Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Riders 'Nude Up' for Fun; Byron Bay Residents Back Event

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Riders 'Nude Up' for Fun; Byron Bay Residents Back Event

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Byline: Alina Rylko alina.rylko@northernstar.com.au

DESPITE being pushed out of Queensland by the cops and being egged at Nimbin on Saturday, the nude cyclists completing an annual nude bike ride were warmly welcomed by spectators on Sunday.

Organisers reported record numbers of participants in the local event which sees 'naturists' hop on their bikes, wheelchairs, skateboards and tricycles and peddle from Butler reserve, to the beach and back.

Spectators lined the streets an hour before the naked cyclists rode through Byron Bay, greatly anticipating the riders who spent time preparing in a 'body paint tent'.

Local woman Christine Guinand and her Sydney visitor Sue Cobhan were impressed with what seemed like an impromptu street festival.

"I thought its amazing people don't feel so self-conscious," Ms Guinand said.

"I guess when they all come together, I guess they feel safety in numbers."

Italian nationals Alison Sessa and Selena Virzi of Lismore said they joined the bike ride for the first time this year because they wanted to meet new people and expected "all the hot guys in Byron Bay" to do it too. …

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