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Overview

What is the Big Battlefield Bike Ride?

The Big Battlefield Bike Ride (BBBR) is our award-winning cycling challenge that combines military history and camaraderie in an event like no other.

Watch the video below for a small snapshot of what you can be a part of!

While the unprecedented events caused by the pandemic sadly resulted in the cancellation of the BBBR in 2020 and 2021, that means, with two years in the making, you can expect it to be bigger and better than ever in 2022!

For over a decade, our charity bike ride has used pedal-power to raise vital funds to give strength to wounded veterans and their families. In 2022 our route takes us down 'The Old Front Line', and for the first time we will cycle down the whole British sector of the Western Front of the Great War on our all-new route.

Join us in what will be a momentous year in many ways and celebrate as part of the team who will pass the Million BBBR Miles Cycled milestone! Pay your respects to the heroes of the past and support our heroes of today, at a time when they need us most. 

Where does my money go?

We want you to know exactly where your money is going. Your total fundraising target is £2,775.

We ask you to raise the first £1,570 of this by 11 March 2022 to cover the cost of your trip. This pays for:

  • Transport and transfers throughout the challenge; ferry from Dover to Dunkirk, coach transfer to Ostend and Eurostar home

  • Accommodation (six nights, Sunday 12 June - Friday 18 June)

  • All meals and refreshments (including welcome dinner at Ostend on Sunday 12 June and breakfast on Saturday 18 June before return journey)

  • Mechanical support

  • Unique history tours and ceremonial memorial events led by our own team of historians

  • Exclusive BBBR cycling jersey and medal

It also pays for an experience like no other that you will remember for the rest of your life! 

After meeting the costs of your trip, every penny you raise above this up to your total fundraising target (£2,775 due by 9 September 2022) and beyond, goes directly to help veterans and their families stand strong.

Itinerary

This will be the definitive Western Front cycle challenge, following the whole British sector of the Western Front of the Great War. From the North Sea Coast, we ride through Belgian Flanders, French Flanders and Picardy down to Compiegne where the Armistice was signed; visiting the main British battlefields of 1914-18 in chronological order. En route we will pay our respects at the many memorials and cemeteries, ensuring that we include the stories of as many ancestors of those taking part in the ride as possible.

Cycling around 70 miles a day alongside hundreds of 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 than by challenging yourself alongside our veterans on this iconic bike ride.

Sunday 12 June – Dover to Ostend

We meet in Dover and take the ferry to Dunkirk, transferring to our hotel in Ostend for a Welcome Dinner and a good night’s sleep to ensure our legs are well-rested for the following day!

Monday 13 June – Nieuwpoort - Ypres

The first day takes us down the River Yser, with stops at Pervijze and Dixmude before arriving in the “Immortal Salient” of Ypres. In the evening we will lay wreathes at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Tuesday 14 June – Ypres – Arras

We begin the day on the fields of the 2nd Battle of Ypres. Crossing from Belgian to French Flanders we will visit other 1915 battlefields including the Aubers Ridge, Neuve Chapelle, the Indian Memorial at La Bombe and the Tunnellers Memorial at Givenchy. We will also traverse the deadly open ground of the Loos battlefield where so many British soldiers, including the Queen Mother’s brother and Kipling’s son, fell in Sept and Oct 1915.

Wednesday 15 June – Arras – Amiens

Today we'll cross the rolling chalk uplands that formed the Battlefields of the Somme. We'll visit the recently excavated double crater at Hawthorn Redoubt and the Thiepval Memorial, for a moving ceremony to pay our respects to the 73,000 soldiers who went ‘missing in action' here. 

Thursday 16 June – Amiens – St Quentin

Our route takes us to sites associated with actions later in the war including the world’s first tank versus tank battle at Cachy, the Australian Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux and the vast German War Cemetery at Vermandovillers. As we cross the River Somme, we will look at the VC action at Pargny and locations of the German Spring Offensive in the Flesquieres Salient of March 1918.

Friday 17 June – St Quentin – Compiegne

The final leg takes us south to the secret site of the Paris Gun in the forest near Crepy. From here the Germans hurled shells 75 miles into the centre of Paris. Then on to the CWGC Memorial in Soissons that names the 4,000 British soldiers lost during the German offensives on the Marne and Aisne in 1918, who have no known grave. We will finish, appropriately, in the forest glade where the Armistice was signed that led to the guns falling silent on 11 November 1918.

Saturday 18 June – Compiegne – London

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

PLEASE NOTE: details of the route may be subject to change and will be finalised in March 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are thinking of signing up for a challenge like this, then it is understandable that you may have some questions.

Take a look at our FAQs to find out more about the ride and some of the most frequently asked questions since 2008.

If you can’t find the answer you're looking for, go to our Facebook Group where you'll find lots more information and can post a question to the team.

Support and Contact

If you have any questions regarding Big Battlefield Bike Ride then the Help for Heroes Events Team is on hand from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Emailevents@helpforheroes.org.uk

In addition to answering your questions here are just some of the things you can expect from Team Help for Heroes:

  • A dedicated support team on hand to assist you with all aspects of the challenge 

  • Fundraising and training advice  

  • Free digital fundraising tools with everything you need to get started including your fundraising guide, posters and sponsorship forms

  • Your technical training top 

  • Big Battlefield Bike Ride Facebook Group where you can meet your fellow riders and find all sorts from cycling tips to fundraising advice, so get involved! 

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