Regarding Chicago

Following the confusion from some members of the Chicago messenger community after the announcement of Chicago taking on the organisation of CMWC 2022 and the anger that some expressed at Collin being in a position of leadership, here’s a statement from the members of the IFBMA council.

We are deeply sorry for any confusion, frustration and anger that the last few days have caused anyone. It goes without saying that it wasn’t our intention. However we understand the need for further clarity.

The IFBMA reached out to the organizers of CMWC Bogotá through their official channels in order to get an update on the situation. This is an update that is generally provided at the championships that happen the year prior. We asked the people we got in touch with to provide an update, as outlined in the CMWC guidelines. The organizers told us they would produce all the necessary information, however a week later at our scheduled meeting, they opened by saying that Bogotá was not prepared to host a world championship in the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, Collin had reached out to members of the IFBMA with a proposal of hosting a stand-in championship. He assured us that he had a solid team of people and a race course which was virtually already locked in. We discussed the fact that there would be little time for cities to put together a bid on a whim, make their case, for us to host mass online voting internationally all while giving said city enough time to get through the lengthy logistical process of finding and booking a race-course, getting insurance, finding party locations, not to mention dealing with what are sure to be the continued particularities of throwing an international event during a prolonged pandemic.

One thing must be made clear – no one who was part of this process was aware of the standing allegations against Collin. The IFBMA was led to believe that there was a fair bit of community support for the plan.

Collin has now stepped down from the organizing committee of the CMWC. The IFBMA will be in communication with the remaining organizers of the event in order to try to help in any ways we can with the organization of a championship event. The unprecedented situation the world has found itself in left the great possibility that we would go 3 years without a championship, meaning many people in our international messenger community would likely never have the chance to attend such an event.

We acted with urgency which we felt was necessary. In retrospect, more time and more care should have been taken in order to ensure that the proper choices and steps were being made.

Important Announcement Regarding CMWC 2022

STATEMENT FROM THE IFBMA

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.