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!
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
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.
a copy of these guidelines are available here to download
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
Please feel free to discuss at OPEN FORUM.
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.
REGISTER to enter CMWCRIGA
- Free entry to all CMWC 2018 events
- Official CMWC 2018 t-shirt
- Saturday and Sunday Lunch
- Welcome kit with CMWC 2018 race book and special event wristband
You can make your payment directly to our bank account. Please contact us for the details – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
HELLO AGAIN MESSFAM!!
ECMC and CMWC are just a couple of weeks away so now is the time to speak up if you’d like an item added to the Open Forum Agenda. If there is something you would like to discuss please send an email message to leahhollinsworth(at)gmail.com
Also it is the time for hopeful cities to raise their hands if they plan on throwing their caps in the ring to host either ECMC 2017 or CMWC 2018. If you intend on putting in a bid please send a message in letting us know! Thanks!
Looking very forward to an amazing month of events!! See you all soon!
Hey mess family!
It has been ages since we posted anything on here and thats about to change! Going forward I am going to endeavour to post wayyyyy more often on here, everything from upcoming events to issues that affect us as a community.
In order to make this more exciting I would like to reach out to the community as a whole and ask for submissions. If you have a race coming up please shoot me an email with the info you’d like shared along with any artwork and Ill post it straight away! If you attended a race, or event and want to write a few lines about how rad it was please do so and send it along and I’ll make sure to share it. The same goes for any topic that you think needs to be shared or talked about…send it in!
So much has happened in and to our global mess fam in the past year…. we have sadly lost an unprecedented number of our friends recently and if there is one thing to take away from these terrible losses is the strength of the bond we all share. I have seen a huge outpouring of love and support for those close to the ones we have lost. This is one of the things that makes our family so damn special. Lets continue to be there for each other, in good times and in tough times.
Ride In Peace
There have been some really amazing developments this year too… like the founding of the WBMA, ~Womens Bike Messenger Association!! The idea was born in Melbourne during CMWC this year and the WBMA had its first official meeting at Denver NACCC! There was a huge turn out of amazing, strong and empowered women and I am proud to stand beside them! The WBMA gives us an incredible opportunity to combine our voices and really be heard and to make a difference in our community.
If you’d like to join the WBMA please email:
or get in touch through the Facebook Group
In case you were questioning if a group like this is really necessary you just need to check out the tasteless and sexist post made by Chrome Industries yesterday on their Instagram account, and the incredibly well thought out and articulated response from the WBMA. THIS is one of the many reasons that the WBMA is so welcomed and needed.
* I am hoping that someone more eloquent than me will step up and do a more in-depth report on CMWC but I can briefly say that it was an amazing time!
The Pre-Event in Sydney was so much fun! We saw all the sites during some super fun alleycats and rides. Team Footdown and Team scavenger hunts saw us divided into “gangs” Yabos, Westies and Bogans, complete with gang shirts,quickly turned into cut off flannels!
The group ride was, for lack of a better word, EPIC!. We were prepared for “gentle rolling hills along the coast” What we got was intense, pedal grinding climbs and sometimes terrifying descents along the headlands of the east coast of Australia. The (dead) wildlife was plentiful as were the amazing views. We biked through 5 or 6 national parks and camped in a couple. The food and beer was free and plentiful for the whole group ride ensuring that many “bonnets were popped” around the campfire each night.
We finally pulled into Melbourne on a chilly morning about 5am and were met by a crew of locals and those out of towners who had already arrived directly to Melbourne. We all dropped our bags at our respective housing spots and headed to the Brunswick Velodrome for some exciting track racing and my introduction to Track Cross(?).
