As part of the 2018 Bottlemart Smiddy Challenge, 50 cyclists and 16 road crew will be making their way through the South Burnett to raise funds for cancer research.
As part of the 2018 Bottlemart Smiddy Challenge, 50 cyclists and 16 road crew will be making their way through the South Burnett to raise funds for cancer research. MICHAEL FELLOWS

Why are 50 smiling cyclists coming to town?

KEEP an eye out for a team of smiling cyclists rolling into Nanango at the end of the month - it's all for a worthy cause.

From August 24 to September 1, 50 cyclists and road crew will be travelling from Brisbane to Townsville to raise vital funds for cancer research at Mater.

As part of the Smiling for Smiddy peloton, this remarkable group will be clocking 1600km over nine days as they take on this epic adventure through deserted outback highways, warm country towns and stunning ranges.

The South Burnett Region, including Nanango locals Mark and Desley Gaedtke, have been showering the Smiling for Smiddy peloton with their country hospitality since 2006, helping to raise more than $9 million.

Professor Brian Gabrielli, head of Mater Research's Smiling for Smiddy Cell Cycle Group said the ongoing support of the Smiling for Smiddy riders inspired his team in their work towards discovering new and improved treatments for melanoma.

"These funds will be critical in funding life-changing projects for those suffering from melanoma and other cancers,” Prof Gabrielli said.

"It will also contribute to global research impact by funding key collaborations with researchers both at home in Queensland, Australia, and around the world.”

A year-round program of cycling and triathlon challenges that raise funds for cancer research at Mater, Smiling for Smiddy was founded by Mark 'Sharky' Smoothy in honour of triathlete Adam Smiddy who passed away from an aggressive melanoma in 2006. Adam was just 26 years of age.

Funds raised through Smiling for Smiddy support vital cancer research at Mater- potentially life- saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of various types of cancer that has a national and international impact.

With each rider raising a minimum of $5000 each, the peloton has already raised nearly $170 000 (and counting!) to fund research projects into melanoma, prostate, breast and ovarian cancers.

Come cheer on the Smiling for Smiddy peloton as they roll into Nanango at 3.30pm on August 24 at the Nanango Showgrounds.

From there, riders will carry on to Kingaroy, just in time for BaconFest.

For more information, contact smiddy@mater.org.au

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