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Overview

What is the Big Battlefield Bike Ride?

Big Battlefield Bike Ride (BBBR) is our iconic cycling challenge that combines military history, camaraderie and pedal power in an event like no other! In 2020 we will be commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation. Join us and pay your respects to the heroes of the past whilst supporting our heroes of today. 

 

Where does my money go?

We want you to know exactly where your money is going. Your total fundraising target is £2,775.


We ask you to raise the first £1,300 of this by 13 March 2020 to cover the cost of your trip. This pays for:

  • Transport and transfers throughout the challenge; from the ferry outbound to Eurostar inbound

  • Accommodation (six nights, Sunday 7 June - Friday 12 June)

  • All meals and refreshments (including welcome dinner at Portsmouth on Sunday 7 June and breakfast on Saturday 13 June before return journey)

  • Mechanical support

  • Unique history tours and ceremonial memorial events led by our own team of historians

  • Exclusive BBBR cycling jersey and medal!

It also pays for an experience like no other that you will remember for the rest of your life. 

After meeting your first fundraising target of £1,300; every penny you raise after this, up to and beyond your total fundraising target (£2,775 due by 13 September 2020), goes directly to support servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries, some of whom will cycle alongside you.

Why Join?

Why join the Big Battlefield Bike Ride?

You'll be part of an extraordinary journey – from sign up to finish line.

 

Whether you wish to set your own personal challenge, breathe in the history or simply experience the sense of camaraderie as you ride with fellow fundraisers, your efforts will help support truly inspirational individuals rebuild their lives.

 

Sign up today and prepare to see first-hand how your fundraising can positively impact the lives of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women and veterans, some of whom will also be taking part.

 

Check out the highlights from our 2019 Big Battlefield Bike Ride.

 

What is the Big Battlefield Bike Ride?

For over a decade, our Big Battlefield Bike Ride has used sheer pedal-power to raise funds in support of wounded, injured and sick veterans, serving personnel and their families.

 

Commemorating 80 years since the Dunkirk evacuation in 2020, your cycling route will take you to several historic battle sites. Retracing the steps of the brave souls who fought to keep us safe, you will learn about their poignant history, with stories told by some of the UK’s finest historians.

 

Cycling around 70 miles a day alongside fellow fundraisers, you’ll experience a true sense of camaraderie. What better way to honour the incredible commitment, dedication and bravery of our Armed Forces than by joining our veterans on this iconic bike ride.

Itinerary

Sunday 7 June – Portsmouth to Caen

Meet your fellow fundraisers at Portsmouth for a welcome dinner before boarding the ferry for an overnight journey to Caen.

Monday 8 June – Caen – Étretat – Dieppe

We arrive in port early morning where we will hop on the coach to Étretat where your ride of a lifetime will begin! Led by our team of veterans, the challenge will commence as you cycle to Dieppe, via St Valery to remember the failed evacuations and surrender. 

Tuesday 9 June – Dieppe – Abbeville

Explore the mind-boggling logistics of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and experience a glimpse of the cost of war as you stop at Grandcourt cemetery and Franleu – the last stand of the 7th Argylls and Sutherland Highlanders.

Wednesday 10 June – Abbeville - Béthune

Today you’ll be starting at Etaples cemetery, the final resting place for 11,500 soldiers from World War I and II, before heading inland through deepest rural visiting Montreuil. Here, Field Marshal Haig commanded the BEF from 1916 until the end of the Great War.

Thursday 11 June – Béthune - Ypres

From Bethune, heading north towards Ypres you’ll be visiting several locations which lead up to Dunkirk. The day will end with a Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Friday 12 June – Ypres to Dunkirk

The final leg takes us along the corridor, held open with such bravery, that allowed the BEF to withdraw to the coast for Operation Dynamo. We finish on the beachfront and transfer to our well-earned celebration meal to mark the end of the ride.

Saturday 13 June – London

Travel back by Eurostar to London, and wave farewell (for now) to new-found friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are thinking of signing up for a challenge like this, then it is understandable that you may have some questions.

Download our FAQs to find out more about the ride, and if you can’t get the answer you were looking for then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Events Team.

Phone: 01725 514106

Email: events@helpforheroes.org.uk

Support and Contact

If you have any questions regarding Big Battlefield Bike Ride then the Help for Heroes Events Team is on hand to answer all of your questions from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Phone: 01725 514106

Emailevents@helpforheroes.org.uk


In addition to answering your questions here are just some of the things you can expect from Team Help for Heroes:

  • A dedicated support team on hand to assist you with all aspects of the challenge.  

  • Monthly fundraising and training advice.  

  • Free Welcome Pack where you will find everything you need to get started (including training advice, fundraising guide and sponsorship forms and your technical training top).  

  • Big Battlefield Bike Ride Facebook Group where you can meet your fellow riders and find all sorts from cycling tips to fundraising advice; we also host a weekly Q&A so get involved!