As I sit here and reminisce about the whole trip I am slightly amazed at how much it is all one big happy blur! Might have been all the Coopers!! The Main Race took place in a beautiful part of the city right along the harbour and from all accounts was a great and well run race. There was a large vendor area where bike business shared their products and services. The BMEF/LCEF had a booth and thanks to the support of our large community we raised a couple thousand dollars for the Funds. <3
Another exciting development that came out of discussions at the Open Forum was the desire to create a Pacific Rim Championships in addition to the NACCC, ECMC, and CMWC. This new CMC would include Australia, and NewZealand as well as Singapore, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines South Korea, etc… There are so many countries that are home to many bike messengers that are just not aware of our global mess family and we are trying to change that.
*please send in any pics/words about ECMC!
The ECMC in Milan was preceded by an absolutely mind-blowing pre-event and group ride from Basel, Switzerland. We were treated to 3 days and nights of good food and fun times on our bikes. The Swiss really know how to organize and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending a Swiss organized messenger event you may have a slight idea of how incredible the pre-event and group ride was! The ride was fully supported and myself and Mischka along with anyone and everyone we asked to help, ensured that there was enough food each meal to feed 120+ starving messengers. Highlights of the trip included a fun night in Zurich, being hosted by an amazing family at a farm in the country, camping in the freezing rain in Andermatt, the ride over the Gottard Pass that saw temperatures below freezing before a 60km decent into Locarno where the temperatures were above 30c (90f) and of course the pilgrimage to see Madona Del Ghisallo the patron Saint of Italian cycling
After paying our respects we headed downhill into Milano! And what a welcome it was! The Italians showed us lots of love and reuniting with our messfam was, as always, bellissimo!
We were treated to a party at the famous, historical Velodromo Vigorelli! It was built in 1935 and although it no longer hosts track events it is still open and hosts other sporting events. What a beautiful piece of history!
The food was phenomenal as was the espresso. Everyone suddenly “spoke” italian….basically we all just faked a fun Italian accent and spoke in the only Italian words we knew…. “Espresso! Fussili! Linguini!” You get the picture!
The Open Forum saw Copenhagen, Prague and Vienna put in exuberant bids to host ECMC 2016 and in the end Copenhagen won! I will be sure to post more info as it comes in but keep your summer travel calendar wide open as there are plans to have 4-5 weeks of Pre-event->ECMC Copenhagen->Post-event->Pre-event Cologne->CMWC Paris!
*if someone wants to write something up about NACCC this year, that would be fantastic.
The Mile High City certainly showed us a great time! The weather was perfect, the beer and weed were plentiful as was the amazing riding. There was only a small crew of organizers in Denver but that didn’t stop them from throwing an incredible and well planned out NACCC. The qualifiers were held in an industrial area that had very little traffic and everything went off without a hitch. There was some issue with the number of ladies put through to the finals which was rectified when brought to the attention of the organizers. After the results of who would go through to the finals were announced it was also announced that the Finals would be held in open traffic around the city of Denver. This created quite a bit of controversy and this topic is one that I think will be discussed more in the near future. (If someone could write something up on this… great!) After much discussion and a small protest/moment of silence the race got underway. It was a gruelling 4 hours in sweltering heat at a 5,280 ft or 1,610 m elevation. In the end Kelly Pennington from Montreal and Austin Horse from NYC were crowned the 2015 NACCC Champions! Congrats to you both!
This years Open Forum had Baltimore, LA and Milwaukee all putting in bids to host NACCC 2017. We used the ballot system of voting again this CMC and it went smoothly again. Many people expressed their appreciation for the newer system as it allowed them to vote with their heart and not due to peer pressure. The system is a simple one and only has 2 requirements of voters..
1) you must be a working or ex messenger to vote
2) you must have attended a NACCC either this year or last year
The voting is open from the end of the first Open Forum and concludes at the beginning of the Awards Ceremony on Sunday night. You must submit your ballot containing your name, race number and the city you’d like to vote for. If you are attending the event but did not register you must come and see me and Ill simply add your name to the list of voters. You DO NOT need to be registered in order to cast a vote. I do my best over the weekend to find each and every person and ensure that they have cast a vote but the onus lies with you to find me -not a hard task!- and submit your ballot. The system is very transparent and accountable. Each vote is cross checked with a master list and in the event of any concern to do with the voting, each vote can be verified. As always we are open to suggestions and are eager to discuss any improvements.
