Pigs. And bikes.

It was only a matter of time before someone would paint cycling scenes onto a pig. Well, it was in Bath anyway...

Legend has it that in 863BC King Bladud, ruler of the Britons and King Lear's old man, contracted a dose of the old leprosy. He thought that his ailment would mean he couldn't rule and became a swineherd down here in the Avon Valley. Anyway, his pigs discovered the hot springs around Bath, Bladud had a Bath and lo! he was cured...

And this has what to do with bikes? Actually both nothing and everything. This summer Bath – where CPlus Tower is located – is infested with pigs. They're King Bladud's Pigs decorated by local artists and residents, and sponsored by local businesses. They're quirky and funny – if you like painted pigs – and at the end of the summer they'll be auctioned off to raise money for The Two Tunnels project. (That's a project to build a new cycle and walking path in the city.)

Anyway, I found my favourite while riding into work on Thursday. It's plonked down by the River Avon, next to some industrial units...

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK
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