First Fundraising Target: £1,300
Final Fundraising Target: £2,775
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
Wednesday 17 April 2019Veteran Steve Craddock, is set to fundraise over £500,000 by the end of this year, cycling over 5,000 miles in 2019 alone.