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Not that Surrey cycle race, the other one...

PUBLISHED: 08:45 10 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:51 20 February 2013

Not that Surrey cycle race, the other one...

Not that Surrey cycle race, the other one...

All the talk at the moment may be about Olympic road races and time trials on the county's asphalt but another challenge of a lifetime beckons for cyclists who want to take part in Surrey, Sussex and Kent Air Ambulance's first-ever bike challenge

All the talk at the moment may be about Olympic road races and time trials on the countys asphalt but another challenge of a lifetime beckons for cyclists who want to take part in Surrey, Sussex and Kent Air Ambulances first-ever Double 100 Bike Challenge.


The special cycle ride will start and finish at the Surrey and Sussex helicopter base at Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh, on Sunday July 3.


Cyclists will then set off on a route which takes in all four counties that the life-saving charity covers Surrey, West and East Sussex and Kent.


The route will take in towns and villages including Horley, Lingfield, Horsham, Handcross, Rusthall, Groombridge and Hartfield among others.


The helicopters are often called to cyclists injured on the road or on the North and South Downs so this is a great way of saying thank you to the crew for helping them in their hour of need, says Surrey county fundraiser Julie Jenkinson.


During the ride, cyclists will be offered the option of cycling either 62 (100km) or 100 miles depending on their fitness.


On their return to Dunsfold there will be a barbecue with family and friends welcome to greet the riders and celebrate their amazing achievement.


All entrants must pay a registration fee of 25 and a minimum sponsorship will be required which will go towards the 3.4m cost of keeping both helicopters flying.


Surrey, Sussex and Kent Air Ambulances carry a specialist doctor and paramedic on board who can carry out advanced medical procedures at the scene of an accident or emergency.


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