Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2019

Event Details

  • 09-06-2019 to 15-06-2019
  • Normandy Beaches
  • Registration Fee: £199
  • To cover the costs of your trip, you need to raise £1,280 of your fundraising target by Friday 15 March. Our Events Team can provide plenty of advice to help you achieve this.

First Fundraising Target: £1,280

Final Fundraising Target: £2,700

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What is the Big Battlefield Bike Ride?

Big Battlefield Bike Ride is our iconic cycling challenge that combines military history, camaraderie and pedal power in an event like no other! This year we will be taking back the beaches of Normandy, commemorating 75 years since the D Day landings. 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. So, your first fundraising target of £1280 covers the cost of your trip. This pays for your transport, accommodation, all of your meals, refreshments, mechanical support, history tours, ceremonial memorial events, your BBBR cycling jersey and medal! It also pays for an experience like no other that you will remember for the rest of your life. 

The final fundraising target is £2700 and every penny raised up to, and beyond, this target will go directly to supporting Servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries, some of whom you will cycle alongside as you take back the beaches of Normandy. 

How to sign up

To sign up for the Big Battlefield Bike Ride, just click below, fill out your details and one of our Events Team will be in touch.

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You can also sign up by contacting the Events Team directly:

Phone: 01725 514106


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

In addition to answering your questions 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. Monthly fundraising and training advice.  
  3. Access to your BBBR participant area where you will find everything you need to get started (including training advice, fundraising guide and sponsorship forms).  
  4. Big Battlefield Bike Ride Facebook Event page where you can find out all sorts from cycling tips to fundraising advice and we also host a weekly Q&A so get involved! 

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Why join the Big Battlefield Bike Ride?

This incredible ride will make you 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 quite simply experience a sense of solidarity, your efforts will help support truly inspirational individuals rebuild their lives.

Sign up today and prepare to witness how your fundraising can positively impact the lives of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women and Veterans taking part in the ride.

Check out the highlights from the Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2018.

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, Service Personnel and their families.

Commemorating 75 years since the D-Day landings, this challenge of a lifetime will allow you to pay your respects to the heroes of yesterday, whilst cycling alongside our heroes of today.

Visiting several historic battle sites – from Normandy’s iconic beaches to Pegasus Bridge – you’ll retrace the steps of the brave souls who fought to keep us safe and discover their poignant history, direct from some of the UK’s best historians.

Cycling around 70 miles a day alongside fellow fundraisers you’ll experience a true sense of camaraderie, whilst breathing in history that’s been re-told in many classic war films since 1944.

What better way to honour the incredible commitment, dedication and bravery of our Armed Forces, both past and present, than by joining our very own cycling Band of Brothers on this iconic bike ride. 

Sunday 9 June – Portsmouth to Cherbourg

Meet your fellow 200 fundraisers at Portsmouth to catch the 9 am ferry to Cherbourg, then travel by coach to your hotel. Here you’ll enjoy an evening meal together and a ride briefing.

Monday 10 June – Sainte-Mere-Englise to Bayeux

Hop on the coach to Sainte-Mere-Eglise where your ride of a lifetime will begin! Led by our team of beneficiaries, the challenge will commence as you cycle to Bayeux via Omaha Beach – here you’ll discover more about America’s D-Day involvement.

Tuesday 11 June – Bayeux to Caen

A day jam-packed with history. First stop, Bayeux War Cemetery, after which you’ll pedal to Gold and Juno beaches for more historian led talks on the D-Day landings. There will also be a poignant ceremony at Arromanches before you complete your day together in Caen.

Wednesday 12 June – Caen – Lisieux

Today may be an undulating ride, but we promise it won’t be the ‘longest day’! Our fabulous historians will tell you more about the Airborne involvement and you’ll visit Pegasus Bridge – site of the first house to be liberated from the Germans in June 1944. After a fascinating day, you’ll cycle to Lisieux to enjoy a restful evening together.

Thursday 13 June – Lisieux to Evreux

In the morning our historians will tell you about the resistance and how it impacted French civilians. You’ll also enjoy a pit-stop picturesque Bernay, liberated by the Canadians in August 1944. Complete your day reflecting on the sights whilst cycling to your hotel in Evreux.

Friday 14 June – Evreux to Paris

A hilly morning’s ride, but the camaraderie will get you through to a flatter afternoon! You’ll stop at Vernon and La Roche-Guyon, site of Rommel’s HQ. Then, one last ride to your destination – Paris – where you and your fellow ride champions can enjoy a celebratory meal marking an incredible achievement!

Saturday 15 June – Paris to London

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


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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


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