From Lifesavers to Coastbusters!

February 24, 2017 by Lara Lucas

CoastbustersCrew of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance to cycle 54 miles on triplet and tandem bikes to raise funds for the life-saving charity.

On Sunday 14th May 2017 the crew of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will, for the first time, take part as a team in the Charity’s ever popular Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge.

The event, which is not a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside.  With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some very demanding hill climbs and equally hairy descents, cycling the 54 mile route (from Watchet Harbour to West Bay) on a normal bicycle is certainly a challenge.  However, this inspirational group intend to complete the route on triplet and tandem bikes as part of a team building exercise and in a bid to raise as much as possible for the life-saving charity.

DSAA Coastbusters with Robin Thorn (Director of Thorn Cycles)The team, who call themselves the ‘COASTBUSTERS’ started training for the event this month at their Henstridge airbase and are being supported by Thorn Cycles in Bridgwater.

Education isn’t something that these guys find difficult; they are constantly studying for clinical exams, but understanding the workings and mechanics of operating a triplet is something new to them all.  Robin Thorn (Director of Thorn Cycles) kindly spent time with the crew to explain how triplets are built to be strong and safe, but the safety of all three riders ultimately rests with the ‘pilot’ at the front; a similarity that they face every day whilst on the air ambulance!  After a few trial runs, there was simply no stopping the COASTBUSTERS team.


So, for the 600 cyclists who were fortunaCrew Training on Triplet Bikete in gaining a Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge place this year, they can expect to cycle alongside the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Critical Care Team who deliver such an outstanding service across the two counties.  Members of the public will once again be able to cheer everyone on at the starting point of Watchet Harbour, one of the pit stops along the route and enjoy in the finishing line celebrations at West Bay.

With less than three months to go before this year’s event, the COASTBUSTERS team are hoping the public will get behind them and show their support by pledging a donation of any size via their JustGiving page:  Mobile phone users can easily donate by texting: CREW54 £5 to 70070 or donations can be received by sending a cheque to the Charity's Head Office. Every penny raised really will make a big difference.

The Charity will be keeping everyone up to date on the progress of the teaCoastbusters Logom via their website and social media channels using the hashtags #COASTBUSTERS and #dsaac2c

Ways to pledge a donation in support of the ‘COASTBUSTERS’ Challenge:

  • MOBILE PHONE: Simply text: CREW54 £5 to 70070
  • BY CHEQUE: Please make cheques payable to ‘Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’ and write ‘COASTBUSTERS’ on the reverse. Kindly send to: DSAA, Landacre House, Castle Road, Chelston Business Park, Wellington TA21 9JQ