Butchers get on their bikes

With the occasional grumble and a few ominious creaks, the Butchers on Bikes team’s epic attempt to reach Paris got underway this morning.

Setting off from Smithfield Market in London at 8am this morning, the team made it as far as Cock Lane, 200 yards away, before stopping for a rest.

More than 30 riders from all areas of the industry are taking part in the ride from the heart of London’s meat trade to the centre of Paris, nearly 200 miles away.

The team is raising money for the Butchers' and Drovers' Charitable Institution, Worshipful Company of Butchers Charities, Breast Cancer Research and the NFU’s Farm Africa appeal.

Stuart Roberts, team leader, said: “It’s still not too late to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/butchers-on-bikes and give generously. We don’t want to go through all this pain for nothing!”

For the latest updates on all the action and news from the road, visit www.butchersonbikes.wordpress.com.