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The Null Corporation
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum

July 21, 2008
Although the truly hardcore set out Monday on a 260+ mile ride from Paris, there is still time for stragglers to make plans for the 2008 European Cycle Messenger Championships taking place this weekend in the Netherlands.

Hosted by the Technical University Eindhoven, the campus of which also doubles as a free campground for registered participants, the 2008 ECMC is a three-day gathering (four if you count Thursday's bike ride and Riverside party) stuffed with events for the bikecentric. And what better place for it - with more than 16 million people, the Netherlands has over 18 million bicycles. Although a semi-official event for bike messengers, the event is nothing if not laid back - while organizers were encouraging visitors to register before the 15th to save 10 Euros on the registration fee, the prodding was of a practical nature: They'd "rather you spend that cash on beer instead."

Along with the qualifying heats on Friday and Saturday and the main race on Sunday, the weekend has more than enough sporting events for non-messengers, including sprints, fixed-gear skids, and roller races sponsored by the trademark-infringing RollaPaluza. Oh, and there'll be plenty of parties, along with some "fundamentals" instructional programs.

Those attendees with Timbuk2 bags but no skills needn't fret; items on the non-competition program include a trip to the Designhuis Bicycle exhibition, a bike film show, and bike polo with the hilariously named FUCCIT (that's an acronym) crew.

Before you head for Eindhoven, be sure to download and print a spoke card, and afterward if you've yet to quench your bike thirst there's a post-event event, the Millportpoloco IV, "a weekend of courier mayhem brought to you by Westcoast Messengers Glasgow." Yeah, as in Scotland. And you thought the ride from Paris sounded tough!

SEE ALSO: www.ecmc2008.com

Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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