two wheels good... | 22.05.2003 18:56
According to media officer Ted Dave 'We'll be encouraging competitors to dress up as tranvestism is a common motif'.
Bill Chidley, Chair of LBMA stated that 'Messengers are sometimes percieved as a nuisance. We are keen to promote greater respect for more vunerable road users among our members and to encourage all messengers to abide by the Highway Code. Cycling is a vital part of this city's transport solution, and the courier community as its most visible exponent is determined to be part of that!'
Robin Superkid (vice-co-ordinator) made the point that 2003 will be bigger and better than the world championships (last held in London in 1994) with a more diverse and stronger international community of messengers united through the advent of the internet and cheap air fares.
Saturday-Monday are the main days of competition, with a specially constructed 'Babylondinium' in which the coveted individual prize will be decided this will test messenger-specific skills such as speed of collection, consolidation and delivery, as well as good old fashion speed in a straight line, there are also male and female individual prizes.
- A test of speed from a standing start, to be run in heats, culminating in a furious final on Monday.
- Fixed wheel competitions including the awesome longest skid, gravity defying track stand, and the entertaining backwards cicle.
- Real time 'controlled' race with controllers using 2 way radios to despatch teams of riders
- Cargo bike competition for specifically designed load carrying bikes, trikes and 4-wheelers.
- The rickshaw team challenge makes its thrilling debut
The 491 Gallery (491 Grove Green Rd, Leytonstone E11)
Hosts an photographic exhibition 'On a wheel and a prayer' until 29 May.
Friday (tomorrow) sees a memorial ride visiting the 6 points where the 6 couriers killed working died. Floral tributes to be laid. Meet Potters Fields (by mayors office) Junction of Tower Bridge Rd/Tooley St. 4PM
Sunday night (25th) Eton Mission Social Club, 91 Eastway (junction of Eastway, Wick Rd & Chapman Rd, (next to shops) Hackney E9
3 quid in for non LBMA members. DJs, bands etc