Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance are encouraging supporters to sign up early for their Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge 2014 after an overwhelming response last year.
The event, which is not designed as a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside and takes place on Sunday 18th May 2014.
With only 600 places available and demand expected to be high, anyone wishing to enter should complete the on-line registration as early as possible to avoid any disappointment.
The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge offers two different routes and distances. For those who like a challenge, the brilliant 54 mile cycle which starts in the Somerset port of Watchet and finishes at West Bay near Bridport will not disappoint.
With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some very demanding climbs and equally hairy descents, the event has something to offer for everyone! For those that don’t want to cycle that far, there is a shorter 11 mile route which begins at Drimpton in Dorset and also finishes at West Bay.
Last year the event was a sell-out and cyclists of all ages and abilities raised over £60,000 for the life-saving charity. View some of the pictures of last years event here.
Steve Chapman was airlifted by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance after being involved in a paragliding incident. He was sent into a 60 foot spiral dive into a nearby hillside and broke his leg, ribs and fractured his jaw. Steve said, “Incredibly it only took 28 minutes from the point that I hit the ground, to the moment I was wheeled into A&E on the day of my incident. I vowed never to forget the staggeringly efficient service and to support the air ambulance in any way I can. That’s why I took part in last years’ event.
“I completed it with my two team mates and have the medal to prove it. It was a great route with awesome scenery and much camaraderie. We took it pretty easy and stopped at all but one pit-stop to over-indulge on cakes, biscuits and bananas. We didn’t really need to; we just wanted to! It was an incredible day.”
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright said, “Our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge is currently the only fundraising event we organise in-house. Each year we listen to the event feedback and try to build on the success of the previous year. A number of eager supporters spotted that our online registration went live just before Christmas and we are pleased to say that we have made a great start to entries. As we have done previously, we are restricting our numbers to 600 cyclists. This is in order to keep the event as safe as possible but also to encourage all standards of cyclists to take part without fear of being overcrowded.
“We are really looking forward to this years’ event and hope that everyone that enters will once again encourage their family and friends to sponsor them in a bid to make this the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet.”