Seattle’s Craig Etheridge is, once again, the top bike messenger in the world. He claimed the top spot in Chicago over the weekend to claim his second Cycle Messenger World Championship title (the first was in Guatemala in 2010).
Seattle’s Matt ‘Face’ Nasimiento placed 34th among the 100 riders who made it to the final.
So how did Etheridge become a messenger? The Bicycle Story interviewed him after his 2010 win, and he told his story:
The day I got moved to Seattle I wanted to find something to do and found out the bike messenger world championships were happening that night. I went and volunteered at a checkpoint. I met a bunch of messengers and thought it seemed like an awesome job.
After that, I was working at a coffee shop a block away from ABC Legal, one of the bigger legal messenger services in Seattle. Someone had told me you needed to go to the company and ask all the time in order to get a messenger job. So I did. I stopped by so often that I had four or five applications on file and the woman behind the desk would just shake her head no at me as I came in. One day, I was walking down the street after getting rejected again and an ABC guy came running after and offered me a job. I think they got so sick of having me ask for a job that they finally just hired me.