American cyclist enters Velo Birmingham thinking it's in Alabama; travels to the UK to ride it anyway

Event organisers offer John Hoppingarner a free entry for 2018

A cyclist from America had a nasty surprise when he entered the Velo Birmingham sportive, not realising it was in Birmingham, West Midlands rather than Birmingham, Alabama, but decided to take part anyway.

John Hoppingarner, a keen cyclist from Sharon Center, Ohio, entered after receiving an email about the event, thinking that it was a few hours drive south rather than thousands of miles away on the other side of the Atlantic.

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