Pippa Middleton Takes Up Road Cycling Around London Despite Fear Of Clip-In Shoes

14/08/2014 16:38 | Updated 22 May 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton, is taking up cycling.

While this is probably the most exciting news we've heard all year, we're not sure how the near-royal managed to write a 1,000 word column for The Telegraph about her ventures on a road bike in Battersea Park. The mind, it boggles.

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But anyway, it looks like you'll be seeing Pips in her lycra shorts, helmet and wrap-around glasses on the cycle highway in London on the regs.

The 30-year-old overcame her fear of clip-in cycle shoes and her utter distaste for biking gear. Then she borrowed a bike from Sir Chris Hoy (yes, really!) and treated herself to a lesson with Olympic champ Jonathan Edwards.

"It was a bit like learning to ride a bike all over again," Pips wrote. "But after a few laughs and wobbles I got the hang of it." Phew! What a relief.

"Thankfully, given the bitter wind, this wasn't a long ride," she added.

And in conclusion it seems Pippa is a bit of a cycling convert. "I shall certainly be less intimidated by urban cyclists... in the future after my brief initiation into their ways, and a road bike is now on my sporting accessories wish list."

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