Thursday, June 23, 2011

The 2012 messenger championships in Chicago

Augie Montes by Christopher Dilts

Interview by John Greenfield

[This piece also runs at momentumplanet.com.]

Every year hundreds of bike couriers from around the globe descend on a different city for the Cycle Messenger World Championships, with races, arts events and parties celebrating one of the toughest, most enjoyable jobs around. This yhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifear the 19th annual worlds take place in Warsaw on July 27-31 (www.warsawcarkillers.org); next year Chicago does the honors (www.chicagocmwc.com).

Augie Montes, an eleven-year veteran of the delivery biz who spearheaded the 2008 North American Cycle Courier Championships [NACCC] in Chicago, talked with me about the recent championships in Tokyo and Panajachel, Guatemala, and filled us in on the Windy City’s plans for hosting the worlds in 2012.

Fellow green transportation journalist Steven Vance (stevencanplan.com) and I recently launched Grid, a new blog about walking, biking and transit in Chicago and beyond. Read the rest of this story at gridchicago.com.

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