Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 2010
18th - 26th September 2010

RECYCLE THE ISLAND raises £3,000 for life-saving cause!

Author: Isle of Wight Cycling Festival, Dated: 21/10/2020

RECYCLE THE ISLAND raises £3,000 for life-saving cause!

At 8.45am on Sunday the 27th September, cyclists started turning up at Tesco Ryde to sign in for

Recycle The Island 2009, all in aid of the
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance! Many of the cyclists had managed to raise significant amounts of money. Early totals are suggesting that so far £3,000 has been raised for this fantastic life-saving charity.


Shortly after 10am, the Air Ambulance graced us with her presence and landed in the overflow car park at Tesco Ryde. Soon people were flocking over to see what all the fuss was about as the pilots and paramedics chatted with the public, showed them around the helicopter and explained about some of the remarkable work they do.

Not long after the Air Ambulance had landed, the Air Sea Rescue helicopter landed in the same car park, next to the Air Ambulance.  The space appeared small, but thanks to the amazing skills of the pilots, there was room for both helicopters to fit in! It was a spectacular sight to see the helicopters together as a joint life-saving force.

The Vectis Corp of Drums turned up to add to the entertainment and help lift peoples’ spirits as they were heading out on the course.

The Bag It Up Re-cycling team set off around 11am with several other people in tow, including Fraser Rowbotham, Air Ambulance Team Leader. He was supervising 14 year old Islander Josh Scrivener, who raised a fantastic £76.20! However, when the group returned, rumour had it; Fraser needed supervision, as he was the only one of the whole group who managed to fall off his bike; much to everyone’s amusement! Luckily the only thing that Fraser hurt was his pride!

The Air Sea Rescue helicopter disappeared at lunchtime to practice their winch training over in Sandown Bay followed by the Air Ambulance which was dispatched on a 999 call. The Air Sea Rescue returned in the afternoon and was joined by Bazza the Bank and a Lemur mascot from the Isle Of Wight Zoo, who both turned up to entertain all the children!

All in all, we had over 50 cyclists turn up to take part. Two of the cyclists were dressed in amazing luminous outfits, taking the recommendations to wear high visibility clothing to the extreme!


All the cyclists returned safely and having raised a spectacular amount of money. Southampton City Council entered a team and managed to raise over £530, with one team member purchasing a bike specifically for the event! A huge well done and thank you for the efforts of all the cyclists!

The Air Sea Rescue left Tesco’s at about 4pm as the event organisers celebrated a very successful day.

A huge 'Thank You!’ to Tesco Ryde for their generosity in lending their overflow car park to the Air Ambulance. Without the stores support, the helicopters would not have been able to land! THANK YOU TESCO RYDE!

We ask the public to support the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Air Ambulance by donating your unwanted clothes, shoes and household textiles into one of our big, bright yellow Air Ambulance clothing banks, there are over 300 across the two counties including 3 at Tesco Ryde. To find your nearest bank please call 01422 418618 or visit and enter your postcode into our banks locator at the top of the home page.


Who knows when you or your loved ones may need it.

For more photos of the day please see the photo gallery.







Island businesses and not-for-profit organisations are being urged to sign up for the Wight Wheels Cycle Challenge – a free competition to encourage people to take to their bikes and discover the joys and benefits of cycling.
Registration is now open for Hills Killer. Choose from 13, 26 or 52 mile courses and take on the challenge of an orienteering event against the clock as you pit your bike against the 3, 7 or 14 Hills.