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Cycle The Somme

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, The Royal British Legion has organised a four day bike ride which will give participants an opportunity to experience the key locations from one of the largest battles of the First World War.

The battle is best remembered for its first day, 1 July 1916, when the British suffered 57,470 casualties of which 19,240 were killed outright or died of wounds. It remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.

To mark this important occasion and to help raise vital funds for the welfare of the ex-service community, The Royal British Legion has arranged a cycle ride and wishes to encourage willing participants to take part.

After meeting in Dover participants in the cycle ride will be bussed over to Peronne which is ideally situated to appreciate the area’s beauty and ‘bloody past’. Cyclists will be based in a 3* hotel and will ride out each day. During the four days of cycling there will be the opportunity to take in some of the area’s historic sites such as Thiepval, Hamel, Beaumont Hamel, Albert and many more.

The Somme Bike Ride is intended to for medium and fast cyclists who want to experience the history and unspoilt beauty of this area of France whilst at the same time enjoying the Legion’s famous support network. There will be two speed groups, each with a different route and distance.

As with all Legion rides, cyclists will be able to enjoy the “closed road” experience thanks to dedicated motorbike escorts, ensuring a smooth ride through traffic lights and junctions allowing cyclists to ride in complete safety.

Teresa Greener, Head of Special Events at The Royal British Legion, said: “The cycle ride around the Somme is a unique opportunity to see where one of the most significant battles of the First World War took place. It is also a chance to help raise funds for the ongoing work of The Royal British Legion which, though formed in the wake of that War, continues to support the ex-service community right up to the present day’.”

Details:

When is it? Wednesday 14th June – Sunday 18th June 2006

How much will it cost? £399 (includes non-refundable deposit of £99). The balance to be paid no later than 14th may 2006.

How many places are there? 50 medium paced cyclists (12-14mph average) 20 fast paced cyclists (18mph+)

Is there a minimum age? 18 (or 16 if accompanied by a parent or guardian)

What does the fee include? Four nights Dinner B&B accommodation, all lunches and most pit stops en route, technical back-up (excluding the cost of spares), one souvenir t-shirt, return Dover-Calais ferry and coach transfer from Dover to Peronne.

Will I have to raise sponsorship money? £450 (NB. If you raise and send in £1350 sponsorship by 14th May 2006, the cost for the entire trip is only £99)

For more information on the ride call Rebecca Pride on 020 7973 7255 or e-mail

For further information about the Legion’s work please visit www.britishlegion.org.uk

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