• Natalie Goebel

Natalie Goebel 

What is your nickname?  
Most people when they get to know me just call me Nat.

Where do you work and what is your role?  
I work in the Brisbane Arcade at Tengdahl, a local Brisbane fashion designer.  I like colour and new fashion and cycling gives me opportunities to wear colourful outfits.

How long have you been cycling?  
I only started seriously riding my first road bike in July last year.

How many Smiddy rides have you taken part in?  
The Tassie Smiddy Challenge will be my first Smiddy ride. 

What inspired you to sign up for a Smiling for Smiddy event?  
My brother Brett has been involved in Smiling for Smiddy events for several years and I have been happily supporting him along the way.  As I am getting older, I decided I wanted to do something to help the community and after being part of the Smiddy team on this year's Rathdowney rumble, I really enjoyed the comradery.   Tassie will be challenge for me, as I am not a climber and it will take me outside of my comfort zone.   

What does it mean to you to raise money for cancer research?  
Cancer has affected my family and friends.  My father has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer and I feel a very personal connection and want to play a part in raising funds for cancer research.

How do you plan to fundraise/what is your top fundraising idea or tip?  
As most of our friends like food and wine, we are looking to host a "Tastes of Tassie" fundraising event in February.  Little things help too.  I am washing and cleaning cars for friends. 

What’s your favourite post-ride beverage?  
Depends on the length of the ride.  Shorter ride, flat white.  Longer ride, banana smoothie with a short macchiato chaser. 

Do you have any rituals or superstitions before you go for a ride?  
Never ride on the day that you are flying anywhere.

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