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Bikers gearing up for Ride the County event

The 'Ride the County' event is expecting up to 200 bikers
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by Philip Lovegrove

Bikers are gearing up for next weekend's 'Ride the County' event on 17 May through Oxfordshire, to raise money for the county's air ambulance service.

Up to 200 motorcycle fanatics are forecast to take part in the ride, which will take place between four checkpoints in Banbury, Thame, Burford and Didcot, and all money raised will go towards the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.

The air helicopter, traditionally known as BOB because it covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, is funded completely by donations - and bikers see the emergency service as a vital part of the community.

Speaking to the Oxford Mail, organiser, Paul Long, from Witney, said: "Traditionally, air ambulances are bikers' favourite charity.

"Because you're often on windy roads in rural areas, and if you're unfortunate enough to have an accident you may well become a customer of the air ambulance," he continued.

"The idea is if you support it you'll never need it."

Speaking of the 'Ride the County' event, Paul said: "Riders can start wherever is convenient for them, and they can work out their own routes. So long as they make it around the four checkpoints they can do what they like."

As to whether Paul expects a good turnout, he went on: "We'll easily surpass 200 people on the day. We've had a lot of interest and so many people sign up at the last minute. We have got almost 100 people signed up so far, and our initial target was 50."

He added: "We currently have riders coming from Birmingham, London and the West Country as well as local entrants."

Bikers are encouraged to make a minimum donation of £10 to join the ride, with already £1,500 raised so far.

Air ambulance fundraising manager, Tiffany Sadler, spoke of her delight about the event, saying: "It's always amazing that people want to put on events of this scale to support us.

"Bikers describe us as a guardian angel, because so many of the community have used our vital services."

With just over a week to go until the big day, we here at MotorbikeTimes hope everyone participating has a great time!

For more information on the event please visit www.ridethecounty.org.uk

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