A 60-year-old man has had a heart attack at the hill top finish of an over 40 kilometre long race at Honeysuckle Creek organised by the ACT Veterans Cycling Club.

Intensive care paramedics attended the scene and transferred the man to Canberra Hospital in a critical condition at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

Club President Mr Alex O’Shea said “he was fine at the end of the race, talking to his mate, having a tea when he said he had chest pains.”

The race ended at Honeysuckle Creek camp ground within the Namadgi National Park, south-west of Canberra.

The cyclist’s friend did not have telephone coverage at the camping ground so had to drive to the bottom of the hill to summon an ambulance.  

The club, that caters to older riders, had qualified first aiders, authorised traffic controllers and a following car tracing riders during the race.