The North American Cycle Courier Championships is an annual weekend-long burst of bike racing, partying, and messenger industry hobnobbing. It provides the hardworking couriers of the continent with an opportunity to race each other on closed streets, enjoy the party possibilities of a strange city, and strengthen the bonds that make the job so unique. It’s a convention without the name tags and early morning seminars.
The 2011 NACCC, presented by Chrome, will be held Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th in sunny Austin, Texas. With any luck the temperatures will have moderated into the double digits and the discerning bon vivant and committed racer that lies within every messenger will be able to sample the renowned hospitality and bicycle-centricism of Texas’ capital city without the renowned stratospheric heat indices or the perhaps less renowned sweaty permasheen. The food trailers will once again be comfortable places to dine al fresco, the beer-to-water consumption ratio can be brought back to a reasonable one-to-one, and Barton Springs will be pouring forth from the Edwards Aquifer at an always-refreshing 68 degrees.
The main race will be held on a closed course located on the eastside of town. The qualifying heats will take place on Saturday and the final race will be on Sunday. The hard of core and strong of legs, however, can start their week the previous Friday with a three day pre-event in Houston. A group will be leaving the Space City on Monday for a three day ride to the state capital, with stops in Smithville and New Braunfels. Back in Austin, there will be cyclocross racing on Tuesday and crit racing on Thursday. The NACCC officially kicks off Friday with the welcome party at Cheer Up Charlie’s on the eastside. Racers can hit the rollers at the bar for goldsprints or the city streets for the nighttime alleycat. After a tough day of qualifying races, participants will be able to take the edge off at the Saturday night party at Red 7 in downtown. The traditional messenger side events (track stand, track skids) will also be held. After a heroic main race, the weekend will wrap up on Sunday night with a closing party and awards ceremony back on the eastside at The Liberty.
The close-knit Austin courier crew is looking forward to hosting their far-flung colleagues for an awesome weekend of bike racing and Lone Star, trash talking and tacos. Contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.