Commemorating the journey of the New Waterloo Dispatch, carrying news of the Allied victory at Waterloo.
The Message of Victory
We will be recreating the message of victory from the battlefield site back to London in two ways. There will be a traditional horse and carriage of the period, carrying the New Waterloo Dispatch. Two actors in period uniform will represent Major Harry Percy and Commander White as they carry a modern interpretation of Wellington’s Dispatch from Waterloo back to the East India Club in London, arriving there early evening of June 21st.
There will also be a contemporary recreation of the journey that Percy and White took in partnership with Walking with the Wounded and Ride Of The Lions. 200 cyclists will depart from the front of the Wellington Museum, where the original Dispatch was written, to ride the 200 miles back to the East India Club.
180 will be members of the public, and you could join in. The other 20 cyclists will be former British Lion Rugby players and soldiers who have benefited from the support of veterans’ charity Walking with the Wounded.
Summary of Event
The Ride of the Lions Waterloo 200 will be the most unique cycling event of 2015 and will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of history.
We will have 16 British & Irish Lions and 4 wounded veterans who are beneficiaries of Walking With The Wounded as part of a team of 200 cyclists. There will be 4 teams of 50 riders made up of 4 Lions, one wounded soldier, and 45 members of the public. All four teams will arrive in Belgium on the 18th of June (overnight in Brussels), and depart on the ride at 6.30am on the 19th from the Wellington Museum at Waterloo. This is where the original Dispatch was written.
The cyclists will cycle 120 miles to Dunkirk where they take a ferry to Dover before riding to The Duke of York’s Royal Military School for a event with parents and pupils. Riders will depart the following morning and cycle the remaining 80 miles into central London where they will finish at Wellington Barracks with a drinks reception.
For more information, download the Rider Proposal Pack, and to register to ride with the Waterloo Dispatch: