London to Ypres FAQs
Frequently asked questions about London to Ypres.
Entry and Registration
Are the Legion bike rides for me?
Our bike rides are aimed at keen amateurs and are designed for a broad range of experience, speeds and stamina. It is not competitive and you do not need to have done anything like this before. However, we always recommend a sensible training programme leading up to the ride - as you will enjoy the event so much more if you are properly prepared. Check out our training advice for more information.
Our cyclists are divided into different speed groups from 12mph to 18+mph. First-timers who can average 12mph are as welcome as the experienced cyclists. Whatever your speed, age or experience, you will receive the same level of support.
Can I join on my own?
Yes, of course. Although we do have groups/teams of friends, colleagues and families, many individuals take part and have found this a great way to meet new friends. Just leave the team name blank.
Can I join as part of a team?
Definitely! There is no minimum or maximum size of team. When you register, make sure to add your team name to ensure you are recognised as a team.
Are there age restrictions to participate?
For safety reasons, all participants must be aged over 18 (or over 16 if accompanied by a parent or guardian). There is no upper age restriction but any participants over 65 must provide a medical certificate from their doctor stating that they are medically able to take part in the event.
What does the price include?
Our prices are as all-inclusive as possible and the event page gives specific details. All your meals, snacks and refreshments during the day of the challenge are included (excluding breakfast on the first day). On our multi-day events, accommodation, outward travel from and return travel to the start point and bike transport are also included.
What isn't included in the price?
The costs of travel to and from the start points, accommodation before the ride begins, spares that are needed for your bike during the ride (although they will be fitted for free), holiday insurance or insurance for your bike while in use or in transit or storage. You will also need to find your own way from the Paris hotel to the station to catch the Eurostar. Bar bills are not included so it is advisable to bring enough cash for your evening drinks.
Health and Equipment
How fit do I have to be?
You should have a basic level of fitness with the commitment to prepare properly in training for the challenge - cycling a few miles to and from work is not going to be enough preparation for our bike rides. If you have any queries about your fitness to do either ride, please consult your doctor. Our training plans will help you on your way to getting the most out of the event.
What sort of bike do I need?
A standard hybrid or road bike will be sufficient for your needs.
What do I need to bring with me for cycling?
You do not need anything except essentials on your bike (especially not heavy bags of tools) and a small day pack that should be sufficient to carry personal items such as money, camera, sunscreen, a lightweight rainproof jacket etc. Please see our equipment page for more details.
How much spending money will I need?
You should only need cash for items such as bar drinks in the evening or gifts to take home.
How do I follow the route?
Our UK rides (and the UK leg) are fully signposted. Once you are in France you will be cycling in groups as one peloton accompanied by a team of motorcycle outriders to show you the way and manage the junctions.
How much luggage should I bring and how do I transport it?
For our multi-day bike rides, we ask that you bring one bag only which should be no heavier than 15kg. Dress is casual and you will not need anything formal. Your bag will be carried for you each day in our luggage van and will be available to you each evening, either at your designated hotel or a central collection point. For our one day bike rides you should be able to carry everything you need with you.
How do I and my bike get back to the UK? (European bike rides only)
Your bikes will be packed, loaded and returned by road to the UK ready for collection on your return.
When do I have to submit my sponsorship money?
We ask that all sponsorship monies are sent to us no later than eight weeks after the last day of the ride.
What is the route like?
All routes will involve hills of some description so it’s a good idea to put in some training for the climbs. We recommend you ride at your own pace, that way it’s very likely you will find yourself cycling with people of a similar ability.
Do we cycle in a group?
Our bike rides are very social with people of all abilities taking part. On our UK bike rides there is the ability to cycle in groups or individually. Once in mainland Europe we have rolling road closures and you will cycle in speed groups that suit your ability. There is also dedicated mechanical and medical support with you on the ride.
Who organises the bike rides?
The Royal British Legion has been organising its own bike rides for over 20 years and covers all organisational aspects for most of our rides.
What is the accommodation like for the multi-day events?
Accommodation is in 2/3 star hotels, standards may vary but they have ensuite facilities and are comfortable. Where possible we will always try to keep team members in the same hotels. You will be sharing with another cyclist unless you have added the single room supplement to your registration. If you know someone else who is on the event you can request to share with them or we will place you with someone of the same gender and similar age.
What is the food like on the multi-day events?
Breakfast and an evening meal will be served in the hotel (the evening meal for Pedal to Paris day one will be on the ferry). Lunch will be provided at a designated lunch stop and there will be lots of carbohydrates for re-fuelling. There will also be fruit, cereal bars, energy bars, chocolate and water/energy drink as well as tea and coffee at all water stops en route. However, if you are used to training with specific nutritional supplements (e.g. energy bars) we advise you carry those yourself.
Can my family and friends meet me at the end of the ride?
There is an opportunity for family and friends to cheer you in at the end of the ride and to celebrate your achievement.
What fundraising support will I receive?
Once you’ve signed up you’ll get a welcome email containing lots of information and advice about raising money for The Royal British Legion, posters to publicise your participation in the event and collection pots are available on request. In addition, the Legion team are on hand to support and give you advice every step of the way so if you have any concerns, questions or need some inspiration we’re available by phone or email.
How do I go about raising money online?
If you register online, when you get to the fundraising section of the form, selecting ‘Fundraise for The Royal British Legion’ will automatically set up a JustGiving page for you. The page already has all the information included so all you need to do is let everyone know. If you prefer you can set up the online page after you’ve registered, we’ll include all the information you need in your registration pack. Please remember to let us know the link to your page so we can ensure all donations are credited to you.
Can we fundraise as a team?
Yes. This is very easy online as both Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving have facilities to set up team pages. Please remember to let us know the link to your page so we can ensure all donations are credited to the team.
Can I Gift Aid my personal donations?
Yes, if you are a UK taxpayer. You cannot claim Gift Aid on a donation from a public collection or fundraising event, unless each individual donor has submitted a Gift Aid Declaration. For more information, please see our Gift Aid information here.
Any other questions?
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