Lastly a quick update on the BMEF..
Each year we receive more and more requests for assistance from the BMEF and this year is no exception. We have paid out over $10,000 this year to messengers who were injured on the job. Annual fundraisers like MAYDAY, and The MarioKart Krit are crucial to the ongoing ability for the BMEF to help when needed. Please consider throwing a BMEF fundraiser in your city. Every dollar helps! It can be a race, a poker night, a movie night, a band show, etc! Get creative!
The BMEF is also selling merchandise to help raise both funds and awareness. We currently have available:
Patches (white or black)-$5
AssSaver Fender $5
If you would like to order any BMEF merchandise please send me an email here or hit me up on Facebook here and Ill get you all set up! You can also “like” us on Facebook here and check out our website here
Thats all for now but please get in touch with me and let me know what you’d like to see more of on here! Share pics, words, fliers etc.
See you soon!
A big thanks to Vern Schleyer ~CMWC 2012 Chicago organizer~ for giving us his take on the awesome happenings in Minneapolis during the NACCC’s this year!
8/28/14- Made it across NE Minneapolis in like nine minutes and found Gabe and Six at Holmes Park. Finally put a name to a face with Altan Gurel. We rode out. And rode and rode. It was a fun ride on a cloudy windless day but I was hurting, hung over and thirsty as fuck.
It was the first all wood track I had ever saw, and it was gorgeous. I met none of the requirements to race, including cardiovascular fitness, so after a very weak gyro and a trip to Office Depot I made my way to the stands. Leah, Stu and Matt were already there, among fifteen or twenty other people. and we yelled foul jokes about and to Erica while seated next to her parents. The racing was beautiful but cut short by the weather. I caught a ride back to the city with Sarah and Jennie and Gabe. Parts of the trip did not consist of wrong turns. I would have gotten naked but that bitch made me throw out my wizard staff- Ralph Stout, 8/31/14. I ran into Kayla on the way to register. She seemed remarkably well rested and sane for an organizer. Every part of this event was well executed. Finally found Joel and Augie in the parking lot of Peace coffee, and ate a kick ass BBQ meal. Joel and Augie and Sam and I rode to start the poker run, but we are old, and funny looking, and lazy. We ended up drinking beer on some huge suspension bridge near the greenway instead. It was a fine night. Zalen and Wallace and Brunnelle and a bunch of others drifted by, and resulted in as fine a buzz as I’ve had in the Twins.
8/29/14– I tried to sleep in but the city was cutting down a massive tree outside of the house and it was more than a bit distracting. Rode to a diner in the rain. Extraordinarily wet. Went to Weismann Museum of Art, on the University of Minnesota campus. It was pretty good, but was featuring a student curated exhibit, which wasn’t great, because kids are dumb. Left there and crossed the slowly-getting-mighty Mississippi, and went to the Minneapolis Museum of Art. It was fucking outrageous. Similar in approach to the Met in Mew York, I was greatly disappointed that I didn’t have more time to explore it. Rolled over to Alley Cat Cycles, they threw a great party out back in the alley. Ate more, drank more, got rained on more. Spent time with Lucas and Bega, which is an awful lot like getting to meet Waldorf and Statler in person. We were stuck under tents and eaves for quite a while as the rain was no fucking joke, though the Industry Forum seemed like a success. Rode out to a lake with Sticks, one of the organizers focus’ was to make swimming available every single day. It was a fine idea.
