entry to the 2019 event can be found here: Sunrise Express ; Snowdrop Express

Event information though still referring to 2018 can be found here: http://beaconrcc.org.uk/audaxes/sunrise ... p-express/

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby ugo.santalucia » Thu Sep 06, 2018 14:35 pm

Philip Whiteman wrote:Pre-Velo Birmingham Prep Event: Sunrise and Snowdrop Express Audax

Each February there is a very popular audax centred on Worcestershire. It is 123km in length and not too hilly. Be warned though, it is usually full-up before December.

Entry to the 2019 event can be found here: Sunrise Express ; Snowdrop Express

Event information though still referring to 2018 can be found here: http://beaconrcc.org.uk/audaxes/sunrise ... p-express/


Entered the Sunrise, hoping for wind and drizzle... :lol: 'cause the alternative is ice... :?

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby Bottom briquettes » Thu Sep 06, 2018 17:02 pm

I’ve still got the Velo Birmingham route in my Garmin, I think Id rather do that route again, than the new proposed route. With a couple of minor tweaks, that would be a good option for a non local ( like me ) I can get my bike in my bike box, shove it on the cross country train to Birmingham New Street, stay at the Travelodge on Broad street, and be right next to a decent Wetherspoons, and near to the Brewdog bar as well.

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby lettingthedaysgoby » Thu Sep 06, 2018 17:59 pm

Bottom briquettes wrote:near to the Brewdog bar as well.

Quite why you'd want to go there I have no idea :D

Go to the Victoria at the end of the street instead, a much nicer pub 8)

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby NitrousOxide » Thu Sep 06, 2018 21:13 pm

lettingthedaysgoby wrote:I agree the route doesn’t look that pretty, but the idea of cycling round more urban roads - that are usually full of cars - has a certain appeal.

I’ll likely be doing it.


Everyone is free to choose their own style and colour of curtains, but I don't see the appeal of riding on artificially traffic free city roads and I don't see it as a way to encourage more people to ride after the event. Those novice event cyclists aren't likely to risk a city ride after the event imo.

I've lived in Southampton for ~28 years and only discovered the bliss of riding beyond Horton Heath and into the South Downs last summer, it was less than 20mins away from SO18 and I had no idea... My cycling history down here would have been so different if I had known, rather than putting up with city commuting chaos and short trips to the shops etc.!
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