Pippa Middleton, sister-in-law of Prince William, and her brother James have embarked on a 3,000-mile bike ride across the US to raise money for charity. Pippa Middleton and her team will start the journey at Oceanside, California, and ride to Annapolis, Maryland, in the event called Race Across America.
“On 14th June, my brother and I, along with six friends will be setting off on a West to East Coast Race Across America (RAAM),” she said in a statement posted on her fundraising page on Saturday. “This relay cycling event spans 3,000 miles, 12 states and 88 counties. We are aiming to complete this non-stop challenge in eight days, riding between 350 and 500 miles a day.”
Middleton, 30, is well versed in cycling, often riding out on the bumpy country roads near her parents’ house in Bucklebury. The two youngest Middleton siblings are on one of the several dozen solo and team riders in the 33rd annual charity event. The Middleton team is raising funds for the British Heart Foundation, which Pippa is an ambassador for.
In a statement on the foundation’s website, she says she “was shocked to learn that nearly three times more women die from coronary heart disease than breast cancer. I’m passionate about raising awareness amongst women of this killer disease and I look forward to working with the BHF to highlight to women the risks of heart disease and, importantly, how they can reduce them.”
Middleton also announced on her fundraising page that her and her brother James will be heading to Istanbul afterwards to participate in the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Race.