I'm getting ready to take on my next bucket list adventure and I want you to join me!

Over seven incredible days we'll experience the beauty of rural Japan together—the incredible mountain ranges, spectacular valleys and sparkling lakes. As part of the Japan Smiddy Challenge peloton.

But before we say ‘Sayonara Australia’ I hope you’ll let me get serious for a minute. 

Like any Smiddy challenge, what we’ll be embarking on together goes beyond just our time in the saddle over those seven days.

Together we’re making an important commitment to the long, hard road to fight cancer by funding vital cancer research at Mater.

I'm asking you to challenge yourself in your fundraising and challenge yourself on the bike, but I know you've got what it takes. 

So, the only question is ... 

Are you in?

- Sharky

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What can you expect?

Our events are safe, fun and professionally run by a team of dedicated and experienced cycling event operators.

You pedal and we do the rest. 

As part of your registration fee we take care of all your accommodation and meal requirements; we have experienced front, rear and mechanic support vehicle drivers supporting the peloton; experienced ride leaders within the group; UHF communications between support vehicles and ride leaders; a full catering crew; and daily laundry and luggage transfer

Training and Fundraising Support

We're passionate cyclists committed to our cause of funding cancer research. We'll be there every step of the way to assist you with both the physical and fundraising preparations needed to take on the Japan Smiddy Challenge.

The details

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Fundraising goal

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$10 000 for cancer research at Mater 31 May - 6 June 2019 $4999*

*Payment plans available. Contact Christian Killeen smiddy@mater.org.au or 1800 440 155

View Terms and Conditions for participant registration  

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Who will you ride for?

You never realise how precious time is, until it runs out.

It's something Smiddy rider—and our mate—Serge knows only too well.

He and his wife Emma had just started dating in 2013 when Emma received a terminal melanoma diagnosis.

Serge and Emma set about to make a life-time of memories. And thanks to advances in cancer treatments, they were able to turn those initial three months into three beautiful years; before Emma sadly passed away in 2017, aged just 25.

"Cancer research gave Emma more treatment options, more options gave her more time—time to get a puppy, to buy our own home and to raise more awareness—more time gave us more memories."

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