Just four riders turn out for latest Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride

The 2016 naked bike ride begins outside The Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth.
The 2016 naked bike ride begins outside The Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth.

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THESE four hardy souls decided to brave the cold weather for the latest Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride.

Every year it normally attracts scores of cyclists who seek to promote a stronger and safer cycling culture and ride nude to emphasise how vulnerable riders are on the road.

Last year, around 80 cyclists rode in a loop from the beach huts opposite Coffee Cup in Southsea, along the seafront and to The Hard, where they stopped for a break to hand out leaflets. They then rode through the city back to the beach.

The event has drawn criticism in recent years, with deputy council leader Luke Stubbs calling on then police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes to impose tough restrictions and the route should stay clear of residential areas.