First Fundraising Target (15 March 2020): £1,300
Final Fundraising Target (15 September 2020): £2,775
Big Battlefield Bike Ride is our iconic, annual cycling challenge that combines military history, camaraderie and pedal power in an event like no other! In 2020 we will retrace the path of the British Expeditionary Force and commemorate 80 years since the Dunkirk evacuation. Join us and pay your respects to the Heroes of the past whilst supporting 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, the backdrop to 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. 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.
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 witness how your fundraising can positively impact the lives of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans, some of whom will also be taking part.
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:
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 – Abbeville
Explore the mind-boggling logistics of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and experience a glimpse of the cost of war as you stop at Grandcourt cemetery and Franleu – the last stand of the 7th Argylls and Sutherland Highlanders.
Wednesday 10 June – Abbeville - Béthune
Today you’ll be starting at Etaples cemetery, the final resting place for 11,500 soldiers from World War I and II, before heading inland through deepest rural visiting Montreuil. Here, Field Marshal Haig commanded the BEF from 1916 until the end of the Great War.
Thursday 11 June – Béthune - Ypres
From Bethune, heading north towards Ypres you’ll be visiting several locations which lead up to Dunkirk. The day will end with a Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.
Friday 12 June – Ypres to Dunkirk
The final leg takes us along the corridor, held open with such bravery, that allowed the BEF to withdraw to the coast for Operation Dynamo. We finish on the beach front and transfer to our well-earned celebration 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.
Check out the highlights from our previous Big Battlefield Bike Rides.
We want you to know exactly where your money is going. Your first fundraising target of £1,300 (due 15 March 2020) covers the cost of your trip. This pays for:
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 (due 15 September 2020). After meeting your first fundraising target; every penny you raise up to and beyond your final fundraising target goes directly to support servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries, some of whom will cycle alongside you.
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; if you can’t get the answer you are looking for then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Events Team.
Phone: 01725 514106
Sunday 30 June 2019Saturday saw the 5th running of an annual charity bike ride in support of Help for Heroes. The event is organised by former Royal Engineer Steve Cradd...
Wednesday 19 June 2019Veteran Steve Craddock, is set to fundraise over £500,000 by the end of this year, cycling over 5,000 miles in 2019 alone.