All smiles for the long road ahead
YAMBA Shores Tavern owner Matt Muir might be all smiles, but he says there's a long, hard road ahead of his next challenge.
He is undertaking a ride from Adelaide to Uluru in June as part of the "Smiling for Smiddy" challenge, which raises money for cancer research.
The ride is named in honour of triathlete Adam Smiddy, who died from melanoma, and Mr Muir says he is aiming to raise $8000 for the cause.
Last year, he raised $4000 for Careflight in a one-day ride between the Gold Coast and Toowoomba and this year set himself to go further.
"I'm passionate about riding and was looking for a challenge this year and heard about the Smiddy ride," Mr Muir said.
"It's the first time I've ever tackled anything like this, to ride 200km a day for nine days - to do it will be a very tough challenge."
But before he goes through 1800km of cycling over nine days, he is putting on an event to kickstart the fundraising.
On Saturday April 30, the Tavern will host a fundraising dinner, with the $80 ticket including dinner, drinks, great raffle prizes and a guest speaker well known in the cycling world.
"I'm very proud that good mate Robbie McEwen will be our special guest on the night," he said.
"He's a three-time green jersey winner in the Tour de France and is a true cycling legend and someone who I look up to and he'll hopefully speak about his career and the challenges he faced throughout his career."
"It'll be a real fun night, and the majority of the $80 will go towards the Smiling for Smiddy charity."
The ride begins in Adelaide on the June long weekend, and while Mr Muir says they expect to face difficult conditions and long days in the saddle, he says the ability raise money for a worthwhile cause will make it worth it in the end.
"And I've never been to Uluru, and I'll be able to say that I've been there, but I didn't fly, and I didn't drive, I rode there," he said.