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Ride 2 Remember
26 August 2014 - 1 September 2014
The Ride to Remember will see a team of 15 cyclists and a small support squad from Exeter UOTC cycle the length of the First World War Western Front battlefields, from Nieupoort on the northern coast of Belgium to the Franco / German Border via Verdun. Taking place one hundred years to the week in which the first major battles were fought – 26 August to 01 September 2014, it will trace almost all of the principle battlefields – Ypres, Passchendaele, Vimy, Arras, the rivers Ancre, Somme and Aisne, all the way to Verdun and beyond to the French sectors in Alsace, before crossing the border just north of Switzerland. The tour then takes on a different tone, pushing its way towards the Alpine ascents near Innsbruck and then across to our final destination in the Dolomite mountains of Northern Italy. A total distance of some 1200Kms in 11 days. The daily routes are mapped out on our routes page.
Each day in the WW1 battlefields, we will make a series of stops at various sites to consider and reflect on the tremendous events of one hundred years previously. Team members will deliver the results of their own research into what happened, who was involved and what the outcomes were at each place, capturing their words, pictures and movies on their website, to be launched soon.
Through our partnerships with the Devon Remembers Project, the British Army’s Operation RELFECT, and local BBC engagement, this material will be made available to the communities, schools and youth organisations across the South West of England and beyond. Through this resource we can help as the nation remembers the instigation of the greatest military conflict the world has ever seen exactly one hundred years ago.
We hope you will find this site a source of valuable information, as well as a suitable commemoration of the events of WW1. We support the Army Benevolent Fund – the Soldiers’ Charity in all our endeavours and you will see more information on the fantastic work this charity does for serving soldiers, veterans, and their families on the other pages on this site.
If you would like to make a donation direct to the Soldiers’ Charity, a link to our fundraising page will be notified soon. Many thanks and keep an eye on the site in August where we will keep you abreast with all the preparations and fund raising activities.