Pippa Middleton to ride in world’s toughest bike race this month

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

by Simon_MacMichael   June 9, 2014  

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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.

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Is she the one with the nice bum?

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posted by felixcat [414 posts]
9th June 2014 - 21:08

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felixcat wrote:
Is she the one with the nice bum?

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


I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1708 posts]
9th June 2014 - 21:13

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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...

posted by DanTe [141 posts]
9th June 2014 - 22:26

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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...

posted by Yennings [230 posts]
9th June 2014 - 23:19

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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.

Ride what makes you happy

posted by RobD [246 posts]
10th June 2014 - 8:18

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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!

posted by james-o [225 posts]
10th June 2014 - 10:24

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By the way, my sister's boyfriend will also ride in this race – who cares?!

posted by marche [47 posts]
10th June 2014 - 10:30

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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.

posted by GreenSmoothie [1 posts]
10th June 2014 - 12:15

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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

posted by Spinhalers [1 posts]
10th June 2014 - 12:28

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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

posted by Spinout [6 posts]
10th June 2014 - 12:29

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tough event, good luck

'It's the closest you can get to flying'
Robin Williams response when asked why he enjoyed riding so much

posted by Simmo72 [507 posts]
10th June 2014 - 12:58

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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?

posted by enigmaman [21 posts]
10th June 2014 - 13:07

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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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posted by bikebot [1301 posts]
10th June 2014 - 13:41

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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.

posted by Chris James [287 posts]
10th June 2014 - 14:02

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that should tone up that lovely ar$e even more ....

posted by Karbon Kev [683 posts]
10th June 2014 - 14:05

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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.

posted by Gordy748 [103 posts]
10th June 2014 - 18:57

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Rich over privileged kids on holiday. Pff

posted by BigAl68 [66 posts]
10th June 2014 - 20:06

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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.

posted by J90 [232 posts]
10th June 2014 - 23:02

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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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posted by Carlos the jackal [7 posts]
11th June 2014 - 16:32

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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.

posted by Argos74 [339 posts]
11th June 2014 - 20:33

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At least she's getting off her posterior and doing something.

posted by Beaufort [222 posts]
12th June 2014 - 8:49

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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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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
12th June 2014 - 9:25

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No pics?

posted by dogcc [136 posts]
12th June 2014 - 20:57

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or possibly getting on her posterior to do something Smile

posted by langsett [32 posts]
13th June 2014 - 20:45

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