Cycling for Simone team arrives in Darwin

Family and friends of jockey Simone Montgomerie, who died after a fall in a Darwin Cup Day race, have crossed the finish line of their 3000km fundraising bike ride from South Australia to the Top End to celebrate her life.

The 26-year-old mum and premier rider in Darwin suffered fatal chest injuries when she was thrown from her mount Riahgrand during the August 2013 race at Fannie Bay.

In the lead-up to the third anniversary of Montgomerie’s death a group of cyclists, including her dad Peter and sister Brooke, embarked on a 26-day journey from her home town of Streaky Bay up to Darwin.

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Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne joined the team for the last leg as the team cycled into the Darwin Turf Club at about 1pm Friday.

Former star apprentice jockey Scott Leckey, whose career was cut short after he suffered brain damage in a 2007 fall at the same track where Montgomerie fell, rode the final two days of the journey.

All funds raised from the Cycling for Simone ride will go to the National Jockeys Trust which supports seriously injured riders and their families.

Her family said it wanted to give back to the Trust which had assisted them in the time after Simone’s death.

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