Rob Hayles goes Near Naked for charity in London this week

Step aside, Footon-Servetto, there's a new fleshtone kit in town - and it's all for a good cause

by Simon_MacMichael   March 12, 2012  

Team Near Naked Man (photo Ben Roberts)

If you thought Footon-Servetto’s 2010 outfit took fleshtone-coloured kit as far as it could go, think again. Double track world champion and three time Olympic medallist Rob Hayles will be helping give the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign plenty of, er, exposure this Wednesday at London cycling café Look Mum No Hands! as he helps launch its 2012 series of Balls Out Challenge rides, complete with a rather eyecatching kit.

“We are over the moon to announce our new signing of Rob Hayles as Near Naked Man Cycling Ambassador,” commented Patrick Cox, founder of the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign.

The charity says that its Team Near Naked Man outfit, complete with strategically placed (or not, depending which side you dress) figleaf, “is not only the world’s most eye catching cycling apparel, but it cannot be bought, it must be earned!”

The way to do that is to sign up to one of the Balls Out Challenge events on the charity’s fundraising website, and anyone who commits themselves to a ride will also be invited to a Rob Hayles training day that will conclude with ‘end of season awards’ in the evening.

Hayles, who besides his successful track career also competed for teams on the road including Cofidis, Endura Bikehut and Endura Racing and now acts as a TV pundit among other things, will be at Look Mum No Hands! on Old Street from 7pm this Wednesday 14 March.

“Male Cancer Awareness Campaign is a small, brilliant and highly innovative charity,” he said. “Designing the world’s most eye catching cycling apparel to help raise awareness and reduce embarrassment of male cancer is something else! I am excited to be working with them to help achieve their aims and goals.”

The charity added that it was looking forward to working with Hayles not just because of his achievements in the sport, “but also for the enthusiasm and sense of fun he’ll bring.”

It added: “And after hearing some of his exploits, it seems he’ll fit just nicely into the near ‘naked’ role!”

Sounds intriguing. Anyone else interested in seeing a tell-all autobiography?

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Is this the same Patrick Cox of shoe designing fame?

posted by farrell [1867 posts]
13th March 2012 - 2:14


“is not only the world’s most eye catching cycling apparel, but it cannot be bought, it must be earned!”
Love it, can you imagine taking part, receiving this, then wearing it on the next club run?! Big Grin

I just looked at the linked Footon-Servetto story - I notice that in the comments, Old Cranky posted "How long until they decide to add a green fig leaf over the crotch area?"

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3689 posts]
13th March 2012 - 9:54


farrell wrote:
Is this the same Patrick Cox of shoe designing fame?

Apparently not, but thanks for the reminder - been meaning to get my Patrick Cox shoes reheeled and have just this second dropped them off at the repairers.


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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9300 posts]
13th March 2012 - 14:18