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The Ride

Why not join us for this increasingly popular ride, which in 2018 will be from Ypres, Belgium to Northampton.  The ride entitled ‘The Troops Are Coming Home’ is to help us commemorate the 100 years since the end of World War 1.  Your application needs to be received by 31st March 2018.

Split into teams that suit most cycling abilities, and cycling through some of Belgium & Hollands rich countryside & beautifully laid cycle paths along the Dutch coast, we head off the ferry to England’s best rural countryside in Essex, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire, taking in historic war sites and cultural cities & cycling home to a true English reception.

The cost of the ride for each cyclist is £450 with £100 deposit payable when submitting the application form.  The balance of £350 needs to be paid by 31st March 2018.

This entrance fee is used to cover all your accomodation, travel to Ypres, ferry crossings and most of your meals.

Day 1:  Meet in Northampton, and board a coach to take you to Ypres, Belgium.  You will be treated to a tour of the Pidy factory in Ypres, visit the Menin Gate in time for the evening ceremony which commemorates those fallen in war, followed by an evening meal to get to know your fellow team members

Day 2:  Set off from Ypres and cycle 81 miles across (mainly!) flat paths to Middelburg in Holland, where you will stay the night in a hotel.

Day 3: Depart Middelburg and cycle just 60 miles today to the Hook of Holland, where we will catch the overnight ferry to Harwich.  Accomodation will be in twin cabins

Day 4: Once off the ferry, you will cycle 71 miles from Harwich to the beautiful city of Cambridge, where we have secured accomodation in one of the many colleges.

Day 5:  The final day is just 58 miles from Cambridge, back to your start point Northampton, where we will have a warm welcome for all our cyclists, and an evening civic reception in the town.

For more details and an application form, please email laura@northamptonhopecentre.org.uk

or download the application form here


Each rider is asked to raise a minumum of £500 in sponsorship for the Hope Centre.


To view a video of last years event video, click here

Pre Event Rides

There are some practice rides planned for 2018, so if you’re worried about your fitness level, don’t be, we will help you to be ready for the main event.  The pre-event rides will take place on the following dates:

Saturday 17th March

Sunday 15th April

Saturday 5th May

Sunday 27th May

Saturday 16th June

Sunday 8th July

Saturday 28th July

Sunday 19th August

Sunday 2nd September

If you would like any further information about these rides, please email our rides organiser Robert Whittle rwhittle@pidy.com