21st Bike Messenger World Championships Pass Off With Precision and Parties.
New and successfully defending champions were celebrated on the podium in an array of disciplines last month, as around 400 couriers met in Switzerland to take part in the annual Cycle Messenger World Championships.
Brooks was on board as one of the event’s sponsors, and we joined up with PedalED to release a special commemorative saddle and shoe set. Our contribution was a copper riveted Team Pro in red with the CMWC Lausanne logo pressed into the top.
Swiss riders have been a dominant force in courier racing at European and World level over the past decade, and one of the country’s most visually stunning (and hilly) cities, Lausanne, this year had the honour of hosting.
Serial Nearly Man Austin Horse of New York’s Samurai Messenger Service finally took the ultimate prize after three hours of picking and dropping in the Men’s Main Race Final, while local heroine, Vélocité’s Joséphine Reitzel achieved a hat trick by adding to her pair of already won Women’s world titles.
The roster of events in Lausanne was spread over five days, with specialist contests like Backward Circles, Long Skids and Sprints (both Flat and Uphill) held earlier in the week in order to devote full attention from Friday to CMWC’s showpiece, the Main Race.
Veteran messenger Andy Zalan of Washington D.C. took time off from his sideline as Brooks roving cameraman to win the Backward Circles, with Basel’s Jérôme Thiriet taking the Long Skid.
On the flat, Mainz’s André Schöndorfer won the Men’s Sprint, while Zürich’s Yvonne Müller was the Fastest Female.
Working as a courier in Lausanne is probably good training for any Uphill Sprint contest, therefore it was perhaps unsurprising that we had a local winner in Emmanuel Allaz. Of course, Luzern isn’t exactly flat either, and so it was that Velokurier’s Renate Bucheli took top spot in the Women’s category.
The final day of action was streamed live, a metaphorical cherry on the top of what in terms of organization, atmosphere and sporting excellence was regarded by many in the know as one of the most successful courier championships held to date.
Brooks was, as ever, delighted to assist where possible, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s fun and games in Mexico City.