Marco is leaving
1.12.07 by Buffalo Bill
Marco is one of the fastest bicycle messengers in London. A couple of months ago I was exiting the Moving Target compound. Up ahead I caught a glimpse of Marco heading into town on Hackney Road.
He isn’t going that fast, I thought. I’ll up the pace and catch him.
I chased him down Hackney Road, increasing my pace as it became clear that, despite giving the impression of gliding across the tarmac, Marco was booking, as our North American cousins used to say. Past Hoxton and into Old Street, I pushed the pace more, unable to close the gap.
Up ahead Marco was still serenely floating through the traffic, not thrashing and swerving like some wanna-be wheelster, buffeted by the stop-start traffic-flow, more like a glider catching thermals through scudding clouds. After riding so hard that my breakfast was starting to complain, I caught him. He flashed his broad smile, and greeted me cheerfully. I could barely speak.
In the meantime, here’s a totally unrepresentative video of Marco in action.