Sophie saddles up for 450 mile bike challenge
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.”