ECMC organisation DQs non-fakenger
4.06.09 by Buffalo Bill
In the wake of the great f*kenger debate surrounding the ECMC 2009 decision to admit non-messengers to the event, which took place last weekend, it has emerged that a messenger/exenger attempted to pass himself off as a ‘fakenger’. Fortunately for all concerned, the organisers unmasked the impostor, and DQed him. However, the organisers have drawn criticism from Cassandra Castillo, curator of the Cyclecourier.org, a message-board for messengers and exengers:
I am saddened by the fact that you decided to exclude Jenz from a status by which he chooses to identify. It’s exactly this type of elitest behavior which works to tear apart the unity in which the cycling community has worked so hard to build.
I myself registered as a fakenger, and, having been a fakenger at one point, feel that I have every right to do so. I’m sure there have been many event champions/participants in the past with fakenger experience and they should not be publicly called out for admitting so. Anyone that has felt the rush of racing a working cyclist over a bridge or through a busy thoroughfare knows that that is one of the indescribeable bonds that brings us together…Does Jenz not sometimes ride a bike without getting paid? Just because I’m a “messenger” five days a week doesn’t mean I don’t ride around Williamsburg on the weekends with tight pants, bag and radio on. Where do we draw the line here? Do I need to provide receipt proof I spent most of the morning drinking coffee and not getting paid? Do we have to take more vacation time just to prove a point? If everyone who had messenger experience was excluded from fakenger status, there would be a lot less people playing polo.
Everyone comes to events to have FUN, it’s about coming together and talking about urban riding. It’s about bonding over how “at one” we feel on our fixies, it’s about BIKE LANES. It’s about barspins and long skids. It’s about getting laid and nerding out about carbon record gruppos. Anyone who disagrees has completely missed the point of a cycling community. I think [many real fakengers] will completely agree with me here. Despite the fact that I’m currently a messenger, I am a fakenger at heart.
On a different note, where can I find a UK British dictionary plug-in for Safari? I am getting pretty sick of seeing those red dots everytime I write ‘organiser’. Grrr.
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