Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2018

Event Details

  • 10-06-2018 to 16-06-2018
  • France & Belgium
  • Registration Fee: £230
  • Fundraising Target: £2,750
  • You will be required to raise £1,375 of the fundraising target by Friday 16 March 2018 in order to cover this cost of your participation. Please ensure you read the FAQs before registering.

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Now in its tenth year, join us on our Big Battlefield Bike Ride to support wounded Servicemen and women as you travel through historic battlefields and commemorate 100 years since the end of the Great War.


Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2018 - Charity bike ride details:

  • Make memories to last a lifetime
  • Ride alongside 200 other fundraisers
  • Start in Compiegne, the site of the Armistice
  • Cycle through the battlefields of the Somme
  • Head to Belgium to the site where the first and last shots were fired, Mons
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Allied forces and be part of ceremonies to honour the fallen as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the guns falling silent

What’s included?

  • Return transport
  • Accommodation throughout the trip
  • All your food and drink throughout your cycle
  • Bespoke ‘Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2018’ cycle jersey and t-shirt
  • Help for Heroes medal and certificate for you to frame and remember your adventure

Applying and Fundraising for the Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2018:

Top tips

Although sponsorship from your friends and family is amazing, getting creative and coming up with other ways to fundraise will provide a massive boost to your fundraising. You can do this by planning events throughout the months leading up to your challenge and for three months after the end of it – plenty of time to reach that magic target. Your fundraising journey is all part of the experience, so relish it!

It’s easier if you break your fundraising down into smaller monthly chunks and plan an event or activity for each month to hit that amount.

  • Your first target is £1,375 which is due Friday 16 March. Take this amount and divide it by the number of months you have until that date. You now have your monthly target.
  • Plan how you can make that monthly target. For some great fundraising ideas contact the Help for Heroes Events Team.

Your second target of £1,375 isn’t due until 10 September 2018 – six months after your first target.

As part of the Help for Heroes Cycling Team, here are just some of the things you can expect from Team Help for Heroes:

  1. A dedicated support team on hand to assist you with all aspects of the challenge.
  2. Exclusive entry to our BBBR 2018 Facebook group where you can meet fellow riders and share training and fundraising ideas.
  3. Monthly fundraising and training advice.
  4. Access to your BBBR participant area where you will find everything you need to get started (including training advice, fundraising guide and sponsorship forms).

The team is on hand to answer all your questions from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Whether you’re after event specifics, training tips or fundraising advice, we’d love to hear from you.

Phone: 01725 514106


Sunday 10 June – Meet at St Pancras Station in London before travelling by Eurostar to Lille. Transfer to Compiegne.

Monday 11 June – Led by our team of beneficiaries, set off from Glade of the Armistice towards Saint-Quentin.

Tuesday 12 June – Ride north through the battlefields of the Somme, ending in Amiens.

Wednesday 13 June – Continue our ride north, cycling to Arras through the heartland of the Somme and Thiepval.

Thursday 14 June – Tackle a few hills as you cycle Vimy Ridge and Neuve Chappelle to Lille.

Friday 15 June – Cross the border and advance to victory towards Mons with a ceremony at Saint-Symphorien Military Cemetery.

Saturday 16 June – Transfer back to Lille for return to London by Eurostar.

Download BBBR 2018 Itinerary

Where does my fundraising go?

The suggested fundraising target for this challenge is £2,750, of which £1,375 must be received by Help for Heroes by Friday 16 March 2018 to cover the cost of your participation. The £1,375 we receive beyond this cost covering target will allow Help for Heroes to continue providing lifelong support to our wounded Servicemen and women. Ideally, we would like your fundraising to have hit £2,750 within six weeks of the challenge.

What will the cycling be like?

Our cycling challenges are not designed to be races, but you should be comfortable at maintaining around 10–12 mph and be fit enough when faced with any hill climbs. An average day’s ride will be around 70 miles. The days in the saddle will be broken up with water and food breaks, along with historian-led stops and visits to war sites and memorials.

Can I sign up for more than one challenge?

Yes, of course you can, as long as you are committed to hitting the suggested minimum targets for each event. We ask that you fundraise for your challenges chronologically ensuring that you hit the target for your first challenge before fundraising for your following challenge.

Download Full FAQs

The Help for Heroes Events Team will work closely with you throughout your fundraising journey and share helpful tips and advice every step of the way. You will receive a comprehensive fundraising guide to help you get started, along with monthly fundraising ideas straight to your inbox!

It’s not just about sponsorship from friends and family. You can plan events throughout the build-up to your ride to help boost your fundraising total.

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