The event was started by Mark Smoothy to honour his friend Adam Smiddy who
died from melanoma in 2006. In just four years the event has raised more
than $1.1 million for cancer research and health care.
Although keen to complete the longer
ride, Michael is content to start with the Midi-Smiddy which he will
take along good friend Wayne Weatherill from Kokoda Spirit who has led
Michael across Kokoda twice.
"Wayne's keen to do some more cycling after we did some mountain-biking
in PNG last year. He's pretty fit and strong but I'm looking forward to
punishing him a little. After two trips across Kokoda, it's my turn to
be the one inflicting the pain.
"I'd really love to do the longer Smiling for Smiddy Challenge
but I'd prefer to ease myself into it, although riding 560km in three
days is no picnic. I have ridden from Brisbane to Toowoomba before and
the climb at the end is a very tough one."
The Midi-Smiddy Challenge, to be held 28-30 May, will see 40 cyclists
tackle the course which includes a return loop from Brisbane taking in
Toowoomba and Warwick and two 200 kilometre plus days of cycling.
Brisbane - Toowoomba, 208kms
Toowoomba - Warwick, 147kms
Warwick - Brisbane, 217kms
Riders will raise funds for the Mater Foundation as the major
beneficiary and contribute to a goal to raise $750,000 across Smiddy
events in 2010.
Find out more by visiting the
If you wish to participate please contact Mark Smoothy at
to make a donation to the Mater Foundation online.
Photo: Michael and Wayne take a quick photo while mountain biking
in the dark on Mt Majura in Canberra. They are both in training for the
Midi-Smiddy in May.