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Riding Through The Ruins
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.

Jul 5, 2021 08:00 PM in London

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