• Headwinds, heartbreak and determination: 2015 Midi

The 2015 Midi-Smiddy saw 22 cyclists ride 585 km from Brisbane to Warwick and back again over three days. The riders faced some of the toughest riding conditions seen on a Smiddy event, including a brutal headwind and morning temperatures nearing zero.

While the chilly mornings made it hard to roll out of the swag, Smiddy riders are nothing if not tough. Donning extra jackets, gloves and leggings, the Midi peloton made it through the icy mornings to enjoy riding through the beautiful Darling Downs. 

The Smiling for Smiddy family was also dealt some tragic news during the 2015 Midi, with Maria Smiddy losing her battle with pancreatic cancer.

From Smiddy veterans to first time riders, this heart-breaking news inspired a determination to ride the Midi in honour of Maria and all she has contributed to Smiling for Smiddy.

First time Smiddy rider Lucy Bird said it was inspiring to see the riders come together to honour Maria after receiving the terrible news.

"Cycling is usually such an individual sport, but with Smiddy you're part of a team and a wider community," Lucy said.

"I only got through thanks to the support, both physical and mental, of some amazing riders out there with me.

"While it was the hardest thing I've ever done, it was also an amazingly rewarding experience. Riding back into Brisbane to see my boyfriend, family and friends at the UQ finishing line made me forget about any pain in my legs from the ride."

And while her legs may take a little while to recover form the 585 km effort, Lucy says the lure of the Smiddy experience will be too much to keep away from.

"Yep, I'll be back."

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