CYCLISTS bared all as part of a protest ride through Brighton yesterday.

The tenth annual Brighton Naked Bike Ride saw almost 1,000 people saddle up to celebrate bikes and body power.

The event aims to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists and damage to the environment.

Riders gathered at The Level at noon where many decorated their bikes and bodies with environmental slogans.

The procession passed the Royal Pavilion, the Palace Pier, The Lanes, North Laine and Kemp Town before finishing at Black Rock naturist beach.

Ken, 80, from London said: "For most people it's a mixed motive - they are in favour of the general idea but also getting their kit off.

"Some may think it's strange but there are a lot of people nowadays who don't think that.

"One of my friends called it rude - I just laughed."

Environmental campaigner and co-organiser Duncan Blinkhorn said: "Brighton and Hove has made huge progress in becoming less car-dependent and more bike-friendly since our first ride in 2006.

"However, the UK and most of the world has a long way to go to reduce Co2 emissions by more than 80% to avoid climate catastrophe by 2050."