Riders train for Smiddy Challenge
MICHAEL Milton wasn't trying to break any records on the Southern Downs on Saturday, he was just happy to be riding in the Smiling for Smiddy Midi-Challenge cycling training run from Toowoomba to Warwick.
Mr Milton holds the Australian skiing speed record of 213.65 kilometres an hour for an athlete with a disability.
He has competed in summer and winter Paralympics and was in a demonstration sport at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Twice, he has had cancer.
After negotiating the Toowoomba Range late on Friday, he rode in a group of 60 from Toowoomba to Pittsworth, Clifton and then the back roads to Allora and Warwick on Saturday.
The Saturday distance was 159 kilometres and yesterday the riders were approaching Killarney at 7am as they headed back to Brisbane.
“This ride combines my love of cycling with my obligation to raise funds for a more efficient treatment of cancer, perhaps a cure,” Mr Milton said.
The ride was in memory of Adam Smiddy, a young physiotherapist who died in 2006 of an aggressive melanoma at age 26.
This year, the fifth Smiddy ride is being held from Brisbane to Home Hill. The weekend event was a training ride.
Talk about Adam brought tears to the eyes of his mother Maria Smiddy who was part of the support crew to arrive at Leslie Park, Warwick, at 3.30pm on Saturday.
“Adam's memory lives on through the ride,” she said.