Dennis Arnold riding in the Great Cycle Challenge
Dennis Arnold riding in the Great Cycle Challenge

Cyclists with pace are riders with heart

IF RIDERS with Pace was a corporation, rather than people with artificial cardiac pacemakers who ride bikes to raise money for charity, the chairman would say in his speech to the AGM that it had been a successful year with all objectives met.

Riders with Pace is primarily about charity fundraising, and in 2015 our five riders raised $4403.03 (don't ask about the three cents) across seven events.

Charities benefiting included the medical charities Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, Diabetes Queensland, Multiple Sclerosis Queensland, the Heart Foundation, and the Children's Medical Research Institute; and the community service organisations Lions youth emergency accommodation and the Westpac rescue helicopter.

The second aim of Riders with Pace is to offer achievable challenges to its riders. Some riders have done several 100km rides through the year, and others have found that 25km is their challenge.

Regardless of the distance we value our riders taking on a challenge; during October our two Seniors rode a combined 700km in the Great Cycle Challenge.

The final aim of Riders with Pace is to educate the public and to show that life can be full and rewarding with a pacemaker.

You know life is pretty full when you're out there training on those crisp winter mornings, and there is not much more rewarding than helping other people.

New riders of any capability are most welcome - if you've got the pacemaker you can always buy the

bicycle.

Your heart may have electrical problems, but it just needs to be in the right place. To find out more about Riders with Pace,

especially if you have a

pacemaker and want to join, visit riderswithpace. wix.com/riders-with-pace


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