Three years ago, you helped the Sunday Sun helped raise 1m for the Great North Air Ambulance through our Air Angels campaign. Now Newcastle man Jason Woodhouse will be weighing in for the same cause - plus a number of others - by taking part in the 4,233-mile Trans America Trail, which takes riders across the country from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific. Jason, 27, will start the http://medicaljets.wallinside.com race next Saturday in south-eastern Tennessee and end at the Pacific Ocean in south-western Oregon. He is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, Water Aid, Sea Shepherd UK, British Divers Marine Life Rescue and Refuge. He said: Im going head-to-head with two world record holders, racing a route that is recommended to take around five months in only 20 or so days. This race comes without the frills of other big events. There is no support team, no end of day back massages and you carry what you can in your backpack. The Trans Am Bike Race is almost twice the distance of the Tour de France, and we must bear the weight of our sleeping equipment and food without a support vehicle. I have one set of clothes for one month and three pairs of socks. Its called bikepacking. Jason suffered a head injury while training for the race a week ago when he swerved to miss a rabbit and hit a metal post. He said: The fall split my helmet. If I hadnt have been wearing it, I would have cracked open my head. I was very lucky. Jason will burn around 11,000 calories per day, the equivalent of 42 Mars bars. He will pass through 10 states and hopes to finish the race in Yorktown on Independence Day. Speaking about the air ambulance service, Jason said: The Great North Air Ambulance Service is a fantastic charity who carries out incredible work. It is a big relief when you see them swooping over the city to rescue someone. There will be around 60 people taking part in the race with live satellite tracking of all the bikers so people can keep up to date with the participants progress. To track progress, read news and sponsor the charities visit: www.boyonhisbike.com .
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