Setting off from Dover, the three-day journey will cover a total distance of 280km.
We'll passing through the historic Somme region of France before finishing at the iconic Menin Gate in Ypres. We'll be joined by historian Dan Hill who will share historical information with us at each site we visit.
The full route plan will be released soon and GPX files will be provided to participants, if you have any questions about this please call us on 0333 011 4500.
Find out more about our jam-packed itinerary during your Pedal to Ypres ride.
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Those who have added the Dover hotel package you will be able to check in at the Premier Inn Dover Central (Eastern Ferry Terminal) hotel from 3pm on Friday 3 July.
Dinner is included in this package and will be in the restaurant next to the hotel.
All participants will be able to register on Friday evening at the hotel if they wish to do so more details will be given closer to the time.
- 4.50am: Registration at the Dover waterfront opposite the Premier Inn on Marine Parade.
- 5.10am: We will all be leaving promptly to make our way to the ferry terminal.
You will need to ride your bike to the terminal (3mins away) you can either do this in your cycling kit or other clothes and get changed on the ferry.
- 6am: Ferry to Dunkirk, breakfast on the ferry
- 9am (French time!): Arrival into Dunkirk
- Your first stop will be Dunkirk beach, 2020 hosts the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Dunkirk. We will have a quick pit stop on the beach and then set off for our lunch stop in at around the 50km point. We will visit the moving memorial to the Wormhout Massacre after lunch and then a World War Two bunker a bit further down the road just out of Hardifort.
- Next stop will be in the picturesque village of Cassel, to reach Cassel you will take on the climb of the day. This cobbled climb was made famous by the Tour of Normandy and the views at the end will be well worth it. We’ll have a quick stop at the submit and set the scene of some historical events that have happened in the area.
- The rest of the afternoon will focus on making some distance passing through the beautiful French countryside to make your way into our final stop in Bethune.
- Bikes are stored in a secure lock up at the hotel. Dinner is at a short walk from the hotel at a well recommended traditional French restaurant who have prepared a menu with local food from this region of France.
From 6am Breakfast and Pit Stop at the hotel, we will be setting off from 7am - 7.15am.
Our first stop will be visiting the trenches at Vimy Ridge followed by the scenic memorial. Following there we have an action packed day where we will visit St Mary’s A.D Cemetery, the Tunnelers Memorial, Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing, the Australian Memorial in Fromelles, Mesen, the Caterpillar Crater, Hill 60, Tyne Cott the Aeroplane Cemetery and finally pass through the spectacular Menin Gate in Ypres.
After freshening up at your hotel we will attend the spectacular Menin Gate ceremony at 8pm to lay a wreath. This will be followed by dinner in the historic Cloth Hall a short walk away from the Menin Gate.
On the final day it’s all about the cycling, 60km of beautiful Belgium and French countryside with the road as smooth as a pancake. We will be leaving in the morning to catch the 2pm ferry from Dunkirk which arrives back in Dover around 3pm from there you can make your way back home with fond memories of your time spend at Pedal to Ypres.
*Distance are estimates at this stage as the route is subject to change, the final GPX routes will be released a few weeks before the event for you to load into your bike computer.
All groups will have lead vehicles, back vehicles and ride captain support to guide you along the route.
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You'll need the right kit to help you complete the challenge.
A standard hybrid or road bike will be sufficient for the Pedal to Ypres challenge. No mountain or fixed wheel bikes are allowed on our long distance rides.
Your bike must be in roadworthy condition, so consider taking it to your local bike shop for a check-up prior to the ride. If you would like to talk to an expert, please contact Nigel Hill at Sidcup Cycles on 020 8300 8113 who will be happy to assist you.
Please note that anyone needing help from our mechanics at the start of an event to ensure road-worthiness will be charged for this service.
You'll also need some other kit, including:
- Helmets: These are mandatory for our ride.
- Cycle lock: This is optional as we provide secure lock-up storage at each overnight location.
- Water bottles: We recommend carrying two of these on your bike.
- Puncture repair kit: We have mechanics on the route, but we'd recommend that you bring one.
- Small rucksack or cycling panniers: These are great for carrying any personal items you may need during the day such as medications, cameras, puncture repair kit, etc.
- Clothing: Suitable clothing includes lycra cycling tops, padded shorts, footwear, sunglasses, cycling gloves and a waterproof jacket.
- First aid kit: We have medics who can support you on the ride, but we recommend bringing a basic first aid kit. This could include sun cream, insect spray, muscle rub, vaseline, lip balm, sanitary products and prescribed medication.
Travel documents and items you'll need could include:
- Currency: You will need some Euros. All meals and refreshments are included - but not bar bills!
- Baggage: Space is limited so we can only carry one bag per person. You will deliver your luggage to, and collect from, a central point each day, as it will be transported for you. Please make sure that your luggage is clearly marked with your name and does not weigh more than 15kg.
- Documents: This includes a valid passport, travel insurance for yourself and your bike, and your European Health Insurance Card.