Giddy Prince Charles Jokes He Hasn't 'Worked Out The Gears' As He Hops On A Bike For Charity Event — Photos

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Jun. 11 2021, Published 1:44 p.m. ET

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Off to a wheely great start! Prince Charles couldn't help but smile and laugh as he launched a charity cycle event on Thursday, June 10.

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Charles, 72, joined representatives of the British Asian Trust before they embarked on the Palaces on Wheels outing, which took place near the prince's Highgrove home.

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The cyclists stopped at a couple of royal residences, including Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Sandringham.

Charles also seemed like he was a bit off-balance, as he quipped: "I haven't worked out the gears. I hope I don't bump into you or get stuck behind you later on."

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Scroll through the gallery below to see Charles' outing!

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Charles joked to the riders that their outfits — which were tight shirts and biker shorts — seemed like they were uncomfortable.

The prince said the apparel was "a very good demonstration of why I don't wear Lycra! It's a nightmare getting into it."

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Leading the pack! Charles looked like he raced ahead of the other riders.

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"Ready, set... go! 🚲," the caption began via Instagram. "The Prince, Founding Patron of the British Asian Trust, has joined cyclists at Highgrove to kick-start the ‘Palaces on Wheels’ bike ride in aid of The Trust’s vital work in South Asia. The event carries on from previous cycling events from @theBritishAsianTrust, which has seen British cyclists travel through 🇱🇰 Sri Lanka, 🇮🇳 India, 🇹🇿 Tanzania and 🇰🇭 Cambodia over the years. This year will see cyclists at home for the first time. 🇬🇧."

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The message continued, "Together with British Asian Trust Ambassador @tvSanjeev Bhaskar, The Prince wished the cyclists well before they headed off on their challenge, which will take them to a number of Royal Residences including Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. 🚴‍♂️ ➡️ Follow the cyclists on their #PalacesOnWheels journey via @palacesonwheels2021. Find out more about the work of the British Asian Trust through the link in our bio."

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Charles was later handed a tiny Lycra top.

"Oh, have we got the wrong one?" he quipped while stretching the top. "I mean, I have heard about Lycra, but really!"

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