Coast Corporates Cranked by Cycle Race

Publication: Gold Coast Business News Date: 20 September - 20 October 2011

The annual Wilson HTM Cycle Challenge has become an integral cog in raising awareness for diabetes and heart disease across Australia.

THE 100km ride from Brisbane to the Gold Coast on October 9 is expected to attract more than 10,000 participants and raise more than $150,000 for Diabetes Australia (Queensland) and the Heart Foundation. RST technical and development director David Handel said the supplier made contact with RST direct through the company's website.

Figures this year reveal 75 per cent of Australian miners are overweight and at risk of type 2 diabetes, which has prompted major corporations such as Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST) to enter a team of 25.

RST technical and development director David Handel says many miners are at high risk because of their inactive lifestyle.

"By participating in this ride it is not only a chance to challenge ourselves physically, but also a great opportunity to ride for health's sake and raise money and awareness for such a good cause," he says.

"Type 2 diabetes is directly linked to obesity and has many long term health complications including eye disease, kidney disease and nerve damage as well as the number one killer- heart disease.

"However, these chronic illnesses are easily preventable by eating well, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being physically active."

In July, Diabetes Queensland turned its focus to the mining sector during National Diabetes Week, so RST will be riding alongside teams from mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton from Brisbane's South Bank to Broadwater Parklands in Southport.

Teaming up with Gold Coast bases company Proof Engineers, RST will design and wear special jerseys as they ride from the city to the coast in the seventh annual cycle challenge. More into at: