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Tuesday 29 May 2012

Bare As You Dare: Brighton Naked Bike Ride Celebrates Body Power With A Naked Triathlon

The annual World Naked Bike Ride eco protest and celebration of bikes and body power returns to Brighton & Hove streets for its seventh year on Sunday 10 June.


Inspired by the Olympic traditions of ancient Greece, where athletes competed naked, this year participants are invited to make a triathlon of the day.

There will be a naked fun run to kick off the clothes-optional cycle ride through the city, and a post-ride skinny dip at Brighton's naturist beach.

Co-organiser Duncan Blinkhorn said: "In this Olympic year let's celebrate the awesome power of the human body, which, fuelled by food and partnered with a bicycle, can propel us over six miles on just one banana!".

He added: "We plan to hand out bananas to riders to fuel them on their way."

Around 1,000 people are expected to assemble at Preston Park at 12 noon for the "bare as you dare" bike ride.



A scenic route will then be taken through the heart of the city, encouraged by crowds of onlookers and accompanied by a fleet of bike sound systems.

It will pass along the seafront, into Hove, through the Lanes, passing the Pavilion and the Pier, before finishing in Kemptown at Black Rock naturist beach.

A feeder ride from the University of Sussex will pass the point where student Jo Walters was killed in an accident two years ago when she came off the narrow cycle track into fast-moving traffic.

Sussex student Sama Bakr said: "We fully support the Jo Walters Trust and Brighton & Hove City Council in their proposals to improve Lewes Road for cyclists, pedestrians and public transport, to prevent such tragedies in future, and to encourage more people to get on their bikes."

The ride is one of over 50 around the world, challenging society's destructive dependence on cars and oil, and promoting cycling as a sustainable urban transport solution for a low carbon future.



Riders will paint slogans on their bodies and dress up their bikes prior to setting off.

Duncan Blinkhorn said: "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'. We are stronger and safer together."


The ride is free to enter, has been cleared with Sussex Police, and is a family-friendly event for national Bike Week.

To find out more, look for the ride on Facebook and Twitter, and visit worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton


by: Mike Cobley


   

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