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The Pathfinder Rides 

An event in support of and endorsed by 

The International Bomber Command Centre

Canwick Ave, Lincoln LN4 2HQ, UK

There are so many ways you could help us.

All projects need support. 
We are a small group of volunteers who want to help the IBCC remember, recognise and reconcile the work of Bomber Command 
by providing an event for the cycling community at all levels.

Choose your's, and make our day!

NETWORK

Perhaps you could promote our event within your network.

INTER TEAM COOPERATION

Would you consider supporting the event at a corporate level either through direct sponsorship or perhaps promoting large-scale participation by your company, club or interest group.

VOLUNTEER

Could you provide volunteers to help us, particularly at the Grand Arrival Weekend?

The Grand Arrival

Could you provide a presence in cycle and cycling related activities, products and services at the grand arrival?

PRODUCTS

Would you consider offering discounts and/or promotion of your products to entrants.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Last but unfortunately NOt least - could you assist us with financial support for the administrative and legal obligations necessary for an event of this size.

The International Bomber Command Centre

The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) is a world-class facility to serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command. Providing the most comprehensive record of the Command in the world, the IBCC ensures that generations to come can learn of their vital role in protecting the freedom we enjoy today.

What are the Pathfinder Rides?


The Pathfinder Rides will take place in July 2022, culminating in a Grand Arrival at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln over the weekend of 23rd and 24th July 2022.


This is the very first Pathfinder Rides. The first of many, for years to come, when the IBCC will open itself up to the Lincolnshire, UK and International Cycling Communities.

The Pathfinder Rides are an international...

Fund raising
Recognition offering
Engagement creating
Reconciliation providing
Health-promoting

… cycle event, like no other.

Choose your Start Point

A place with historical significance to Bomber Command

Register Online

Via the IBCC

Get on your bike and Blog your ride.

Arrive at the IBCC Grand Arrival.
Not a Sportive

Super Flexible

The Pathfinder Rides are NOT A CYCLING SPORTIVE, since it has many starting points. Where you start from and how long it takes you is YOUR decision, and this is the beauty of this event. So, we leave it to you to decide where you or you and your family, or you and your friends want to start - It really could be anywhere.

We are...
We are a small group who want to help the International Bomber Command Centre continue what they are doing—being a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command. 
We believe that what they do is vitally important to ensure that future generations never forget their sacrifices.
We are creating an annual event that cyclists can attend regardless of their ability level and the distance they want to travel.
We want to build on this event year on year, hoping that each year will see cyclists coming from all four corners of the UK and Europe and maybe even beyond. 
We ask cyclists who sign up for the event to identify their Bomber Command linked starting point and bring that story home to the IBCC. 

When we proposed our idea to the CEO of the IBCC, we explained that our objective is not just to assist the IBCC financially through direct fundraising but also indirectly by broadening the demographic engagement profile viz; to the cycling community.

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Martin Baker

Project Leader, Pathfinder Rides

7.5 Million

The number of cyclists in the UK in 2020

Cycling Participation England 2016-20 Statista.com

200%

Increase in Cycle usage during the pandemic

Secretary for Transport Grant Shapps Statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) 4 June 2020

30 Million

Anticipated annual bike sales across Europe by 2030

Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) Dec 2020

55,923 miles

Length of cycle routes across Europe

EuroVelo.org

No matter what your ability.

This is going to appeal to all cyclists

For Young Families, it could be just a few miles and the opportunity for a bit of exercise on a bike. A pleasant weekend excursion on the first days of the school summer holidays. For Individual Cyclists, it could be an excuse for a pleasant ride with an objective, or perhaps an overnight stay in the historic city of Lincoln. Not just another roadside coffee and cake (although there will be coffee and cake). The Pathfinder rides will offer your post-ride treat in the company of hundreds of like-minded people supporting a memorial to the heroes of yesterday. For Club Cyclists, it's the opportunity for a weekend club ride with a difference, perhaps over two days? But either way, it's a ride focussing the efforts and thoughts of your team to the teams of 80 years ago who made the ultimate sacrifice. For the Bike Packers, their ride could take days or weeks to complete, starting in the early days of July in the far-flung reaches of the United Kingdom or Europe.

Could you...

Could you help us publicise this event through your network?
Could you assist us financially with some of the administration costs?
Would you like to have maximum personal exposure for your business? 

Perhaps a stand at the IBCC to publicise your business or sell your products. 
To be recognised as an official partner in literature 
Online with your hashtag.


We will undertake to work with you in the second year on the same terms if you come in with us in our first year.. 
No matter what your ability.

The Big Arrival !

So, families, solo cyclists, club cyclists, groups of friends and bikepackers - all the great entrants, their ride will finish at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln over the weekend of 23rd and 24th July 2022. Where, in the presence of RAF representatives, cyclists and their families, everyone can be fulfilled in the knowledge that we have done our bit—helping to ensure that future generations learn of the vital role of Bomber Command in protecting the freedom we enjoy today.

CONTACT FORM

Why not contact us for a chat.