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Duchess of Cambridge’s sister in 8-person relay team for Race Across America which starts on Saturday

Pippa Middleton, sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, will set off later this week on the world’s toughest annual bike race* – the Race Across America (RAAM), which covers around 3,000 miles from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Although she’ll be riding as part of an eight-person relay, and is the only woman on the team, it’s a daunting undertaking for any cyclist.

All the more so, perhaps, for one who in January confessed that she was a comparative novice at road cycling – although in 2011 she completed the Highland Cross duathlon, which includes a 30-mile bike ride.

Middleton and her brother James are riding for the Michael Matthews Foundation team, the charity named after the 22-year-old who died in 1999 as he descended from the summit of Mount Everest after becoming the youngest Briton reach it.

One of his brothers, also called James, once dated Middleton – and is also taking part in RAAM - while another, Spencer, is one of the main figures in the reality TV series Made In Chelsea.

Competitors in the various team categories set off from Oceanside, California on Saturday 14 June to start the ride to Annapolis, Maryland.

Other UK teams taking part are Data Techniques powered by Networks Centre (Nick Crosby and Sean Frost) in the two-person category, and the four-person London Pride Spinhalers (John Hall, Martyn Grant, Dave Shephard and James Fuller).

Five riders from the UK are entered in the solo category, with riders setting off tomorrow. They are Chris ‘Hoppo’ Hopkinson, Mark Pattinson, Shusanah Pillinger, Tim Richardson and Brian Welsh.

You can keep up to date with the 33rd edition of the Race Across America through its website.

 

* Organisers of the unsupported Trans Am Bike Race, which covers almost one and a half times the distance and began on Saturday, may disagree.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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felixcat [487 posts] 2 years ago
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Is she the one with the nice bum?

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Leviathan [2274 posts] 2 years ago
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felixcat wrote:

Is she the one with the nice bum?

Yes, her genetically superior posterior will be a great asset.

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DanTe [190 posts] 2 years ago
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No matter how many times she flicked her elbow there'd be no chance of me leaving her back wheel to do a turn...

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Yennings [237 posts] 2 years ago
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Good on her for having a go. Meanwhile, that Shu Pillinger lady they mention is from my local club Verulam CC and bidding to become the first-ever British woman to officially complete the RAAM solo. Whole different level of hardcore...

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RobD [293 posts] 2 years ago
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I still can't quite comprehend just how extreme riding this (or the trans am for that matter) must be. I'd love to do something like this, not sure I'd be able to be that committed to training though. Good on them for doing it.

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james-o [235 posts] 2 years ago
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Yennings wrote:

Good on her for having a go. Meanwhile, that Shu Pillinger lady they mention is from my local club Verulam CC and bidding to become the first-ever British woman to officially complete the RAAM solo. Whole different level of hardcore...

A local club rider.. See the Verulam out regularly. Good luck Shu!

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marche [95 posts] 2 years ago
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By the way, my sister's boyfriend will also ride in this race – who cares?!

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GreenSmoothie [1 post] 2 years ago
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Great news, good for her. Disappointed though that there appears to be no "flag as sexist/misogynistic/inappropriate" button below certain morons' comments. This is a cycling website, not the pub. Have some respect.

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Spinhalers [1 post] 2 years ago
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Good Luck to all Solo and Team riders taking part in RAAM 2014. Thanks for the mention road.cc. Please visit our website for more information - we are racing for Asthma UK spinhalers.co.uk

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Spinout [7 posts] 2 years ago
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I used to work with Shu. As you say, what she's attempting is properly hard core. The amount of training and dedication she's put in is simply awesome!

She's raising money for Herts. Air Ambulance, you can sponsor her here: http://www.justgiving.com/ShuRAAM

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Simmo72 [617 posts] 2 years ago
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tough event, good luck

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enigmaman [24 posts] 2 years ago
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So, a celebrity airhead with no discernible talent is going on an all expenses paid trip to America to ride a bike for three hours a day. And it's all for "charridee". Nope, can't see the story here. Top marks to those who are doing it for real, but the headline story here is nonsense. Why do we buy into this stuff?

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bikebot [2149 posts] 2 years ago
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GreenSmoothie wrote:

Great news, good for her. Disappointed though that there appears to be no "flag as sexist/misogynistic/inappropriate" button below certain morons' comments. This is a cycling website, not the pub. Have some respect.

I will bet you'll need that flag thingy for our national press once they pick up on this story. They've had a very singular fixation with that royal-in-law.

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Chris James [417 posts] 2 years ago
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'Middleton and her brother James are riding for the Michael Matthews Foundation team, the charity named after the 22-year-old who died in 1999 as he descended from the summit of Mount Everest after becoming the youngest Briton reach it.

One of his brothers, also called James, once dated Middleton – and is also taking part in RAAM - while another, Spencer, is one of the main figures in the reality TV series Made In Chelsea.'

There doesn't seem to be a very big gene pool for this charity challenge lark does there? I suppose the rest of us are busy working for a living.

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 2 years ago
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that should tone up that lovely ar$e even more ....

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Gordy748 [110 posts] 2 years ago
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enigmaman wrote:

So, a celebrity airhead with no discernible talent is going on an all expenses paid trip to America to ride a bike for three hours a day. And it's all for "charridee". Nope, can't see the story here. Top marks to those who are doing it for real, but the headline story here is nonsense. Why do we buy into this stuff?

Totally agree. 3 hours a day in the saddle by a middle-class toff for a week is neither tough nor news-worthy.

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BigAl68 [72 posts] 2 years ago
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Rich over privileged kids on holiday. Pff

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J90 [367 posts] 2 years ago
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DanTe wrote:

No matter how many times she flicked her elbow there'd be no chance of me leaving her back wheel to do a turn...

Huh huh huh.

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Carlos the jackal [10 posts] 2 years ago
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Is it not all just down to money? RAAM costs money, sponsors give money, sponsors want coverage, enlist 'celebs' = column inches = sponsor money. Which allows the event to take place and to grow. Just a shame 'celebrity' will overshadow the real winners of this race.

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Argos74 [416 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm all for slebs getting themselves in the papers on bikes. First, it confuses the hell of the Daily Mail. Second, it promotes cycling to a section of the population that probably wouldn't have heard it from anywhere else.

If young Jemima (or Jeremy) walks into Decathlon, Evans or Halfords this weekend, and asks about buying their first bike because Ms Middleton is spending one of her summer holidays riding across bits of Murrica, meh, is all good.

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Beaufort [270 posts] 2 years ago
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At least she's getting off her posterior and doing something.

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mooleur [537 posts] 2 years ago
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Should relabel the article "ladies bottom does charity thing - sad old internet perverts on cycling website don't give fucks about charity"

Good for Pippa, and everyone else doing the race - it's mega. Good luck to all!

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Skylark [162 posts] 2 years ago
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No pics?

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langsett [35 posts] 2 years ago
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or possibly getting on her posterior to do something  1