The Countess of Wessex is setting off on a cycling adventure come Monday (Sept. 19), when she'll ride an impressive 445 miles from the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace. Along with a team of five fellow cyclists from regiments with which she's associated, the trip will raise money for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Her father-in-law, The Duke of Edinburgh, and her husband, The Earl of Wessex, will sound the group off before pedalling from Scotland to London in just seven days
It's a challenge that Sophie, 51, has trained hard for since February, fitting in rides around out her work with the 870-plus organisations of which she is Patron.
And in an interview with Hello! at her Bagshot Park home a few days before her departure, she reveals which family members think she's mad, how her children feel about the challenge and recounts an amusing encounter with one passing driver.
"I do think I'm ready," Sophie tells Hello!'s royal correspondent Emily Nash. "It's been quite a long six months but I've put in the hours in the saddle, I've sweated the blood and tears, I'm physically and mentally ready to go now."