Birmingham’s Big Hoot Challenge Ride

150915 sustransThe charity Sustrans has organised a challenge bicycle ride around Birmingham’s Big Hoot owl sculptures on Tuesday 15th September 2015.

Nearly 30 participants from Birmingham City Council’s Birmingham Cycle Revolution project will cycle a 55 mile course in one day to visit the 89 distinctive sculptures produced by Wild in Art.

Sustrans Schools Officer Rachel Vann, who organised the ride said: “I was so inspired by the BIG Hoot owl sculpture that I thought it would be great to visit them all! The bike ride gives people the opportunity to visit all the owls in and around the city by bike, as well as take part in an organised bike ride and raise money for the BIG Hoot’s supported charity – Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

The ride will start at Moor Hall Spa Hotel visiting the Alexander Stadium, The Fort Dunlop, Sheldon Country Park, Kings Heath and Cadbury’s World before returning to the City Centre along National Cycle Route 5 to Brindley Place and meeting at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The route has been carefully designed to incorporate a mixture of quiet and busy roads.

Sustrans is a national charity which works with schools and workplaces throughout the West Midlands to help more people cycle, walk or use public transport for everyday journeys. Sustrans created the National Cycle Network, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2015.

To find out more about the challenge ride or to help us achieve our target of £1500, please visit

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