NOTE: Images feature some nudity (obviously)
DESPITE being pushed out of Queensland by the cops and being egged at Nimbin on Saturday, nudists were warmly welcomed as they completed their annual bike ride across the Northern Rivers 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 expected "all the hot guys in Byron Bay" to do it too.
"I like doing silly things, at first I wasn't sure if I was going to get naked, but then once you do it, it's so easy," Ms Virzi said.
"We chose Byron because it's full of hot guys and we thought the whole town was going to do it."
World Naked Bike Ride Byron Bay organiser Debra Conomy next year's Byron Bay event promises to be bigger and better.
"It was a huge success and the crowds were amazing, just seeing everyone enjoy themselves was great.
"There was a huge response on Facebook to the poster that was advertising the event, with 160,000 seeing the poster, and over a thousand shares of that poster."
Australian Naturist Federation hoped the popularity of event, which increased in numbers growing from 120 participants last year to 240 this year, convinced Byron Shire councillors to take on the annual Nudist Olympics.
The event, previously held on the Sunshine Coast and consisting of sports such as tug of war, has been pushed out of Queensland where public nudity is illegal.
"The event today shows that people don't have any issues whatsoever of encountering naked people in public, (the Nude Olympics would be) on the beach, where people would ordinarily wear less clothing," ANF president Greg Sorrow said.
Tweed-Byron police were not required at today's bike ride. Previously local police have told The Northern Star, in NSW, public nudity is only illegal if it's accompanied with offensive behaviour.
Mr Sorrow confirmed some ANF riders were yesterday followed through Nimbin by a group men in a car, who egged riders at the town's pedestrian crossing.
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