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Pair sent packing with orders to at least wear a lid next time

Two young men caught cycling in the altogether by a policewoman in New Zealand have avoided being charged with offensive behaviour – but they have been warned that next time they decide to mount their bikes in the buff, they should wear helmets.

For those of us freezing the proverbials off back in Blighty, it’s easy to forget that on the other side of the world, it’s midsummer, although most of us here would at least don a short-sleeve jersey and pair of shorts come June, however warm the temperature.

Not this pair of intrepid cyclists, however, who were out and about exactly as nature intended - that is, on two wheels, using pedal power to get around, of course.

When challenged by the policewoman in the seaside resort of Coromandel, the men, both in their 20s, offered the explanation that “they wanted to experience total freedom.”

According to the Associated Press, Officer Duder replied, “The way you’re heading, you’re going to experience total confinement.”

She said: “They were more shocked than I was, trying to cover up their bits and pieces with their hands," and joked that "They didn't seem drunk at all. That's what worried me."

Although public nudity may result in offenders being charged with offensive behaviour in New Zealand, the policewomen warned the men about not wearing helmets and sent them on their way home, since “it was dark and there was no-one else around. They were jovial young men who had not intended to cause offence."

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.