Richo, Mountford form team in relief ride
Dual Claremont Football Club premiership player Ian Richardson has joined forces with close friend Liam Gribbon and Manypeaks football star Declan Mountford to tackle one of the most gruelling challenges on a bike in an effort to raise $50,000 for bushfire victims in Australia.
Mr Richardson retired from the WAFL at the end of last season, going out as one of the most decorated players in Claremont history.
He and Mr Gribbon team up to announce they will embark on a gruelling 420km ride from Perth to Albany next month to raise much-needed funds for bushfire recovery.
Mr Mountford, who spent time in the AFL with North Melbourne and is now a key midfielder for Claremont, was quick to message his former teammate and get on board.
The trio have named their project, Ride for Relief, and have set a goal of raising $50,000 for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
They will set off from Perth on February 22 with the aim to complete the lengthy journey inside 24 hours.
Mr Richardson said the trio had no cycling experience but were prepared to push themselves to the limit for the cause.
“This is going to be a massive challenge; we are not bike riders but are ready to push ourselves to the limit,” Mr Richardson said.
“We set a pretty lofty goal of raising $50,000 and every cent is going to Red Cross.
“It will take around 20 hours to ride and we’ve been bike training during the week and getting together on weekends to ride 85km as training and keep building on that.”
Mr Mountford, who is in pre-season training with Claremont, does not have a bike yet but said the ride was a small way he could help.
“I was sitting there and saw Ian’s post and thought I’ve done nothing to help,” he said. “I don’t even have a bike at the minute but I’ll get my hands on one soon.
Ride for Relief has already raised more than $6000 and to donate, visit gofundme.com/f/ride4relief.
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