Cyclist saves bacon of piglet prize
A British cyclist who won a race in Spain was shocked to be presented with his trophy - a live piglet.
Chris Bartlett, 26, from Ipswich, decided to compete in the race, in Huercal Overa, as part of his winter training schedule.
The pro cyclist, who races for the Metaltek team, had no idea what the first prize would be until he was on the winner's podium.
Mr Bartlett said: "There's nothing like a competitive race to keep your fitness levels up so when I saw the race advertised I entered.
"I had no idea what the prize would be. After I'd won and the official handed me the pig I said: "What am I supposed to do with it." He said: "Eat it!"
The piglet is traditionally expected to grace the winner's Christmas Dinner table - but Mr Bartlett has decided to save its bacon.
He has persuaded Ollie Watts, the English owner of his training camp - Kinetic PB - to keep the pig, now named Lucky Rapha, as a mascot.
Mr Watts added: "Lucky is already a big hit with the athletes who are staying at the camp who touch her for luck every morning.
"She has to be the luckiest piglet alive and we are delighted to have helped save her from the chop."
what do you think?
Good on you Chris,i would have done the same,
I like the way they walk - as if they wear high heels!
Ha ha ha @ the heels thing!
Awwww cute I would love to have a pig as a pet xx
My fayjer's family had a farm in Poland and kept a pig in the house to fatten for slaughter every autumn. he was so fond of one particular pig that he begged his father to let him keep it. He agreed and my dad kept the pet pig for many years, until he left home at the outbreak of war in 1939. He said it was just like a big dog and very smart!
Louisa that's a lovely story. x
Cool, Louisa - a lovely story! My first pet pig was called Wig and my dad picked her up at the market where he bought and sold animals. Imagine my horror when I arrived home from school months later to let Wig out to have a wander about and found her hanging with no skin on! I got two more - Trotsky and Slash ( I liked Guns 'n' Roses) who also came to a grisly end. My dad is a farmer and I learned a lesson. A hamster was next!
Hey Valerie. Dad's dead now but i wish i could remember his pig's name! He never saw it again as war broke out and he went into the army and never went back home for nearly forty five years!
Hi there Movvi. My God that's a horror story if ever i heard one! Poor old Wig! My sister came home from work one night and my rather eccentric mum and dad had a huge cauldron bubbling away on the stove. My sister lifted the lid to find a pig's head staring back at her! She screamed and threw the lid across the kitchen, smashing it straight through the kitchen window. Several hours and a couple of brandies later i think she stopped crying!
Louisa my nan used to boil a pigs head. She used to go to the market to pick one up. Sheeps heads as well. Yuk. No wonder I turned vegetarian :D
Valerie- horrible thought isn't it?
LOL Yes Louisa and when I was little on Christmas Eve my brother used to chase me with the turkey giblets. Ha ha. Happy days :D
Cripes, ladies - it's a wonder we've turned out so sane! Ha ha ha.
ha ha ha. Too true movvi :D
So Valerie you've never married ?!.
no Chris I'm a bad girl living in sin LOL
The Swine !
If he brought the pig back from abroad, would it be classed as an illegal immigrunt?
LOLOLOL nice one :)
Think he could get a grilling at immigration
How cool is that!!
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A spoke in time saves swine !
Aren't they just Hamming this up a bit ?
Nice one Chris!
Is he heading for Bolton Wanderers so that he can play for the Trotters?
Porktrait of a Victor
If the piggy is injured during the match, the trainer can come on and rub some oinkment into his wound.
Is the cyclist called Bradley Piggins by any chance?