Birmingham and Midlands VELO 2019

Our director, Andrew Kay, was lucky enough to participate in the Vélo Birmingham & Midlands on Sunday, May 12th. The Velo is a hugely well supported and enjoyable 100 mile closed road cycling route with 17,000 riders careering along both major and minor roads through the West Midlands.

Along the way, the riders passed through rolling countryside, picturesque villages and even experienced “Paris Roubaix” cobbles through the centre of Coventry, the City of Culture 2021. The riders were all cheered on by thousands of residents, friends and family lining the streets which created a party atmosphere and made one feel famous for a day!

Andrew was riding in support of the Alzheimer’s Society, his nominated charity which is transforming the landscape of dementia and which enables sufferers to live in their community without fear or prejudice.

Andrew set off at the unholy time of 6.30am and it felt utterly surreal cycling through Digbeth and then along an empty Small Heath Highway. Despite his age and complete lack of ability, he completed the 100 miles in a magnificent 5 hours 45 minutes of cycling time at an average speed of 17.6mph and, quite rightly, received relentless admiration from the adoring crowd as he sprinted over the finishing line!!!

While the Velo does split opinion and, undoubtedly, some shop owners and residents would have been inconvenienced by the road closures, the event does raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity and does showcase the region in the most positive light. Sadly, there was one fatality on the Coleshill Road, Atherstone and we send our condolences to the friends and family of the deceased.

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