Here’s the final CMWC update from our man Puck…
Well, 6 days and 5 nights in Tokyo…it was really fun. It took me 4 days to come down from the trip. I feel like I have to wrap up the CMWC before it’s too late, but there is so much more from Tokyo that I have to share. So, what did I get from Tokyo? Let see: 2 pairs of Japanese natural indigo dyed denim pants, two Japanese chambray shirts, hundreds of new friends, and proof of true love. (Yes, I asked, and she said yes.)
Though I had been to Tokyo numerous times, this trip was the first time I traveled through the city by bicycle. Was it easy? Yes! Tokyo streets are perfect for city riding. I’m no city planner, but it was very easy to navigate around and change lanes and directions, even though they drive on the left. The roads are in top condition: smooth, not bumpy with potholes like San Francisco. Cars know how to share the road with bicycles. My lady had never ridden a bike in city traffic, but she had no problem splitting lanes between cars and trucks going 40 km/hr.
Oh I almost forgot—CMWC results!!! Well, the organizer only had a chance to announce the first 3 men’s and women’s finishers for the main race.
Here the breakdown: out of 380 racers that came for qualification, 60 men and 10 women were in the main race.
Main Race: Men’s
- Juri (Tokyo)
- Shino (Tokyo)
- Stevie (Zurich)
Main Race: Women’s
- JoJo (Stockholm)
- Yuki (Tokyo)
- Christina (Chicago)
Fixie King: Jumbo (Copenhagen)
Sprint: Men’s: Alex Forolettii (Canada?)
Sprint: Women’s: Alex’s girlfriend (forgot her name)
Skid: Men’s: Jumbo (Copenhagen)
Skid: Women’s: Sarah Murder (San Francisco)
Backwards Circle: Daz (149 ROUNDS!!!)
Track Stand: I don’t know. Someone needs to fill me in on this. I left when the organizer decided not to let both men and women compete at the same time.
How about the two people that I followed throughout the event? Both qualified for the final. Fergus came in 15th, and Mr. Chas was DQed because he can’t read the rules. Actually, he finished the race, but had 3 packages left in his bag, so he was disqualified. :(
But you know what? Everyone was a winner.
CMWC Tokyo was well organized, perhaps a little too well organized for my tastes. I thank them for taking the time to organize the event. Turnout at the race venue was in the thousands each day. Bottom line is, I had a hell of a lot of fun. Thank you to Incase for all the Japanese denim garments I bought, thank you to all the friends that let me take pictures of you doing nasty move and funny faces. Thank you to my lady Jassy for booking the room, helping carrying camera equipment and being the prettiest girl in the show. I love you.
Next year: CMWC 2010 Guatemala—I’m going!!!!
Check out the entire CMWC 2009 Flickr set.
Previous CMWC posts:
- Trick Comp and CMWC Qualifications
- CMWC Arrival and Registration
- Incase Sponsored Riders at CMWC Tokyo