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Velo Birmingham 2017 was possibly one of the most controversial sportives to ever enter the calendar with both cyclists and communities at loggerheads between themselves and with each other.  So I have been undertaking some analysis on the current political situation for Velo Midland 2018.

Birmingham City Council and CSM were contractually committed to deliver Velo for a total of five years but BCC’s ineptitude completely overlooked the jurisdictional differences with neighbouring local authorities. As a policy analysist, I call this an implementation gap. Others will refer to it as a ‘cock-up’.   As covered in great depth elsewhere on the 2017 event, Birmingham City were counting on the support of Worcestershire and Herefordshire completely pulled out and the section beyond Great Witley was abandoned. Worcestershire only accepted after the event after placing thumb screws on CSM and a substantial alteration to the route.  If it had not been for late comer Staffordshire County who supported the event crossing into their county, then Velo Birmingham would have been substantially truncated in length.

When Worcestershire finally accepted the event in July and instigated the TTROs for the event, officers also agreed to further four years of support but Velo.  Politicians were to say uncertain about such a commitment and the five-year pledge was withdrawn.  Instead, they have instigated the review to include inputs from the largely hostile parish councils, businesses both supportive and opposed to Velo, local councillors and citizens.  The Tories have been leafleting households asking for ‘views’ but it was clear which way they were angling.   Informed sources tell me that it is 50/50 that Worcestershire will agree to Velo Midland at the end of next September. Most of the parishes have rejected the event outright and a couple have been very supportive. 

Staffordshire County meanwhile are more sanguine about Velo in 2018, though I have seen elsewhere that South Staffs District are opposed along with local MP and parishes.  The opposing groups are hoping for a Worcestershire rejection to bolster their case against Staffordshire County.  Staffs CC may choose to ignore parishes but will find it difficult to ignore MP and district councils input. 

An announcement from Worcestershire is imminent.  If they reject the event what happens thereafter is open to speculation.  If they say ‘yes’ it is probable that the Velo Midland event will be subject to very tough conditions, probably financial and with route alterations.

 

 

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Velo Birmingham was a Birmingham thing tied up with HSBC coming and the BCR. Andy Street would have been stepping on their toes if he had muscled in on it. However, now it might be possible for it to get West Midlands support and backing. I wonder if they will make much progress before the May local elections and the sorting out of Cabinet posts etc afterwards.

I doubt it Dave  ... NIMBY's have won, they have just announced this

https://www.velosouth.com for the September 2018 slot 

well back on for the May 12th 2019 - https://www.birminghampost.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/organisers-... new route through solihull and warwickshire which looks much blander in comparison but guess could form part of the Commonwealth games routes ? 

The proposed route can be found in Appendix page 6 of the following report:

http://eservices.solihull.gov.uk/mgInternet/documents/s58408/Velo%2...

Basically:

Quinton

Northfield

Wythall

Knowle

Coventry

Atherstone

Coleshill

Birmingham Centre

Cheers Phil and as I thought the route could be and should be the commonwealth games one as well, (why start from Cov FFS !! ) prob is that the route is rather, well bland and flat .... 

Unlike the KK I will be doing soon ha ha 

I guess it depends.  If the event is attracting newbie cyclists to mass participation events then a flatter route is  better.  The original but unadopted version of the 2017 route which ran into Herefordshire was brutal and would have tested even experienced riders. 

As for the KK, the 'rustic' nature of the lanes would make for an interesting Commonwealth Games route!

I think a closed road sportive can appeal to all, the London Ride is flat in many places but the surrey hills catch many out, last years Velo I thought was perfect mixture and I know too many went out hard and thats a novice mistake !! 

If next years one sticks then there is no challenge there except for many to go as quick as possible and even for novices hills are a challenge ! 

Or at least those whose bikes aren't arbitrarily banned...

ian robathan said:

I think a closed road sportive can appeal to all

apart from TT ones, do they ban say tandems or recumbents then ? 

They did last time.  No idea what's happening next year.

ian robathan said:

apart from TT ones, do they ban say tandems or recumbents then ? 

shame really as all events I have taken part in no issues 

  • Route does not look great and not particularly taxing. I thought last year's velo was perfect with a nice sting or too in the tail. Shame to lose the backing of Worcestershire CC as a return via Clent would have made up for the what is quite an uninspiring route. I'll be thinking twice before entering 

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