BDCI cyclists reach Ireland

The BDCI round-Britain and Ireland challenge has got off to a flying start with the intrepid group now reaching Ireland.

The four athletes — Stuart Roberts, John Mercer, Eoin Ryan and Mark Allan — set off from ABP in Shrewsbury on the first day of their challenge, on a route that took them up the long slog of the Llanllwni mountain, and down towards the Pembroke coast, visiting meat plants on their way.

The town of Tregaron put on a particularly rousing welcome, bringing out the bunting, posters and cake to cheer on the men in lycra and organising a whip-round to boost the charity’s coffers.  

Andrew Garvey, support team and BDCI marketing chairman, said: “It’s going very well. Yesterday we travelled through every conceivable kind of weather from bright sunshine to torrential rain, but it has been good.”

The event has been organised to raise money for industry charity, the BDCI, which helps people within, or connected to, the meat industry, who have fallen on hard times.

To sponsor the four visit www.justgiving.com/ButchersinLycra or for more updates on their progress visit their blog on http://bdcimeninlycra.wordpress.com.