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LAST month Michael took part in the Midi-Smiddy Challenge, a demanding 570 kilometre ride over just three days around south east Queensland to help raise funds for cancer research and health care.

The Challenge incorporates a return loop from Brisbane taking in Toowoomba and Warwick and includes two 200 kilometre plus days of cycling.

The Midi-Smiddy, a spin-off from its parent event the Bottlemart Smiling for Smiddy Challenge, caters for the strong demand from cyclists across Australia to experience the "Smiddy spirit".

The 2010 event raised over $160,000. Since 2006, Smiling for Smiddy has raised over $1.1 million with funds supporting the MMRI and the team aim to raise $750,000 this year.

Smiling for Smiddy supports three world-class research projects at the Mater: prostate cancer research, melanoma drug trials, and a pilot study into complementary therapies to improve quality of life for cancer patients.

If 570 kilometres in three days is not enough, you could try the 1600 kilometre Bottlemart Smiling for Smiddy Challenge over eight days between Brisbane and Townsville . Find out more about both rides on the website.

To read Michael's post-ride wrap-up, go to his blog.

Click here to make a donation to the Mater Foundation online.

Photo: Victory! Michael conquers one of the Midi-Smiddy climbs.

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