Police in Derbyshire searched in vain on Saturday for a naked cyclist who was spotted on the A6 with a queue of traffic building up behind him.
One of the people in the queue of vehicles behind the cyclist posted to the forum of the Singletrack mountain biking website: “Driving down the A6 between Bakewell and Rowsley this morning I was stuck in a queue of traffic all following a cyclist.
“As I got closer I thought that's an odd flesh coloured Lycra outfit, only it wasn't, the road cyclist was naked, naked as the day he was born.
“Is this a new trend for road cyclists?”
According to the Derbyshire Telegraph, police were alerted to the presence of the cyclist shortly before 8am on Saturday morning, and some motorists took pictures of the man, described as white with brown hair, as they passed him.
The newspaper adds: “Upon further investigation, officers discovered that it was World Naked Bike Ride Day, however no other naked cyclists were reported in the area.”
According to the UK website of the World Naked Bike Ride, no events were planned here last Saturday.
Derby Telegraph columnist Anton Rippon tweeted:
Derbyshire police get reports of naked cyclist on A6. This is what you get when you allow bloody Tour de France into your county.
— Anton Rippon (@AntonRippon) July 12, 2014
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.