Zach Dundas on bike messenger racing (from his new book, The Renegade Sportsman):
[p. 49] I loved the idea of a sporting event so effervescent that it threatened to disintegrate at any moment. The experimental sketchiness marked a stark contrast from the clockwork predictability of big-time sports. (What, you mean they’re doing the Super Bowl again this year? Dreary.) Even so, I couldn’t discount the messenger-racing scene’s larger achievement. The couriers pull together major championships every year, despite an “organization” that consists of whoever decides to show up. One inclined to overblown political analysis about everything (ahem) could point to the bike messenger racing scene as a fascinating example of natural democracy. As a model for sports revolution, I thought it worked pretty well, in that — absent owners, pro athletes, cash-spinning sponsors, public recognition, a discernible bureaucratic framework, or the blessing of most local authorities — it somehow worked at all.
– Zach Dundas
Zach reads at Shakespeare & Co. Tuesday, June 15th, at 7 pm.