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They’ve done it!
Fifty-eight riders from around the country have taken on one of the most challenging Smiling for Smiddy events yet, riding 1700 kilometres through the dusty red centre of Australia.
The riders, and their 20-strong support crew, left the sparkling blue ocean’s edge at Glenelg in South Australia nine days ago and made their way through the desert to experience the wonder of sacred Uluru—all while raising vital funds for cancer research at Mater.
It wasn’t easy, with the riders facing rain, chilly temperatures and headwinds that gusted up to 70 km/h, but in true Smiddy style, the group pulled together and overcame the tough conditions, pushing each other to conquer an epic challenge.
Smiling for Smiddy founder Mark ‘Sharky’ Smoothy said that in over 10 years of Smiddy events, Adelaide to Uluru ranks as one of the toughest challenges he’s ever seen riders take on.
“I can't tell you how incredibly proud I am of the group as a whole,” he said.
“For them to show this fortitude was just unbelievable! If you know someone that rode this challenge, please know that you would have been so proud of them too.”
“It has been an epic ride, with all of us riding eight hours a day and sleeping under the stars along the way, but we couldn’t have done any of it without our fantastic support crew and, of course, our family, friends, colleagues and even strangers who have generously donated to our fundraising efforts.”
The team has raised more than$350 000 for cancer research at Mater.
Keen riders who missed out on this adventure can register for next year’s ride from Alice Springs through the iconic Kakadu to Darwin.
To secure your spot or to join one of this year’s Smiling for Smiddy challenges, visit the Smiling for Smiddy website.