It wasn’t just the lightning that was flashing in the southwest last night

If you live in southwest England, you’ll have been treated to a spectacular thunderstorm on Saturday evening.

But for residents of a seaside town near Bristol it wasn’t just the lightning that was flashing, with a naked cyclist spotted defying the weather as he rode through the streets of Clevedon in North Somerset.

Somerset Live reports that the intrepid rider used balloons to try and cover his modesty – but according to one poster on the Everything Else Clevedon Facebook page, they didn’t quite do the job.

Samantha Hibbs wrote: “Yep, my husband saw him. Several cars were beeping him. The balloons weren’t terribly effective.”

The cyclist was first spotted at approximately 8pm and sightings continued throughout the evening, although it was reported that later on, he was on foot, having apparently discarded the bike.

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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.