After several conversations with the organizers of CMWC Bogotá, it has been decided that it will be impossible to hold the Cycle Messenger World Championships in Bogotá for the foreseeable future.
The messenger community in Chicago has volunteered to throw an event in 2022. The team had already been working towards a bid and feel prepared to host the world with only one year’s lead time. Given the logistical challenges of holding a bidding and voting process online, as well as the urgency of choosing a suitable host city, the IFBMA sees fit to grant Chicago the bid.
Yokohama has assured us that they will host the 2023 CMWC, which had previously been planned for 2021. Any prospective host cities will be able to present their bids in Chicago for 2024.
While any international event remains uncertain in these times, we hope we can look forward to coming together again at some point next summer.
With love, your IFBMA Council
STATEMENT FROM BOGOTÁ
We would like to inform the Bike Messenger Community that sadly CMWC 2022 won’t take place in Bogotá, Colombia.
Due to the Covid and social order issues the country is going through, we need to think about the wellbeing and security of the community and we don’t want to put you at risk. 2022 World Championships will happen in Chicago.
STATEMENT FROM CHICAGO
In collaboration with the IFBMA and CMWC Bogota we are proud to announce that the 2022 Cycle Messenger World Championships will be held in Chicago.
With the current state of political revolution in Columbia the organizers have decided to retract hosting in 2022 as it would be incredibly difficult to throw an event with such an uncertain trajectory that their country is facing at this time.
With that in mind Chicago finds itself in a unique position of being able to host an international event of this caliber. We understand this may constitute a change of expectations for many, and a change that may not have been expected. However it is our goal to ensure the international messenger community has a place to gather and call home for a week in 2022. We are humbled and excited to take on that responsibility for you all.
As the new decennia is upon us, the international messenger family will gather in Basel to celebrate the 25th European Cycle Messenger championships. Since the last time the circus visited our fair city, a lot of things have changed in the industry and the world at large. Reflecting these changes, we have decided to dedicate a whole day for cargo racing and cultural activities on Saturday. We will do our utmost to make the event an inclusive, ecstatic celebration of our brothers and sisters on wheels. For Sunday we have the extraordinary opportunity to have the city center accommodating the main race. In the never ending quest to produce the most realistic test of messenger skills possible, the qualifiers and finals will make up for over six hours of racing. The new system we will put into place will have a dynamic component, meaning you will have to reroute on the fly. All this with regular plunges to the fresh Rhein river, meeting your old and new friends will hopefully make for a week-end that will leave you feeling exhausted, loved and confused. Until soon!”
The spraying of sparkling wine from the hands of the newly crowned double-champions Jimmi “Jumbo” Bargisen and Clara “Orca” Felis from the top of the podium marked the official end of the 26th Cycle Messenger World Championships that took place in R?ga, the capital of Latvia, on August 22-26, and the beginning of a lasting set of memories. The friends gained and bonds built during this annual reunification of the messfam, as the messenger community calls itself, are born of a special, Latvian flavour. In total there were 421 registered participants from 45 countries.
Each year the Cycle Messenger World Championships celebrates the love of our profession and lifestyle. An international event where bike messengers from around the world come together for an intense mental and physical competitions.
This year, bike messengers from across the globe will shred the streets of Jakarta!
Come and join us in the 27th edition of the championships!
These are the new guidelines for creating gender inclusive championships.
These have been officially adopted by the IFBMA by a vote in Riga and will be implemented at all CMC’s going forward.
We, (the members of the *BMA and the IFBMA) will be available to organizers on an ongoing and involved basis to assist in this implementation. Not just for Championship races but for all race events within our global community.
Over the years we see websites come and go. This includes CMWC sites also. As they are a reference and history of messengers. A few years ago it was brought up at open forum and on the IFBMA Facebook wall that sites should be backed up and kept as reference and a call for previous sites was made… no sites were submitted. messengers.org is where the various main events can and should be backed up including CMWC, NACCC and ECMC and other top level area events. As well as casino slots are now working with messenger for fast reports when occurring problem.
The CMWC selection process tells us that at open forum one year out an approved city needs to provide a website and TWO years out must pay a deposit.
I’d like to push that all these CMWC sites be hosted under the messengers.org umbrella and that the deposit a city pays is actually the fee pays for their hosting as compulsory. However not compulsory for NACCC, ECMC but offer cheap hosing and be backed up and accessible after a domain name expires or private hosting plan expires.
A host city still has complete control of their website and need to pay for and point their domain name (as per usual) to their directory within the host. In this case messengers.org . The person in charge of the host city website will receive a cpanel log in and have complete access to create emails and other normal tools. The only thing different is the fact that once the domain name expires the site will still be available in the future. Hosted at MESSENGERS.org
Thanks to the support and trust of the international bike messenger community, we have the pleasure of hosting ECMC 2018 – the 23rd European Cycle Messenger Championships. For four days, the streets of Szczecin will be taken over by urban cyclists celebrating and promoting their lifestyle. A variety of races, competitions, parties and events will be held all across the city. The main goal of the ECMC is to determine the fastest, smartest, toughest contestant of the Main Race to be crowned the new European Champion. It’s not all about the competition, though. Just as important is the sense of camaraderie that comes with meeting fellow messengers from all over the world. The shared experience is perhaps the main reason why hundreds of cyclists gather in a different European city each year.
The strong sense of bond and connection that comes with choosing this exceptional lifestyle is what makes the international messenger community unique and worth getting into.
The organization of the event is supported by the Velokurjers Ltd. and the association The Latvian Cyclist Union. The Velokurjers Ltd. is the leader in the same day delivery in Riga and the most modern in the Baltic states. To see more visit www.velokurjers.lv/eng/
The association The Latvian Cyclist Union is the largest cycling organization in Latvia the goal of which is to promote cycling. See more www.divritenis.lv
Riga is the city having been granted the honor of organizing the 26th Cycle Messenger World Championship in a very special year for all Latvians. On 18 November 2018 we will celebrate Latvia’s centenary. And this championship in 2018 is our involvement in the great celebration!
We invite everyone to enjoy Latvian traditional dishes – peas with bacon, bread soup, sweetened rye trifle, bacon stuffed rolls and drinks – kvass, beer, Riga Black Balsam. There are plenty of entertainment places in Riga – nightclubs, cafes, cultural and sporting events, hostels and hotels. Most young people can speak English.
The 25th Annual Cycle Messenger World Championships
The CMWC is a yearly international event where the best and brightest bike messengers from around the world meet for two days of intense mental and physical competition. This year, it’s Montreal’s turn to host, and we invite you with open arms to come race, party, and above all, fall in love with our wonderful city.