Le Tour 'Tout Nu' Ou Le Tour De France?

By Craigie_B Last edited 130 months ago
Le Tour 'Tout Nu' Ou Le Tour De France?
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London's blatantly getting on its bike.

Next month, the world's largest annual sporting event, the Tour de France, freewheels into the capital for the first time in the race's 104-year history. You won't be able to avoid this juggernaut of an event, which will "see London turned into a huge cycling stadium" - so you may as well let out a deep sigh and throw yourself into it.

The festival planned around the Grand D├ępart over the 6-8 July weekend will see Hyde Park taken over by a 'village' promoting cycling, while 18 giant screens will pop up around the capital so everyone can gets a good view of the Lycra. Fetishists rejoice! Helpfully, an additional 11,000 cycling parking spaces will be available that weekend - but with an 83% increase in cycling over the last seven years, we hope these won't be temporary ones.

Details of what's on is here. If you're headed to watch the riders, we'd suggest finding your vantage point an hour earlier than the riders start, as a rather ridiculous publicity caravan passes with 200 floats playing music and handing out gifts. Think of it as a boisterous, french version of Gay Pride.

Before all this hoop-la, the World Naked Bike Ride takes over our streets this Saturday afternoon. It's effectively a protest against oil dependence and car culture as well as calling for more rights and safer roads for cyclists (all of which seems fair enough to us) by... ...cycling without any kit on. This ride is gaining more participants each year, up from 58 in 2004 to 800 last year, so they're definitely doing something right.

Fancy it? Read about how to join in here. If you're nervous, organisers have developed a way of stopping determinedly pervy photographers in these ingenious cards. So, as the publicity says, "BE AS BARE AS YOU DARE, AND BE THERE!"

Pic taken from tylerbrekko's Flickr Stream

Last Updated 07 June 2007

Jonny

Ingenious cards? Can someone cycling aroung naked in public really have an expectation of privacy? It would seem very odd for someone to take their clothes off in order to attract publicity to then shun it. Plus, of course, on public property a photographer can take photos of anything he or she likes (providing he/she is not taking photos of someone who has an expectation of privacy - which these people clearly do not).

CRAiG

I think the odd photo's fine, but nothing overly pervy.

Just recevied this too:

Please forward widely
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Just a few hours left to go until naked cycle people power.

An unstoppable force of happiness spreading smiles where ever it goes across the world.
This is definitely going to be our biggest and most important ride ever.

Never before has the world needed a louder voice championing self powered people transportation over gass guzzling world suffocating cars.

The World Naked Bike ride is a celebration of the individual and our ability to make change.

It is never to late to rip off all your clothes, throw on some body paint, climb on your bike and pedal your way into the history books
of being part of the biggest naked bike ride in the history of the world.

For more information and an updated list of starting locations please visit
www.WorldNakedBikeRide.org

CRAiG

heh! seemed to go well then:

A great VELORUTION !!!!!!!!!!

The World Naked Bike Ride is a huge, deliciously colorful success.

Yay !!!!! to everybody who helped make this such an incredible world wide grassroots event. We are making headline news across the world.

So far we only have had 5 arrests.(Paris - very surprising).

A great VELORUTION to everybody !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love and Peace
World Naked Bike Ride.