Virtual Velo 2018

Cycle 500 miles or 1000 miles
in your own time

About Virtual Velo

Virtual Velo is a brand new cycling challenge with a difference.

Your hospital charity is giving you the chance to cycle either 500 miles (the distance from Birmingham to Hamburg) or 1,000 miles (the distance from Birmingham to Rome) in an epic challenge that puts you in control. Unlike any other cycling event, Virtual Velo™ lasts the entire summer and allows you to clock up the hard miles at your leisure.

You choose your distance, set up your challenge page and can 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 add photos from your ride, join leaderboards and participate in the Virtual Velo™ Whats App group and join us on group rides.

Every mile that you cycle counts towards your overall total, so whether it's your morning commute to work or a long Sunday ride through the countryside you can get closer to your target.

Virtual Velo™ raises money to support patients 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, and the top fundraisers will be entered into a draw to win a three night break to Hamburg or Rome, so get pedalling and collect sponsorship money to support patients and their families across the West Midlands!

About the hospital charity

The hospital charity works across the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital, Heartlands Hospital and Good Hope Hospital to provide ‘added extras’ for staff, patients and their families that are over and above that which the NHS is able to fund.

The Charity raises funds to provide a range of items, from cutting-edge pieces of medical equipment to pizza nights for young people being treated for cancer. The hospital charity also raises funds to provide ‘home away from home’ accommodation such as Fisher House, the 18 bedroom house at QEHB that provides free accommodation to military patients and their families whilst they are being treated in hospital. Through Virtual Velo, you can raise money for whichever hospital, ward or department you would like.