Re: [messengers] Fwd: WBAB

Date: 9 Jun 2010 12:50:17 +0200
From: stefan vis <fishmeisterasd@xxxxxxxxx>

so an alleycat tour? don't you think that would mostly attract non couriers
who make a sport out of alleycat racing without any traffic experience but
with a lot of funds and sponsors to buy the tickets from companies who
initially weren't interested in sponsoring a messenger because they are too
hardcore? and also most of the couriers are not interested in sponsorships

im all for, but keep in mind that races in live traffic are dangerous(not
that i am a pussy or whatever, setting up one of the most dangerous events
in my carreer... fix rookie exile in paris) and also keep in mind that
companies using bikemessengers also watch mtv or eurosport and if those
broadcasts have a negative effect on work worldwide and the impression on
bikemessengers in general, i would reconsider the set up to smaller scale
closed courses of course with my racing system...(hehe) or andy zalan's...
in that way money's from whatever commercial party are well spend on
researching race systems for more interesting and less frustrating races to
be used as championships, not to mention it getting easier to arrange
awesome racesites for the pre events and the championships.

kai hawaii, hattara, jenz and me (fish) (and probably others too)have been
talking about events that are self supporting. in my last talks to hattara
we came up with a team race system with races that can last up to a
workday... in live traffic, otherwise its too boring. downside is what i
mentioned above but at the other hand, intesting for television, as the
first part of the race will be impossible to follow and the second part is a
reaal race and you can see people racing eachother (like my
championshipconcept). but it takes a huge production with helmetcams and
shit. and as i said im not sure if it will put the bikemessenger in a
positive light, taken that   messers dont stop for traffic and cameras
expose you to the world so also your flaws will show. but it will also show
the behaviour of other road users and that might work in our favour...

anyway in however form it might happen, individual or team, we have the
concept and im sure it works...
but the racers have to be insured for this and that should come from a
sponsor. racers should be real bikemessengers with the right experience, and
they cannot be drunk during the races. this is bad for how people see us and
that rep is not very positive, given that sponsors think we are either passe
or too hardcore. and you might loose work, and not only you but also
messengers who have nothing to do with racing or the community.

so i would say, closed courses, use the experience and the sponsor
opportunities to find awesome spots, include the worlds in the schedule, and
create races that cannot dissappoint any racer and that are interesting to

i am going to test the preliminairy concept for the warsaw race this juli in
rotterdam during the open dutch championships, this is a race using a tested
concept but slimmed down in checkpoints but added 2 guerilla races within
the race, and i believe these possiblilities are endless, as long as you
follow the main race concept... i have the chance to test and i know it will


2010/6/9 sinya <sinya@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

> Those who attended ECMC 2010 Budapest might have heard the organizers
> mutter something about how never again will they organize a big scale
> messenger event in their city.
> Well...
> Instead, for the Warsaw World's next year, I proposed to them the idea
> of the WBAB (World's Biggest Alleycat, Bitchezzz!)... The biggest
> pre-event ever.
> Fortunately, or unfortunately , they happen to like the idea, and
> seeing how well they organized ECMC2010, not to mention CMWC2001, I
> have all the faith that, if we put our minds to it, it can happen.
> To that end, we present the idea to you, the IFBMA community, so that
> you can offer your ideas and insight.
> The original idea was to incorporate a alleycat, comprising
> of Montreal, Bordeaux and Budapest, ending in Warsaw in time for the
> world event.
> Since then, we have made an interim itinerary hoping to include New
> York and/or DC, Ottawa and/or Toronto, Paris, Bordeaux, Geneva, Basel,
> Z├╝rich, Salzburg and/or Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and/or Prague,
> maybe Berlin, and of course Warsaw.
> The end result would be... the World's Biggest Alleycat. There would
> be an alleycat event in each city with prizes, perhaps, for fastest
> local, fastest out of towner, but most importantly, fastest WBABer,
> that core group of riders that started the event in Montreal.
> The bigger this idea gets, the more we have need of sponsors, which is
> our first big hurdle... (hopefully MTV, or Eurosport 2, or Discovery
> can document (i.e. pay) the whole thing). (My first idea was that the
> prize in each city would be a working jersey from one of that town's
> companies.) Other concerns would be, emergency medical assistance, and
> the legality of the courses (especially for the concern of sponsors),
> ... And most importantly, logistics... Travel concerns and time
> duration. All of these (and more) will have to be worked out. But, it
> is an exciting prospect, so I, and the Budapest/Montreal courier
> communities present this idea to you.
> Bottom line... Whaddayathink?
> Presented by: Kole Kerr, Sinya and 9.81
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