For the first time in 13 years, Toronto played host to hundreds (thousands?) of messengers and other bike-minded people from near and far for the Cycle Messenger World Championships. Despite the weather, it was an amazing weekend and I feel very fortunate to have met folks from all over the world; Canada, US, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, England, etc.
I want to extend a big thanks to Leah, Sam, Mark, Emory, Shane, Jivago and everyone else who put in countless hours and made sure that this would be a weekend to remember for years to come. You did an amazing job and should be incredibly proud of what you’ve accomplished here.
Note the empty Beer Garden. Messengers love to drink, don’t they? Well, generally speaking yes but $7 for a little glass of Steamwhistle at an event that Steamwhistle sponsored? Um… yeah.
One of my favorite events of the weekend was definitely the Bike Polo. I wasn’t able to play (or I guess didn’t want to) after I bruised (or separated, or cracked) a few ribs playing polo a few weeks ago but I definitely made it a point to watch as much as possible. Some of the best bike polo teams in North America came out and let it all hang out on the court.
I’d have uploaded the pics from the Trackstand / Backwords Circle events but lets face it – neither event makes for very cool photos. The Tobra Snake, who wasn’t even registered, came in 2nd in the Trackstand comp and Jimbo & Ali battled it out in the Backwards Circle comp with 112 & 113 circles each respectively.
U Lock / Polo Mallet Launching? Totally Safe! Giddy Up!
Toby & Tofu GoGoGo For A Swim!
Skids & Tricks
While watching the Polo final Emory, who I’d been talking with about the tricks competition came over and let me know that we were going to be doing the comp right after skids which was about to take place and that I’d be MCing the event. I had worked up enough nerve (read: liquid courage) to actually stand in front of all these folks and do the damn thang when the rain hit harder than it had all weekend and wouldn’t let up at which point the skids & tricks events had been canceled and the awards ceremony was moved to Sneaky Dee’s later in the evening. It was an unfortunate end to a fantastic weekend but even being dumped on all day couldn’t truly tarnish the great time had by all.
Well, great time had by all except this guy…
To quote Miyako: “This is a little bit gay!”
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