So­phie sad­dles up for 450 mile bike chal­lenge

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THE Count­ess of Wes­sex is tak­ing on a gru­elling 450-mile palace-to-palace cy­cle chal­lenge, which will see her ride from Ed­in­burgh to Lon­don.

So­phie, 51 ( above) will pedal from Holy­rood­house to Buck­ing­ham Palace on be­half of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award, to cel­e­brate the scheme’s 60th an­niver­sary.

The Count­ess, who will com­plete the mam­moth bike ride over seven days in Septem­ber, ad­mit­ted she is ner­vous but look­ing for­ward to it.

So­phie will be mak­ing the jour­ney for her DofE Di­a­mond Chal­lenge – an ini­tia­tive which asks peo­ple to tackle some­thing new to raise both aware­ness and money.

The Count­ess said: “I am both ex­cited and ap­pre­hen­sive to be un­der­tak­ing this chal­lenge on be­half of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award Di­a­mond An­niver­sary Ap­peal.

“I have seen for my­self the in­cred­i­ble im­pact the DofE has on ev­ery young life it touches, equip­ping young peo­ple with self-be­lief and mo­ti­va­tion.

“I had no hes­i­ta­tion in tak­ing on a Di­a­mond Chal­lenge and hope this will en­cour­age oth­ers to try their own.”

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