Trio of female cyclists

Both of our Poppy Ride locations have three fantastic route options, professionally designed to cater for first-time event cyclists through to sportive enthusiasts.

Poppy Ride Shropshire route information

All three distance options start and finish at the Battle Back Centre, a specialist recovery facility that supports wounded, injured and sick service personnel to either return to active duty or make a smooth transition to life outside of the Armed Forces.

The routes all take in Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, a museum home to a world-class collection of aircraft and artefacts displayed inside wartime hangers and within the National Cold War Exhibition.

Route 1: Distance 35km (Elevation 296m)

This 35km route takes in a loop of the beautiful Shropshire countryside. The gently undulating roads are the perfect introduction to cycle sportive events. All routes will take in the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, a museum home to a world-class collection of aircraft and artefacts.

Route 2: Distance 88km (Elevation 694m)

This 88km route passes through picturesque country roads before returning to the Battle Back Centre at Lilleshall. A great middle-distance route as part of a training programme or a step-up in distance. This route will pass The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

Route 3: Distance 148km (Elevation 1491m)

The event's longest route covers some stunning scenery before finishing at the Battle Back Centre in Lilleshall. A poignant and enjoyable ride, at 148km it’s a fantastic challenge. This route heads out into the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a stop at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and will pass the Long Mynd/Carding Mill Valley. You will also pass through Much Wenlock, a beautiful historic town and birth place of the modern Olympics. This is the perfect distance to prepare yourself for the longest day of Pedal to Paris.

Poppy Ride South Downs route information

All three distance options will start and end at the historic Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in Berkshire. RMAS is where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibility of leading their soldiers.

The mid and longer routes will head into the scenic South Downs National Park, the newest of the UK’s 15 National Parks, where you can take in beautiful landscapes, rolling green hills and incredible wildlife.

Route 1: Distance 40km (Elevation 341m)

This 40km route takes in beautiful local country lanes. The almost completely flat roads are a perfect introduction to cycle sportive events.

New Poppy Ride South Downs Route - 40 km

Route 2: Distance 85km (Elevation 821m)

This 85km route passes through green forested areas and picturesque country roads. A great middle-distance route as part of a training programme or a step-up in distance. The middle and long distance routes head into the scenic South Downs National Park, where you will take in beautiful landscapes, rolling green hills and incredible wildlife.

Route 3: Distance 140km (Elevation 1411m)

The event's longest route covers some stunning scenery before finishing at, Sandhurst, the Royal Military Academy. This route brushes past the iconic South Downs Way, which offers breath-taking views of the hills. An amazing and enjoyable ride, at 140km it’s a fantastic challenge. This is the perfect distance to prepare yourself for the longest day of Pedal to Paris.

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