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Over 300 cyclists take on Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2012

21 May 2012

More than 300 cyclists are riding nearly four hundred miles around the battlefields of northern France and Belgium, raising money for the Help For Heroes charity.

Among them are wounded service personnel who have suffered life changing injuries in current conflicts.

The 2012 ride set out from HMS Victory in Portsmouth on May 20th, and on the seven day trip from Dieppe round to Dunkirk, the cyclists will be paying their respects at several CWGC cemeteries and memorials.

It's a tough challenge for any fit cyclist, but some people like to make things as difficult as possible so Regimental Sergeant Major "Charlie" Chaplin, of the Royal School of Military Engineering, is cycling the whole route (plus another few hundred miles back and forth to Chatham) on a rickshaw.

His supporters, Team Sapper, are on ordinary bikes because, they say, "we're not mad".