The World Naked Bike Ride is a mass participation event to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists. But Roger Coupe, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, takes to the saddle nude mainly for enjoyment. He's even ridden in France without clothing. Now he explains why he loves the no-Lycra look.
I’ve had a wonderful experience this summer cycling naked around the lanes of West Kent, sometimes alone but often with friends. I always have a sense of freedom when I get on a bike and when naked, I feel fully liberated and joyful. It is exhilarating to feel the sun on bare skin, a gentle breeze or the summer rain. During my ride to Paris and back in July, the French seemed to take kindly to my chosen 'tenue à peau' (lit. skinsuit).
It is exhilarating to feel the sun on bare skin, a gentle breeze or the summer rain."