Our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge is renowned for being an emotional and inspiring day out for everyone involved. That’s no surprise given the fact that the cyclists include patients who have experienced the work of the air ambulance first-hand and those who take part in memory of a loved one. Others get involved as part of a team or simply want to challenge themselves and support the Charity in return. 

Chris Land has cycled the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge for the past eight years. Sadly, his son Justin passed away in 2011 and although the air ambulance could not save his life, they were able to get his heart beating which enabled his organs to be used on five people, four or whom are still alive today. This year, Alex joined his dad and cycled in memory of Justin as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award. After crossing the finish line, he said: “That was so hard, but I did it – and I won’t be doing it again!” But after a few donuts and a well-earnt drink, when he was asked if he’d be back next year, he replied, “Maybe”.

Chris Pinnell and his family cycled the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge in 2018. "On Sunday 31st July 2016, I went for a bike ride with my good friend George, unfortunately whilst i was out, I suffered a cardiac arrest. This happened in the middle of the Mendips and therefore little help or support was on hand. The Air Ambulance was scrambled and quickly came to my aid, stabilised me and flew me to the Bristol Royal Infirmary where there was a special heart unit. Without George and the Air Ambulance teams professional intervention, I would not be here today. My wife and her friends are tackling the 56 mile route while i am doing the 11 mile route with my 2 sons."

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