THE Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is encouraging supporters to sign up early for their Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge 2013 after an overwhelming response last year.

The event, which is not designed as a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside and takes place on Sunday, May 19.

With only 600 places available and demand expected to be high, anyone wishing to enter should complete on-line registration via the Charity’s website as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge offers two different routes and distances. For those who like a challenge, the brilliant 54 mile cycle which starts in the Somerset port of Watchet and finishes at West Bay near Bridport will not disappoint.

With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some very demanding climbs and equally hairy descents, the event has something to offer for everyone! For those that don’t want to cycle that far, there is a shorter 11 mile route which begins at Drimpton in Dorset and also finishes at West Bay.

Last year, 543 cyclists of all ages and abilities took part and raised an incredible £56,000 in sponsorship. The Charity hopes that everyone that enters the 2013 event will once again encourage their family and friends to sponsor them. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance needs to raise £1.5 million a year to keep saving lives.

With no direct Government or National Lottery funding, they rely on the generosity of the public and events like Coast to Coast for support.

To register online, visit the charity’s website: or call: 01823 669604. Alternatively you can email: Entrance fees are: Adults (£10) & Under 16′s (£5).