Day 1 of the Rugby for Heroes Armistice 100 Bike Ride saw the team, led by charity patron Mike Tindall MBE, put in a monumental effort to complete a challenging 115-mile cycle from Twickenham Stadium to the Port of Dover.
Early morning rain gave way to brighter conditions as the team departed from Twickenham. 55 miles into their 300-mile challenge, Tindall and the rest of the elite cycling team made a stop at The Royal British Legion Village in Kent where they were greeted by the Head of Poppy Appeal, Shane Crowhurst. Village representatives turned out in force to welcome the team who were presented with wreaths and remembrance crosses to lay on behalf of Rugby for Heroes at memorials, cemeteries and graves in Belgium and Northern France. After a well-deserved lunch break, there was no let up during the afternoon with a further 60 miles still to push to get to their final destination, the Port of Dover. As the sun began to set, the sea was in sight and it was all the motivation the team needed. Safely arriving after a long day on their bikes, there was an inevitable queue for the massage table.
The team are back in the saddle for Day 2 tomorrow when they will be conquering a mere 82 miles. After a ferry crossing to Calais, they will make the journey to Arras, taking part in their own act of remembrance at the Vimy Ridge Memorial.
To find out more about the Armistice 100 Bike Ride and other events Rugby for Heroes has planned to mark the Armistice Centenary, visit www.rugbyforheroes.org.uk
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