Vélo Birmingham & Midlands: How you can experience a 100-mile cycle for a brilliant cause


Many cyclists will take on the 100-mile Vélo Birmingham & Midlands closed-road sportive for a bucket-list challenge.

And there are those who will ride it for lifestyle or weight-loss goals because, let’s face it, a 100-mile cycle can only be a good thing for the waist-line.

However, you may be thinking of joining the thousands taking on the magic 100-mile cycle, or the recently-revealed 42-mile event between Birmingham and Coventry, to raise funds for a brilliant cause and to add to the anticipated £2 million that will be generated this year. We’ve asked the event’s four gold charity partners to tell us more about their work.

Every one of these charities carries out extraordinary work on a daily basis, changing lives across the UK and beyond. Find out how you can support them by reading their incredible stories below.

But hurry, the entry deadline is looming. You have until March 12 to sign up.


Missed out on the general entry places? Don’t worry, we have your back.

Join #TeamNSPCC in Velo Birmingham & Midlands 2019 and be part of a large team helping us to fight for every childhood. Everything we do protects children today and prevents abuse tomorrow, to transform society for every childhood. That’s why we’re here and that’s what drives all of our work. But it’s only possible with your support.

You won’t just get your sweat on when you join #TeamNSPCC. As part of our team, you will receive a bespoke training plan tailored to your needs, a training day to help you prepare for the challenge you are taking on and lots of support on the day. Our cheer point will spur you on as you receive the loudest cheers on route and as a thank you for supporting us, expect a sports massage, cool down area to get rid of those aches and pains and lots of smiley faces ready to congratulate you.

We think riding for #TeamNSPCC is a great idea, but don’t just take our word for it… “What a great experience, the first Velo Birmingham 2017 and riding for the NSPCC was a fantastic experience. Not only was it emotional to complete the 100 Miles, it was more emotional to think that I supported the NSPCC and helped them in their challenge to fight for every child. Every child should be free from abuse and I rode to help improve their future,” says Conner, an NSPCC rider.

Every mile you cycle and every pound you raise will mean that we’re there when a child needs us.


Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia devastates lives. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. Ride in our Velo Birmingham & Midlands team and power our research to find a cure.

Why ride for us?

Our friendly team will be here every step of the way to help you ready for ride day!

We’ve got training plans put together by our professional cycling coaches.

We’ll have the loudest cheer stations on the course and will help spur you on to the finish line!

Ride in style in your FREE Alzheimer’s Society professional cycling jersey.

You’ll be changing the lives of people living with dementia and helping us get closer to a cure sooner.

Tom’s story: “I wanted to support Alzheimer’s Society after we lost my grandma to dementia. It took a long time to get a proper diagnosis and my family didn’t get the support they needed at the time. The stresses and strains of the months leading up to and following her death literally tore some of my close family apart and things have never been the same since.

“So I wanted to do something to ensure others don’t have to go through the same thing. It’s that thought that kept me going through the tougher miles in 2017 and I’m sure it will do again in 2019!”


Cure Leukaemia

Supporters of Birmingham-based Cure Leukaemia have a very special reason to get in the saddle and create a Sea of Red for Velo Birmingham & Midlands on May 12th – it takes place on International Nurses Day.

Cure Leukaemia funds specialist research nurses at the Centre for Clinical Haematology (CCH) at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and across the Midlands, to run pioneering and potentially life-saving clinical trials for patients with blood cancer.

The charity contributed £1 million towards the expansion of the centre, which re-opened just over a year ago, resulting in a 100% increase in patient treatments, further clinical trials opened and dramatic reductions in chemotherapy waiting times.

Over 300 riders have already committed to donning the now famous red Cure Leukaemia cycling jerseys, with the aim of raising £100,000 for the charity.

Donna Walsh, one of Cure Leukaemia’s nurses, said: “£100,000 would fund two specialist research nurses for a year, giving more patients access to potentially life-saving treatments for blood cancer. What an inspiring goal for team Cure Leukaemia on International Nurses Day.”

Mark Nicholas, a leukaemia patient had his life saved by the treatment he received at the CCH, including a stem cell transplant just weeks after completing the Velo in 2017.

He said: “I rode with my son Finn and there was a fantastic atmosphere on the day, which I am sure will be the same again this time.”

As well as clinicians and patients, Cure Leukaemia are also grateful to numerous individuals and businesses taking part, including Crewe-based caboodle technology.

“Four of our staff have unfortunately come into contact with leukaemia through friends or family, which inspired me to take part in the first Vélo as well as this one,” says caboodle CEO Catherine Bennett.

With places still available, join Cure Leukaemia’s team and help achieve that inspiring £100,000 target.


Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity

By cycling Velo Birmingham & Midlands 2019 for QEHB Charity, you will be joining one of the biggest teams taking part in the epic 100-mile bike ride. If you cycle for the Charity, you will receive a free QEHB Charity Scimitar cycle jersey, as well as hints and tips, including a training plan, and the chance to take part in training rides to help you get ready for the big day.

QEHB Charity is delighted to announce that legendary cyclist Chris Boardman, who shot to fame by winning a gold medal in the Individual Pursuit at the Olympic Games in 1992, will be cycling for the Charity.

By cycling for the Charity you’ll get the opportunity to meet Chris at the Charity’s exclusive ‘meet and greet’ on the day before the ride, and cycle alongside him along the 100 mile route. The Charity is also offering you the chance to win an Aero Focus or Physiology Performance session at the Boardman Performance Centre in Evesham, worth £350.

By riding for the hospital charity, you will be helping to provide ‘added extras’ for patients and staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Whether it’s providing cutting-edge cancer fighting equipment, funding world-class research, or putting on pizza nights for young cancer patients, QEHB Charity works to go ‘over and above’ to make the hospital experience the best that it can be.