Trio’s epic charity ride

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Declan Mountford, Ian Richardson and Liam Gribbon completed a Perth to Albany bike ride to raise funds for bushfire victims.
Camera IconDeclan Mountford, Ian Richardson and Liam Gribbon completed a Perth to Albany bike ride to raise funds for bushfire victims.

Manypeaks footballer Declan Mountford along with dual WAFL premiership player Ian Richardson and close friend Liam Gribbon have successfully completed their gruelling 413km Ride for Relief from Perth to Albany in less than 24 hours.

The trio set off from Leederville early last Saturday morning and arrived in Albany 20 hours later, exhausted from their lengthy bike ride on Albany Highway. Ride for Relief raised more than $17,000 for bushfire victims in Australia through the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

Mr Richardson has retired from the WAFL but was a highly decorated player with Claremont.

Mountford now plays for Claremont after a stint at AFL level with North Melbourne while Mr Gribbon was born in Albany.

The trio came in with no cycling experience but achieved their goal of finishing the ride in 20 hours.

Mr Richardson said the journey was rewarding.

“It was a real slog,” he said.

“We were aiming for 20 hours and it took spot on 20 hours.

Declan Mountford, Ian Richardson and Liam Gribbon celebrate their completed ride.
Camera IconDeclan Mountford, Ian Richardson and Liam Gribbon celebrate their completed ride.

“We left Leederville at 6am and arrived in Albany at 2am and we had a couple of close friends and family there and we got a bit of a cheer as we finished, which was nice.

“Our new goal was $15,000, so we are stoked to get up to $17,000 and just contribute something to this cause.”

Claremont head coach Darren Harris and 12 of Mountford’s teammates watched as the trio departed.

“We had to motivate ourselves; it got dark and there was still 150km to go,” Mr Richardson said.

“Dec was really strong even though he hadn’t done much riding.

“For me, that might be one and done in my riding career.”

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