Ancient Greek 'triathlon' theme for Brighton Naked Bike Ride next month

Running and swimming incoporated in event on 10 June to tie in with Olympic year

by Simon_MacMichael   May 17, 2012  

World Naked Bike Rides / Roger Bamber

This year’s Brighton Naked Bike Ride will be more of a naked triathlon – albeit in reverse order –  as organisers of the event in the South Coast City look to mark the Olympic year by incorporating running and swimming into the programme, taking inspiration from the Ancient Greeks, who competed in sports naked. The event takes place on Sunday June 10.

This will be the seventh year that the event, part of the World Naked Bike Ride movement which seeks to celebrate cycling and the human body and highlight how fragile the latter is as well as the environmental impact of dependency on fossil fuels, will have been held in Brighton, up to a thousand riders are expected to take part.

Co-organiser Duncan Blinkhorn told The Argus: “The Naked Bike Ride is partly about facing our fears and challenging ourselves.

“Many people are fearful of cycling on the roads but evidence shows that the more people cycle the safer we all are.

“By cycling naked we are symbolising our vulnerability, both as individuals and as a species while also demonstrating safety in numbers.

“In this Olympic year let us celebrate the awesome power of the human body.”

The newspaper added that Mr Blinkhorn would be handing out bananas to participants during the ride, which starts at noon at Preston Park before heading through the city centre and along the seafront to Hove, where it will end at the naturist beach.

More information on the Brighton ride can be found here, while the UK site of the World Naked Bike Ride also ha information about rides planned elsewhere in Britain next month including Manchester (1 June), York (2 June), Southampton (8 June), Cardiff, Exeter and London (9 June), and Bristol (10 June).

There is also a ride in Portsmouth on 26 May, and one in Glasgow on 14 July.

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i'lm fine with the naked thing, but you'd never catch me dong a triathlon Smile

posted by VecchioJo [744 posts]
17th May 2012 - 13:14

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@VecchioJo - Allow me to remind you of the relevant rule:

Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.

Therefore this one is fine, as it is preceded by a run and followed by a swim! Cool

posted by Mr Will [88 posts]
17th May 2012 - 13:51

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Rule #5.

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
17th May 2012 - 14:07

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VecchioJo wrote:
i'lm fine with the naked thing, but you'd never catch me dong a triathlon Smile

Shouldn't that be "doing a triathlon", or are you just being witty?? Smile

posted by don_don [149 posts]
17th May 2012 - 14:55

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I'm fine with the naked thing, but just other people. And none of them male. Or old/ugly.

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posted by minnellium [78 posts]
18th May 2012 - 20:08

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Bugger love to do it but i am not allowed to run with my plastic knees

posted by chromo1990 [43 posts]
19th May 2012 - 2:14

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grey pubic hair is never a pretty sight!,
- mine that is! Big Grin

To slo to live, to slo to die! ::-}

posted by OldnSlo [122 posts]
19th May 2012 - 7:47

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