200 Years • 200 Cyclists • 200 Miles
Friday April 03, 2015
Once the battle of Waterloo had been won on the 18th June 1815, the Duke of Wellington wrote his Victory Dispatch and sent Major Percy in all haste back to London to bear the news, the very next day.
On the 19th June 2015, 200 cyclists will ride the 200 miles that Major Percy travelled in celebration of the 200 years since the Victory, in association with Ride of the Lions, the Waterloo 200 Association and in aid of Walking with the Wounded Charity.
In support of this, three guys from Waterloo Air Products plc in Aylesford, Kent, are taking up the challenge.
Matreya Southgate, Adam Osborne and Stuart Fritter will be amongst the 200 setting off from the Wellington Museum in Waterloo, Belgium.
Join us – Win a free place
A Waterloo 200 Rider package worth £650 is up for grabs. You have a chance to take part in the journey! If you can go the distance.
Cyclists will be expected to ride 120 miles on the first day, followed by the last 80 on the second day where they will finish at Wellington Barracks in London opposite Buckingham Palace.
For your chance to ride alongside our team email us at: Waterloo200@waterloo.co.uk
The winner will be drawn on the 15th April 2015.
We do ask that you only apply if you are of an ability to take part in the ride (remember it is 200 miles).
For more information on the cycle ride please follow the link below:
The battle itself was won after four days and at great loss and injury to both sides.
On the 19th with the Victory Dispatch in hand Major Percy took a post-chaise-and-four and headed straight for London.
Once back in England they raced through Kent’s countryside, causing a stir with every village they passed.
Finally on the 21st Major Percy arrived in London and found the Prince Regent in what is known today as the East India Club.
In 1815 the bicycle was yet to be invented and therefore horse and carriage was suited to the task of traversing the countryside.
Now in 2015, 200 horse and carriage might cause one too many disruptions and anything motor powered just makes the journey too easy.
So 200 cyclists will follow the route of Major Percy, completing the journey in two days rather than three (as unlike Major Percy they won’t have to row the Channel).
Our guys will be cycling in aid of Walking with the Wounded, a charity that ‘raises funds for the re-education and retraining of our wounded servicemen and women’.
“I enjoy the challenge and opportunity to promote this great charity,” comments Matreya Southgate, Waterloo’s Product Developments Manager. “This is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the battle of Waterloo, something that is dear to our hearts in the Company.”
If, like many at Waterloo, you feel you cannot cycle the 200 miles (I would collapse after two), you can still support our guys and help raise awareness for Walking with the Wounded.
Thank you very much for your support.