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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...

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?

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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