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.
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.
The team, who call themselves the ‘COASTBUSTERS’ have been training at our Henstridge airbase and are being supported by Thorn Cycles in Bridgwater. 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 fortunate 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.
The COASTBUSTERS team are hoping the public will get behind them and show their support by pledging a donation via their JustGiving page or by donating from a mobile phone by texting CREW54 £5 to 70070. Every penny raised will make a big difference.