A NAKED cyclist from Tunbridge Wells has been swamped with requests from people to ride with him since the Courier revealed his identity last week.
Roger Coupe, who cycles 50 miles a week in and around Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, has been amazed by the public’s response to his unusual past time.
The father-of-one said: “I have received a marvellous reaction from people. My two neighbours came round and said ‘good on you’ and ‘well done’.
“Everyone thinks it is great. People have told me that they now want to do a naked ride.”
Such has been the public response that cyclists have been taking pictures of him and the Courier’s naked cyclist billboards outside newsagents across the town and at The Pantiles.
Mr Coupe, who is also a GCSE and A level private tutor, said: “People just want to be a part of it.”
On Tuesday the 64-year-old was spotted riding again in all his glory but this time he was accompanied by his friends Rob Seall and Mike Daniels in Plaxtol and Hadlow.
Mr Seal met Mr Coupe through the West Kent Cyclist Touring Club this year and told the Courier that he has no qualms about his friend cycling in the nude.
He said: “It’s important to him but it’s not something I would do. Obviously people have different reactions to it. But overall he has had a more positive response.”
Mr Daniels, who met Mr Coupe through the Southborough and District Wheelers Club, agreed and said: “I’m quite happy in his company if he’s clothed or not.
“He doesn’t offend me in any way.
“What’s amazing when riding with him is just how many people do not notice at all. No one stops or slows down.”
Two horse riders from Sevenoaks he said, for example, were quite happy to join the trio while they cycled on Tuesday.
He added: “It sums it all up really.”
Mr Coupe admits the change in our culture has made it easier for him to bare all.
“Our culture embraces nakedness,” he said. “People are used to it. The programmes we watch on the TV show greater intimacy and naked detail.
“You leave your cares behind when you drop your clothes. I feel wonderful with it. It’s so liberating and joyful.”