ANTHEA TO TACKLE 1600KM

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STRAP­PING on her hel­met and buck­ling up her shoes in the cold of the morn­ing, Anthea Boyd gears up to cy­cle a mam­moth 150km.

This ride is to pre­pare her mind and body for the Bris­bane to Townsville Bike ride she is about to em­bark on.

To­day the lo­cal Biloela woman takes off on the first 200km leg of her 1600km Smil­ing for Smiddy Chal­lenge.

Trav­el­ling in a group, Anthea will be among rid­ers who have raised the re­quired $5000 to par­take in a ride down de­serted out­back high­ways and into warm coun­try towns, with a pur­pose of spread­ing the mes­sage of sun safety.

As well as rais­ing aware­ness of sun can­cer, the funds will go to can­cer re­search at the Mater Foun­da­tion in the name of Adam Smiddy, a 26-year-old triath­lete and phys­io­ther­a­pist who died from an ag­gres­sive melanoma.

Anthea, who is a triath­lete, first heard about Smil­ing for Smiddy six years ago when an­other lo­cal lady got in­volved in the chal­lenge.

“That year I de­cided to start bil­let­ing rid­ers from the chal­lenge,” she said.

“In that same year I signed up to do the Noosa triathalon as a par­tic­i­pant for Smil­ing for Smiddy be­cause I had been a triathelete for quite a few years be­fore that.”

From the very be­gin­ning of her as­so­ci­a­tion with the Smil­ing for Smiddy foun­da­tion, the Bris­bane to Townsville bike ride had been on Anthea’s radar but it wasn’t un­til this year that “all the stars aligned” al­low­ing her to take part.

“Now that my kids are a bit older this year was the per­fect year to do it,” she said.

“We will be rid­ing from Bris­bane to Townsville in nine days so that will be eight stops along the way be­fore we ac­tu­ally ar­rive in Townsville.

“We will be do­ing about 200km a day with a to­tal of 1600km all up.”

To qual­ify for the chal­lenge each par­tic­i­pant had to raise a min­i­mum of $5000, an amount which Anthea ex­ceeded.

She put it down to a com­bi­na­tion of raf­fles, money boards and gen­er­ous do­na­tions from lo­cals.

“I did a fun run ear­lier in the year which raised quite a lot of money,” she said.

“I also did a sore butts for can­cer chal­lenge in the shop­ping cen­tre where I set up my bike and two sta­tion­ary bikes and peo­ple came along with me and rode for 15 min­utes, in to­tal I did six hours.

“I had the Ro­tary Club of Biloela do­nate $500 which was great and CS En­ergy do­nated as well which was around $200.”

Lead­ing up to the event Anthea trained four times a week, rid­ing 40km some days and 150km other days, which would take a to­tal of five to six hours to com­plete.

“I have done train­ing mostly on my own whereas when we do the chal­lenge we will be with a big group of rid­ers,” she said.

“It is a lot eas­ier to ride in a big group be­cause you’re not hav­ing to be the one up the front do­ing all of the work with the head­wind.”

Anthea and the other Smil­ing for Smiddy rid­ers will pass through Biloela this Sun­day and Mon­day.

“We will ar­rive at Mel­ton Park around 4.30pm on Sun­day and go out to the Than­g­ool race club for a fundrais­ing din­ner that night,” Anthea said. “Then in the morn­ing there will be a break­fast at Mel­ton Park be­fore we tackle some school vis­its to spread the sun smart mes­sage.”

PHOTO: ZHANAE CON­WAY-DODD

RID­ING TIME: Biloela’s Anthea Boyd is rid­ing from Bris­bane to Townsville as a part of the an­nual Smil­ing for Smiddy sun can­cer aware­ness and fundraiser ride.

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