Exact dates will become available once confirmation from the Local Authorities has been received until then here's a Flyer and some bumf:
The European Cycle Messenger Championships 2012 will be hosted by Scotland's beautiful Capital City of Edinburgh. The Pre-Event for will be held in London with the after-event taking place in Glasgow for Millportpoloco.
Scotland is no stranger to hosting courier and bike events. Edinburgh has previously been host to two successful British and Irish Cycle Courier Championships (BICCC 2010 & BICCC 2011), as well as hosting Eastcoastaloco 2009 and the UK Bike Polo Championships 2011. Glasgow has put on Glasgopoloco 1 and 2 the Pre Events for ECMC Dublin 2002 and ECMC London 2003 and is regular host to Millportpoloco.
You can expect a warm welcome from this stunning city, surrounded by breathtaking mountain landscapes and filled with cycle paths along beautiful rivers and through patches of nature, along old railway lines.
Don't miss the chance to ride an Alleycat around the city of Edinburgh, with its cobbled lanes and mazelike structure of old tall buildings. With what is sure to be a fantastic Mainrace, and also Velodrome, Rollapaluza and Time Trial around a hill right in the middle of the city.
How does a party in an old quarry or on Cramond island sound?
This will be a year to remember, and if the Mayans are right and the world ends, 2012 could very well be the last ECMC!
So Don't Miss Out! Be There.
FULL ECMC WEBSITE COMING SOON
I overlooked the fact that an ex Cyclone rider Safa Brian made it to the finals. Well-done Brian!
The image below is of Brian competing in the extreme weather conditions (and kindly greeting me with his carefully manicured finger).
Also I feel that someone should mention the unsung heroes of COOLNESS at the CMWC: the pensioners from Pogon Security.
Torrential downpour turned the racecourse into a muddy swamp, manifests were dissolved, many brake pads disintegrated
within minutes. No amount of gore-tex would keep one dry for longer than 15 minutes.
After the race more of alcoholic debauchery ensued at the race course, then moving on to the near-by club and lasting until the wee hours.
As I'm typing this we are still missing one member of the house hold- Tom was last time seen yesterday under the bridge.
I still dont have any idea who are the new World Champions. Last three days of partying left me with a temporary brain damage.
CMWC 2013 will take place in the hilly Swiss town of Lausanne. Promotional tactics involved setting up an outdoor jacuzzi and giving away beer vouchers that can be exchanged for a pint in 2013.
The grass and muddy sections of the racecourse were not dissimilar to Dublin’s infamous Phoenix Park racecourse from 2007.
Those who attended ECMC 2006 in Helsinki would remember the Messenguerilla race that was happening along side of the main race. This year similar thing happened, and the two races were going on simultaneously. The official race involved delivering the usual boxes and envelopes; the Messenguerilla race involved carrying envelopes filled with “money” and jiffies stuffed with “weed”. To make it more entertaining there was a security checkpoint where passing riders were liable for random bags searches, verbal abuse and confiscation of the goods. Another checkpoint was manned by a “bored receptionist” with a queue of a couple dozens of angry messengers waiting to get a stamp necessary to continue the race.
Also, for the couple of hours during the race there was a black market going on that allowed for exchange of the “money” and the “weed” for real beer. Not too sure how that worked but I’ve seen couriers being bought beer in exchange for a wad of “notes” and a bag of rosemary.
As soon a the race finished the rain eased a little bit and the usual activities of drinking and chattin proceeded next to bbq’s and small bonfires under the bridge.
With a fairly big stage and live bands playing on and off it felt more like a music festival rather than any other event.
I spent the rest of the night sharing the table with drunken Londoners, Irish, Finns, Kiwis, Mexican Spaniards and even a passed out Aussie wrapped in a cling foil.
THE MORNING UPDATE: Not A Single Londoner In The Finals. Surprise, surprise...
London- Glasgow- Dublin manned checkpoint
More of the checkpoint. Please note the bags of "weed" that have just been delivered
Austin Horse of Samurai NYC queuing at the checkpoint with his polish bodyguard
London's Own Vojtech in the qualifying race
Soon-To-Be London's Own Lane is ripping some rubber during the skid competition
And now for the real competition: Australia & New Zealand vs The Dog
Despite the fear of rain, the weather on Friday turned out to be just perfect: warm and sunny. All the bad stories of police making a mass crack down on anyone ridding bikes under the influence seemed to be quite an exaggeration too. Unfortunately there were some genuinely bad news, mostly about the Dublin lad who is in the hospital and has yet to regain his consciousness after a Wednesday night collision with a car.
The racecourse is located on the river, not too far from the town centre, right under the major highwayish looking bridge. In many ways it reminded me of the sports complex where the ECMC 2004 racecourse was. A perfect place to chill out with a beer surrounded by a lot of not cycling cyclists.
Most of the people were indulging in a bottle related activities, be it downing lager, or as some of the Londoners did, using empty beer bottles as a football substitute.
As the day progressed the mosquitoes descended on the racecourse biting anyone indiscriminately. Because the whole event is actually called championships, some sporting activities occurred. Along-the-river sprints did not seem to distract people too much from the bar duties. Before the sprints through, the wing mirror smashing competition proved to be a very popular spectacle, turning eventually into an impromptu car-overturning riot. The London crew played rather major part in the car smashing but everyone else joined happily in tire slashing, kryptonite-ing the windows or trying to rip off car doors.
Happy drinking and mosquito assault continued through the evening…
Norf London vs Sarf London Empty Beer Bottle Derby