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Riding the Red Zone: The Tour of the Battlefields in 1919 with Tom Isitt


The Circuit des Champs de Bataille (the Tour of the Battlefields) was held in 1919, less than six months after the end of the First World War. It covered 2,000 kilometres and was raced in appalling conditions across the battlefields of the Western Front, otherwise known as the Zone Rouge. The race was so tough that only 21 riders finished, and it w…

Ep. 276a – Walking the Western Front Way – Sir Anthony Seldon


Author, historian and educationalist, Sir Anthony Seldon talks about his new book The Path of Peace which is his memoir of walking the Western Front Way in 2021. Your browser does not support the audio element. The route stretches 1,000 k…

'Racing Through the Ruins: Bikes, Battlefields and Zone Rouge' - Tom Isitt


We welcome Tom Isitt to our Hornchurch venue on Wednesday 12th of April to present his talk about an extremely strenuous 1919 bicycle race following the Great War battlefields. “It was across this brutalised land that the riders raced. Gale-force winds, freezing temperatures, and driving sleet greeted them as they turned south from Diksmuide and he…