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CMWC Paris, Day 2

7 August 2016 4:59:00 PM AEST

Day 2 of the qualifications. Bike and cargo.

For all those who didn't do their qualifications yesterday, they had to do them today!

It was also the day of the cargo bike qualification. They had a window of one hour to jump on their bike & hit the track to make their time

When they took their manifest from the office they had the added surprise of having to carry two breeze blocks from the start to the finish. This a good way to start the qualifications !

Considering that not a lot of messengers had done their qualifying yesterday the track was pretty busy! 

Plenty of different manifests were given to the messengers and only the first 6 to complete each manifest went in the main race. The qualifications are about the time and how you’ve completed your manifest. Overall it seemed that Thomas Boury aka Toto aka Young Thomas had the best time. He completed his manifest in 43 minutes yesterday.

After the end of the qualifications, the couriers could compete for the Amazing Hou’s alleycat.
More than 300 messengers took the start. They started without manifests and had to collect these at the first checkpoint.  

Today is the main race day. We expect a lot and we’ll probably get surprised by the podium, cause Austin Horse and Christina Peck the previous world champions won’t be on the starting line. 

Will see what can happen with the new contenders.

(Photos & words by Caro Paulette)


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CMWC Paris, Report Day 1 & 2

6 August 2016 4:43:00 PM AEST

CMWC 2016 - Report DAY 1, DAY 2

On Wednesday the 2’h Edition of the CMWC (Cycles Messenger World Championship) started in Paris. 
With more than 700 messengers registered, Paris was packed full of courier's from all over the world for just one week.

The first round was the sprint on the legendary Vélodrome Jaques Anquetil, La Cipale in the Bois de Vincennes.
After a rainy morning, the organizers were allowed to start the contest. during all the afternoon, messengers tried to be the fastest riders. Around 4pm the group ride which started in Cologne last Saturday arrived and joined the crowd on the velodrome bench.
Later in the day, the alleycat for the "none local" started with more than 200 competitors.

Thursday was the first the day of the qualifying for the main race. To be allowed to compete in the main race the messengers have to complete their manifest as fast as possible.

While couriers made their qualification, lots people came to hang out and see the friends they only meet a few time a year. The vibe around the CMWC is always relaxed, people are happy to be there, they smile all the time and drink beers. 
In the afternoon people who finished their qualification and those who are going to qualify tomorrow, headed over to the northside of Paris for the Up Hill race in the Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge. With a view of the city and a perfect sunset, the crowd cheers the brave messengers who climbed the parc to be the champion of the Up Hill Race.

Tomorrow is the second day to be qualified for bike and also cargo bikes.

The results of all the contests will be known at the end of the championship.

(Photos & words by Caro Paulette)

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Koochella Classic 2016

1 August 2016 3:03:37 PM AEST

Thanks to Koochella Racing for taking over the Knog Instagram account for the Koochella Classic in sunny Minneapolis last weekend. Check out some of the photos below. T'was an absolute blast!

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#TBT to CMWC Melbourne 2015

28 July 2016 3:23:46 PM AEST

With the 24th edition of the CMWC's going down in Paris next week, we thought we'd throw out a #tbt to last year's messenger championships here in sunny Melbourne and relive some of the amazing messenger interviews we managed to capture before the big race. Interviews with Lewis Ciddor, Alana, Big 'Asian' Steve and legendary women's rider Christina Peck. Have a read/watch below and enjoy.  

... Btw, we'll be there in Paris, loud and proud with our tent, heaps of free swag and a bunch of fun activations taking place daily. So, if you're in town then be sure to drop on by, say hi & even score yourself some free Knog goodness. Oui, c'est vrai!

 

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In the lead up to the CMWC's in mighty Melbourne town, we put together a series of stand out Knog + CMWC interviews for your viewing pleasure. Interviews with first timers, podium placers and past winners. 

Thanks to Alana Lazdins,  Lewis Ciddor & Big Steve of Melbourne District Messengers Association (MDMA) for allowing us to grill them on the CMWC's in Melbourne, racing preps and sex shops. It's all gold!

 
 
 
 
 
CHRISTINA PECK INTERVIEW:

Last year we also had the pleasure of catching up with legend of the messenger scene, Christina Peck. Check out the full interview with Christina below.

 
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Knog caught up with five times NACCC and 2014 CMWC winner Christina Peck as she readied herself for the gruelling journey to Melbourne, Australia for the 2015 CMWC's and the defence of her crown. 

Congrats on winning the CMWC's last year! As a 5 time winner of the NACCC’s and after several podium finishes at CMWC did you feel that 2014 was your time?

Thanks! There are so many variables that go into a CMWC, it's always hard to say. I felt seriously overwhelmed riding the course in Mexico. We even got lost on the ride over because Bosque de Chapultepec where the race was held, is this huge, sprawling park that has sporadic military zones that are totally fenced off and super confusing to navigate as it is also bisected by huge freeways that aren't very passable on bikes. Safa is a crazy mastermind that made this incredibly confusing course that I did not feel like I had the best grasp on, especially showing up way later than I would have liked. But I guess a lot of other people felt the same way, because I ended up doing quite well both days. Courses that are as much mind games as they are about brute strength and fitness are definitely assets to me. 

So a really long answer for, I don't know if I felt like it was "my time", I just always race as hard as I can. I have attended enough championships to know how they generally run and have the years of actual messenger experience behind me as the backbone, but I never expect or assume anything. 

 

What is your first memory of hooning on a bike?

Hooning? Oh man, I actually had to look that up, is that Australian slang? 

