The bike that Pippa Middleton, sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, used to take part in the Race Across America (RAAM) in June is being auctioned to raise money for charity.
The 30-year-old took part in the 3,020 mile race as part of an eight-person team, completing the coast-to-coast trip in 6 days 10 hours and 54 minutes.
She has now donated her custom-built Dassi bike, worth £2,500, to the British Heart Foundation which is auctioning it on eBay, with the proceeds split between that charity and the Michael Matthews Foundation.
Middleton said: “The challenge of riding across the Rockies, coping with the heat of the Arizona desert and climbing over 170, 000 vertical feet in the six days was incredibly tough, but every inch of the 3,000 mile race was worth it, to help the BHF fight heart disease.
“I wanted to complete this challenge to help raise awareness of the importance of heart health after learning that coronary heart disease kills nearly three times more women than breast cancer.
“So whether you’re inspired to get fit or you’re a cycling fanatic wanting to add to your bike collection, take a look at my bike and put in a bid. I’m keen to raise as much money as possible to help the BHF fund life-saving heart research,” she added.
The specification of the bike, which comes in a red padded flight bag, is:
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.