In June, more than 200 fundraisers will take on our iconic cycling challenge. For more than a decade, the Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride (BBBR) has used pedal-power to raise funds in support of wounded, injured and sick Veterans and their families. This year’s ride will be like no other, as we make our way across Northern France marking the 75-year anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Our very own cycling Heroes will cover more than 350 miles over five days, taking in some of history’s most iconic WWII battle-sites along the way. Bringing to life the stories of those who fought during the Second World War will be some of the UK’s finest historians who will join us on our journey.
Veteran Ian Stirling took part in BBBR 2018 and enjoyed the experience so much that he’s signed up again. Here he recalls what made the BBBR so special for him:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the BBBR and as a result, I registered my interest for the next one on the way back.
“Riding with so many other people was great, the camaraderie was fantastic. Everybody helps each other, and it is fascinating picking other people’s brains as to how they fundraise.
“The guides (on the ride itself) were very knowledgeable and open to answering questions, and the memorial services along the way were respectful and emotional. I personally managed to hold back the tears until the final ceremony, when I remembered a fallen friend.”
One of the unique things about BBBR is that not only will you be cycling alongside fellow fundraisers but also those whom your fundraising directly supports, and this was a contributing factor to Ian taking on the challenge again in 2019:
“I’m aware of some of the ways that the money helps, and to ride with the guys that have received help makes this worthwhile. I’ve seen the difference it can make to people’s lives and to be thanked by one of the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers personally meant a lot and gave new purpose to doing the ride.
“(The BBBR) is a fabulous experience that certainly won't disappoint.”
Fancy a challenge for 2019? Then why not join Ian and be a part of this iconic ride. To find out more about the BBBR, or to sign up, click below.