The Race Across America is taking on a royal flair this year.
Pippa and James Middleton, the younger sister and brother of the Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton, are competing on a team in the annual jaunt across the United States.
The two are part of an eight-member team competing to benefit the British Heart Association, which Pippa serves as an ambassador, and the Michael Matthews Foundation, a children’s charity that is named after a 22-year-old man who became the first Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest and then died on the way down in 1999, according to Eonline.com.
The team started the 3,000-mile race on Saturday in Oceanside, California. The race is scheduled to finish in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 26.
Local anglophiles who don’t mind driving a couple of hours should be able to catch a glimpse of Pippa in the Gettysburg area later this month. There is also a time-check station in just outside of Gettysburg in Hanover.
Fans can keep an eye on Pippa and James’ progress at the Race Across America website.
I caught some of the riders going through the Gettysburg battlefield last year while I was on vacation. While I admit it wasn’t the most exciting bicycle race I’ve watched, it was kind of awe inspiring to know how long and hard the cyclists were riding.
If anyone happens to venture south to watch the race, send me some snapshots. I would be more than glad to share your photos with the Cycling Scene blog readers.