Chicago just hosted the Cycle Messenger World Championships, and our very humble pal Craig took the gold. Congrats!
See the full results at chicagocmwc.com
Spotted the man himself, Craig Etheridge (Cycle Messenger World Champion), zipping through Pike Place market on his All-City Nature Boy single speed cyclocross bike. He had a really nice setup, although I suggested some fatter tires to account for the rough cobbles of the market. His bike would look sweet with some 35c or 45c gumwall Resist Nomads (cannot get enough of those tires!)
I cannot wait to see Lucas Brunelle’s decade long masterpiece. If you don’t know, now you know. Check out LucasBrunelle.com!
Here is a photo I snapped a few years ago after an alleycat in NYC. Lucas Brunelle and his infamous helmet cam.
Dug up from my Flickr
The second trailer for the big bike blockbuster, Premium Rush, just hit the internet a couple days ago. It seems like there are plenty of people excited about it, while others are writing it off as Hollywood trying to make a buck off the bike scene. I look at it as the movie industry taking note of a largely growing bike industry and catering to that market. In any case, I still find myself interested in the movie and I will definitely see it on when it comes out (September 24th).
You may have seen Craig in the streets of Seattle delivering packages on his messenger route. He is a very accomplished cyclist and a very nice guy. Check it out!
Seen at Bike Jerks
This short film about bike messengers, day labor, and outsourcing has made its rounds through film festivals and picked up some awards along the way. It was shot in Seattle with a familiar bike messenger cast. Good to see those scruffy dudes in there! This is definitely a short worth watching.
Thanks Tom for the info.
Oosh! A badass bike messenger babe who would probably chew you up and spit you out before you event thought twice. I’m glad she exists.
A Google street view shot of Seattle messenger, Adam, who had passed away. His buddy Justin discovered it randomly while browsing street view and snapped this screen shot. I don’t know much more than that, but the shot is eerily good and somewhat ghostlike.
I hear he was smashing things up down in Austin (Seattle reppin!). Anyone have the final results?
Vancouver, BC May 27-30, 2011
The first annual West Coast Unvitational; a west coast bike messenger event in Vancouver, BC. This event is to commemorate the 10 year running of the Westside Invite held in Portland, OR from 2000-2010. We started the event in hopes that it can travel to a different West Coast city every year. Let’s get this rolling.
Here is a nice video of NYC Bike Messenger Austin Horse tearing up the streets of San Francisco for the Redbull Ride+Style event.
Thanks for sharing Hiro!
Take a look at the new television series Triple Rush. The show focuses on three very different courier companies in New York City who put their lives on the line to deliver packages. Don’t miss the Travel Channel premiere on April 14th. I was able to screen the first episode early and it is definitely worth checking out.
Beginning Thursday, April 14 at 10 p.m., three unique courier companies take viewers along on the harrowing rides of adrenaline-driven peddlers. These urban nomads offer passionate, first-person accounts of their New York City, while ingesting toxic car exhaust, facing mindless pedestrians, battling careless cabdrivers and suffering the consequences of a late delivery.
Where time is money, and risk often greater than reward, most messengers earn less than $10 a ride to feed their fast lifestyles. It’s the sense of freedom, the thrill of danger, the camaraderie of fellow riders and the physical rush that keeps these men and women on the job.
The premiere episode starts with photos of a fallen rider as the owner of Breakaway Couriers, the largest service in the city, shares the brutal truth with his new hires – that death is only one wrong turn away. At Quick-Track, a small family-owned business, a dispatcher who prides himself on treating messengers well quickly turns on a rider who loses an important document. Mess Kollective, a young start-up with just four employees, rounds out the cast of companies as the small firm struggles to compete in this urban jungle with no office and no dispatchers, but more than enough drive.
A great little documentary that peers into the minds of the Minneapolis Stupor Bowl alleycat racers. Our buddy Jeff from All-City and Bike Jerks makes many appearances. Looks tough, I don’t envy those guys.
I dig the rap track in this video along with all of the familiar NYC faces.
Check out Urban Cyclist Worldwide
The fastest messenger in the world at the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships.
Great shot Laali
Check out Empire if you haven’t already!
Bicycle Film Festival
Here is a little news coverage of Craig as he talks about the CMWC in Guatemala.
The homie Nick Dale (aka Dick Nail) runs a pretty tight ship over at VBM, a Seattle messenger company. The identity system designed by Blackbrush is really stellar. I want a tee-shirt!
Much love for Vancouver!
A little overly serious in the beginning, but a good video with a good message.
“I am not making a million bucks a year, but I am certainly fulfilling my own happiness.”
This had me cracking up!