Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2020

Event Details

  • 07-06-2020 to 13-06-2020
  • Dunkirk
  • Registration Fee: £199
  • To cover the costs of your trip, you need to raise £1,300 of your fundraising target by Friday 13 March 2020. Our Events Team can provide plenty of advice to help you achieve this.

First Fundraising Target: £1,300

Final Fundraising Target: £2,775


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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 retracing the path of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and its retreat to Dunkirk. 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 first fundraising target of £1,300 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 £2,775. Every penny raised up to and beyond this target will go directly towards supporting Servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries, some of whom will cycle alongside you.


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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! 

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 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 witness 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 previous Big Battlefield Bike Rides.

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 80 years since the Dunkirk evacuation in 2020, this challenge of a lifetime will allow you to pay your respects to the Heroes of yesterday, whilst cycling alongside our Heroes of today.

Your cycling route will take you to several historic battle sites – from the place of the failed evacuation at Dieppe to Ypres,  which was a backdrop for some of the biggest battles during World War I. 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 whilst immersing yourself in history that has been re-told in many a classic war film.

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

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 – Le Touquet

Explore the mind-boggling logistics of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and experience a glimpse of the cost of war as you stop at Etaples cemetery, the final resting place for 11,500 soldiers from World Wars I and II.

Wednesday 10 June – Le Touquet - Béthune

Today you’ll pedal inland through deepest rural France and back in time to World War I with a visit to Montreuil. Here, Field Marshal Haig commanded the BEF from 1916 until the end of the war.

Thursday 11 June – Béthune - Ypres

Cycle across the Ypres Salient, the scene of many of the biggest battles in World War I, with a Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate and a visit to the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Tyne Cot.

Friday 12 June – Ypres to Dunkirk

The final leg will be down the corridor, held open with such bravery, which allowed the BEF to withdraw to the coast for Operation Dynamo. You will finish beachside, before enjoying a well-earned 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.

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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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