About the Event
This is one of the most popular family cycle routes in Europe, so is mostly flat and traffic-free. The six-day ride will take in more than 200 miles and three capital cities; Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. This multi-stage challenge will be run along the same format used for the Rhine challenge, and the 2019 volunteer staff have offered their services again to provide a stable team. The route will take in lowland forests, traditional villages, castles, Roman ruins, and very diverse flora and fauna.
- Open to any Member who owns their own Handcycle or Recumbent bike
- You must be able to cycle at least 20km a day
- A great social activity with a fantastic sense of Camaraderie
“[Soldier Ride] was a mind-blowing experience, one of the best things I’ve ever done!”Luke Delahunty (Invictus games and RAAM)
- Are there any restrictions for the event?
You must be able to ride approximately 25 miles each day for three days.
- What documents do I need to enter the USA?
Members must have an in-date ESTA and a valid passport.
- Do I need to take my own bike?
You have the option of taking your own bike if not, you will be supplied with one out there.
- Will it cost me to attend?
Blesma activities are free to all Members – the only expense is getting yourself to and from the initial meeting point. If funding your travel costs could be a problem, speak to your BSO.
- What is the selection process?
The activities selection process is done on a needs basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity before are considered next. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.
- How much notice will I be given?
Currently, Members who are selected to take part in an activity are given three months’ notice. If this notice period is increased, it is highly likely that the drop-out rate will also increase.
If you are selected from the reserve list, your notification will depend on when the person whose place you are taking dropped out. This is why we ask Members to contact the Activities Team as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to attend an activity. In doing so. That way, we have the best opportunity to offer the place to another Member.
- I have never been on a Blesma activity?
Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 3519. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.
- Who will lead the activity?
Blesma Support Officers and Outreach Officers lead the events. In addition, of around 50 activities run in 2017, 22 were led by Members. We rely on Members volunteering to lead an activity, so if you are interested in doing that – please let us know! Do note that you will need to be qualified for some events.
- Am I deserving of a Blesma activity, what if others are more in need?
We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.
- How does the Reserve list work?
Being on the reserve list does not automatically mean you will not get to attend the activity. In 2017, 54 per cent of people selected for an activity dropped out, meaning that almost half of attendees for all activities were selected from the reserve list. In 2017, 97 per cent of slots were filled despite the high drop-out rate. The remaining three per cent were mostly last-minute cancellations that were too late notice to fill (i.e. the day before).
For more information please contact the Activities Team
Tel: 0208 548 7094