Despite having to stop several times along the way to complete odd jobs really badly, cycling siblings Paul and Barry Chuckle are still leading the pack in this years Tour de France, but have admitted they're beginning to 'feel the burn'.
Navigating their red and white four-wheel-two-seater bike complete with 'CHUCKLE 1' number plate, the pair 'struggled' through stage 15, but insisted their 'no slacking' work-ethic, drilled into them by almost every boss they've ever had, is the driving-force behind their determination.
Even with the intense pressure of holding the lead earlier in the race at stage 13, the not-so-handy-men stopped off in the village of Chatel to attempt and then comically fail at painting a Frenchman's chicken coop, before rejoining the race half a mile ahead of favourite Chris Froome. During the brief stop, Paul Chuckle said: 'We have a to-me-to-you strategy that almost always fails everwhere else, especially when carrying large wooden planks, but it's the perfect technique for competitive cycling'.
The rival Sky Team have already spoken of their anger at the Chuckle Brothers participation in the tough event: 'They have a much more comfortable riding experience. They have enough room to have a kip along the way. Besides, have you met them? How they are the only entrants not on drugs is beyond me - they're crackers', said a Team Sky spokeman.
When asked about his thoughts on the race so far, Barry Chuckle said: 'The to-me-to-you technique is a great way to share the strain, but Paul sometimes forgets to say 'to you', which means I stop pedalling and we start going round in circles - it's a right nightmare'.