A FORMER speedway cyclist from Polegate will be among the cyclists taking part in a charity bike ride next month.
Father-of-one Jamie Cheshire, 34, used to ride for Hellingly Lions at Lower Dicker recreation ground, winning the National League in 2003.
The former Sussex Express reporter is now the press officer at Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
On June 10 he will be taking part in the life-saving charity’s Double 100 Bike Challenge and has appealed for other keen cyclists to join him.
He said: “The helicopters are often called to injured cyclists on the road and the South Downs so this is a great way to thank the pilot, doctor and paramedic for helping them in their hour of need.
“I’m really looking forward to doing the 100-mile ride with some of our crew members.
“I’ve cycled the South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne, which is also 100 miles, but that was over three days, not 24 hours.”
The Double 100 is a 100 mile or 100km bike ride through all four counties covered by the Air Ambulance and has become an annual fundraising event.
Radio 2 travel reporter Sally Traffic will be at the Surrey and Sussex helicopter base at Dunsfold – home of BBC’s Top Gear – to welcome the riders back from their ride.
She said: “I know from first hand experience how invaluable the Air Ambulance is.
“Many lives are saved every day because of the dedication and expertise of the teams that work tirelessly to be where they’re needed most.
“I’m honoured to be attending the forthcoming fundraising event at Dunsfold and would urge you all to get on your bikes and make some money for this wonderful charity.”
More than 80 riders joined last year’s inaugural Double 100 but organisers are this year aiming to double the number of entries.
All entrants must pay a registration fee of £25 and a minimum sponsorship will be required which will go towards the £5million cost of keeping both helicopters flying.
For more information visit www.kssairambulance.org.uk/fundraising/double100 or call Corinne Hitching on 07784 229717.