• FAQs

Have a question? We've answered some of the most common questions about joining a Smiddy challenge event and fundraising below.

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Event questions

Event questions

Is a Smiddy event hard?

Yes, it is. We call Smiddy a Challenge for a reason. We don’t apologise for that. In fact – we find that the most rewarding things you can do in life are very rarely easy. But while a Smiddy event will challenge you physically & mentally – it will also change you for the better. It will renew your focus on life and what’s important. It will give you a rare sense of achievement that you have not only achieved something really special, but contributed to a higher goal. Smiling for Smiddy represents the core values of community, teamwork, mateship and philanthropic spirit. Wearing a Smiddy jersey is a privilege – and when you join us, you will understand why.

Is a Smiddy event only for hard-core cyclists and triathletes?

No, it’s not. Our signature 8-day, 1600km Challenge ride draws men and women each year who range in age from 20 to 65 with varying sporting abilities and experience. Some are very new to cycling. Others … But what they all have in common is a big heart and a great attitude. A determination to push themselves out of their comfort zone and reap the rewards of that. Very often it is the slowest riders in our group who earn the most respect and admiration from within their Smiddy peers.

Why would I choose a Smiddy event?

We are the ‘home made with love’ version of charity challenge programs. Our program has been dubbed a “Journey of Friends” for a reason – and not because we’re clicky, but because everyone in the Smiddy fold is part of the fold, full stop. We’re boutique. We’re genuine. We are not strangers to each other. You, your family, loved

Can I do a Smiddy event as a team?

Absolutely. In fact, we encourage our participants to bring along their mates to ride or do a triathlon together – or to join forces in a triathlon team to complete one leg each. One of the great things about Smiddy is you don’t need to know anybody else to sign up because straight away, you’ll be embraced into the Smiddy community and have training, fundraising and socialising options galore. Bringing along a mate or two just makes this experience extra-special.

Fundraising and training

Fundraising and training

How will I reach my fundraising target?

Scared of fundraising? Uncomfortable asking for donations? This isn’t uncommon. One of the things we hear the most from our new Smiddies is how their mindset around fundraising changes during their Smiddy journey and how much fun it can be if you approach it just the same way you would approach your training, work or other parts of your life. Fundraising is only a part of a bigger picture that is philanthropy and we are confident when you meet some of the incredible people involved in the Smiddy community – you will stand really proud in your role as a leader in the community in advocating for cancer research, cancer prevention measures and patient care.

How much support will I receive with training and fundraising?

As much, or as little, as you want. Smiddy ‘river loops’ depart Adam Smiddy Park every Wed morning from 5.30am, with coffee afterwards, and are a great way to meet fellow Smiddy people. We hold several training rides also so you’ll be really comfortable within the Smiddy peloton; and our triathletes enjoy team functions and activities that put mateship into the sport of triathlon for you and your supporters. We offer fundraising tips and workshop opportunities; and can work with you to map out a fun and achievable fundraising plan.

Click here for our official Warwick Training Weekend Rider guide.

Do I need a connection to cancer?

No. Everyone has their own story. The fact you are interested in something bigger than yourself points to the fact you’re already a Smiddy person. Our riders and triathletes are motivated by a host of reasons. Want to challenge yourself? Go for your life. That’s why many, many Smiddies have signed up. We can guarantee you your Smiddy journey will offer more than you expect – and you’ll be thankful it does.



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