North American Cycle Courier Champs
4.09.08 by Buffalo Bill
Happened at the weekend. Austin and Kym won the main race. No word on the other competitions yet, although the polo looks like it was fun. Full results from the final here. Official NACCC 2008 site here.
Updated – again!
Kym’s messenger status has been disputed. This has echoes of the DQ from Rollapaluza X of Cas, who was judged not to have been a working messenger (although there was also some question about Charlie’s messengerness too…). In the interests of a good stir, purely because it’s ages since we had a proper slanging match on this site, I reproduce the email which outlines the nature of the dispute below, with some comments from other parties.
I don’t have a problem with non-messengers competing in messenger events, as I said here. However, if it is true that Kym was asked if she was a working messenger, and lied, then that is kind of a shame.
I’ll be the first out here to say it.
And, I say this out of not disrespect, disdain, or even dislike for the lady, but I’ve been encourage to express the frustration and shock that most of us back in new york feel over the fact that Kym Perfetto claims to be a New York bike messenger.
More than anything I think we are shocked that our friends have been lied to and our community duped.
Personally I feel that this has gone on too long to stand by and say nothing for a third year in a row. I think most of you will find that many of us working everyday agree about this (I encourage them to say something as well).
After the Philly NACCC – after being challenged that kym had never worked a day as a messenger – she did take a four hour, once a week shift sporadically at a company called streetwise. I saw her as much accordingly. In December she was hired at elite, a chance for her to work at a well reputed company in new york, and – as my dispatcher put it this morning – worked a few times in about two or three weeks. She has not been back to elite since. I work there. FULL TIME.
Apparently, are several other companies she claims to work for. I find it hard to believe that so many full time messengers have failed to see her on the streets.
I understand the complications this raises about what constitutes actually being messenger, ex messenger, etc etc. I know this may get into an ugly debate. But I believe these are issues that need to be discussed when people start working the bare minimum to be qualified in races we work tirelessly to throw for the hard working and talented in our community.
As one of the few women out there, I find this particularly frustrating as there are so few of us out there who love this job, fewer who work everyday (for god sakes, even part time), and even fewer with the kind of talent in takes to place in a national/international race. I would like to honor those ladies in this message.
I appreciate those who may take the time to respond or refute.
New York city
“Messengers for a Messenger Championship”
This from Dispatch 101.
Lord knows chicago shares a lot of this drama. i rather not name names but there are those who classify themselves as messengers even though they are not currently working messengers. honestly, i think it’s a shady move. i don’t know kym at all and i don’t think i spoke one word to her so i cannot weigh in on whether she is or isn’t a messenger. what i can say is that if she isn’t then she’s gotta (wo)man-up and give up the title and the prizes. messengers rarely get a light to shine on them…it’s the little simple things such as a national messenger championship that can brighten one’s day up. i keep wanting to say “we” but those days have come and gone for me. by being a dispatcher im still a part of the messenger community but would feel guilty/bad claiming to be a messenger and taking advantage of it. im pretty sure there was a non-messenger category…why not race that?
the industry rarely gives a messenger respect…clients, cabs, security, and, well you get it. no need to disrespect them by taking what isn’t rightfully yours. there are plenty of races dedicated for any and all in the bicycle community throughout the world. this one is named the north american cycle courier championships…COURIER.
kym…i would love to hear your side of the story so if you read this please don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail so i can post it for you and clear your name or simply comment. sh*t…i guess you don’t really have to say a word but…well…peace.
And this email from Martin Banana, IFBMA council member and Marcus Cook Award nominee.
Im deeply saddened that you feel so strongly about Kym that you decide to write me with these disturbing words. Im sure Kym feels kind of bummed that you decide to call her a liar.
I fail to see how Kym is not eligible to participate in the races. She used to be a messenger(maybe she is part time still others say), has no intentions of pissing on any of us and she obviously wants to win – that makes her ok in my book. Now my book is not a set of standards, actually I wiggle and squirm as much as I can every time someone tries to formulate what it is we do. I believe that it is so much stronger for the open interpretations that we see every year on how the race is best tackled. As long as she has not overstepped any rules in this specific NACCC I can´t cry foul. Please send me the specific rule you feel she violated.
Also note that I am in no way interested in governing or ruling what you or Kym is doing, but I will cry foul or asshole or worse at people I see blatantly going against the vision or specific rule of any messenger race. I am not on this council to tell anyone how to behave ( I have a daughter – thats quite enough thank you ) I am here to best represent people that deserves so much more than they get – messengers who toil, race and die for a pittance.
Now who won is really of no consequence – (unless it was you of course) did you have a good time? Did you beat some of your friends?
For a good championship I have 2 succes criteria: 1 A worthy winner, 2 No one dies. Is Kym not worthy? Did she not work as hard or harder than her fellow racers?
For my part the enormity of my failure in this years cargo race at the CMWC has not yet hit home. I only competed against 2 that I have failed to meet and break bread with – so most of the field was close friends – people I love.. But tell me what did I do to have Ralph beat me??? All my gods have abandoned me – I think on that background you surely see that whether Kym is or isn´t pales into something we should leave to Kym and her conscience.. No?
And this Joel Metz, former secretary of the IFBMA, and Marcus Cook Award recipient
while i can some ways empathize with the frustration over a perceived or actual non-messenger winning a messenger champs, im also tired of it. its a slippery slope, and its a dead horse thats been beat at almost every champs. first it was “the germans”, which really meant the danes, or maybe the swiss – they werent real messengers cause they only worked half days, part time, and still made more money than us americans. or maybe it was the actual germans, who werent real messengers cause they were able to work as messengers, and race on the road semi-pro, and kick our asses at cmwc. hmm.
so, how many hours does one have to work, and how regularly, to actually be a messenger, rather than someone who merely works as a messenger sporadically, part-time? i mean really. im not going to cmwc to nit-pick that shit, im going to see a bunch of great people who “get” the job, and the community.
we start walking down this path of “your messenger work experience isnt like my messenger work experience, and therefore, not real”, and the jungle closes in pretty quick after us.
i would also like to add that anyone, anywhere, who has even beaten me at a cmwc, naccc, or ecmc, cannot possibly be a real messenger. i think that should cover just about all of you. heck, i might even decide that any of you whove been able to afford to go these past couple of years when i havent, arent real messengers either. i mean, you took time off work and all. looks bad for your cred, you know.