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Entries open 8am Thursday for 100-mile, closed route sportive - huge demand expected

Places for next September’s inaugural Vélo Birmingham 100-mile, closed road sportive will go on sale at 8am tomorrow morning – but if you want to grab one of the 15,000 places on offer, you will have to pre-register by 5pm today.

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Tens of thousands of people have already done just that, leading organisers of the event, which was officially launched at The Cycle Show last week, to predict that “demand for places is going to be huge.”

Pre-registration does not guarantee an entry, nor is there a ballot, with the FAQ on the event website saying:

Entries will be sold exclusively to all those who have pre-registered on a first come, first served basis. With tens of thousands of pre-registrations to date and only 15,000 places available, we’re encouraging everyone to enter as soon as entries open to avoid missing out.

The event takes place on Sunday 24 September 2017 as part of the HSBC UK BikeFest weekend, with the route starting and finishing in Birmingham City Centre and also taking in parts of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire.

Head here to pre-register.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.