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Riding through the ruins of war on the Circuit des Champs de Bataille


In April 1919, barely six months after hostilities had ceased, the toughest bicycle race in history was staged across the former battlefields of the Western Front. It was an event that proved so hard it would never be staged again. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Western Front Association we have been dipping into the archives; what foll…

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…