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| A STATIONARY bike in a tent on a remote beach in Cape York is not the ideal training environment, but with just over a month until Dr Ian Bell joins a 600km charity ride, every minute of training counts.
The researcher will travel to Cape York to study the feeding habits of turtles but hopes to keep up his training schedule.
“It’s lucky turtles like to live in nice places, but it won’t help the training,” he said.
“I have a month of research to do just north of Lizard Island. It is full- on work. It’s physically demanding. To get up and train for two hours every morning, it will be character- building.”
Dr Bell is the former husband of Sue Bell, the Townsville cyclist tragically killed in a crash while she was cycling on Shaw Rd on June 22, 2013.
Dr Bell will ride in the Smiling for Smiddy Challenge, which raises money for the Mater Hospital Cancer Research Foundation.
Now in its 10th year, the 50 participants are hoping to raise $ 5000 each. They will ride from Brisbane, averaging about 200km a day, on the inland route before finishing in Townsville on September 5.
The Smiling for Smiddy event was started after Home Hill triathlete and physiotherapist Adam Smiddy, 26, was killed by an aggressive melanoma in 2006. To donate visit www. smiddy. org. au
KEEPING FIT: Dr Ian Bell will be taking part in the Smiling for Smiddy charity ride.