happy new year! So....
things have really started to pick up speed in the last week or so. Some good, some bad...
Met up with a guy from ANewSpace gallery in Dublin. They do awesome shows in a beautiful bar in Dublin and they're really interested in hosting the Art Show. We're gonna run the show for a week before the CMWC for the public then have an official opening, private party, for the messengers and maybe one other party in the venue. We're also talking to them about some other really exciting ideas, I'll keep you informed... check out their myspace page here. Anyone who wants to send submissions please get in touch here or mail me @ email@example.com. We're gonna be able to sell pieces for people as well if anyone wants to do that.
We've been having a lot of interest from filmakers, was speaking to a really nice guy yesterday who wants to follow the organising etc. and we are still trying to get our Irish language station TG4 to come and film the race.
The website should finally be up and running soon I promise! So registration will be ready to go in the next week or so. Here's the link
The big pain in the ass right now is sponsorship. Red Bull are completely blanking me, I'm trying not to hassle them too much but the main contact just won't get back to me so I think we're gonna have to forget about them. This is all affecting our choice of race venue as that is totally money dependent and it's ****ing expensive to close the streets here. Not to worry though. Our council won't even look at an application until 20 weeks before an event so we still have some time, and we have a lot of alternatives.
You know those trainers with the wheels in them? Well the Irish ditributor wants to be a sponsor. Not a big sponsor I would imagine, but kinda cool. He's really keen, and you have to admit you've always wanted to give them a go! Come on!
Hopefully going to have a good campsite, well actually Dublin's only campsite, available for the weekend. They have room for 70 tents, but I know they have some more land so we're gonna try get a bigger spot opened for us. It's about a 45 minute ride from the city center, but it won't seem so bad as a group ride and you can't beat the prices. Dublin's a stupidly expensive city so every bit of economising makes a difference. Check the campsite here.
Seagull bags have signed up to be one of the main bag sponsors. Dan is a really nice guy, and their bags look really sweet. He's gonna try and make it over and set up a stall as well so you can have a chance to buy a bag if you don't win one. Check him out here and here.
So, things are starting to take a definite shape now, just the racecourse is still a bit fuzzy. But trust us, we're going to make a kick ass weekend for everyone. I'm trying to work on communicating this a bit better to everybody, and once we have the website going it'll be a lot easier. But have faith in us. This is going to be an amazing weekend.
Ok, I'll hopefully have some more updating for y'all next week. Have a great weekend everyone,
right lads c'mon get yizr act together and come over for this.
Originally Posted by skanking biker
Originally Posted by skanking biker
So things have probably seemed strangely quiet for a long while now on the news front.
To be brutally honest it's because we had REALLY bad news and didn't want to let it out until we had some good news to compensate.
Long story kinda short...
In February we submitted our proposal ,inculding our race course, to the city council. Nothing was said, in fact the whole thing was initially rejected, we were told it would be considered at a later stage. So we prodded and poked and tried to get a meeting with these people.
After working our way to the top of the food chain we got a meeting with the events department. Seemed like lovely folk who wanted to help, they couldn't see why it wouldn't happen.
Then, a week later a call from the roads department saying the engineer had 'a few issues' with our choice of race course. 'A few issues' turned out to be 'not in a million years lads'... quite a difference. And why were we being told this 1 month before the event was due to happen??? Because the events department never showed the map to the roads department when it was given to them in February!!!
So... where to from here? The council said they couldn't think of anywhere in the city we could host the race. Great. Our best chance was to go to the OPW(Office of Public Works) and see about getting a course in the Phoenix Park.
Phone calls were made, the park was mapped, and we found a suitable venue for a race. One meeting with the guys in the Park and we knew we were on to a winner. But they only wanted to give us one day! Thankfully we had honed our negotiating skills and with a well worded safety plan and the sincerest of intentions, they just confirmed this morning that we can have 2 days of racing in the park.
Today we also confirmed our event insurance and that we will have access in the park to toilets, changing facilities and showers. Nice.
So here is an overview of the area we have available to us for the race. the aerial shot is a bit old. There has been a wonderful cycle path highway run across some of the parkland which makes for a nice loop of the course. There WILL be offroad. not difficult, we've been riding it on our fixies and that's what we're basing the course on, if we can ride it anyone can. The trails are hard packed and pretty smooth, very fast riding. A couple of nice on road drags, and one short and steep climb. We should have the course finished by this weekend.
This means that the timetable has changed somewhat. We can now only have one day of qualification, Saturday 4th. Main race final will take place on the morning of Sunday 5th.
On a more positive note, this means that we have all day Monday for our side events. We are working with the police right now on a group ride that would take everyone around some of the nicest parts of the city, stopping off every now and then to circle, stand, hop etc... which will lead us nicely to the awards ceremony that evening.
We will also now have Sunday afternoon and early evening free. We had an idea for the polo tournament that I would like to run past people. Bicycle polo was invented in Ireland and has been running strong in its original form on the polo grounds in the Phoenix Park since that day. The messengers of Dublin often go and play with these guys. They play a mean game of polo. Proper polo bikes from the 1950's amd 60's. Fixed-gear 26inch wheels. Almost one-to-one gear ratio. Real polo mallets.
A lot of fun. They have offered us the use of their grounds, bikes, mallets etc for the weekend. Now i know that there may be a lot of purists out there who baulk at the idea of playing on grass, but could I ask people to consider it. We will provide you with everything, still playing street rules, just on grass, and everone can hang out in the park and watch a full on polo world cup. Let me know what you think, cos i think it would be sweet.
Velodrome racing will still be happening on Tuesday as planned. One thing still happening as planned, can you believe it!!!
That is all for now, and enough for people to digest for a couple of days. If people want to come and beat me over the head because things weren't how they thought they were going to be, so be it, I can take it. We've been running ourselves into the ground trying to get this back on track, cos as of 3 weeks ago it looked like an almighty train wreck. I'm actually really looking forward to the weekend now, and I hope that, despite last minute changes, you all will too.
See you in a couple of weeks, and talk to you soon,
Last edited by tonym; 07-18-07 at 10:12 AM.
Originally Posted by skanking biker
It seems that Austin Horse (NYC) came in first, then a Dubliner, then an aussie(?), but the organizers are trying to DQ austin and the third place guy.
Perhaps they really want a dubliner to pull first. I'm all for kicking out cheaters, but I find it hard to believer Austin would do anything but race clean.
What are they trying to DQ Austin for?
"If ya ain't cheatin', Ya ain't tryin'" Corey, Philly.
The key to happiness is not in having more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
It's a conspiracy. All hell will break loose.
i heard kym took first. ugggh, we need some real documentation over state-side, quickly!
****ing Mutiny!!!!!! Dublin Will Burn!!!!
Bloodstains, speed kills, fast bikes, cheap thrills, French girls, fine wine...
Fate is the Hunter
What are they doing? Why do they come here? Some kind of instinct. Memory, of what they used to do. This was an important place in their lives.
no she did not. she officially took second place again ....
"sometimes i pedal my bike so fast, it feels like ... like ... im on the air"
Results are posted on the CMWC site. Austin and the other top two were all DQed, no explanation.