With just over two months until we hit the streets with our bikes at the first ever Birmingham Bikeathon, we're delighted to reveal the details of all three routes!*
If you haven't signed up yet but fancy taking part, we've still got places available and have routes that cater for cyclists of all abilities.
We've worked really hard to ensure that the routes are the best they possibly can be and riders will receive a hard copy of the route on the day of the ride. In the meantime, here's a taster of what to expect:
All routes (26, 52 and 100 miles) start and finish at Birmingham’s celebrated new public space, Centenary Square, which holds the brand new Library of Birmingham, the Repertory Theatre, Symphony Hall and the Hall of Memory.
We’ll then all travel down Broad Street which will be closed to traffic, allowing the road to be filled with an Unstoppable sea of red cycling jerseys, past the university and hospital, Edgbaston Cricket Club, and Cannon Hill Park. At this point we’ll head out into the South Birmingham countryside together.
26 mile route
Total Climb: 369 metres
The 26 mile route goes out to Wythall and then back into the city, ending back in Centenary Square. There’ll be a water station at 13 miles.
52 mile route
Total Climb: 732 metres
The 52 mile route goes all the way through Ullenhall and Tanworth in Arden, then runs back through the city to Centenary Square. There’ll be water stations at 20 and 35 miles.
100 mile route
Total Climb: 1364 metres
The 100 mile route goes out into the beautiful Cotswolds, all the way down to Broadway Tower. The ascent up to Broadway is timed (just the ascent, not the rest of the ride as it isn’t a race). The route then goes to Wellesbourne, Tanworth in Arden and back into the city to Centenary Square. The water stations on this route will be at 40, 65 and 85 miles.
And of course there’ll be shelter, water, snacks, hot drinks, toilets, first aid, and mechanics available to all. Don’t forget to bring your friends and family along, even if they’re not riding, to cheer you on – we’ve got great music, food and entertainment to make this a festival atmosphere like no other. Shortly, you'll also receive your rider pack which will contain all the information you need about the day itself.
If you’re not already signed up, what are you waiting for? Make history with us at Birmingham Bikeathon 2014.
*It’s unlikely, but there may be very slight changes to the routes. Any changes will be communicated to you as soon as possible.