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August 5, 2009
This weekend the warriors of three central European nations will clash for high honors on the banks of the Rhine River. No, its not a battle royale between Napoleon, Hitler, and the Ricola cough drop dudes, but rather the TriCMC 2009, a confluence of French, German, and Swiss bike messenger championships.

Up for grabs this weekend are three national messenger championships at stake this weekend: the Swiss CycleMessengerChampionship (SuiCMC), the Germans' Deutsche Meisterschaft der Fahrrad-Kuriere (DMFK), and the boringly named FrenchCMC (FCMC). To boot, there is the title of the TriCMC Champion, which is open to riders from all countries.

Geographically, the so-called "Dreiländereck" (three country corner) near the art/industrial hub of Basel, Switzerland, plays perfectly into the mix with the cross-border towns of Lörrach, Germany, and Huningue, France, coming together and rubbing civic elbows near Basel, with all three towns coming to within one kilometer of each other.

TriCMC 2009 kicks off its program of staged events at high noon on Thursday with qualifying rounds in the bike polo tournament. Having seen teams from Basel compete in last fall's hardcourt championship in Zurich, we can attest that the locals will have more than just the home court advantage. The rest of the weekend includes more polo matches (with the finals on Saturday), a couple of alleycats, sprint races, skid contests and plenty of that ridiculous fixed-gear bike ballet, and of course the three national messenger championships. Sunday morning will see qualification rounds for the no-holds-barred multinational main event race, the course for which traverses the "Dreispitz Areal," described as an "old industrial area with its railway tracks, ramps, bumpy roads and even a multi-story car park." The big bang TriCMC final is scheduled for 2-5pm in the afternoon, with awards to follow.

Being a cycling event, it goes without saying that there will be plenty of partying to go along with all the strenuous athletic output. For example, the night before the official start will see the "Tour de bar Bâle" at 8pm, a "warm up drinking [event] with special beer prices in Basel's most beautiful bars." There are parties and afterparties planned for each subsequent night of the weekend. Apparently on Saturday night they'll even be throwing down on a boat!

SEE ALSO: www.tricmc09.ch

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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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