Bike4Life Festival 2017
Bike4life Festival 2017 saw bikers from across the UK joining celebrities to take part in a mass 23-mile ride out from Shrewsbury to RAF Cosford in the seventh edition of the annual show.
The ride out was led by Boyzone’s Shane Lynch, former World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty, MotoGP legend Steve Parrish and adventure motorcyclist Nick Sanders, who guided the 5000 strong pack in to RAF Cosford.
The event was organised to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance and has generated more than £200,000 since it all began in 2010.
Hannah Seabright, CEO of the Midlands Air Ambulance said she was overwhelmed at the number of people who had taken part in the event and how much of a key part in raising funds for the charity the festival serves.
She said: “It is absolutely huge for us in terms of profile for the charity, we do not get any government funding so that support from the biking community is enormous. This event so far has raised £70,000 which is nearly double the amount from last year and that equates to 30 lifesaving missions – so that is 30 people’s lives who can be saved.”
“This is also great for raising awareness of biker safety because bikers really are a high risk category. The injuries are normally serious so it is the whole range of things that this event can help to do.”
With the 23 mile route completed the riders arrived at Cosford with a host of music and entertainment for the festival part of the ride-out.
More than 10,000 people turned up to support the event which included displays from Nitro Circus FMX rider Jamie Squibb who performed a breathtaking FMX display to finish the event.
On top of rider tutorials, stalls and exhibitions there was also an incredible freestyle BMX show with bike-battle.com, live bands all day and a very impressive Moto-Gymkana display for what was the biggest Bike4Life event ever.