The Countess of Wessex took part in a tandem bike ride with visually impaired cyclists

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

The Countess of Wessex took part in a tandem bike ride with visually impaired cyclists yesterday afternoon (6 July) in Bushy Park, Richmond.

Sophie Wessex cycled a tandem bike with the charity Vision Foundation’s appeal manager, Monica. Sophie led direction at the front of the bike as the "pilot" while Monica powered from behind as the "stoke".

As a patron of Vision Foundation, the Countess was taking part to help launch a new project by the charity.

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A post on the Royal Family’s official Instagram account explained that, “the cycle ride marks the launch of Vision Foundation’s new initiative to tackle rising unemployment among blind and partially sighted people.”

The partnership needed for a tandem bike ride to work is a representation of "sighted and visually impaired people working together," which the charity believes is key in order to "break the cycle of sight loss unemployment.”

The post also featured images from the day’s bike ride, along with a clip of the Countess cycling past as she and her cycling partner braved the soggy weather.

Another clip showed Sophie Wessex deep in conversation with the other cyclists as she admitted to the group, “I was completely out of my comfort zone.”

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

"If you’d been a bit worried I might have said, ‘look, I can’t do this' but you were the one who gave me confidence," she said, before thanking everyone involved for taking part.

Many members of the public liked and commented on the post, with messages of support for the Countess.

“Love seeing Sophie out and about and her work for charities and patronage being recognised now,” read one.

Other said simply, “go Sophie” and “what a remarkable woman” as they praised her work raising awareness of the charity.

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