For the past three years we have commemorated the Cycling Soldiers of The Great War. Here are some of the stories from our …
Join The D Day Cycle Ride 2019
4 - 8 September
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is the UK’s oldest national tri-service charity and has been looking after Servicemen and their families for over 130 years. The D Day Cycle Ride is a fundraising event with money raised helping servicemen and women, veterans and their families in need following present day conflicts.Click to learn more
What is the D Day Cycle Ride?
The D Day Cycle Ride will commemorate the cycling soldiers and the part they played on 6 June 1944 and the following Battle of Normandy. The Ride will include all the beaches used for the landings and head inland to include the key locations that were the first to liberated. Riders will have an option of riding either approximately 50 or 80 miles per day.
The Bicycle in World War II
Thirty years earlier at the start of the Great War armies used horses and most had Cycling Battalions. In 1944 Europe had seen German Panzer divisions help capture large parts of Europe at great speed, The Air Force had won the Battle of Britain and many cities had suffered sustained bombing campaigns. The German Army had started to deploy the V2 rocket. Fuel was a precious resource and so the soldier at his bicycle still had a key role to play.
We believe that not only will this be a fantastic cycling event but it will be an appropriate way to pay respects to those cyclists from 75 years ago who were among the 156,000 soldiers that landed in Normandy to begin the long journey on the road to Berlin.