Vélo Birmingham has announced London Midland as a Principal Partner of the 100 mile closed-road cycling event. To celebrate their involvement, London Midland is giving cyclists who missed out a second chance to enter the sold-out Vélo Birmingham by releasing their sponsor places for general sale.
An extremely limited number of entries are now on sale and are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis at www.velobirmingham.com. With entries expected to sell-out very quickly, prospective participants are being urged to move fast and secure their entry now to avoid missing out.
Originally launched in September 2016, general entries for the 100 mile sportive sold out within just four days. With tens of thousands of cyclists learning that they were unsuccessful in the Ride London ballot last week, this new announcement means those who missed out now have the perfect chance to take part in a similar major event this year.
Setting out from the heart of Birmingham city centre on Sunday 24 September 2017, thousands of riders of all levels of ability will embark on an unforgettable route through Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Sandwell and Dudley, before finishing back in Birmingham city centre.
Speaking of the announcement, London Midland’s commercial director, Richard Brooks, said “The chance to be one of Vélo Birmingham’s Principal Partners was a perfect fit for us. London Midland is committed to getting closer to the communities we serve. Making extra entries available in this sold out closed road cycling event is a perfect example of us doing this.”
“We continue to encourage healthy lifestyles across our network. Last year we celebrated a great summer of sport by changing our signs gold at ten stations and setting up a youth sports programme Your Sporting Chance which has now helped 34 clubs and societies.”
These sentiments were echoed by Jon Ridgeon, Executive Chairman of organisers CSM Active, who said: “We are delighted to welcome London Midland on board as a Principal Partner of the inaugural Vélo Birmingham. It is fantastic that they are providing cyclists with a second opportunity to enter the sold-out event and we thank them for this generous gesture.”
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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west. Over 70 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manages 150 stations and operates 1,300 services a day.
London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, GTR (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland. Further information on Govia is available at www.govia.info
London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, five Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and three Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work.
In 2013 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Silver Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2014.
About CSM Active:
CSM Active is the new active lifestyle division of CSM. Our mission is simple - to deliver outstanding mass participation events that will inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle. Vélo Birmingham is the first event in what promises to develop into an iconic and broad portfolio of large scale mass participation sporting events.