News

Get your heart racing on a wild fundraising bike ride

Steve Quinn and the Paceline team on their ride from Canberra to Melbourne last year. Photo: Contributed
Steve Quinn and the Paceline team on their ride from Canberra to Melbourne last year. Photo: Contributed Contributed

IMAGINE one night you're just sitting on the couch and your heart begins to speed up.

You can feel it going in to overload, you have no idea what's going on and your energy just drops.

This is a reality for about 2% of the population who suffer from heart arrhythmias.

A group of 31 cyclists from up and down the east coast are banding together later this month for a charity ride from Coolangatta to Sydney.

The fundraising event is run by Paceline and founder and president Steve Quinn knows exactly how the above scenario feels.

"I was diagnosed with heart arrhythmias seven years ago," he said.

"I found out I had it in my top left and my top right heart chambers."

He said he started Paceline to raise awareness and raise funds after "going through the whole thing."

Today he is 99.9% cured after numerous operations that sent electric currents into his heart.

The charity splits the funds they raise between two research houses, the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney and the Baker IDI in Melbourne.

"The Victor Chang institute looks at the genetic implications," he said.

"They want to know what actually turns it on."

Mr Quinn said some people have heart arrhythmias from their lifestyle, others like him, had something trigger it off.

The ride will take about just over a week with the cyclists mastering a massive 150km of riding each day.

"We want to make people feel like they've got an arrhythmia," he said.

"It gives them a little bit of appreciation."

Three people who suffer from heart arrhythmias will ride and the remaining 28 are just keen to help out.

Paceline ambassador Australian 2006 national road race cycling champion William Walker will also be riding, he also suffers a cardiac arrhythmia known as tachycardia.

To donate head to paceline.com.au and if you see the team riding through make sure to flag them down and say good day.

"We will stop for pretty much anything," Mr Quinn said.

Currently Paceline have raised more than $200,000 towards the cause.

Topics:  charity bike ride



Top chefs help feed the needy

CREATIVE KITCHEN: Helpers providing the good food at Halcyon House's community dinner.

Top chefs raise money for needy: socials

From little things, big things grow

Diana Abraham, with help from Chris Watt, cutting the cake at the Meals on Wheels 30th birthday.

Meals on Wheels mark 30th anniversary on Tweed Coast

Tyalgum kicks off musical season

Flutterbies' Solar Chapel and operatic soprano Jenna Dearness-Dark prepare for the Opera and Piano concert in Tyalgum on September 3.

Intimate concert awaits.

Latest deals and offers

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Mexican band takes aim at Trump

Disguised as unhinged narcotraficantes, the Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the citys minorities with the bands infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Geros (Killing White People), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH.  Photo Contributed

'Satanic drug lord' band challenges Trump

Tyalgum kicks off musical season

Flutterbies' Solar Chapel and operatic soprano Jenna Dearness-Dark prepare for the Opera and Piano concert in Tyalgum on September 3.

Intimate concert awaits.

Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder dead at 83

A still of Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Social media has already lit up with tributes to the late actor.

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.