WW1 battlefields

tomisitt Posts: 257
edited April 2016 in Tour & expedition
I recently stumbled across a long-forgotten bicycle race — the Circuit des Champs de Bataille — which was held in 1919 and raced across the battlefields of the Western Front only five months after the end of the war. I wrote a short piece about this extraordinary race here, which some of you might find interesting (there was a longer piece in Rouleur 44):

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ ... -race-ever

I am now embarking on a four-week tour, following the route of the race on my bike for a book I am writing about the 1919 race and the battlefields, and I will be visiting Ypres, Lille, Cambrai, the Somme, St Quentin, Chemin des Dames, the Marne, Champagne, Argonne, Verdun and St Mihiel in a 2000km ride round France and Belgium. And I'll be doing it with lightweight Apidura kit to keep luggage weight down to <7kg.

If you're interested, you can follow my progress here:

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  • dov2711
    dov2711 Posts: 131
    Best of luck with your travels it sounds a really interesting route choice and I will certainly look into the detail you have provided when time allows.

    I plan to ride from East Coast of Scotland to Contalmaison in France in 6 weeks to raise funds for McCraes Battalion arriving on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme so your tip is of great interest.

    Bon Courage
  • tomisitt
    tomisitt Posts: 257
    Good luck with your trip (FYI, the Somme is very badly served for hotels and restaurants, and is likely to be very busy come June/July).

    Best of luck!