Got a burning question?
Take a look at our general FAQs below for further information on the challenge.
What happens if unprecedented circumstances mean that Pedal to Ypres is postponed?
We follow government guidelines and put the health and safety of our participants, staff and beneficiaries first and foremost. If it is necessary to postpone an event we will be in touch to offer a choice of transfer or refund. Full details are in our Terms and Conditions.
Please contact 0345 845 1945 if you’d like to know more about all we are doing.
What measures will you be taking to make the event Covid secure?
We are putting in place all the necessary measures to create a Covid Secure event in line with the standards set out by the relevant governing bodies (including British Cycling, The Ramblers Association).
- guidelines for cycling/trekking as a socially distanced group
- staggering timings, all meals will be in restaurants that already have measures in place
- hygiene facilities will be widely available
- all transport will comply with guidelines
- ceremonies will be social distanced.
We will continue to work closely with our Health & Safety colleagues to ensure that we put in place appropriate controls in line with the changing situation.
Please visit our Covid-19 promise page for full details.
Are RBL 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! Many of our supporters sign up for the challenge as an individual - this is 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 any age restrictions to participate?
There are no age restrictions.
However, participants under 18 must be with a caregiver and capable of keeping up with the speed groups – please contact us for more information on this before signing up. Any participants over 65 must provide a medical certificate from their doctor stating they are medically able to take part in the event.
What does the price include?
Our prices are as all-inclusive as possible. All your meals and refreshments during the day of the challenge are included (excluding breakfast on the first day). Accommodation, outward travel from and return travel to the start point is 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. Bar bills are not included so it is advisable to bring enough cash for your evening drinks.
Have a question regarding health and equipment?
Take a look at our FAQs below to find out more.
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.
- E-bikes are permitted but there is a limited number that can be taken on the ride due to charging facilities. Riders must contact the event organisers to confirm permission to bring an e-bike.
- Riders with e-bikes are responsible for their own parts and for bringing their own adapters and charging points. Riders are also responsible for ensuring their bike is fully charged each evening.
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.
Want to find out more about the ride?
Read our ride FAQs for further information.
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 should 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 get my bike back to the UK?
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. Usually, you will be sharing with another rider 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.
Will I be sharing a room with someone?
If you would like to share a room with a household or family member then this will be possible.
Normally participants are paired up with someone a similar age and gender and a twin share is part of the trip.
If you would like to have your own room, a single supplement will be applied.
Where Covid-19 rules dictate, we may arrange for all participants to have single-room accommodation.
What is the food like on the multi-day events?
Breakfast and an evening meal will be served in the hotel. 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?
Need some fundraising support?
Take a look at our fundraising FAQs below to find out more.
What fundraising support will I recieve?
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive 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 also available on request. In addition, the RBL team are on hand to support you every step of the way!
How do I go about raising money online?
We’ll include all the information you need in your registration pack when you sign up to the event. You'll also receive a link to set up your online JustGiving page. Please remember to send us 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?