I remember taking my fixed gear conversion to LA with a buddy back in 2005 and I had only really ridden in Santa Cruz at that time. At some point, he ducked left–right before the light changed for us, rather than having to wait and yield since there was no arrow anyhow. Not hooning so to speak, but definitely the first time I remember getting a feel for riding in city traffic and making do with infrastructure that isn't crafted with bikes in mind, which LA certainly wasn't then. 

Hooning in more exact terms definitely makes me recall a Cranksgiving I raced in Chicago some years back. I ended up riding with two good buddies, Nico and Arturo. Towards the end of the race we hit Michigan Ave and right before it goes over the river, the whole street was closed to car traffic but open to pedestrians for some sort of lighting ceremony. People were every where, but we picked our way through, at a really serious pace, somehow all staying about in line all across the road for a good half mile. It was insane, but so much fun. 

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How did you first get in to messengering and what did you do before?

I went to college in Santa Cruz and one of my dear friends who I rode with all the time, messengered for PedEx, and it seemed like such an ideal job. Part of my major involved doing an internship for 6 months somewhere not in Santa Cruz, so I chose to do mine in San Francisco. I rode a lot there, and the scene was much smaller then and bike events invariably overlapped with messengers. When I moved out to Chicago, I decided to pick up messenger work "for a little while" to experience actually being a part of that scene, and a little while turned into a long while. 

Before messengering I was in school, so it was a series of side jobs that I usually quit before leaving for the summer - coffee shops, health food stores, a local radio station, I even had a short stint of working as a clown at kid's birthday parties. 

 

What took you back to San Francisco from Chicago to work as a messenger there?

I had been contemplating moving back to the Bay Area for a bit when my twin sister decided she wanted to move back to start up a wedding DJ business, so I figured it was as good a time as ever. I had actually intended to transfer with Zipcar, who I had been working for at the time. When that fell through, I was super lucky that Godspeed was hiring as it was a company I had always admired, both for the people that worked there and how it was run. It took a few months to fully kick my legs back into shape for the hills and long days at Godspeed, but the lack of snow is a pretty good trade off. 

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Considering its quite a physical job, what’s the expected career longevity of a messenger?

I'm in a pretty ideal position at Godspeed, working 2-10 hour days on the bike and 2-10 hour office days working AP. It's enough bike time during the week without being so much I don't want to ride for fun on the weekends. Even though the days are long, I think the 4 days weeks are more sustainable. I'm also one of the youngest ones at the company which definitely lets me think I'll be able to do this for a while longer.

 

You helped bring the Championships to Chicago in 2012; what does CMWC mean to you?

Chicago CMWCs was simultaneously the most stressful and also one of the the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. I was part of a 10 person organizing committee that became a family for a year and a half, and while it was incredibly time consuming, it also fostered an amazing sense of community in the lead up. A lot of local businesses came through to help out and host monthly fundraisers, which brought out so many people. I met so many more people in my community during that time, and strengthened pre-existing connections, and I think that rang true for a lot of others. Anyone outside the community would be hard-pressed to understand the hours and hours of unpaid labor we all poured into this event, but inside, well all know it's worth it. (Though until you've organized one, myself included, it's difficult to understand the sheer amount of time it takes to throw an event of this scale together if you want it to run smoothly.)

As much as CMWC is about the race, it really is the annual gathering of the international messenger family. To me, CMWC is an awesome excuse to travel to a new far flung place, but when you show up you don't feel like a tourist, rather you have a slew of locals ready to show you the best spots and time to catch up the friends you only see a handful of times a year. 

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Whether on home turf or not, which city has hosted your favourite CMWC so far and why? What was the most unique thing you’ve experienced at a CMWC?

Tokyo was my favourite. Maybe because it was my first CMWC, or maybe in part due to the culture shock of how different Tokyo was from anywhere else I had visited at the time, but it was a great event. Everything ran on time and the course was technical and difficult and there was a huge turn out that year. But it was also just being in Tokyo: the streets are amazing, everything seems perfectly paved - I don't think I saw broken glass the whole time I was there. We slept in little cubicles and ate so many weird rice balls from the 7-11s. You can also just drink in the street even though chu-hi so dangerously does not taste at all like booze.  

Most unique was definitely Guatemala, hands down. We were in the little town of Panajachel, and the course just ran through the whole thing, dirt, broken pavement, cobbles, everything. Even getting there was an adventure - the roads were impassable due to mudslides and storms and we had to hike our bikes around the mudslide just to get into the valley.

 

Melbourne is the home of the CMWC's for 2015 and has a huge messenger scene. What does it mean for you to come to Melbourne and defend your crown?

Like I mentioned earlier, while a huge part of CMWC is always the race, I'm as excited to travel to a brand new place and meet more of those that are part of that huge messenger scene in Melbourne and Sydney. I also like going to race in an entirely other part of the world because you meet brand new faces who haven't been able to travel in the same manner. But also, who knows what my competition will be like? I'm certainly up for the challenge though!

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To celebrate the summer Crit's season and our partnership with the Team Cinelli Chrome, we're starting a series of portrait of the team at Londons Red Hook Crit. 

Let's start with The legend of the streets of NY, 5 times winner of the Monster Tracks - Alfred Bobé Jr. He's raced at least a dozen Red Hook Crit in the past five years. When they can, his wife and his sons come to the races to support him. Alfred’s wife, Laura, is now also a racer. He’s been part of the Cinelli family for a while now and has been amongst the TOP 20 in every Red Hook. 

RHC Barcelona is so far his favorite stop of the tour. "The food, people and the weather make a very climactic background for the event". Alfred is one of those riders who has always pushed the cycling world to grow... 

We’re proud to support him in the Team Chrome Cinelli. His favorite light: BLINDER MOB 4 EYES for the front. BLINDER ROAD R70 for the rear. 

#redhookcrit #rhcl2 #teamcinellichrome 

Words and photo @caropaulette

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