Veterans to pass through Goodwood on charity cycle ride

INJURED military veterans will make their way through the Observer area as part of a fundraising cycling tour.

The 30 veterans embarked on a 250-mile bike tour over six days from Windsor Castle on Sunday, October 6.

Those on the SR UK, a cycling tour organised by London-based military charity BLESMA – The Limbless Veterans, are set to pass through Goodwood and Arundel Castle.

The cyclists, both from Britain and the US, will be tackling between 30–50 miles a day.

The riders, many on adapted cycles and hand bikes, will take in iconic locations, including Goodwood today (Monday, October 7), ending with what promises to be a ‘victory charge’ from Horse Guards Parade to the Tower of London on Friday, October 11.

Presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s wife and manager Francie will join the riders on the last day as they ride past BBC’s Top Gear test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome and on to the Tower of London.

The veterans were set to be waved off by HRH Princess Beatrice of York at the start of their trip.

“We are very privileged to be able to start our great ride from Windsor Castle and particularly grateful that HRH Princess Beatrice will be there to wish the riders well,” said Jerome Church, chief executive of BLESMA, before the race began. “It will mean the world, both to our members and our American allies, as they set out shoulder to shoulder on their grand tour across the south of England.”

BLESMA – The Limbless Veterans is the national charity for all limbless service men and women, their widows and dependants. It was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932.

For more information on SR UK, see their website.