Velo Birmingham anyone applying?

Discussion in 'Sportives' started by Big Dave laaa, 15 Sep 2016.

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  1. Big Dave laaa

    Big Dave laaa Biking Ninja

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  2. jamin100

    jamin100 Über Member

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    ive pre-registered but ive heard here is over 30,000 people registered for only 15,000 places. Need to see the date and specifics first though
     
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    Big Dave laaa

    Big Dave laaa Biking Ninja

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    Wow I didn't realise so many had preregistered. I really hope i get a place on it. I'll work around any date as long as I have time to shake my winter timber :training:
     
  4. ukbikes

    ukbikes Active Member

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    jamin100 is right, in that "tens of thousands" have pre-registered. I've had that confirmed from the PR company that's promoting the event. The organisers are CSM Active for those that want to check them out.

    The official launch is on Sept 22 at the Birmingham NEC Cycle Show (press & trade day). They'll confirm the number of pre-registrations at the launch along with confirmation of the route and entry price. I'll be publishing everything I can on this soon after the launch.
     
  5. Norry1

    Norry1 Veteran

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    I've pre-registered as have a few others where I work.
     
  6. ukbikes

    ukbikes Active Member

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    As a cyclist I'm really excited about the prospect of a) riding with 15,000 other cyclists, b) riding 100m on closed roads. However, we are going to face a backlash from car drivers who don't like cyclists and the fact that there will be 100 miles of closed roads ... for one day in 365.
     
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  8. DiscoSpider

    DiscoSpider Regular

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    I'll apply depending on the prices, which they still have not released.

    Everything goes 'live' on September 29th.
     
  9. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    I'm surprised they are oversubscribed, given that Velo Wales struggled to fill this year. (I'm basing that statement on the fact that they kept sending me emails asking me if I was really sure I didn't want to do it. Perhaps they were full, but had a space reserved for me because I'm a celeb.)

    Looks like a nice route, through areas of my youth, except that it starts and ends in Brum, which is horrible.
     
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    Big Dave laaa

    Big Dave laaa Biking Ninja

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    Velo Wales isn't closed road any more though. This is the major draw for most riders. Just one day of not running the gauntlet with idiot drivers.
     
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  11. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    It was closed roads this year though, I'm pretty sure. Some friends did it, and they'd have mentioned if it wasn't closed.

    Anyhoo ... drifting off the subject of velo brum.
     
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    Big Dave laaa

    Big Dave laaa Biking Ninja

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    I stand corrected. I was thinking of a ride in north wales, Etape Cymru. You are right velo Wales is closed road :cheers:
     
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  13. Norry1

    Norry1 Veteran

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    Nice to see there will be a BikeFest family ride on closed roads as well. May see if the grandsons want to have a go
     
  14. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

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    I have pre-registered, but if the price is too high, then I won't bother. From reading the blurb on the website I suspect that it going to be very expensive. Also, I am not keen on the fact that you can pay extra to be a VIP and get into the first 3 waves, as that could cause carnage as faster riders come through. They also have a 'corporate' group for extra bollocks.
     
  15. I've pre-registered for this event; like Milkfloat, I also await the news about the entry fee with some trepidation. I like the idea of city centre closed road riding, just because it's so rare, even if Birmingham isn't quite the glamour draw that London is. At least I don't have to find some costly accommodation.
     
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