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 Poppy Ride 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 government and British Cycling when the event takes place.

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 cycling training guide for more information.

I’ve signed up for Poppy Ride Shropshire but want to do Poppy Ride South Downs instead, what do I do?

If you are already signed up for our Shropshire Poppy Ride, but would like to change to the South Downs ride instead, please contact myevent@britishlegion.org.uk or call 0345 845 1945, and we’ll be happy to transfer you to the new event.


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?

For safety reasons, all participants must be aged over 18. We may accept entry for 15+ if they are accompanied by an adult please contact 0345 845 1945 to check.

What does the price include?

  • Unique finisher’s medal
  • Timed event, online results available
  • On-site Parking
  • Your choice of three professionally designed and sign posted routes
  • Medical and Mechanical support throughout the ride and a sweeper vehicle
  • Fully stocked Feed Stations

There will also be an option to join ability groups or a development group for those wanting to gain more experience in group riding. Each group will be led by our experienced RBL Ride Captains so you can focus on the challenge ahead.

What isn’t included in the price?

The costs of travel to and from the events, accommodation before the event, spares that are needed for your bike during the ride (although they will be fitted for free) and insurance for your bike while in use.

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. 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 mechanic on the route to offer support 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 there will also be medics available on the route.

How to contact us?

For up to date information, please contact myevent@britishlegion.org.uk or call 0345 845 1945.

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. Our experienced Ride Captains will be there to support you the whole way. We will facilitate groups to ride as a peloton with the guidance of our Ride Captains or you are welcome to set off on your own and go at your own pace.

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 receive?

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. In addition, the RBL team are on hand to support you every step of the way!

How much do I have to fundraise?

Registration fees only help to cover the event costs – so fundraising is really important in helping serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.

Your donations enable us to make a huge difference to the lives of those that we support in our Armed Forces community.  Every year we are able to save lives, save marriages, keep families together, alleviate poverty, prevent homelessness, and improve physical and mental health – these are all life changing events enabling those we support to live safe, secure and fulfilling lives.

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.

How can I pay in my fundraising?

  • The easiest way to fundraise is by setting up a JustGiving Page. Simply click here to set up your fundraising page
  • You can also post a cheque or sponsorship form with your name and the event you’re fundraising for to: Mass Events Team, Royal British Legion, 199 Borough High Street London SE1 1AA.

Can we fundraise as a team?

Yes. This is very easy online as JustGiving has 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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Join our team and take part in Poppy Ride.

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