Hundreds sign petition after Vélo Birmingham refuse to refund 15,000 entry fees

Organisers say their business wouldn't be able to absorb the estimated £1 million in ticket sales

Hundred have signed a petition demanding their money back after Vélo Birmingham said they wouldn't be refunding entry fees to 15,000 cyclists following the cancellation of their event due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement, organisers of the UK's second-biggest closed road sportive said refunds were "simply not going to be possible" as event cancellation insurance didn't cover pandemics. With tickets costing £40-£125, they said refunding the estimated total £1 million in entry fees would "not [be] something our business could absorb".

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