CHAL­LENGE BE­GINS EARLY

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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

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

KEEP­ING FIT: Dr Ian Bell will be tak­ing part in the Smil­ing for Smiddy char­ity ride.

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