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Velo Quest - D Day

NV quest

Newbury Velo are pleased to announce the launch of Newbury Velo Quest! 

This is a way of doing a ride with a mutual purpose, but it’s something that can and should be done alone. It’s open to everyone, not just Newbury Velo members.

This weekend’s Newbury Velo Quest celebrates West Berkshire’s fascinating history in the run up to D Day. We’ll ask you to visit locations linked to the real Band of Brothers, to Membury where the first troops into France departed, and also to Walbury Hill were UK Paras trained for their assault on the Merville gun battery in Normandy. We have created rides for you ranging from 20 to 49 miles to get to these points, but you can make up your own routes if you prefer!

The more selfies posted on this thread the better, and you may even win a prize!

Here’s the 22 mile route that takes in the UK Paratroopers training area with plaque for their early morning assault on the Merville Battery (with with thanks to Rhian Salmon:

Here’s the medium 39 mile route that takes in the Paratroopers’ D Day departure airfield at Membury as well the the base used by Easy Company/The Band of Brothers: Aldbourne. With thanks to Polly Perkins: