The first ever Birmingham Bikeathon is almost upon us! Preparations are well under way and we cannot wait to meet all our riders on the start line at Centenary Square. Besides the ride, there’s lots for riders and spectators to look forward to on Sunday. Check out our guide to find out how to make the most of the day:
We’ll be letting riders off in waves to help ease congestion at the start. Information on exact start times went out with the starter packs but 100 mile riders will be setting off from Centenary Square at 8am. 26 and 52 milers will be starting from 9am.
Riders are advised to be ready to get underway 30 minutes prior to start time but do feel free to turn up earlier as there’s plenty of space and we’ll have stalls serving coffee and all the breakfast essentials to ensure you're fuelled up for the start of the ride including hot items.
N.B. There is no baggage storage facility so make sure that you leave any valuables with friends and family or take them with you on the ride.
During the ride
At Centenary Square
We’ve got a whole host of activities going on at Centenary Square during the course of the ride to keep friends and family entertained.
For starters, there’s the MAD mountain bike display team showing off their incredible skills – not to be attempted at home (or during the course of the Bikeathon!). There’s also music playing throughout the day as well as videos playing on the big screen.
Positiv energy drinks and Severn Trent water company will also be on hand for all your refreshment needs before the Hog Roast Company fires up for business at midday as the first riders make their way back to the square. There will also be a curry and samosa stall for those that prefer something with a little more kick to it.
British Cycling will be on site to discuss all things cycling along with Birmingham City Council who will be promoting their 'Smarter Choices Travel' initiative.
Out on the course
There are a number of places for you to cheer on riders out on the course. On the 26 mile route the water station at Woodrush Sports Centre is a good place to catch up with loved ones stopping off for a snack/drink and well-earned rest. On the 52 mile route the water stations at Ullenhall Village Hall and Tanworth in Arden Village Hall are also lgood places to go.
For those looking to cheer on the 100 mile riders, Broadway Tower and Wellesbourne Village Hall are two good vantage points but ultimately it’s up to you! Check out the routes and plan your cheer point here:
After the Ride
After the ride participants and families can celebrate with our delicious hog roast and/or curry. With the music in full swing until 6pm, post-ride is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate completing the Bikeathon and helping change the world for blood cancer patients.
Keep an eye out for our press team amid the celebrations as they’ll be on hand to take photos and interview participants to include in our post-Bikeathon coverage which we’ll be sharing on Facebook next week.
Sunday promises to be a truly special day and we cannot wait to meet you all. Until then rest up, eat well and good luck with your last minute fundraising - together we will beat blood cancer.