TOBMA presents

Cycle Messenger World Championships XVI

June 13-16, 2008
Toronto, Canada

Registration: Before March 15 2008: $75 CAD After March 15 2008: $100 CAD


Championship History

1993 Berlin, Germany

1994 London, England

1995 Toronto, Canada

1996 San Francisco, USA

1997 Barcelona, Spain

1998 Washington DC, USA

1999 Zurich, Switzerland

2000 Philadelphia, USA

2001 Budapest, Hungary

2002 Copenhagen, Denmark

2003 Seattle, USA

2004 Edmonton, Canada

2005 New York, USA

2006 Sydney, Australia

2007 Dublin, Ireland

2008 Toronto, Canada



Help Bring Zimbabwe's SplashGirls to CMWC 2008

The Toronto Bike Messenger Association (TOBMA) and the Cycle Messenger World Championships XVI are seeking sponsors to help bring Zimbabwean messengers, Faith Mkwananzi and Resistance Mhlanga to the 16th annual Cycle Messenger World Championships in Toronto, Canada, June 13 – 16, 2008.

The TOBMA is an affiliated member of the International Federation of Bike Messenger Associations (IFBMA). The mission of the IFBMA is to ensure the successful realization of an annual Cycle Messenger World Championships (CMWC); to foster a spirit of cooperation and community amongst bicycle messengers worldwide; and to promote the use of pedal power for commercial purposes.

Splashgirls in Zurich

CMWC has been bringing the worldwide community together since 1993 but for some regions of the global community CMWC attendance is economically impossible. The Toronto Bike Messenger Association (TOBMA) and CMWC XVI are determined to turn an impossible dream into a triumphant reality for at least two members of Zimbabwe’s Splashgirls.

The Splashgirls is the all-female bike messenger enterprise located in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe that provides employment for orphans who are responsible for the support of their families. Due to Zimbabwe’s severe economic crisis the Splashgirls project is currently on hiatus but as messengers say once a messenger always a messenger and once a Splashgirl always a Splashgirl.

The Splashgirls’ role as ambassadors of the Zimbabwean messenger community is highlighted by their well documented trip to Zurich, Switzerland. Both Faith and Resistance served an internship through the Swiss Connect network of messenger companies and they helped deliver a message from AIDS orphans to the Mayor of Zurich, Elmar Ledergerber.

The Splashgirls project was sponsored by Salvation Army, the Swiss children's charity, Terre des Hommes, Swiss Connect and Credit Suisse.

Illustration courtesy of Zina Saunders


About the Cycle Messenger World Championships

The Cycle Messenger World Championships (CMWC) are the ultimate urban cycling competition. The strongest, smartest and fastest bike messengers from across the planet converge once a year to determine who is the best in a variety of events that test riders’ physical and mental limits. It is a fully insured competition on a closed course that is sanctioned by the International Federation of Bike Messengers Associations (IFBMA).

The CMWC’s originated in Berlin, Germany in 1993 and have been held annually all over the world. The world championships have traveled to a diverse group of cities that include London (1994), Toronto (1995), San Francisco (1996), Barcelona (1997), Washington DC (1998), Zurich (1999), Philadelphia (2000), Budapest (2001), Copenhagen (2002), Seattle (2003), Edmonton (2004), New York (2005), Sydney (2006) and Dublin (2007).  CMWC 2008 in Toronto marks the first time a city will repeat as host. The 2009 world championships are scheduled to take place in Tokyo , Japan.

CMWC is a world championship sporting event but it is also a world festival celebrating messenger culture and its broad influence on modern urban culture. The championships host a variety of related galas, shows, parties and vendor markets where spectators mingle with messengers to get a jump on the latest bike trends and urban utilitarian fashion. The side events showcase the artistic, photographic, musical and literary talents of the world’s hardest working professional athletes.

The 16th annual Cycle Messenger World Championships is an official City of Toronto Bike Week Event and the City of Toronto is a major partner in the success of the Championships.

CMWC 2005 sends message to the Splashgirls

CMWC 2005 group photo sending a message to the Splashgirls - Photo courtesy of Amy Bolger

About the Splashgirls (Africa Close Up)

CMWC XVI - June 13 - 16, 2008 in Toronto, Canada


For More on the Splashgirls see:


Cycling for a better Future – Credit Suisse


Splashgirls in Zurich


Splashgirls in St. Gallen

Splashgirls on youtube

Registration: Before March 15 2008: $75 CAD After March 15 2008: $100 CAD


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