• 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?

They can be; they’re called a Smiddy Challenge for a reason. But we’ve found that the most rewarding things you can do in life are very rarely easy. A Smiddy Challenge will push you physically and mentally—but it will also change you for the better; it can renew your focus on life and what’s important and 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.

do i need to be a hard-core cyclist or triathlete?

No, you don’t! Our events draw 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 and triathlon, while others have been doing it for decades! What they all have in common is a big heart, a great attitude and a determination to push themselves out of their comfort zone. 

I want to take on a cycling challenge, how fast do i need to ride?
We typically average between 26-28 km/h, depending on the prevailing conditions. The Smiling for Smiddy peloton is a very supportive environment and we aim to support every rider to ride as much as possible. Very often it is the slower riders in the group who earn the most respect and admiration from their peers in the peloton
Will I get a chance to meet other people before we go?

Absolutely! We have organised monthly training rides, as well as two training weekends, so everyone can get to know each other and how the Smiling for Smiddy peloton rolls. You can also join in the fun of our weekly Wednesday River Loop which rolls out of Adam Smiddy Park, Park Rd, Milton each Wednesday at 5.30 am. There will also be regular email and phone communications leading up to your challenge.

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—and fundraising is always easier when you can share the load! But don't worry if you're signing up solo. 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.

Want more information? You can call the team on 1800 440 155 of click here to leave your details and someone will contact you shortly.

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 new participants 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. 

How much support will I receive with training and fundraising?

As soon as you register, your dedicated fundraising team from Smiling for Smiddy will work with you to create a comprehensive and personalised fundraising plan. Someone from the Smiddy team will contact you regularly with ideas, advice, encouragement and plenty of inspiration! The team are all passionate cyclists, committed to our cause of funding cancer research at Mater, you can rest assured that we'll be there every step of the way to assist you with both the physical and fundraising preparations needed to take on your challenge. 

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.



The Mater Foundation is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 96723184640.