Not next week but the first week in June.
That’s when I’m joining the other 300 or so riders including injured servicemen & women from the UK, US and Canada to ride from Paris to London to hopefully raise over £1Million for Help for Heroes.
Day 1: Monday 27th May – Meet in Paris
Day 2: Tuesday 28th May – Paris to Compiègne
Our ride begins early and we cycle out of Paris under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, through the famous streets and busy suburbs until we reach the quieter roads of the French countryside. Towards the end of the day we will visit the Clairiere de L’Armistice, the Armistice Clearing, in the Forest of Compiègne where the 1918 Armistice was signed, marking the end of the First Word War.
Cycle distance: approx. 65 miles
Day 3: Wednesday 29th May – Compiègne to Amiens
We cycle predominantly north towards Albert on rolling country roads, through farmland and woodland which was once dominated by the First World War. As we near the Somme region, we stop visit the British Cemetery at Roye and the cemetery at Bray-sur-Somme, a small town occupied by the Germans from 1940- 1944. We continue on and stop for a major ceremony at Thiepval Memorial to the 72191 missing of the Somme, with no known graves.
We will also visit the trenches at Beaumont Hamel before continuing onto Amiens.
Cycle distance: approx. 75 miles
Day 4: Thursday 30th May – Amiens to Le-Touquet-Paris-Plage
Leaving First World War territory behind us for a while, we ride north-west on country roads heading towards the coast. Today’s historical site is much older, as we stop at the site of the 1415 battle of Agincourt, immortalised by Shakespeare in Henry V, where the longbow proved superior over a larger force. We continue onto Le-Touquet-Paris-Plage where we few, we happy few, will enjoy a rest after the longest day in the saddle.
Cycle distance: approx. 85 miles
Day 5: Friday 31st May, Le-Touquet-Paris-Plage to Calais
The morning begins with a visit to the enormous Etaples Military Cemetery, where there are over 10,000 graves from the First World War. Continuing north, we leave the First World War behind us as we ride through Boulogne. Here wewill hear about the defence of Boulogne, whose harbour was completed destroyed in 1944 by British planes to prevent German Naval Activity after D-Day. Our route continues inland, where we will visit the hidden Fortress de Mimoyecques, an underground bunker built by the Nazis to fire V-3 canons onto London. From here we continue to Calais.
Cycle distance: approx. 60 miles
Day 6: Saturday 1st June, Calais to Chatham
An early start will see us cross the channel to Dover, where the route takes us along the famous white cliffs towards Folkestone. We stop at Capel-le-Ferne, the site of the National Memorial to the Few, a memorial to the aircraft who flew in the Battle of Britain. Heading inland through Kent’s farmland and chalk hills, we reach Chatham on the River Medway, home to the famous Dockyards which built over 500 ships for the Royal Navy from 1567 including the HMS Victory. Here we will visit the town’s Naval Memorial, which was set up after the First World War to commemorate members of the Royal Navy killed at sea.
Cycle distance: approx. 55 miles
Day 7: Sunday 2nd June, Chatham to London.
The final leg of the ride takes us to Blackheath, where we will have lunch. Here we will be joined by other Help for Heroes riders for the final push into Whitehall. From here we will ride together to the Cenotaph, where we will lay a wreath before riding the remaining short distance to Horse Guards Parade, where the challenge ends.
Cycle distance: approx. 38 miles
Total Distance Approx 380 miles
If you live in the south east it would be great to see you on the Saturday or Sunday somewhere on the route or in London for the final leg where we will be joined by another 600 or so cyclists who will have riden from Tedworth House one of the Recovery Centres Help for Heroes helps fund or from other places across the country, I know some riders are cycling from the Blackpool tower to mirror us riding from the Eiffel Tower.
Thanks for reading and don’t forget it’s easy to help me help Help for Heroes just tell your friends to text BBBR51 £2 to 70070