• Archie Tait

Archie Tait 

What is your nickname? 
Nothing that we’ve really settled on yet, but at this stage it’s ‘Emily ‘, after the swimmer, Emily Seebohm. I don’t know if it will stick, but that’s what’s being used right now.
Where do you work and what is your role? 
I am an IT Project Manager. I have previously worked for RACQ, QR, Uniting Care and Blue Care and I am currently working in the FinTech market using robotics.

How long have you been cycling?
Since I have been doing triathlons, which is now 10 years. 

How many Smiddy rides have you taken part in? 
So far, I’ve just done the 2017 New Zealand Smiddy Challenge, but I’m looking forward to more! 

What inspired you to sign up for a Smiling for Smiddy event? 
Mark Trayner roped me in to my first Smiling for Smiddy challenge and once I joined the Russell’s crew, I never looked back! 

What does it mean to you to raise money for cancer research?
It means a lot; I lost my Grandmother to brain cancer and my partner’s father has recently been diagnosed with the evil Mesothelioma. Cancer is a bitch… 

How do you plan to fundraise/what is your top fundraising idea or tip? 
I think the best tip is ask people to donate $1 per kilometre!   

What’s your favourite post-ride beverage? 
That depends on where we are drinking; in New Zealand, it was wine, and in Tassie, it will be wine. But after training rides in Brisbane, it’s a cold Milton Mango. 

Do you have any rituals or superstitions before you go for a ride? 
Absolutely; to pump up my tyres. Haha. 

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