first world war soldiers pushing their bicycles on a muddy road

Ride to the Somme

This 200 mile cycling event will commemorate the cycling soldiers that fought and fell along the Western Front.

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Ride to the Somme

After the huge success of our 2016 and 2017 ride we are delighted to announce a brand new route for 2018!

event details

Event date: 29 August 2018 to 1 September 2018

Contact: Lucy Searles

Phone: 020 7463 9297

Ride to the Somme will commence on 29th August and will culminate at the Armistice Glade on 1st September. 

The Ride will offer two route options of approximately 160 miles or 230 miles in The Somme area.

We will based in Amiens and the routes are enjoyable for both the regular cyclist and for the more inexperienced rider. With schools having returned after the summer break roads are generally quiet especially the ones that we will be using.

Other road users in France are very respectful to cyclists and we will be assured a warm welcome through the picturesque towns and villages through which we will pass.

29th August 2018 – Day 1
Report to the Ride to the Somme Recruitment Centre – The Imperial War Museum, London at 1pm.

You will be able to view many of their exhibits and learn in greater detail the role of the cyclist on The Western Front. You will meet your fellow riders and staff before transferring by coach to Amiens.

Day 2
Early in the saddle for the first riding day. The Somme region saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the Great War. You will explore the key historical sites having time to learn more about the history of the area.

Day 3
After a good night’s rest and a good breakfast we return to the Somme where our stops will include The Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval.

Day 4
We conclude our Ride by cycling into the forest near Compiegne and visiting Armistice Glade. We pay our final act of remembrance at the location where Armistice was signed 100 years ago.

Day 5
We will by ferry to the Imperial War Museum for you to be released back into civilian life in time for onward journeys home.

Everything you need to know about the Ride to the Somme

  • Distance: 160/230 miles
  • Ability: Intermediate
  • Registration: £100
  • Fundraising target: £1400

To find out more and apply for a place please click here

Not sure about 2018? Have a look at the website to register your interest for our 2019 D-Day landings cycle!