Velo Birmingham 2017 Review

Mathew Mitchell

My name is Mathew Mitchell, 30-something from Staffordshire, UK. Over the last few years I've got more and more into cycling, from the first innocent Sportive events to Audaxes, Go-Races, British Cycling racing and now Time Trials.

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4 Responses

  1. Michael Barker says:

    How did you find out your position?

    • Mmitchell says:

      Hey – on the website it’s possible to download all results as an Excel sheet. I then changed the finishing times of DNFs from 00:00:00 to 99:99:99, as well as those with very quick times that didn’t have a first 20 miles time (about 10 of these, the fastest finisher otherwise did it in 3hours 9mins which isn’t realistic).

      Go here – – Search for yourself, then click view results on the next screen and then above the Chip Time column header on the next screen is the option to download all results.

  2. Bob Gregory says:

    Well you were incredibly lucky. The route was fine but the food stations for those of us starting in the final pen at 8:50 were empty. Bottled water , no supplements were available. Being given a pack of wine gums is insufficient sustainable for a 100 mile ride.
    Expensive and glitzy but where was the duty of care to ALL the riders.
    I certainly won’t be bothering again and neither will a number of riders I know who rode.

  3. Linda Wilding says:

    This was my first sportive, im not an experienced rider but at 68 im fit, running gym etc. and i had trained for this ride doing lots of 50/60 mile rides plus two 80’s. My training served me well, i expected to finish within the 8.30 mark, i finished in 9.56, felt pretty good though, had taken all my own food and most of my water in a camel pack and bottles which was as well because the queues for the feed stations were horrendous for the back if the pack people and some had run out. As we entered Birmingham the roads had been opened, it was dark and raining, the traffic slowed our last 10 miles adding at least half an hour to our ride. Although inwas pleased i had finished and i enjoyed it on the whole i felt the organisers should not have said it was for novices, fun riders, it wasnt it was a gruelling ride. Also felt that finishing in tge dark, no reception, tge Barclay Centre was clised, being greeted by a lady with a cardboard box with medals in, trying to find our baggage was a damp squib. The organisers had a duty of care to all riders, this in my opinion they did not fulfill, there were still many people out on the course after me, i would nit recommend this sportive to novices you need to be able to definitely cycle it within 8 hours including all stops to ensure you get home safe.