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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Pippa conquers America! Kate's sister finishes 3,000-mile charity cycle ride across U.S. with brother James.

Tired but elated, Pippa Middleton was all smiles yesterday as she completed a cycling race across America – and  she credited her success to a ‘particularly comfy’ saddle.
Pippa, 30, crossed the finish line just after 3am in Annapolis, Maryland, after covering 3,000 miles in six days, ten hours and 54 minutes.
The younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge was  the only woman in a team of eight, which also included her brother James.
They set off from California on the Race Across America with the aim of crossing 12 states to raise money for charity. 
Asked if she had suffered saddle sores, Pippa laughed and said: ‘It wasn’t too bad. I think it was because I chose a particularly comfy saddle. 
The hardest thing was the sheer endurance of it and not getting enough sleep. We averaged about three hours a night.
‘I found cycling at night quite intimidating. There was a few nights when we came across snakes, skunks and deer.’
She said her legs had been sore for the first few days. ‘They were a bit wobbly at first but then I got used to it,’ she added.
Pippa and her team cycled through California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. It’s been brilliant. I was talked into this by most of the boys, and particularly by James,’ she added.
The trip did not go completely to plan. Two of the team’s bikes developed faults and two support vehicles, including the mobile kitchen, also broke down.
There have been fatalities in the race in previous years  and Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave, who took part in 2010, broke cheekbones, ribs and a wrist after falling from his bike.




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