Cycle Challenge set to be the best yet!

May 8, 2015 by Tracy

C2C Starting point at Watchet HarbourDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is holding its 5th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge on Sunday 17th May 2015 and is hoping that the public will come out in support of the 600 cyclists taking part.

The event, which is not a race, involves a challenging 54 mile cycle ride which starts at Watchet Harbour in the North and ends at West Bay in the South, following a wonderfully scenic route through the beautiful Somerset and Dorset countryside.  This year a staggered start will mean that the stronger cyclists will set off first at 11.00am and the less experienced cyclists will depart at 11.15am.  A shorter 11 mile route starts at the Royal Oak public house in Drimpton at 2.00pm and also finishes as West Bay.

One of the uphill climbsLast year’s event saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take part, raising over £60,000 for the life-saving charity.  With only 600 places available, it was no surprise that the event was sold out within days of on-line registration being open.

Supporters will be able to encourage the cyclists’ on-route or at one of the four allocated pit-stops located at Bishops Lydeard Football Club, Creech St Michael, Ilminster Ambulance Station and the Royal Oak public house in Drimpton.  Finish line celebrations will take place at East Beach Car Park in West Bay where cyclists are expected to start arriving from around 2.00pm.  A link to the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge route can be found here. Cyclist supports with flag

Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said, “We are delighted that this event is so well supported and it seems to get better year on year.  The atmosphere amongst the cyclists and those who support them at the start, en-route and at the finishing point is incredible.  This is our fifth year in the saddle and we are hoping it will be the best C2C Cycle Challenge yet!

“Of those taking part this year, there are former patients, who have experienced the work of the air ambulance first-hand.  Others are cycling in memory of loved ones, as part of a team, or simply want to challenge themselves and support our cause.

Friends Scott Davidson and Stan Sadler took part last year and were greeted by their families at the finish line“Our thanks go to our wonderful team of volunteers, members of the public and local businesses who are helping with marshalling and helping to keep cyclists safe.  Thanks are also due to the event sponsors: Bond Air Services, Framptons Transport Services Ltd, Francis Clark Chartered Accountants, Garador Ltd, Glastonbury Spring Water, Max Davidson Optometry, Porter Dodson, Tamlyns Estate Agents and The Bicycle Chain.  Without their help, we simply could not put on such a large scale event.”

As well as individual sponsorship of the cyclists, the charity has set up two other ways in which donations can be made in support of the event.  These can be made online by visiting: www.dsairambulance.org.uk or by mobile phone by texting: COAS05 £5 to 70070