The first ‘official’ North American Cycle Courier Championships was held in Montreal, 1998. The inspiration for that event and the true origin of this grand tradition was held on July 4th Weekend in New York City, 1997.
As I am (ok at this point was) traveling to Denver Colorado for the 18th Annual (right now on the A train), I am inspired to tell a little story about how I perceive this all coming to be. I started working as a bike messenger in September of 1992. I luckily survived long enough to fall in love with the job and quickly gravitated towards the extreme satisfaction of what my Los Angeles compatriots might categorize as ‘Fixie Foo’.
This is all pre cell phone and internet and as such my community at the time consisted of my brother and the yahoos we worked with at Champion Courier. We hung with messengers from other companies after work at Washington Square Park mostly in the summer and played tag on our ‘fixies’, drank mad forties and smoked tons o blunts…
Thanks for sharing this Kevin!!!