Thursday, October 6, 2016

19th Annual North American Cycle Courier Championships-NYC

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As if Brooklyn wasn't buzzy enough -today through October 10th- hardcore messenger racing will descend on East Williamsburg when 400 of the best bike messengers in North America duke it out in a closed­course work simulation for the title of North American Cycle Courier Champion. 

Speed, routing, package control, and politeness are integral to earning this honor and will all be tested throughout the competition.

 A host of side events such as skids, sprints, track stands, footdown, quick lock, wheelie contest, and more round out the talent, athleticism, and goofiness of the weekend, coincident with Messenger Appreciation Day.
Records have already been broken this year with State Bicycles sponsoring registration for nearly 100 women thus far, a staggering three times as many historically, according to Kelly Pennington of the Women's Bike Messenger Association. 
“We are overjoyed by the messenger community’s support and eagerness for a New York City championships. While bringing closed course racing to Brooklyn streets has been challenging, we are incredibly stoked with the outcome and can’t wait for the races” says Event Director and multi­time champion Austin Horse.

The R2 group ride of messengers arrive by bicycle from Boston today-and tonight, an art show crawl, celebrating messenger artists and related work, begins at the Chrome store in SoHo and crosses over to friendly galleries and bike shops in Williamsburg, finishing at the Superchief Gallery in Greenpoint.

Friday begins with a group ride to Kissena Velodrome for a day of track racing, a sprint competition, a BMX toss, and tracklocross. That night at the World Welcome Party presented by Kryptonite, messengers will dine on delicious vegan food from Monk’s Meats and race the clock and each other on Goldsprints stationary bikes.

Saturday morning, participants will enjoy a group breakfast before tackling qualifying heats for cargo and main race at the closed course venue. Anchored Inn, beloved messenger retirement plan, will host Start/Finish headquarters. 
Highlights of the cargo race include hay bales, empty kegs, shipping pallets, car wheels, and quail eggs. Community forums will close the day on the course. 

At Saturday night’s party, the main race qualifiers will be announced. A badass private performance will take away the sting of disappointment from the many who don’t make the cut.

Racers return Sunday for the main event. The NACCC champions will be decided at a grueling four ­hour, multi­manifest, cutting­edge main race competition, to be followed by a decisive culmination of the cargo bike championship bracket. 

Podium celebrations and afterparty will be held at the new Brooklyn Bazaar, where male and female champion prizes will include custom ­embroidered prize bags from Chrome. Spectators throughout the weekend are welcome free of charge and can consult the schedule at