In September 2008 I cycled 283 miles to Paris in aid of the Royal British Legion.

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants.

The Legion was founded in 1921 as a voice for the ex-Service community and over 380,000 members continue to ensure that this voice does not go unheard. Although the needs of ex-Service people have changed over the years, we are still there to safeguard their welfare, interests and memory. British service people are in action around the world every day of the year.

The Pedal to Paris (Poppy Bike)

2008 will be the 13th year The Royal British Legion has put the ride on, and it goes from strength to strength. The event is the only charity ride in which you arrive at the Arc de Triomph under full police escort.

An early morning start from Greenwich Park sees you wind your way out of London into the Kent countryside on your way down to Dover for the cross channel ferry to Calais. Once in France you don’t stop for anyone. Our team of outriders and support vehicles ensure that all traffic is stopped for you. You will cycle through the beautiful sweeping countryside of the Somme on your way to the pretty town of Abbeville for our second night. You then continue south towards Beauvais, before the final push into Paris. You will cover around 280 miles during the four days, and we can assure you there will be no mountains to climb, although a few of the hills maybe a challenge.

The cycling is only one aspect of this great ride. Pedal to Paris has long been a social event, a ride where you can meet like minded cyclists and make new friends. The ambience is superb, with a general party spirit enveloping all who take part.

The highlight of the trip is the arrival at the Arc de Triomphe in the heart of Paris. Those last moments as you arrive at the Arc with your very own police escort, replete with flashing lights and sirens and cheers from onlookers will make all thoughts of aches, pains and sore muscles disappear.


You’ll feel elation, a genuine sense of achievement and we hope the satisfaction that your challenge will also benefit so many of our serving and ex-Service community who desperately need your ongoing support.

Now that the cycle is over follow the below links to read how it went.

Day 1 – Greenwich London to Calais

Day 2 – Calais to Abbeville

Day 3 – Abbeville to Beauvais

Day 4 – Beauvais to Paris