Richmond hosted the annual North American Cycling Courier Championship over Memorial Day weekend. Bike messengers from around the continent converged for a weekend of competitive delivery. The races consisted of a closed circuit around Chimborazo Park in Church Hill as well as an open course throughout Richmond’s downtown area. During each race, riders were given a manifest with a list of check points for package pick up and delivery. Although the races emphasized speed, smart routing and professionalism played important roles in overall performance.
Chas Christiansen secures a package after pick up during the closed course race on Saturday
Church Hill’s dog park was marked off as a no bike zone. Riders had to leave their bikes and make a delivery across the park on foot.
Maps with each pick up and delivery point were laid out before the open course race on Sunday.
At each check point, riders received a stamp confirming their pick up/delivery.
Taking Care of Business courier Chas Christiansen placed first overall.
After Sunday’s race ended, everyone involved gathered in Holly Street Park for an after party and side events including short sprints, a quick lock competition and awards.