Thank you to Duncan Sherwood for competing in this year’s World Naked Bike Ride in Ipswich for The Lighthouse Club, raising over £1,000! You can read his story below;
“Four years ago, an artist mate Steve Royce Griffin drew a comic sketch of me riding around Ipswich in the World Naked Bike Ride.
I promised myself that if it really was to ever happen in Ipswich I would take part.
Then in March, it was announced that it really was coming to Ipswich, so in my mind, I had to participate.
I wanted to do it nude and despite getting permission from nearly everyone including my parents, it was agreed that to gain maximum publicity and to save any embarrassment to those that I worked with, that I would do it my trunks!
Going into Halfords I saw the perfect bike for £80.00, £280 later after purchasing mudguards, puncture-proof tyres etc, I walked out with the bike.
I then started training sessions as I hadn’t been on a bike for over 30 years, after a while I developed a Superpower and became Invisible on my bike which was incredible – When I first started training all the dog walkers, joggers, cyclists would all acknowledge me. Then for the last 6 weeks or so I got in practice, riding in just my shorts and no top. Suddenly no one noticed me! Everyone looked the other way and genuinely couldn’t see me.
The day arrived and we all met up for the ride by the University in Ipswich, there was roughly 30 of us, all stripped off totally other than myself who kept my trunks on. We proceeded to cycle all around Ipswich for the next 1.5 hours. Getting lots of hoots from the cars and loads and loads of support from the locals all clapping and cheering. Ipswich a quiet, reserved town had never seen anything like this.
The hardest part was riding up Woodbridge Road East hill, however, I was able to admire the scenery just in front of me and hardly noticed the climb.
For the last 20 minutes, it rained but there were no complaints about the weather from us cyclists.
In all honesty, doing the ride for the Lighthouse Club charity gave an extra perspective, as this was no ordinary charity fundraising event and I wasn’t sure about the support that I would get from all those who knew me.
Fortunately, everyone was very supportive not just with words but with their generosity and by contributing to the fundraising, proved that I was definitely doing the right thing.
I would encourage anyone associated with the construction industry who has a madcap idea and is possibly unsure about carrying it out, to do it for the Lighthouse Club. You will soon find out that you have a lot more support than you would expect and any regrets you might worry about after the event will quickly be dispelled with the thought of the money you have raised for such a great cause.
Roll on 11th July 2020 and the next WNBR in Ipswich any volunteers to join me!”
Thank you Duncan!