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98 Comments and counting... Looks like the locals are just finding out about this event now. 

http://www.droitwichadvertiser.co.uk/news/15188511.Huge_charity_bik...

Good old Nimby's heard all this in Wales with their Velothon and now a fixture in the sporting calendar ....

All this hatred about Brum in those comments and yet check out the M42 ad M5 north from J5 M5 ad all those going into Brum to work.

This country is so small minded makes you want to scream.

Heard a pub moaning about it on Midlands Today yesterday and how it will affect their business. What would they get, 100 people in there on a Sunday max? They'll now have 15,000 people going past their pub on that day which to me sounds like a great opportunity to be selling food and drinks

Reading these complaints, I'm surprised how many people apparently drive to the pub.

yeah amazing ! 

The thing is I am consistent about this ad be it cycling, marathon etc I would welcome this kind of event close to me 


I know that some Councillors have made threats regarding the Velothon in Wales and road closures.

The difference between Wales and Birmingham, seems to be the willingness to listen. In Wales, they've listen to what people have to say and made changes, which is possibly why it's returning this year (Nothing confirmed for 2018 though). In Birmingham, it's more a case of, this is the way it's going to be, full stop. With an attitude like this, getting a 2018 event approved might be a bit of a struggle.

ian robathan said:

Good old Nimby's heard all this in Wales with their Velothon and now a fixture in the sporting calendar ....

All this hatred about Brum in those comments and yet check out the M42 ad M5 north from J5 M5 ad all those going into Brum to work.

This country is so small minded makes you want to scream.

I guess, if you don't like the grub at the stops provided, a pub lunch might be for you. Even with 15,000 riders passing by, I'm not sure enough will stop to make up for the £5k that pub owner said she'd lose though.


Ryan Stait said:

Heard a pub moaning about it on Midlands Today yesterday and how it will affect their business. What would they get, 100 people in there on a Sunday max? They'll now have 15,000 people going past their pub on that day which to me sounds like a great opportunity to be selling food and drinks

Of course the chances are she would to lose any as most riders through by 12-1 ? They will be flexible in reopening the roads and this route was always going to be chosen

75 miles, of tough hills, in 4-5 hrs? That seems a little optimistic to me. 



Your Average Joe said:

75 miles, of tough hills, in 4-5 hrs? That seems a little optimistic to me. 

I have to agree, with those climbs I'll be happy to pass 75 in 6 hrs or a little over.

They won't wait for the last person to pass to reopen roads in stages ... 

Obviously those roads closer to the end will be later. 

A lot will finish the whole lot in 8 hours, from what I know of the Velothon the roads at the end were ope the 80% had gone through. 


Your Average Joe said:

75 miles, of tough hills, in 4-5 hrs? That seems a little optimistic to me. 



Philip Whiteman said:

Quite!  That is my objection. Belbroughton closes at 8am.  Totally unnecessary. 

This is the reason why so many people who would probably support a sportive, including myself, have turned against the whole event.  Velobirmingham's utter arrogance stinks.  If they had been more considerate and realistic in terms of timings, I would have been volunteering at the event. Certainly, not now.  That is not just a view held by residents but also local cyclists impacted by the event, some of whom are now planning upon gatecrashing the ride. 



Indeed I'll be taking advantage of the closed roads before the competitors ride.
Who wouldn't ?

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