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'Cycling For Simone' To Support National Jockeys Trust
The family and friends of former record breaking jockey Simone Montgomerie are pleased to announce they will be "Cycling for Simone" in the lead up to the 2016 Darwin Cup. A group of cyclists including family members and close friends will ride from Simone's home town of Streaky Bay to Darwin – rounding out a 3010km journey by crossing the finishing line at the Fannie Bay Racecourse. The ride will take 26 days starting on July 4 and conclude on this day next year – the Friday before the 2016 Darwin Cup. The 26 day journey represents the years of Simone's life and will include 24 days in the saddle with two rest days along the way. The brainchild of Simone's father Peter – a former top horse trainer who prepared On a Jeune to a second placing to Makybe Diva in a Melbourne Cup – the ride is supporting the National Jockeys Trust. All funds raised from the marathon ride will go to the Trust, which supports the families of the fallen and seriously injured riders around Australia. "The National Jockeys Trust and the industry as a whole came together to provide Kodah and our family with amazing support following Simone's death," Peter Montgomerie said. "We wanted to be able to give something back to the Trust and for the families and loved ones of other riders who are seriously injured or killed." People are encouraged to follow the "Simone Montgomerie's Legacy" page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/simoneslegacy) for the latest news, updates and details on how to help or donate.