• James and Pippa set off from Oceanside, California, last Saturday
  • They were part of a team of eight taking turns to cycle while others rested
  • Pippa revealed she would treat her bottom with plenty of saddle cream
  • But her custom-built, £2,250 road bike no doubt helped her as well

By
Barbara Mcmahon

Tired but elated, Pippa Middleton was all smiles yesterday as she completed a cycling race across America – and  she credited her success to a ‘particularly comfy’ saddle.

Pippa, 30, crossed the finish line just after 3am in Annapolis, Maryland, after covering 3,000 miles in six days, ten hours and 54 minutes.

The younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge was  the only woman in a team of eight, which also included her brother James.

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Leading the way: Pippa Middleton at the finish of the Race Across America bike race in Annapolis, Maryland

She revealed before setting off that she would be protecting her widely appreciated bottom with plenty of special 'chamois cream'

Pippa, James and the rest of the team arrived in Annapolis, Maryland, with others from the Race Across America cycle team just after 3am local time, after covering 3,000 miles in six days, ten hours and 54 minutes

Family fun: The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister, 30, and their 27-year-old brother set off from Oceanside, California for their adventure last Saturday, with Pippa the only woman on the team

Family fun: The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, 30, and their 27-year-old brother set off from Oceanside, California for their adventure last Saturday, with Pippa the only woman on the team

Pippa smiles after finishing the Race Across America

Pippa¿s discomfort was also no doubt minimised by her custom-made Dassi Aero road bike, which cost £2,250

Soft: Pippa revealed before setting off that she would be protecting her widely appreciated bottom with plenty of special ‘chamois cream’, which prevents chafing. Her custom-built, £2,250 road bike also no doubt helped

Professional but patriotic look: Pippa and her team-mates rode across America in Union flag-themed lycras

Professional but patriotic look: Pippa and her team-mates rode across America in Union flag-themed lycras

They set off from California on the
Race Across America with the aim of crossing 12 states to raise money
for charity.

Asked if she had suffered saddle sores, Pippa laughed and
said: ‘It wasn’t too bad. I think it was because I chose a particularly
comfy saddle.

The hardest thing was the sheer endurance of it and not
getting enough sleep. We averaged about three hours a night.

‘I found cycling at night quite intimidating. There was a few nights when we came across snakes, skunks and deer.’

She said her legs had been sore for the first few days. ‘They were a bit wobbly at first but then I got used to it,’ she added.

A glowing, tanned looking Pippa was happy to pose with a beaming Cayman, 9, during a pit stop in her mammoth 3000 mile ride across America

A glowing, tanned looking Pippa was happy to pose with a beaming Cayman, 9, during a pit stop in her mammoth 3000 mile ride across America

The gruelling test of endurance didn't seem to be taking too much of a toll on super-fit Pippa

The gruelling test of endurance didn’t seem to be taking too much of a toll on super-fit Pippa

Cayman and her mother Lisa bumped into Pippa and her brother James as they made a brief pit stop

Cayman and her mother Lisa bumped into Pippa and her brother James as they made a brief pit stop

James Middleton, sporting a full mountain-man beard, joined his sister on the charity bike ride across America

James Middleton, sporting a full mountain-man beard, joined his sister on the charity bike ride across America

Pippa smiles as she climbs back into the escort car with her brother to rest while others continue cycling

Pippa smiles as she climbs back into the escort car with her brother to rest while others continue cycling

The Route: Race Across America takes place across 12 days, with cyclists venturing from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland

The Route: Race Across America takes place across 12 days, with cyclists venturing from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland

Pippa
and her team cycled through California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado,
Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania
and Maryland. It’s been brilliant. I was talked into this by most of the
boys, and particularly by James,’ she added.

The
trip did not go completely to plan. Two of the team’s bikes developed
faults and two support vehicles, including the mobile kitchen, also
broke down.

There have been
fatalities in the race in previous years  and Olympic legend Sir Steve
Redgrave, who took part in 2010, broke cheekbones, ribs and a wrist
after falling from his bike.

Pippa, 30 and James, 27, appeared upbeat about the enormous challenge ahead of them before they set off on Saturday

Pippa, 30 and James, 27, appeared upbeat about the enormous challenge ahead of them before they set off on Saturday

Dedicated: Pippa had been training hard for the race

Dedicated: Pippa had been training hard for the race

Pippa Middleton and her brother set off on the charity on the epic bike race across 12 American states in eight days

Pippa Middleton and her brother set off on the charity on the epic bike race across 12 American states in eight days

The 30-year-old test rides her 7.5kg bike - which was crafted with her famous posterior in mind. Lasers scanned thousands of points on her body to ensure it would be the perfect fit

The 30-year-old test rides her 7.5kg bike – which was crafted with her famous posterior in mind. Lasers scanned thousands of points on her body to ensure it would be the perfect fit

Pippa is the only woman taking part in the ride, which is in aid of The Michael Matthews Foundation

Pippa is the only woman taking part in the ride, which is in aid of The Michael Matthews Foundation

Pippa
and her team was raising money for the British Heart Foundation – which
has appointed her as an ambassador – and The Michael Matthews
Foundation, named after a British adventurer who died in 1999, aged 22,
on Mount Everest.

It provides education to children who wouldn’t
otherwise receive one.

By yesterday Pippa had raised more than £4,800.

 

The comments below have not been moderated.

jenhen2752,

Truro, United Kingdom,

moments ago

Fair play to her, 3000 miles in a week is a massive achievement!

toxents,

Shanghai,

5 minutes ago

She love the attention.

rksingh6406,

vadodara, India,

7 minutes ago

how many guys did she “conquer” on the way?

Salford72,

Salford,

7 minutes ago

WHO?

Karl Vyn,

New York, United States,

9 minutes ago

No! Why didn’t anyone tell me of this? I wanted to go see her and cheer her on. Oh well, she truly conquered America. She’s so beautiful.

Sheila,

Mountain View, United States,

24 minutes ago

This is really impressive. It seems that Pippa and James have a better work ethic than their sister. What a wonderful thing to do for charity.

Old Guy in Calif.,

Los Angeles, United States,

36 minutes ago

Alright mystery solved.She has a substantial butt and a nice one at that.

DMAC,

Brisbane,

47 minutes ago

A sore behind??……………..She must be aching all over then!….

Iron Man,

Perth, Australia,

58 minutes ago

Oh well, I suppose she’s got nothing else to do…

BrownBear,

Not that country viz., United States,

1 hour ago

I don’t care this family—however, at least she does *something*. What has her sister *done*?

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