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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.

Our BBBR Dunkirk route follows in the footsteps of the British Expeditionary Force and tells the story of Operation Dynamo, when more than 338,000 troops were evacuated from Dunkirk in June 1940.

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.

  

Where does my money go?

We want you to know exactly where your money is going. Your total fundraising target is £3,000.

£199 of this is payable on registration.

The next £1,631 needs to be raised by 10 March 2023 to cover the cost of your trip. This pays for:

  • Transport and transfers throughout the challenge; ferry from Portsmouth to Caen, coach transfers and Eurostar home

  • Accommodation (six nights, Sunday 11 June - Friday 16 June)

  • All meals and refreshments (including welcome dinner at Portsmouth on Sunday 11 June and breakfast on Saturday 17 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 (£3,000 due by 8 September 2023) and beyond, goes to help veterans and their families.

Itinerary

Our exciting cycle challenge takes us from Étretat through Northern France to Dunkirk, visiting some of the region’s most significant battle sites from both World Wars, including Dieppe and Ypres, before following in the footsteps of the British Expeditionary Force.

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.

You'll be cycling around 70 miles a day over five days through the beautiful countryside of northern France. Experience a true sense of camaraderie cycling alongside hundreds of fellow fundraisers; 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 11 June – Portsmouth to Étretat

We meet in Portsmouth for a welcome dinner before boarding the overnight ferry to Caen. Coach transfer to start line at Étretat.

Monday 12 June – Étretat to Dieppe

Starting on the cliffs of Étretat, cycling to Dieppe via Saint-Valery-en-Caux.

Tuesday 13 June – Dieppe to Le Touquet

Leaving Dieppe, the route follows the coastline north before finishing the day in Le Touquet.

Wednesday 14 June – Le Touquet to Béthune

Heading inland, we visit the British Army HQ in Montreuil from 1916–1919, making our way into picturesque Béthune.

Thursday 15 June – Béthune to Ypres

Today we head north to Ypres, one of the notorious battlefields of the Great War.

Friday 16 June – Ypres to Dunkirk

Leaving Ypres behind, we now head towards Dunkirk, retelling the story of Operation Dynamo.

Saturday 17 June – Ypres – 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 2023.

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.

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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