About the Virtual Velo™
Virtual Velo™ is a new challenge, set up by University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, to give you the opportunity to take on a cycling event and help to raise money to support your NHS at this difficult time.
Given the worldwide situation with COVID-19, Velo Birmingham & Midlands 2020 has had to be cancelled. We wanted to give you the chance to carry on cycling, in a way that keeps you and your family safe, and puts you in control.
Virtual Velo™ gives you the opportunity to take on the 100 mile challenge or the Marathon Challenge (2,620 miles) in your own time, allowing you to clock up the miles at your leisure. Unlike any other cycling event, Virtual Velo is taking place over a 3 month period, allowing you to cycle at your own pace.
Once you’ve decided which challenge you want to take on, set up your challenge page and then link your fitness app – whether that is Strava, MapMyRide or Fitbit – to your page. Every ride you make is then automatically downloaded from your fitness app to your challenge page and adds to the total miles ridden. You can then add photos from your ride, join leaderboards and participate in the Virtual Velo WhatsApp group!
Every mile that you cycle counts towards your overall total, so whether that’s a long Sunday ride through the countryside, or a quick half hour pedal on your fitness bike at home, your efforts get you closer to your target.
Virtual Velo™ raises money to support patients, staff and families at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital, Heartlands Hospital and Good Hope Hospital. You can choose which hospital, department or ward to fundraise for.
Everyone who completes their challenge and raises at least £100 will receive their very own Virtual Velo medal, so get pedalling and collect sponsorship money to support patients and their families across the West Midlands!