Birmingham & Midlands Velo 2020 - 100 Mile Cycling Sportive
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Why not join the OutdoorLads team on this third party, closed roads sportive event around Birmingham and the Midlands. "Starting in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, Vélo Birmingham & Midlands will take 18,000 riders of all abilities on a truly unforgettable journey through two iconic Midlands cities and the beautiful West Midlands countryside on closed roads"
You will need to register through https://www.velobirmingham.com/ - Entries open on Thursday 3rd October 2019. Please note it will sell out fairly quickly.
Select the 100 mile option, enter Outdoorlads as your team, thus we will be put in the same wave. It will cost around £80 if I remember correctly. It may seem expensive, but this is a highly organised closed road event with multiple feed stops.
Please note as a third party event there will be no formal OutdoorLads event leader shepherding you along. Though not a race, the event is timed and Will the organiser is slightly competitive. If you are an experienced road cyclist you should be fine. The hope is we will be of a similar pace so we can chit chat during the cycle. Last year there were three of us bimbling along having a good time.
Please do wear your OutdoorLads branded kit if you have it. A new summer jersey kit order will be starting soon, ideal for this sort of event. If you sign up for this event you'll get updates from us on how to order.
What to bring
Bike: a road bike
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
There are feed stations along the route.