UPDATE (10/03/21): Sadly, following the latest government announcement and a statement from British Cycling yesterday there is still some uncertainty about when cycling sportives can return so we have made the difficult decision to postpone the event till later in the year. Ride the Reservoir will now take place on Sunday 18th July 2021. We hope you can join us!

Sunday 18th July 2021

Ride to support local people living with life limiting illness and help us raise £35,000 in 2021!

Ride the Reservoir is back for 2021, setting off from a brand new venue! We’re returning with three scenic routes so whether you’re new to cycling, a seasoned pro or somewhere in between there’s a route to suit everyone this year!

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Choose your preferred route:

  • Beginner Route – Approx 25KM
  • Intermediate Route – 75KM
  • Pro Route – Approx 100KM

*route lengths may change slightly depending on road conditions


    After a fantastic first year we’re thrilled to return with our 25km beginner friendly route. Setting off from Newman University cyclists will take in some of the forgotten scenic pathways of Birmingham including the popular River Rea cycle route, Cannon Hill Park and Woodgate Valley Country Park. The route involves a small amount of on road cycling with the majority being located on, canals, cycle paths and trails. Suitable for those new to cycling and children or teenagers who have experience of riding on cycle paths and are confident on roads and in moderate traffic.

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    Dean (2020 Participant)

    “My daughter and I did the 25km ride today and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The course was excellent, it was very well signposted and the marshalling brilliant. I thought it was organised well and certainly had a safe feel to it. Registration was a doddle and the food afterwards was very much appreciated. I personally enjoyed seeing those bits of Birmingham that you don’t always see or appreciate when driving in your car.”

    Our original 75km hilly route is a pleasure sportive designed to ease keen cyclists into the new season. Starting this year from Newman University cyclists will venture into the Worcestershire countryside; passing through scenic villages such as Romsley, Belbroughton, Chaddesley Corbett, Dodford and Barnt Green. Featuring challenging climbs throughout including the well-known Romsley Hill this popular route grows in popularity year on year.

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    Khalda (2020 Participant)

    “I wanted to e-mail you to say what an enjoyable experience I had yesterday. This was my very first sportive and so I was quite apprehensive as to what it was going to be like for a newbie. I am so happy to say I loved every minute. The course was very easy to follow due to the brilliant marshals and clear signage. Plus all the cyclists were very friendly and helpful. I’m so glad I took part. Please thank all the lovely people who made it possible.”
  • PRO ROUTE - 100KM

    Following a popular first year our Pro route is here to stay! An extended version of our ever popular, original Ride the Reservoir route. At Barnt Green cyclist will leave the intermediate route travelling through Tutnall, Beoley and Alvechurch before re-joining the intermediate route towards the Lickey Hills and onwards to the finish line at Newman University.

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    Jonathan (2020 Participant)

    “Please extend our thanks to all involved with the organisation of the event. It was again seamlessly orchestrated and organised with all the volunteers and support staff.”

Cyclists will benefit from:
• Free and ample car parking at Newman University
• Mechanical support at the start venue and mid-way pit stop*
• A range of drinks, tasty treats, gels and facilities at the mid-way pit stop*
• Broom wagon with refreshments and basic repair kit
• Comprehensively sign posted route with marshal and broom wagon support
• GPX file of route
• Medical support
• Free post cycle food and drink
• Certificate and Cyclist Gift

*only available as part of 75km and 100km routes

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Registration Fees

Book before Monday 7th June to save up on your registration fee!

25km Adult Cyclist – £20.00 £19.00

25km Child Cyclist – £15.00 £14.00

75km Cyclist – £30.00 £29.50

100km Cyclist – £35.00 £33.50

Your registration fee covers the cost of hosting the event. It is your sponsorship money that makes a huge difference to our patients and their families. There is no minimum sponsorship target, we just ask you to raise as much as you can and help us to provide a future where the best experience of living is available to everyone leading up to and at the end of life.

Alternatively you may wish to make a donation in lieu of gathering sponsorship. To make your donation or pay n sponsorship monies online please click below.

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Ride the Reservoir is supported by Red Kite Cycles and is a British Cycling approved event.

For more information about the event please email events@birminghamhospice.org.uk

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you would like get involved by volunteering at this event we would love to hear from you too. Please contact the events team for more details: events@birminghamhospice.org.uk


Sunday 18th July 2021: Our sell-out sportive is back this summer, setting off from a brand new venue!


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Adult Cyclist - 25km
£ 20.00 £ 19.00
Child Cyclist - 25km
£ 15.00 £ 14.00
Cyclist - 75km
£ 30.00 £ 29.50
Cyclist - 100km
£ 35.00 £ 33.50
Cycling Jersey
£ 35.00