Biloela cracks quarter of a million for Smiddy riders

Mark Smoothy thanks Thangool SS captains Eliza-Mae Acton and Tyler Dederer for their donations.
Mark Smoothy thanks Thangool SS captains Eliza-Mae Acton and Tyler Dederer for their donations. Vanessa jarrett

THE annual Smiling for Smiddy Challenge pedalled through Biloela last week as the group of riders rode from Townsville to Brisbane raising money for cancer research at Mater Research Foundation.

A total of 49 riders came through Biloela last Thursday following a night spent at Dingo.

The group travelled 284km from Dingo to Biloela, as they veer off the main roads and stick to some country paths.

They stopped at Baralaba for morning tea and Banana for lunch.

According to some statistics, the group travelled at an average of 27.86kmh, did 38,000 pedal rotations, rode for seven hours and 22 minutes, climbed 965 metres and counted 42 roadkill kangaroos.

Smiling for Smiddy founder, Mark Smoothy, said Biloela was always a special place to visit.

"It is just the local support we get every year, they blow us away,” Mark said.

"The vibe you feel you come into the community, there is a buzz in the room, just the incredible generosity.”

The riders have been coming through Biloela since 2009, staying the night with billets.

"The support grows and grows each year,” Mark said.

"The number one support is the billets and the community support that follows.”

The ride has been going for 12 years now and has raised almost $9 million throughout 53 events over the years.

Mark said Biloela was the most supportive town they visit.

"We get the most support than anywhere else in Biloela,” he said.

This year, the community dinner followed by an auction at Thangool cracked the total of the trip to a quarter of a million so far.

"We are just so appreciative and grateful that Biloela opens their heart and arms to us,” Mark said.

"It is the absolute highlight of the trip.”

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