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.
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.