London Lite Monday, 14 September 2009 15 Round-the-world cyclist pedals to a capital record PRINCE CHARLES faced embarrassment today after it emerged that his architecture foundation is being investigated by the Charity Commission. The Princes Foundation For The Built Environment is the subject of an inquiry into claims that it influenced the course of several major property developments. It comes after it was revealed that the foundation submitted its views on the architectural merits of an extension to Kensington Palace to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea during the planning process. The foundation denied any wrongdoing but Republic, the campaign for a democratically elected head of state, accused Charles of using his charities as private lobbying firms. by Mark blunden Easy rider: Londoner James Bowthorpe Home away One weekend, twO places, yOur cHOice & Why: Norwich was once Englands second largest city and has the biggest collection of medieval churches in western Europe. How to get there: Two hours from Liverpool Street, off-peak return, 41.50. Where to stay: The Georgian House Hotel ( in the centre has its own restaurant and cocktail bar. Rooms from 95 with breakfast. Where to eat: The bustling Waffle House ( near the market is cheap and tasty. Try the Mexican-style platter (5.85). What to do: See the abundance of churches and the cathedral -- its 450ft spire is the second tallest in England. The beautiful Norfolk Broads are a short trip away. More details: Noble Norwich Why: Its the cultural, economic and political centre of Austria. How to get there: Austrian Airlines ( flies from Heathrow to Vienna for 160 rtn. Where to stay: The Hotel Stefanie Wien (stefanie. is an elegant four-star hotel a few minutes walk from the city centre. Rooms from 85 a night. Where to eat: The Palmenhaus ( restaurant sits inside a 15-metre high greenhouse. Try the Bloody Mary jelly with rocket and prawns (11.30), followed by pink roasted duck breast (12.80). What to do: Visit Schnbrunn Palace or the Vienna State Opera ( -- but book tickets before your trip. More details: KELLY ARMSTRONG VivaciousVienna Princescharity isfacingprobe A CYCLIST from London is just days away from becoming the fastest man to ride around the world. James Bowthorpe, 31, has taken less than five-and-a-half months to cycle 18,000 miles through 20 countries. He could slice three weeks off the unbreakable record set by Scottish cyclist Mark Beaumont last year and is currently powering through 160 miles a day in northern Spain. Mr Bowthorpe, a cabinet maker from Balham, is due to complete his journey over four continents when he wheels into Hyde Park on Saturday to the same spot he left from on 29 March. But he will first eat a much-anticipated full English breakfast when he docks in Portsmouth. Mr Bowthorpe has taken flights over oceans but otherwise cycled unsupported carrying 30kg of clothes, camping equip- ment and gadgets. The terrain has included deserts and mountains and one 5,000-mile US stretch that saw him cycle for seven weeks without taking a day off. He said: My mind is okay but physi- cally Im exhausted. I just cant wait for it to be over. Mr Bowthorpe had to be rescued from bike robbers in Iran, collided with a wombat in Australia and was pelted with kebabs in Sydney. He fell sick in Delhi and lost a fifth of his body weight in Bangkok. The cyclist said the kindness of stran- gers has impressed him, such as the Kentucky man who donated cranks from his bike when Mr Bowthorpes failed. He said: Some of the people Ive met have been incredibly generous. Mr Bowthorpe has been motivated by his late grandfather to raise 100 for every mile he rides, a total 1.8m for Parkinsons disease research. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html