Pedal Normandy Beaches
Fri 12 - Tue 16 Jul 2024 Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

Pedal Normandy Beaches

Cycle from Portsmouth to Normandy to explore wartime history and mark the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, to help support the Armed Forces Community.

  • Fri 12 - Tue 16 Jul 2024
Portsmouth, Portsmouth

Pedal Normandy Beaches



Age 18 & over

  • 351 km road cycling


Cycle through Normandy over three days, remembering the sacrifices made by all those who fought in both World Wars. 

On this fully supported ride you’ll cover 351km and tour the five D-Day beaches: Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha, and Utah. You’ll also visit other key historical areas including Bayeux, Arromanches-les-Bains, Pegasus Bridge, Sainte-Mère-Église and many more. A dedicated historianwill be joining the trip who will bring the history to life as the group ventures through the frontlines of the Battle of Normandy.

The Royal British Legion has over 25 years' experience of organising cycling events and every detail will be covered, so all you’ll need to do is focus on the road ahead. This ride is led by a team of experienced ride captains and support crew including mechanics and medics. Get yourself to the start line and the rest will be taken care of, including the ferry to France.


  • A remembrance ride through the region of Normandy
  • Mark the special 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings
  • Tour the five D-Day beaches: Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah
  • Visit key historical areas and learn from the dedicated historian
  • Create unique memories and make friends for life
  • Help support the Armed Forces Community

This ride is about comradery and creating a personal community of riders for a remarkable experience together to explore the history of the region.

Fitness level

You should have a basic level of fitness with the commitment to prepare properly in training for the challenge. Anyone with a good level of fitness who commits to training can take part. There are regular stops, and each day has rolling terrain, this ride is targeted at new multi-day riders to intermediate cyclists.

Speed groups

There are speed groups that will travel at the average speed of the riders we have on the event. Groups will stop regularly and meet up together at historical sites. Even if you have never cycled in a group you will be fully supported by ride captains and other support crew.


The training plan will help you on your way to getting the most out of the event. Anyone registering for the event is advised to be able to cycle 160km by the start of the event.

Team support

You'll be encouraged all the way, ensuring you enjoy the experience of possibly your first multi-day ride all the way to the finish. This ride is about camaraderie and creating a personal community of riders who have a remarkable experience together.

Bike type

A standard hybrid or road bike will be sufficient for your needs. E-bikes are permitted but there is a limited number that can be taken on the ride due to charging facilities. Participants must contact the Event organisers to confirm permission to bring an e-bike. Participants with e-bikes are responsible for their own parts and for bringing their own adapters and charging points. Participants are also responsible for ensuring their bike is fully charged each evening.

Kit list

  • Helmet
  • Cycle lock (optional)
  • Water bottles - two are recommended
  • Puncture repair kit - mechanics are along the route, but it is recommended that you bring one
  • Small rucksack or cycling panniers - great for carrying personal items you may need during the day such as medications, cameras, puncture repair kit, etc
  • Clothing including lycra cycling tops, padded shorts, footwear, sunglasses, cycling gloves and a waterproof jacket
  • First aid kit - medics will be present but bringing a basic first aid kit is recommended and could include sun cream, insect spray, muscle rub, vaseline, lip balm, sanitary products and prescribed medication
  • Currency (Euros) all meals and refreshments are included - but not bar bills
  • Baggage - space is limited so one bag per person which will be transported each day for you
  • Documents - passport, travel insurance for yourself and your bike, and your European Health Insurance Card

  • Bag transfer
  • Coast
  • Rural
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ


  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Point to point
  • Return transport
  • Sleeping facilities
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Undulating
  • Water stations

Route information will be provided in advance to help you prepare but you don’t need to know the route as you will cycle with the guidance and support of ride captains and support vehicles.

Route overview

Total distance over three-days is 351km.

  • Day 1 is approx. 104km with 1050m elevation
  • Day 2 is approx. 166km with 1000m elevation 
  • Day 3 is approx. 80km with 550m elevation 

The terrain is hilly throughout with a total elevation of 2,600m. You will be stopping regularly to visit historical sites or for a feed stop.

  • Medal
  • Post-race meal
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Training plan


  • Two nights’ hotel accommodation on Saturday and Sunday night (if you do not wish to share a room, single rooms are available for an additional supplement of £120)
  • Mechanics, medics, and ride captains all on hand throughout the ride
  • Official RBL cycling jersey
  • Full pre-ride support including a dedicated cycling team, training plans and fundraising advice
  • Training tips from pro cyclist Andy Tennant
  • GPX files
  • Two overnight ferries between Portsmouth and Normandy for you and your bike
  • Meals, snacks and drinks
  • Celebration and disco on the ferry ride home
  • Luggage transfers
  • Secure bike storage every night
  • Transport to your hotel

Not Included

  • Travel to/from Portsmouth at the start/finish
  • Spending money including bar bills
  • Travel insurance
  • Bike insurance
  • Bike and cycling clothing/equipment

  • Fundraising incentives
  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Support the Armed Forces Community

For over 100 years Royal British Legion has provided much-needed welfare and comradeship to millions, and are working tirelessly to ensure that those who have served and made sacrifices for us are being looked after no matter what challenges they and the country faces. With your help, they receive the help that they need and deserve.

Royal British Legion

The UK's leading Service charity providing care and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

The custodian of remembrance and appreciation through the annual poppy appeal and also providing members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families with rehabilitation, advice and guidance all year round.

Of money you raise £25 can pay for an online training course for a veteran to help them secure a job or £100 could help someone's rehabilitation by attending an arts programme.

  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
  • Fundraising required

Option 1: Fundraise

  • Register for £250.
  • Raise £1450 sponsorship.

Option 2: Self-fund

  • Register for £250.
  • Pay balance of £450.
  • Raise £1000 sponsorship.


Entry fees

Registration fee


Minimum sponsorship