What is your nickname?
Brucie; it was given to me on the 2017 New Zealand Smiddy Challenge and I liked it.
Where do you work and what is your role?
I work for Electronic Innovations in Alderley where I do industrial electronic repairs. I've worked there for 30 years. My boss Ross Pink has done the 2016 Midi Smiddy and Eric Staykov who also works at Electronic Innovations did the 2016 Midi Smiddy and the 2017 Townsville to Brisbane Bottlemart Smiddy Challenge.
How long have you been cycling?
I think cycling is part of my DNA; my parents and my Uncle Keith were regular recreational and commuting cyclists. Dad even made his own tandem and him and mum rode into the Victorian mountains for weekend camping.
Which Smiddy rides have you taken part in?
I did the 2016 Bottlemart Smiddy Challenge (I made 1200km of the 1600km) and the four day Midi Smiddy. In 2017, I took on the New Zealand Smiddy Challenge and the first ‘Reverse Challenge’ from Townsville to Brisbane and I loved them all.
What inspired you to sign up for a Smiling for Smiddy event?
Initially I never thought myself fit enough to do Challenge, but in 2015 I set myself the goal and trained for one year to give it a crack and it has been a life changing experience to say the least. The physical, mental and emotional experience has been so worth it; I get to ride with great people who give me so much friendship and support.
What do you think it’s important to support cancer research?
Cancer sucks and affects so many people directly and indirectly. I think I dodged a bullet myself when I had a Stage 2 melanoma cut out several years ago and I have been fortunate not have had a reoccurrence. I feel fundraising for research is a benefit to the current generation and the next; without research we would be no further advanced to finding a cure.
What types of fundraising have you done?
We’ve used several methods of fundraising over the years; doorknocking for donations; doorknocking to sell biscuits (my wife Jenny makes Melting Moments) and we’ve hosted two Spit Roast Barbecues which were quite successful.
Since 2009 we’ve also hosted an annual morning/afternoon tea, the last of which had 130 people and raised $6000. We have lots of raffles and also charged $20 ($15 concession) entry fee. Events like this require lots of help from friends and family so there’s people on the door, selling raffle tickets, doing the dishes and cleaning up after. We believe we’ve raised about $28,000 for cancer research.
What’s your favourite post-ride beverage?
I'm a Bundy man most of the time, but after a day of riding the beers go down real easy.