Ride to Victory for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Join us for a historical cycle ride in France and Belgium to commemorate the end of WW1 with special emphasis on The Hundred Days Offensive which was the final period of the 1914-18 conflict.

Take on the 428 mile challenge!

This ride will be 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 of Verdun and the Hundred Days Offensive of 1918 as well as the breathtaking, historical monuments at 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 Army’s National Charity, helping soldiers, veterans and their families since 1944.

The Route

Registration will take place in Folkestone on Sunday 5 August 2018 and riders will move by coach to Verdun. Riders will then cycle through northern France and Belgium visiting the important sites of the Verdun and The Hundred Days Offensive battlefields to commemorate those events 100 years on. Overnight stops will be in Verdun, Vienne Le Chateau, Reims, St Quentin, Mons and Ypres before returning to Folkestone on Saturday 11 August 2018.

Wheels on the Western Front
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Day 1 – Sunday 5 Aug 18
St Martins Plain Camp, Folkestone to Verdun by coach

Day 2 – Monday 6 Aug 18
Verdun to Vienne Le Chateau

Day 3 – Tuesday 7 Aug 18
St Vienne to Reims

Day 4 – Wednesday 8 Aug 18
Reims to St Quentin

Day 5 – Thursday 9 Aug 18
St Quentin to Mons

Day 6 – Friday 10 Aug 18
Mons  to Ypres

Day 7 – Saturday 11 Aug 18
Ypres to Calais to Dover to St Martins Plain Camp

Further route information is available here.

Accommodation is provided – 6 nights in 3*** hotels; breakfast, evening meal and picnic lunch included. Baggage transport will be provided along the route. Medical and mechanical support is also provided.

Registration

Registration for the event is through our event partners, Green Jersey French Cycling Tours.

Registration fee: £250

Register online or download the registration form here.

Minimum sponsorship target

Riders taking part must commit to raise £1,500 in sponsorship.

Fundraising

The easiest way to fundraise is to set up a JustGiving page that you can share with friends and family. Please create your page here so that the charity can easily identify how much is raised by the event.

This will ensure that money raised is correctly allocated to your fundraising efforts, so it is important to get this information correct.

For further information, guidance and support, please contact our West Midlands regional office:

Tel: 01952 674322 / 01952 674 323

Email: westmidlands@soldierscharity.org

“One of the best weeks of my life!”

Take a look at what some of our riders have said about their experiences on Wheels on the Western Front.


I don’t think I can remember a time that I have enjoyed so much, nor got so much out of, nor had such adventure, with such a fun group of people, knowing that we were looked after by you and your support team every inch of the way. I salute you for every single part of it, for your organisation, for your attention to detail, your care, support, your ability to make us feel safe at all times along the route.

Sarah Robertson

This is just a very brief thank you to yourselves and all of your teams for the superb event that you organised, it was without doubt a challenge for me but it was also a hugely enjoyable thing to take part in and for such a good cause.

Tony Branson

It was a fabulous week – it combined all the best elements of raising money – a real and everlasting cause, fun people, great banter and a sense of achievement.

Bill McClean

I feel extremely privileged to have taken part and also proud that collectively so much has been raised for such a great charity.

Karl Smith

I thoroughly enjoyed it all, meeting old friends and gaining new ones was great.  I think the banter and camaraderie in the whole group was superb and the support from you, your team and the Green Jersey team was excellent, even better than in 2014.

Mark Christopher

Thank you for having us on the Wheels to the Western Front and for making us all so welcome. We all absolutely loved it and can only say that it was an outstanding success; a great route, interesting talks, delicious sustenance, comfortable beds etc etc. Congratulations.

Richard, Dot and Conor Clowes

“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.”

Mark Christopher

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