WASHINGTON, Mo. – Pippa Middleton waved to NewsChannel 5's Elizabeth Matthews Wednesday afternoon as she cycled through Missouri on her journey across the United States.
Pippa's eight-person Race Across America team, the Michael Matthews Foundation, entered Missouri early on Wednesday on day four of their 3,000 mile trek from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland. The team is taking turns riding legs, cycling 24 hours a day until they reach the east coast.
NewsChannel 5 headed to Washington, Missouri to see if we could catch some of the cycling action. We were tracking the Michael Matthews Foundation team online, but there was no way to determine which rider was cycling at any given time.
"I didn't think that would happen, I thought for sure we would see somebody else, or they would come through in the middle of the night," said Amanda Winchester, a volunteer at the Washington pit stop at Revolution Cycles.
Elizabeth Matthews heard about 10 minutes before Pippa passed that it was her on the bike, and sure enough, Pippa passed through the area, giving Elizabeth and her camera a little wave before zooming down Route 100. She was there and gone in a matter of only seconds, but everyone there says it was well worth the wait.
"She was so beautiful and athletic, she's so exciting to see her on a bicycle in America," said Winchester.
"They are riding day and night for how many days, 2,000 miles and all of a sudden there's people cheering them on and you can see them smile and they go harder," said Revolution Cycles owner Joe Ferguson.