The latest Ride Of The Lions experience is open to members of the public who are looking to combine their passion for rugby and cycling, and challenge themselves to become part of history. The ride will see 200 cycling enthusiasts join British & Irish Lions and wounded veterans to take on a unique and historic 200-mile route from Brussels to London.
Ride of the Lions: Waterloo 200 is one of several official events this summer to commemorate the bicentenary anniversary of the iconic Battle of Waterloo, which happened in June 1815. Riders will re-enact the momentous journey taken by Major Henry Percy as he raced back to London with the Dispatch to declare the battle a victory.
Departing from Waterloo, just south of Brussels, four teams will embark on an intrepid two-day journey (19-20 June) finishing in central London. Each team will see four British & Irish Lions and a Walking With The Wounded veteran ride alongside 45 members of the public so each cyclist will be able to experience the camaraderie of the rugby pitch while marking the legacy of the Battle of Waterloo.
Today, Ms Kidd, along with Ride of the Lions, Walking With The Wounded and Waterloo200, is calling for members of the public to sign up to secure one of only 180 exclusive places and help raise money for wounded ex-service men and women.
Ms Kidd says: ‘There’s nothing quite like crossing the finish line with your team behind you and the knowledge you’ve accomplished something quite remarkable. I can’t think of a better charity to do this for, which is why I’m delighted to be opening the registrations today.’
Riders can register their interest and sign up at www.rideofthelions.co.uk, while more information about the Battle of Waterloo and this year’s commemorations can be found at www.waterloo200.org. Further information about Walking With The Wounded can be found at www.wwtw.org.uk.
With your help we aim to raise enough funds through the 2015 Ride of the Lions Waterloo 200 to support a further 500 wounded veterans suffering from mental injury through Walking With The Wounded’s Head Start programme.
Head Start is a programme designed to address the increasing needs of ex-service personnel suffering with mental injury and sits alongside current provision through the NHS and other relevant charities. The programme has been designed to provide access to discounted private mental health therapy via a network of 800 mental health professionals throughout the UK.
The package includes all food and drink on the route, transport from the UK (Cobham, Surrey) to the starting point, overnight accommodation in Brussels and Dover and branded Ride of the Lions kit – plus each team will be provided with a support crew including navigational and medical support.