O2e Juniors Trip to Ypres

O2e Juniors Cycle Trip

Long time friend of O2e, Joe Webb, has organised an open cycle trip for O2e Juniors and parents to the beautiful historic town of Ypres.

A stunning town that is steeped in history that everyone should know.

Here’s Joe to describe the fantastic trip;

O2e Juniors Trip to Ypres, Belgium

Friday 28th April to Sunday 30th April 2017

I am cycling from Dunkirk to Ypres on Saturday 29th April with my wife and two daughters aged 12 and 15, returning back to Dunkirk on Sunday 30th.

Each day is about 45 miles of flat riding (honestly, it is flat). Please join us if you have a youngster or two that fancies a relaxed cycling trip to Belgium. We will have a support vehicle courtesy of Chris Ensom.

Route

The route avoids traffic where possible and follows canals and quiet roads.

The plan for Saturday is to start riding at 9.30 and to reach Ypres at 5ish, that gives us all day to ride at a leisurely pace, stop for lunch and to visit some WW1 sites such as the Yorkshire Trench, The Tower Museum at Ijzertoren and Essex Farm. In the evening we can observe the ceremony at Menin Gate at 8pm.

This route is the perfect opportunity for youngsters to gain experience and confidence whilst clocking impressive and character building distance.

The route on Sunday takes us back to Dunkirk via the British Tyne Cot Cemetery and also a German Cemetery. we should have ample time for lunch en route before catching the ferry.

This is what we have booked;

Rooms in Ypres are hard to find for the 29th so book that first before the ferry and Dunkirk.

DFDS Ferries – Friday 28th April, 4pm crossing Dover to Dunkirk arriving at 7pm

Returning 30th April on 6pm crossing Dunkirk to Dover arriving at 7pm. (£98 retur

Friday 28th April, staying at;

Campanile Dunkerque Armbouts, Armbouts-Cappel (£102)

There are a few Hotels in this area. I will leave my car here while we cycle to Ypres.

Saturday 29th April

I have booked an Airbnb, (circa £160)

If you would like any more info email joewebbuk@yahoo.com or I will be at the O2e 2017 Launch evening on Thursday if you would like to speak to me then.

Joe Webb

This is a great opportunity to get some youngsters on their bikes whilst taking in breath-taking scenery. The route is well known to the O2e faithful thanks to many of Big Kev’s Rides going via Ypres.

The Juniors will have a chance to learn about the Great War and experience first-hand the evocative power of the Flanders region. It’s a special place and under the guidance of Joe, it is sure to be a special ride too.

Get involved!

Ollie