Call for volunteers for Vélo Birmingham

Call for volunteers for Vélo Birmingham

If you decided not to enter the Vélo Birmingham cycle ride in September, you can still get involved in the event and earn a T-shirt and medal.

Organisers of the 100-mile sportive are looking for an army of volunteers to help participants and spectators throughout the weekend of the sell-out event.

Volunteers will welcome and register the 15,000 cyclists, hand out goody bags, medals, 22,500 litres of water and 15,000 bananas.

Anyone taking part as a volunteer will receive a T-shirt, medal, meals and refreshments.

Volunteering for the inaugural Vélo Birmingham, which starts and finishes on Broad Street, is being described as a great way to give back to the local community by helping the riders who stand to raise more than £2 million for good causes.

It is also a chance to support friends and family who are taking part and witness one of the biggest, closed-road cycling events in the UK, with riders attending from across Europe.

After leaving the city centre start line, riders will head out onto closed roads through Worcestershire and Staffordshire towns and villages including Kinver, Wombourne and Trysull.

Cyclists will also ride past the medieval Stourton Castle and the wildlife reserve at Highgate Common.

The majority of the volunteering roles are needed at the Barclaycard Arena and Broad Street on Saturday September 23 and Sunday September 24, the day of the event itself.

A spokesman said: “This is a great opportunity for friends and family who are taking part in Vélo Birmingham or for local students interested in a career in sport or events management.

“Vélo Birmingham’s 15,000 cyclists stand to raise more than £2 million for good causes across the Midlands and it will be great to welcome them back across the Broad Street finish line with our army of enthusiastic volunteers cheering them on and handing out medals.”

Vélo Birmingham is the flagship event of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution – a Birmingham City Council initiative aiming to make cycling an everyday way to travel in Birmingham over the next 20 years.

Volunteers must be aged 18 or over on the day of the event. Find out how to get involved at velobirmingham.com/volunteers.

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