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I've got free parking organised in the city centre anyway. And if I wanted to have empty roads, I'd just ride the route a couple of hours earlier!

I'm just adding another 9 miles before the start to warm up! lol

well got to ride there and back but that is a flat ride anyway 

Are you one of the 15,000 people cycling Velo Birmingham? Are you going to use your 4 free London midland day tickets? Why not donate them to Hope Projects?

Destitute asylum seekers have to go to Liverpool in person to make further representations. Essential if they are to overturn flawed refusals of asylum. The Home Office don't pay travel costs.

A donated ticket will help a homeless asylum seeker get justice, protection and a safe place to live.

Please share and tag cycling groups or anyone you know who is taking part and may want to help.

Hope Projects, 196-198 Edward Road, B12 9LX

 

Great idea Ochib will do so

were they in the pack, I never got them ...

GREAT event today I was very pleased with 5.48 and 1028 out of 15000.

Also the crowds were brilliant and supportive, no negative from the sides, just a few banners around Bellbroughton (no shock there). Flags were out, cowbells were out, families enjoying the day without cars and fumes ruining it. Many walking dogs in the middle of coned off roads.

Thats how it should be.

Saw drawing pins on the road, motorcyclist was on the case and warning people off, no punctures that we saw, so congrats to organisers. And well done Belbroughton.


 ochib said:

Are you one of the 15,000 people cycling Velo Birmingham? Are you going to use your 4 free London midland day tickets? Why not donate them to Hope Projects?

Destitute asylum seekers have to go to Liverpool in person to make further representations. Essential if they are to overturn flawed refusals of asylum. The Home Office don't pay travel costs.

A donated ticket will help a homeless asylum seeker get justice, protection and a safe place to live.

Please share and tag cycling groups or anyone you know who is taking part and may want to help.

Hope Projects, 196-198 Edward Road, B12 9LX

 

I met many Asylum seekers through my previous employment. Some were deserving, some simply opportunistic and perhaps understandably dishonest, and some were seriously nasty people who I would not want living anywhere near my family. So no, I will not be handing over a ticket on the off-chance someone deserving will benefit.

What an excellent day and superb organisation.  With an estimated £1m or more going to the various charities and no pollution from vehicles whats not to like?

I really do hope that the Velo Birmingham will become a regular event in the calendar and possibly with a greater number of riders than the 15,000 we saw this year.  

it is on for next year but I think the limit is right as at the start going down Mucklow I saw reports of some sketchy riding that could have been worse. 

On reflection the best spot was Bewdley, as you come down across the bridge and into the town the crowds were brilliant, cheering and everything, best experience in UK cycling ! 

Bewdkey was indeed ace. And some of the riding (up and down the hills) was indeed sketchy. I'm no great bike handler myself, but at least I know to keep to the left unless you're passing someone, and not to deviate from your line without looking!

Only saw the aftermath of one crash (looked like a broken collarbone), heard (but didn't cause) a couple of slow uphill toppings, and I also say the air ambulance flying overheard at one point - I hope that it wasn't for a rider.

The thing I would change next time (aside from telling people to keep left and to hold their line) would be the positioning, size and supplies of the feed stops. They were far too small and not enough food/water (I took two gels from the last feed stop and nothing from the rest - audaxes teach us how to be self-sufficient). But the positioning of them was cuffing awful. They created pinch points, often at the tightest part of the route! With the result that there were riders stopping in the road (for goodness sake). I would tell the organisers to put the feed stops in car parks (of pubs, leisure centres, community halls etc) 500 yards off the main route; if riders want to stop, they turn off the main route and keep riding until the feed station, and don't clog the route. Overall, the event was great, but the feed stops were terribly poor.

One of the "domestiques" provided by the Birmingham Bullets came up with another good idea. On the Saturday, as well as having people collect their rider packs, hold classes teaching people how to fix a puncture. So many riders stricken by the side of the road until help turned up, all because they couldn't change an inner tube. Goodness knows how they normally manage.

And St Kenelms Pass? Complete pussycat. I've no idea why the Velo billed it as some big beast of a climb.

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