If you have never heard of the World National Bike Ride then join the club. The thought if riding a bike naked somehow does not have any appeal to me whatsoever. There must be something wrong with me …?
So, here is the deal. This is a bike race and you can be naked. Now, you see how I cleared that up for you?
Here is the Wikipedia version. YES!! It is actually in Wikipedia. Holy crap !
“an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport (the vast majority on bicycles, but some on skateboards and inline skates), to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world.”
The dress codemotto is “bare as you dare”. Full or partial nudity is encouraged, but not mandatory. There is no mandate to cover intimate parts; this is a distinguishing feature of the WNBR against other cycling events.”
Now I am going to ask you to please read that definition again and let me know if you find anything very very silly about what they wrote?
Go ahead….I will wait.
Did you notice it?… “this is a distinguishing feature of the WNBR against other cycling events.”
Really ? I thought that all cycling events required nudity ! Shows what I know.
Now, here is the really interesting part of this post. Now don’t get too excited….or you may be reprimanded..like this man was ….
Apparently this man in London was banned not only banned from the bike ride, but he was also “Spoken to” by the London Police.
The police were quoted by the media as saying,
“We do not accept this behaviour and he was dealt with and removed before the ride started,” organiser Barry Freeman insisted, according to Kent Online.
What was this offensive behavior that caused all the attention and reprimanding, you ask?
Come on…take a guess(and yes I had to resist the temptation to make a pun just then…)
Yep! He got an erection !
Now, I am not quite sure how this constitutes “bad behavior” or why the police thought that the thing to do was to call him over and scold him while he stood there butt naked.
Butt really !! (yeah, I went for the butt pun again) It seems almost like cruel and unusual punishment to me. If he was not bothering anyone directly, maybe it was just one of those things (no…not one of THOSE things…)
Truthfully though, I think they overreacted just a wee bit. (sorry about that one.. it was just to hard to resist)
Here is the post. It even has butt naked bikers in a large scale photo for your viewing enjoyment!
In the rider’s defense, although I am not an attorney, I would like to bring the attention of the jury to the rest of the Wikipedia post about this event.
Creative expression is also encouraged to generate a fun and immersive atmosphere during the ride, capture the attention and imagination of the public and media, and make the experience more personalized and fulfilling for the riders.