Cyclist saddles up in aid of air ambulance


A cyclist will tackle the county’s toughest biking challenge to raise money for the air ambulance which flew to his aid. Ali Robinson, 31, suffered a fractured skull, broken neck and back when he was in collision with a bus while cycling in the Lake District. The former professional triathlete, was about to embark on his first season of full-time triathlon competition when the crash occurred in April last year. Now, he will raise vital funds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) by taking part in the gruelling Grasmere-based Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge tomorrow (May 10). Speaking of the accident, he said: “My body was really badly broken up.

A cyclist will tackle the county’s toughest biking challenge to raise money for the air ambulance which flew to his aid.

Ali Robinson, 31, suffered a fractured skull, broken neck and back when he was in collision with a bus while cycling in the Lake District.

The former professional triathlete, was about to embark on his first season of full-time triathlon competition when the crash occurred in April last year.

Now, he will raise vital funds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) by taking part in the gruelling Grasmere-based Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge tomorrow (May 10).

Speaking of the accident, he said: “My body was really badly broken up. Because of the nature of the breaks, being transported by air rather than a road ambulance potentially saved me from damage during transportation.”

Ali has since battled back to full health and climbed back in the saddle.

The Fred Whitton Challenge is a 112-mile cycle ride for charity around the Lake District during which riders climb the steep Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose passes.

GNAAS has made frequent visits to help injured cyclists at the event. He said: “When the air ambulance are called out to that event as much as they are – and they are called just about every year – then it seemed a good event to participate in and give something back.”

To sponsor Ali, click here. 

Pictured is Ali cycling at Wrynose pass recently at an event called the Lakeland Loop. Credit: sportsunday.co.uk

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