A HOST of roads in the North Bromsgrove area – including Rednal, Rubery, Longbridge, Cofton Hackett and Frankley – will be closed this Sunday (May 12) due to the Velo Birmingham bike race.

The penultimate sector of the race – the eighth section of nine – goes through the area from Kings Norton to Quinton with a number of roads set to be closed for the majority of the day.

More than 17,000 cyclists will take on the Velo Birmingham & Midlands, the second edition of the race, which is being run over a 100-mile route around Birmingham, Coventry and surrounding areas.

Former England Rugby World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson and Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Boardman are among the famous faces taking part.

The race is expected to raise more than £1million for national and local charities.

Richard Relton, managing director of the Velo Series, said: “We can’t wait to see thousands of local residents out on the route cheering on the riders who are literally going the extra mile to raise funds for local and national charities close to their heart.”

Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This year’s event promises to be spectacular and the aim is to inspire people of all ages and abilities to take up cycling, whether for competitive sport, recreation or as a more environmentally friendly way to travel around our city.”

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

Among the roads that will be closed to traffic in the north Bromsgrove area from 8.15am-6pm on Sunday are:

• Rednal Road, from Walker’s Heath to West Heath

• Cofton Road heading towards Longbridge and Lowhill Lane, backing on to Cofton Park

• A section of Lickey Road in Rednal between Lowhill Lane and Leach Green Lane

• From Leach Green Lane under the A38 on to Cock Hill Lane, Rubery

• Rubery Lane, Tessall Lane, Frankley Beeches Road, Hoggs Lane, Merritt’s Brook Lane, Holloway, Merritt’s Hill, Frankley Lane, Scotland Lane and Field Lane heading towards the M5 Junction 3 at Quinton

You can see the map of planned road closures in full at https://www.velobirmingham.com/the-route/road-closures/