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World Naked Bike Ride: Hundreds of cyclists strip off and paint their bodies for event (See Photos)

These were the eye-popping scenes this morning as hundreds of cyclists stripped off to participate in the 2016 World Naked Bike Ride .

The annual event, which took place for the final time in Melbourne, Australia, today, saw around 200 nude men and women ride through the streets.

Wearing little more than helmets and shoes, the participants stunned passersby as they completed the 9.3-mile route around Albert Park and St Kilda.

Although clothing was optional, riders were encouraged to be ‘as bare as they dare’.

Baring all: Hundreds of cyclists stripped off this morning to participate in the 2016 World Naked Bike Ride

 

Eye-popping: The annual event took place for the final time in Melbourne, Australia, today

Spreading a message: The participants stunned passersby as they completed the 9.3-mile route

'Not rude': This man scrawled, 'Nude is not rude', in green paint on his back for the event

Some scrawled messages across their bodies, informing onlookers about the importance of environmental issues, nudism and cyclist safety.

However, others chose to pen more humorous messages on themselves.

The bike ride has been running for several years in various cities across the world, but was held for the last time in Melbourne today.

In the nude: Some scrawled messages across their bodies, informing onlookers about environmental issues

In good spirits: Cyclists ride along St Kilda beach to celebrate the World Naked Bike Ride

Gathering: The bike ride has been running for several years in various cities across the world

Having a laugh: Some riders chose to pen more humorous messages on themselves

Organiser Dallas Goldburg told The Age that this was because the event was ‘a lot of work’ to organise.

“I see the vision of the World Naked Bike Ride in Melbourne has changed over the years,” he said.

“Cycling and cycling awareness has become a full time job, not just one day a year.”

 

Source: Mirror.co.uk

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