A team of cyclists called the Die Hards will mark a century since the First World War by taking on a 465 mile journey through Europe. 

On June 10, Tim Lonsdale, 52, from Letchford Terrace in Harrow, will join six other cyclists in the gruelling cross-country challenge to raise money for the Royal British Legion and to honour those who died in the war. 

The group, some of whom are in the forces, will set off from Pfetterhouse on the Swiss border tracing the whole front line as it was on Armistice Day on November 11, 1918.

From there they will cycle passed the historic battle grounds of Verdun, Sedan and Mons before arriving at Sas Van Gent on the Dutch border, and then through Ypres in Belgium to take part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

On the last day the team will ride to Dunkirk before heading home a week later.

Tim, who went to Hatch End High School, said: “This is a huge personal challenge and a positive way of paying respect to the fallen of the Great War while raising awareness of the work of The Royal British legion.”

Tim’s team have taken part in many cycling events for the Royal British Legion, usually one each year. 

He joined in 2000 in their Peddle to Paris ride and had “such a great time” he has done it nine times since. 

Tim said: “It’s a great way to meet people and continue toward a common goal.”