Monday, 28 July 2014

Cycling the First World War Western Front

Back in 2010, my brother James and I cycled the 550 miles from the French coast to Zurich in Switzerland in a week, roughly following the First World War western front, through Belgium, northern France and Switzerland.

We did the ride to raise money for Leukaemia Research in memory of our mum, Shirley, who died in 2009.

With the centenary of the start of the First World War, and as a number of people have contacted me for details of the route, I thought I would re-post the original route, diary and video entries.

I've done a number of longer rides, including Lands' End to John o'Groats, through Germany and the Czech Republic and from Birmingham to Montpelier in France and this definitely ranks among my favourite.

Swiss Roll - Day 1, James and Matthew at Dunkerque
Matthew and James leaving Dunkerque

Here's the route:


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And here's a video I put together of the ride:



Here are the daily routes and diaries:

Day 1 - Dunkerque to Arras
Route details
Diary and video

Day 2 - Arras to Soissons
Route details
Diary and video

Day 3 - Soissons to Sainte-Menehould
Route details
Diary and video

Day 4 - Sainte-Menehould to Nancy
Route details
Diary and video

Day 5 - Nancy to Le Thillot
Route details
Diary and video

Day 6 - Le Thillot to Basel
Route details
Diary and video

Day 7 - Basel to Grafstal (Zurich)
Route details
Diary and video

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