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CMWC 2012 Chicago Image Gallery

This past weekend Chicago hosted the 20th annual Cycle Messenger World Championships, the first time on US soil since the 2005 New York City running. Always a good time, the CMWC attracts couriers from around the country and around the world. With a few hundred participants overall, it’s a bit too large for traditional alleycat-style racing and is held on a closed, one-way course with various turnoffs, loops, and stops to simulate a day at work. Qualifiers on Saturday whittled the field down for the main event on Sunday where riders had two hours to deliver as many packages as possible and return to “dispatch”. Mandatory lock-ups, bag drops and building sign-in sheets at stops further go to simulate a day at work, and serve to tie-up and confuse racers. It’s a good place to see a wide variety of bikes and riders form all across the globe, and to spy the various parts of courier culture that will eventually trickle down to the rest of the street racers out there. Lots of unofficial side events and partying happens when you put this crew together for a few days, and the event has become arguably more about the annual gathering of the tribe than the actual racing, though the racing is taken seriously. This was the third CMWC I’ve attended, and look forward to a fourth.

Click through to a large gallery from the CMWC.


  1. kevinAugust 9, 2012 at 3:05 am

    MPLS dudes are the biggest wieners.

  2. Ian M.October 15, 2012 at 5:30 am

    What is the helmet as pictured in image 117 to the left?

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