The presentation will be live and online.
The talk will look at the battlefields of France and Belgium in the immediate aftermath of the war, the establishment and subsequent reduction of the Zone Rouge, and a mad sporting event that took place across these battlefields in 1919 to celebrate the return of peace.
The Circuit des Champs de Bataille became known as the hardest bicycle race ever held, and it crossed the battlefields of Flanders, Artois, the Somme, the Marne, the Argonne, Verdun, St Mihiel and the Vosges in appalling weather. The riders, many of whom had only recently been demobbed from the army, raced an average of 300km a day over mud and cobbled roads in the snow, and the race was so tough it was never held again. 100 years later Tom Isitt rode his bike along the race route, visiting those same battlefields and paying his respects to the fallen.
Members wishing to participate will need to register: details of how to register will be circulated via the WFA's newsletter 'Trench Lines'. If you are not a subscriber to 'Trench Lines' please subscribe now.
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It is also possible to register by clicking this link: Riding Through the Ruins
The talk will be undertaken using the 'zoom' software which is freely available. It may not be necessary to load the software to your PC / iPad etc: but we would recommend doing so if you wish to participate in this event.
Please Note : > Once registrations hit capacity (we have a 1000 limit on the webinars) then you won't be able to register. If this happens, you can still watch the event via the Facebook Live Stream (subject to any technical hitches) on our Facebook page. Alternatively, these are loaded to our YouTube channel where they can be watched a few weeks after the event.