A unique, historical ride
Join us for a unique, historical cycle ride to the Western Front battlefields of WW1 with special emphasis on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
Follow the route of Kitchener’s Army to the Somme. Relive the history as told by acclaimed BBC historian Andy Robertshaw.
Are you ready to take on the 352-mile challenge?
Not only is it a tough physical challenge – we’ll be covering over 50 miles a day – but an emotional one too. The route will take in the major battle sites and the breathtaking, historical monuments at Thiepval, Vimy and The Menin Gate giving an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of our soldiers 100 years ago.
Show your support for our soldiers today by taking part and raising money in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the National Charity of the British Army helping soldiers, veterans and their families since 1944.
Starting in Folkestone the ride will take an anti clockwise route through northern France visiting the important sites of the Somme battlefields to commemorate those events 100 years on. Overnight stops will be in Calais, Etaples, Amiens, Albert, Arras and Ypres before returning to Folkestone on Saturday 6 August.
Following the route of Kitchener’s Army, participants will ride from the disembarkation points , passing Field Marshall Haig’s Headquarters, to the important railhead of Amiens before heading into the Somme battlefields. Heading north we once again visit the Ypres Salient and then on to Calais for the ferry home.
We are very grateful that the event will be joined by the renowned historian Andy Robertshaw who so entertained our riders in 2014 with his extensive knowledge, and fascinating stories gained from a lifetime of study. Andy’s contribution last time was without doubt one of the most popular aspects of the ride.
The route is not hilly and even the longer days should be within the reach of all people wishing to participate. There are a great many places to see along the way.
Day 1: Folkestone – Calais (17 miles) – midday registration & early afternoon departure.
Day 2: Calais – Etaples (40 miles)Day 3: Etaples – Amiens (71 miles)
Day 4: Amiens – Albert (46 miles)
Day 5: Albert – Arras (42 miles)
Day 6: Arras – Ypres (60 miles, cross into Belgium)
Day 7: Ypres – Calais (64 miles) / Dover – Folkestone (12 miles) – return late afternoon.
Registration for the event is through our event partners, Green Jersey Cycling.
Minimum sponsorship target: Riders taking part must commit to raise £1,250 in sponsorship.
Other useful information: Accomodation provided – 4 nights in 3*** hotels; 2 nights in hostel accommodation; breakfast, evening meal and picnic lunch included.
Medical and mechanical support is also provided.
Riders taking part must commit to raise £1,250 in sponsorship.
For fundraising support please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship forms, merchandise and fundraising ideas to help you reach your target.
The easiest way to raise funds is to open a just giving page. Visit www.justgiving.com/soldierscharity to create your fundraising page in order that the charity can easily identify how much is raised by this event.
Enter the event name as Wheels on the Western Front 2016. When you create your fundraising page at Just Giving you will be able to select this event from a list when you click the ‘Taking part in an organised event’ tab. This will ensure that the money is correctly allocated to your fundraising efforts so it is important to get this information correct.
Exclusive official cycle jerseys
Akuma sports have designed an exclusive Wheels on the Western Front cycle jerseys, available in a variety of materials. Buy yours now at www.wheelsonthewesternfront.akumacycling.com
“One of the best weeks of my life!”: What they said about Wheels on the Western Front 2014
Take a look at what some of our riders from the 2014 event said about their experiences on Wheels on the Western Front
“One of the best weeks of my life, and with some of the best people I’ve met in my life!”
– Steve Mixture
“Thank you again to you and the tremendous bunch of supporters who instigated the whole thing, prepared us for what was to come, managed to convince us that raising money for the charity was a great idea, managed to convince us to convince our friends and family of the same thing, cajoled us all 350 miles on our bikes.
We always felt fully supported by ABF The Soldiers Charity.You leave all your baggage behind and just have a good old chat on these rides. It’s a wonderful thing to do.”
– Nick Winkfield
“Although I have no link with the military, I have an interest in WW1 and seeing as it was a Soldiers’ Charity ride; I was keen to ride with like-minded people. I have worked with the military and the camaraderie and organization has been fantastic during this event. It has been a thoroughly worthwhile 5 days and Andy Robertshaw, the historian, really brought it all to life.”
– Trevor Jennings
“This amazing Wheels on the Western Front event finished on Friday in Compiegne, France, amidst sun, rain and lots of stories from the cyclists’ last 5 days on the road. Over 350miles were biked and some amazing tales came out. One couple even saw in their 30th wedding anniversary as they crossed the finish line together!”
– Jess Bate
“Great experience, looking forward to the next one.”