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Great War Commemorative Cycle Ride

Published on: 1st September 2013
By Green Jersey Cycling

It might be a century since World War One broke out, and the last survivors have passed away, but time has not softened the impact of the events that took place in the Great War 1914 - 1918. This event, which is organised to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers' Charity, is a unique way to mark this important anniversary.

200 riders will depart central London and ride to Dover, then up the coast to Nieuwpoort in Belgium, where the Western Front met the sea. We will then ride along the entire British and Empire section, taking in Ypres, Passchendaele, Messines, Vimy and the Somme. Finally we will arrive at Compiegne where the Armistice was signed four years later. The overall distance is about 330 miles over 5 days - a daily average of just over 70 miles.

Along the way we will visit the important sites like Tyne Cot, the Menin Gate, Vimy Memorial and Thiepval, but also smaller and no less poignant cemeteries. Unlike other nations the British had a policy of burying men where they fell, with over 3,000 First War burial sites in Belgium and France. As Rupert Brooke wrote, 'There is a corner of a foreign field, that is forever England'. This tour pays homage to those men whilst raising vital funds for today's servicemen and women.

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Green Jersey Cycling: 1st Sep 2013 09:00:00