8/30/14 – Qualifier – Went to course and it’s gorgeous. Flat. Limited gravel. Closed. Nice. Racers were set loose in groups of five, every five minutes. Unofficial total is around 200 paid riders. Free coffee at the course for those up early enough. It was a very good thing. Day passed slowly. I had most of my shit spread out of the blacktop to dry, eager to ride but not in a rush to race. I finally got moving, and rode the qualifier around maybe two p.m. Felt great, flew around the course, hit thirteen tags, mostly of decent value, and was thrilled with the course and the race overall. Remarkably fun. Possibly the greatest development in racing history came with the advent of the Blazer buck, which were ground scores with Jakes face that actually counted towards your final score. I got one, after someone pointed it out, but I figured I’d rather have the keepsake than qualify, so it’s still on my desk at this very moment. It’s hard to imagine what’s lonelier- Ralph’s intervention, or his funeral – Vern, 8/31/14. After the race ended Raul and Brian from Chicago finally showed up, and it was good to see their sloppy asses. I tried to roll out to the beach again but followed Chas and Cris instead, until they got mad that a fairly good sized group of us were incorrectly following them to a drug store or something, then drifted back to NE and went to Luce with Kenny and Will from Chicago, ran into Anna and Robert and the pizza was really good. Next up was the alley party behind One on One Bicycle, where organizers had recreated Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, It was fun to watch Amanda and Cooper knock the living shit out of each other for a few hours, You would think they hadn’t invented violence in New York yet. The free beer and tacos were fantastic too. Dan and Dave from Chicago asked me for life advice, which is a little like trying to take a sip from a fire hydrant. I doubt they will do this again.
8/31/14- Main Race – I felt so great in the qualifier that its difficult to believe that I came in 123rd out of 160 or something, so i assume the race must have been rigged, probably. Main race looked awesome. I showed up later in the day, just rolling around town enjoying the upper upper midwest for a minute before I fell back into the insanity. Race ended, took group pic, got to see Lane yell at everyone because he lost his manifest. May not win most politest courier this year, but what do i know. Open forum was super fun, NYC made a really strong bid, and ultimately surprised the shit out of a lot of people by getting the bid, thereby ruining the long standing tradition of denying New York the bid. Bega and I finished last remaining moments of daylight shooting the shit in a pair of pink lawn chairs, and I’m just sentimental enough to admit it was a peak moment for me, I went to meet an old friend for dinner, and the rain became so fierce that I was stuck at her place and missed the closing ceremony. Austin took first overall, and Teeners snapped up first place woman.
9/1/14 – There was a dead bird in the alley as I left Ginnys this morning, so I texted a picture to Joel as birds make him uncomfortable. And I wished him a nice flight. I was running tight on time but risked a stop at Taco Bell for breakfast, and it was worth it as I made it just in time for the 9 AM bus that left around ten. The parking lot was nuts. Shotgunned beers, bagged wine, and mimosas. No sign of Corey yet, his bus was to arrive from NYC at 6:30 this very same morning. 122 tubers divided between two very crowded buses. People hanging from windows, eating aerosol cheese. Departed. Rode lots of little roads with lots of odd turns all the way to the Cannon River. Well, it’s all over for me, I just puked up blood and a whole pickle. – Ralph Stout, 8/31/14. The Saskatchewan Screamer was there, cheerful as ever but not looking thrilled. He said the water on a good day isn’t very warm, and today is not among the good days. We got there and he was right. The water was like runny ice. It was awful. Lucky as shit, once we got out of the tributary the main section of the river was much much better. Nearly perfect, really.
Drifting and drinking all day is not a bad way to live, and everyone was pretty goddamn thrilled to float in the sun.
9/2/14– Said goodbye to the 20 or 30 people staying at Drews. There’s Corey, asleep on the hardwood. Ouch. Departed, Bostwick in shotgun, running a couple bikes back to Chicago as favors. Somehow lucky enough to make it a really short trip, despite having to go past O’hare at rush hour. It felt weird to be alone, but then Ralph showed up by my house an hour or so later, then alone seemed like a pretty good alternative.
A million thanks to the organizers, and all the locals and volunteers- Minneapolis was fantastic and the whole week was perfectly executed.