Entry Date for Air Ambulance Cycle Challenge 2015 announced!

December 1, 2014 by Tracy

Cyclists start at Watchet HarbourDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance are encouraging supporters to sign up early for their Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2015 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 17th May 2015. 

Last year’s event sold out within three weeks of on-line registration being open and demand is expected to be even higher this year.  The event saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take part raising over £60,000 for the life-saving charity.

Arthur said the best part was going downhill!

Arthur said the best part was going downhill!

With only 600 places available, anyone wishing to enter should complete on-line registration, which opens on Monday 15 December, via the Charity’s website 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. 

Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said, “We are thrilled to be able to announce the date for our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2015.  This will be our fifth year in the saddle and every year the event seems to get better and better.  I believe one of the main reasons for this is the feedback we get from those who take part and the stories of courage and determination along the way. One of the uphill climbs

“We always strive to build on the success of the previous year and with this in mind we are once again restricting our numbers to 600 cyclists.  This year we also intend to stagger the start times from Watchet Harbour with stronger cyclists setting off first.  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. 

“With such a demand, there will undoubtedly be those who are disappointed not to gain a place which is why I cannot stress enough, how important it is to register early!  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.”

Team O Tumblers raised thousand of pounds in sponsorship last year!

Team O Tumblers raised thousand of pounds in sponsorship last year!

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has flown  more than 10,000 missions since its launch in March 2000, saving many lives and aiding recovery with outstanding immediate care and rapid delivery to the hospital best suited to meet the patient’s needs.  With no direct Government or National Lottery funding, we rely on the generosity of the public and events like Coast to Coast for support.

To register online, visit the charity’s website: www.dsairambulance.org.uk from Monday 15th December.  For more information call: 01823 669604 or alternatively you can email: c2c@dsairambulance.org.uk

Entrance fees are: Adults (£20) & Under 16′s (£10).


High resolution photographs taken at last year’s Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge can be viewed and downloaded for free by clicking HERE.