Pedalling for a cure: (Back, from left) Brent Chapman, David Shaeffer, Rowan Foster, Andy Staff, Russell O'Hara, Andy Schindler, (front) Scott Hutchinson, Scott May, David Stanker, Mick Young, Lisa McFadden and Greg Joseph raise a well-earned glass at the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Saturday after a gurelling training program.
Pedalling for a cure: (Back, from left) Brent Chapman, David Shaeffer, Rowan Foster, Andy Staff, Russell O'Hara, Andy Schindler, (front) Scott Hutchinson, Scott May, David Stanker, Mick Young, Lisa McFadden and Greg Joseph raise a well-earned glass at the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Saturday after a gurelling training program. Warwick Daily News

Smiling for Smiddy

TRIATHLETE Adam Smiddy was only 26 years old when he lost his life to cancer.

On Saturday 30 cyclists pedalled into Warwick to prepare for an event in his honour.

It will be their fourth annual challenge to remember their mate and raise funds for cancer research. Smiling for Smiddy Cycling Challenge co-ordinator Rowan Foster said their aim was to raise $500,000 for cancer research.

This year's challenge will see entrants cycle 1600 kilometres from Brisbane to Home Hill.

“Our trip to Warwick is part of a crucial training program to do 1600 kilometres in eight days for the gruelling Smiling for Smiddy cycling challenge in September. It's a 440-kilometre weekend training program,” Mr Foster said.

“The climb up to Queen Mary Falls was a real challenge.

“With every pedal strike we are getting closer to a cure. We are on the bike for the same reason Lance Armstrong made a comeback. We are here to find a cure for cancer.”

He said the support from the Warwick community and Horse and Jockey Hotel's Mick and Mel Tait had been fantastic.

“We enjoy our visit to Warwick every year,” he said.

The major challenge beneficiary for 2009 is the Mater Foundation.

To make a donation, visit www.smiddy.org.au



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