The Ride will offer two route options of approximately 160 miles or 230 miles in Normandy.
Our Ride will focus on the D-Day landing beaches and key locations liberated in the days after the landings.
We will based in Grandcamp Maisy close to Omaha Beach. Routes are designed to be enjoyable for both the regular cyclist and for the more inexperienced rider. With schools having returned after the summer break roads are generally quiet especially the ones that we will be using.
Other road users in France are very respectful to cyclists and we will be assured a warm welcome through the picturesque towns and villages through which we will pass.
The exact route will be confirmed once final numbers are confirmed. The itinerary will be as follows:
We will meet at Southwick House just outside Portsmouth on the Wednesday afternoon. Southwick House,in the months leading up to D-Day, the house became the headquarters of the main allied commanders, including Allied Supreme Commander General Eisenhower, Naval Commander-in-Chief Admiral Ramsay and Army Commander-in-Chief General Montgomery.
Overnight we will cross to France by ferry and will start cycling close to the time of day of the landings.
Our first stop will be Pegasus Bridge and the first cafe to be liberated in France.
Those taking the 80 mile route will explore the area used for the first airborne landings before joining the other riders cycling along Sword, Juno, Gold and Omaha Beach before arriving at our base.
We explore Utah Beach before heading inland to St Maire-Eglise the first village liberated in France. The capture of this area was the key to securing the port of Cherbourg and the establishment of a solid platform to further advance.
We head a little further inland before ending our ride with the laying of a wreath to those that fell on D-Day.
We will return to Southwick House for you to be released back into civilian life before onward journeys home.