'I dropped dead basically' - The cardiac arrest surviving cyclist leading a heart health campaign

Mark Felstead was clinically dead for 25 minutes after a heart event in 2018, now heads up We Love Our Heart

Mark Felstead on his bike in Berlin
(Image credit: Timm Kölln Photography)

For Mark Felstead, watching Sonny Colbrelli's collapse almost immediately after crossing the finish line in second of the first stage of the Volta a Catalunya on March 21 brought back painful memories.

Felstead collapsed metres from finishing a duathlon in August 2018, suffering a  sudden cardiac arrest, the survival rate of which is around 10%. As he puts it succinctly: "I had a heart attack and dropped dead basically."

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.