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Woman goes shopping wearing “little more than white trainers and a friendly smile"...

Police in Austria have told a female cyclist who has popped into premises including a petrol station and tobacconists wearing “little more than white trainers and a friendly smile" to cover herself up – or face a 1,000 euro fine.

BBC News, citing a report in tabloid newspaper Oesterreich, says that while Austrians are tolerant of nudity in places such as beaches and parks, it’s more frowned upon elsewhere.

It adds that police received complaints from people who had seen the woman riding around the town of Pernitz in Lower Austria.

The press in Austria are trying to discover who the mystery blonde is, with the Kurier newspaper reporting on a YouTube clip filmed in nearby Pottenstein showing the same woman coming out of a cake shop – although this time, she gets into a car rather than riding away on a bike.

Gabriela Leithner, who runs the shop, didn’t have a problem with her eye-catching customer, however. "She's dropped by two or three times, I don't think it's a big deal," she said.

"She's not done anything wrong. We had a naked man in here the other day," she added.

Back in Pernitz however local police chief, Harald Windbichler, does have an issue with it, and has already issued the cyclist with a verbal warning "breach of public decorum," and has told her that next time she could be fined 1,000 euro.

As Oesterreich pointed out, "You could buy an entire wardrobe for that."

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.