Alright, Alright! London’s Calling 2008 was the shizzle! Kicking races, huge, marauding gangs of contenders, beautiful art, beers, bike bling, burgers, parties, roller racing and prizes bleedin’ everywhere. Almost goes without saying but without doubt the weekend would never have been the success it was if wasn’t for all those people who took time out to make this weekend come together so well over the last few months.
With well over 80 registrants signing up in advance and on the night, the tone for London’s Calling weekend was set for it to be a complete and utter blinder. With the atmosphere outside the Foundry building up to epic, electric proportions, Friday night saw somewhere over 65 people take part in the unique Space Invaders Aleigh Hat, a huge number equalled only in size by last years Dublin pre-event races. Surprise winner of note on the night for the ladies was Stojanka, whose detailed attention to turning in a neatly completed and readable manifest won her the coveted top prize of a complete wheeleset. Go girl!
The Foundry Art Show was without a shadow of a doubt an unprecendented critical success. With works being sold on the night by both Simone and Selim, raising between them a very healthy and respectable sum, the LCEF benefitted to superb effect as all proceeds from sales were very generously pledged straight back to the fund. Very well done to the curators and all those that showed. Thanks indeed guys.
Starting from London Fields on Saturday, Tour de Ville’s Great Adventure Race again saw a massive turnout of approximately 50 riders. A gruelling slap-fest, this hotly anticipated point-to-point race saw all the big guns come out to play and with two quality bikes on offer for the winners, you could actually smell the will to win from the armpits of all that entered. Both showing out in big-style for one of London’s most ‘talked about’ courier companies, two very worthy winners eventually came to the fore at the finish line, Ricky for the guys and Chandra for the gals. Jos and Keith’s blinger bike went to a very deserved home in the form of Ricky (who leaps to the top of the overall standings in Overdrive’s 2008 points series) and last we heard Chandra was to be seen sleeping with one eye open in a bivvy bag on the steps to Condor waiting for them to deliver on her shiny new Pista frame.
Burgess Park provided the backdrop on Sunday afternoon to the very eagerly awaited Messenger Olympics. All the kids came out to play (not least the very talented 11 year old Keanu on his uber-futuristic fixie) and much carnage was to be witnessed as round after round of qualification heat was played out in the sprints, skids, footdown, backwards circles and trackstands. Full details of standings below but a truly varied field of messengers, hipsters and exengers showed what they were made of to the point of leaving numerous pieces of themselves on the tarmac as hopeful proof that ‘skin grows back’. For info work is currently in progress to lobby the 2012 Olympic Committee to recognise ‘footdown’ as a stand-alone sport in its own right. Watch this space..
Onwards to Imbibe for the final crowning event of the weekend, the Rollapaluza. A classy venue set the scene for some super-competative and classy racing performances. Check here for a report, results and pics from the Rolla themselves but well done to Janky James for finally sorting the men out from the boys and of course to Agata for yet another decisive victory to retain her crown. A brilliant nights racing, slick tunes, a most welcome selection of grub and top fun had by all.
So then. What else is left to say other than the organisers would very much like to thank, in no particular order, all those people who came along to participate in all the events; all of our generous sponsors who supported us so enthusiastically from the word go; all those people, of which there were many, who selflessly offered a helping hand or two or three along the way and on the day, whether it was marshalling the races or simply offering moral support. You know who you are!
Extra special thanks and *colossal* big-ups for you know what to Jed, Wingnut, the Rollapaluza crew, Eggpie, Sara K, Ranka, Crazy Dave, MC Stevie Russell, Nhatt Attack, Hackney Nick, James Brown, Sleepy Jesus, Maciek, Kamil, Laura, the brilliant staff at Imbibe Bar, Jonathon and all the staff at The Foundry, Buffalo Bill, Beatrice, Tom Crow, Selim, Simone, Moleman, Icaro, Jono, Gertie, Rene, Ross, Max and Xander McPistard.
Oh, by the way, did we mention that we coined in about £1000 or thereabouts for the LCEF? No, well we did ;-) Long live the LCEF and see you next year!