I’m getting very excited now as we approach the finale of Finally Seen Sense 2 Wheels. When I decided to support Blind Veterans UK last October, the first challenge I signed up for was Unite & Bike for Heroes and we are nearly there!
The Challenge will run from 4 – 9 Aug and will be part of the commemorations of the centenary anniversary of the start of WW1. There is a reasonable amount of cycling but I am most looking forward (if that is the correct phrase) to visiting the various battlefield sites and memorials and being able to offer my respects to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice
The plan is:
Day 1: 4 Aug – Folkestone to Ypres. Ride to ferry port at Dover for crossing to Calais. On arrival in Calais, cycle through the battlefields of Northern France to Ypres in Belgium. Cycling distance – approximately 99 km / 61.5 miles.
Day 2: 5 Aug – Ypres to Arras. Cycle to Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, before heading towards Lens and the region of the Somme. En route to Arras, pass by the Island of Ireland Peace Park, the Loos Memorial and the preserved trenches and Canadian Memorial at Vimy Memorial Park. Cycling distance – approximately 109.5 km / 68 miles.
Day 3: 6 Aug – Arras to Amiens. Visit Arras Cemetery and Monument to the Missing, before cycling to Amiens, passing by The Ulster Memorial, The Sheffield Memorial Park, The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and The Lochnagar mine crater. Cycling distance – approximately 96.5 km / 60 miles.
Day 4: 7 Aug – Amiens to Compiègne. Cycle via Bray-sur-Somme and strategic villages of the Front Line. We pass many WWI cemeteries today, for all nationalities. Some of the main sites are The Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, The Australian Corps Memorial Park and The 58th (London) Division Memorial, Chipilly. Cycling distance – approximately 112.5 km / 70 miles.
Day 5: 8 Aug – Compiègne to Paris. Final day of cycling through forest surrounding Compiègne, stopping en route at the Armistice Memorial Site.
Continue on to Paris, up the Champs Elysées, round the Arc de Triomphe and finishing our challenge beneath the 420m high Eiffel Tower! Cycling distance – approximately 106 km / 66 miles.
Day 6; 9 Aug – Free morning to enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris before returning to the UK
If you have friends or relatives at rest in any of the places I will visit, let me know and I will try to pay me respects.
Really looking forwards to the experience and hopefully raising funds and support for Blind Veterans UK