A group of cyclists riding through France

Got a burning question?

Take a look at our general FAQs below for further information on the challenge.

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 cycling training guide for more information.


What happens if the event 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).  

Measures include:

  • guidelines for cycling/trekking as a socially distanced group
  • staggering timings
  • hygiene facilities will be widely available

We will continue to work closely with our Health and 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 there any age restrictions to participate?

For safety reasons, all participants must be aged over 18. 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.

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.

Will there be a mechanic at the event?

A mechanic will be available in the event village before the ride starts and once the ride begins there will be a support vehicle with a medic, and mechanic following behind the last rider to depart. Please ensure your bike is in good working order with fully functioning brakes and gears, as there will be limited time to resolve any issues on the morning of the event

What do I need to bring with me for cycling?

Please ensure you have a properly fitting cycling helmet and enough spares to be self-sufficient for the duration of your ride. This should include (as a minimum) a spare inner tube, puncture repair patches, and a pump or co2. Also consider bringing sunscreen, a light jacket or gilet in case of changeable weather and lights.

Will there be a medic at the event?

A medic will be situated in the event village before the ride begins and once the ride starts the medic will be in the support vehicle on the course, following behind the last rider to depart.

Want to find out more about the ride?

Read our ride FAQs for further information.

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.

How do I follow the route?

All three routes are full signposted, with marshals on key junctions. GPX route downloads will be available just before the event so you can follow the route using your GPS cycle computer.

Do we cycle in a group?

Our bike rides are very social with people of all abilities taking part. There is also dedicated mechanical and medical support with you on the ride.

Will there be water/feed stations on the routes?

Yes, there will be fully stocked water and feed stations at key intervals on all routes.

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.

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.

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.

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 Legion 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?

Yes, if you are a UK tax payer. 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 read our Gift Aid information.

Any further questions?

If you have any other questions or would like more details on the items above, don’t forget you can always email us at events@britishlegion.org.uk or call us on 0333 011 4500.

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