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The bike ride 2018-03-12T10:38:48+00:00

COMMEMORATING THE DARING DAMBUSTERS RAID

The Dambusters were members of the RAF’s 617 Squadron who were specially assembled in March 1943 to bomb three dams in Germany’s industrial heartland, the Ruhr Valley, just two months later. The raid, on the night of May 16/17, was called Operation Chastise and involved 133 aircrew flying 19 specially adapted Lancaster bombers.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the famous Dambusters raid, the April Fools Club is inviting 19 crews of seven cyclists to join them as they undertake an epic challenge: to cycle from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, to the Mohne Dam in Germany.

The April Fools Club is aiming to raise over £400,000 during the course of the next 12 months. The cycle ride to the Mohne Dam, and other selected events will be taking place in order to enable us to achieve our target. The proceeds from the ride and from the other events will be directed to extending and improving the facilities at Princess Marina House in Rustington, West Sussex, which provides respite care for former and serving RAF personnel.

With five days and 282 miles of cycling, unforgettable experiences and camaraderie in abundance, the event will not only honour a seminal moment in history but also help raise money to repay the ‘debt we owe’ to our Air Force for nearly 100 years of service.

The cycle ride is an opportunity to build awareness for your brand among business leaders, other organisations, and celebrities. We offer a wide range of sponsorship opportunities to suit your needs. I encourage you to review the enclosed details and respond quickly, as we expect to sell out quickly. On behalf of both the April Fools Club and RAF Benevolent Fund, I hope you’ll choose to partner with us for what’s shaping up to be a an unforgettable trip, to remember the heroic actions of 75 years ago and to help those in need today.

Tim Mycock

Tim Mycock

2018 April Fools Club Captain

RIDE INFORMATION

4

DAYS CYCLING

16th-19th

MAY 2018

282

MILES

Day 1

Our Grand Depart will take place from RAF Scampton, where we will head off on our first day’s adventure towards Hull. After our departure we will follow gentle undulations through the Lincolnshire countryside before crossing the Humber Bridge. On arrival in Hull, we will enjoy a meal before embarking on the overnight ferry to Rotterdam.

Day 2

The second day sees us set off bright and early on our biggest day of the trip – 92 miles from Rotterdam to Uden. Using dutch cycleways we will make our way through towns and villages before crossing the intersecting waterways to have lunch in Lage Zwaluwe. Working out way across the flats of Holland we finish the day in Uden

Day 3

Day 3 will see us crossing the border into Germany, where we will spend the night in Wesel. Continuing on the dutch cycleways in the morning we enter Germany leaving the flats of Holland behind.

Day 4

Rolling through the countryside on both cycleways and roads the terrain changes to small hills as we reach Dortmund on day 4. With tired legs we complete the final day of our cycling challenge through undulating terrain with beautiful views towards a spectacular finish at the Mohne Dam.

Day 5

We return to the UK from Dusseldorf airport

  • Four-and-a-half days of professionally supported road cycling
  • Four nights’ accommodation in a clean, comfortable hotel or on a ferry
  • Three meals a day plus stops for snacks
  • Coffee/tea and cake at designated stops
  • Support vehicle to transport luggage
  • Back-up vehicles to provide medical help or any assistance needed
  • A digital map for mobile navigation as well as customised waterproof maps
  • Bespoke, high quality breathable cycling shirts and a cap for use on the trip
  • Daily fresh fruit and water
  • Riders will need to make their own way back after the ride is complete
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