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Published: January 12, 2022 | Updated: January 13, 2022

Entries expected to fly so don’t delay, register today for May’s air ambulance cycle challenge

Participants in the 2021 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge set off from the starting line.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Online registration has opened for this year’s Air Ambulance Cycle Challenge with demand for the 600 places expected to be sky-high.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s ever-popular Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge takes place on Sunday May 15.

Supporters wishing to take part are urged to sign-up quickly to avoid disappointment.

This year’s 55-mile route will revert back to starting at Watchet Harbour in Somerset at 11.00am and finish in West Bay, Dorset.

A shorter 11-mile route will start at the Royal Oak public house in Drimpton at 2.00pm and also finish in West Bay.

The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge is not designed as a race and involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside.

With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some very demanding climbs and equally hairy descents, organisers say the event has something to offer for everyone.

There are several pit-stops along the route, which provide a well-earned rest and refreshments.

The 600 participants can enter as an individual or as a team.

The charity is hoping that anyone who is fortunate enough to gain a place will use the opportunity to also raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship.

Emma Jones, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s Fundraising Manager, pictured, said: “We are so delighted to be able to run our incredible Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge again in May this year.

“This is our largest fundraising event, with many who have needed our help taking part.

“Some ride in memory of loved ones and some ride to ensure that we will be there for the future.

“With 600 riders taking part, it is a fabulous day to be part of.

“My husband is hoping to gain a place this year, as he wants to challenge himself and raise money to help us continue saving lives across the two beautiful counties that we serve.

“I, on the other hand, will be handing out medals on the day – a much easier task!”

Online registration is via the charity’s website where more information can also be found.

Entrance fees are £32 for adults and £12 for under 16s.