Saturday, 24 September 2016

Sophie's cycle ride, day six

The Countess of Wessex at RAF Wittering at the start of day six of her Diamond Challenge bike ride
(photo Royal Family Twitter)

If we can't have cake then huge planes will just about do. As the Countess of Wessex began day six of her bike ride from Edinburgh to London, she posed for photos in front of some of the most famous aircraft in the world. The last leg of Sophie's Diamond Challenge is ready for take off.

Day six of the challenge, which will see Sophie cycle 436 miles from Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace in London, began in Cambridgeshire although it's not clear yet whether the formation ride around RAF Wittering counts towards the distance total or whether it was just for fun.

As we've come to expect, the Countess of Wessex took the chance at the start of the day to meet young people from the local area. Day six saw her chatting with teenagers accessing the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme through the Voyager Academy and Peterborough Open Awards Centre. Sophie wrote later on her blog about the cycle ride that it was a reminder there are many ways to get involved in the scheme even if a school can't offer access.

Day six covered 80 miles with some climbs and a bit of a headwind. But the Countess of Wessex is almost home after an epic cycle that has won fans and included cake. Sophie's star continues to rise.

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