3rd to 7th of August in Paris 24th CMWC with 500 participants from 30 countries was held. Latvia was represented by Ltd Velokurjers.
Championship is the biggest city velo-orienteering in the world. Since 1st championship in 1993 in Germany, it’s been held in USA, Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Japan, Guatemala, in 2017 the championship will take place in Canada.
Even though the 1st championship organizers intended the championship for cycle messengers now everyone can participate. Event is promoting cycling culture where people meet, exchange and share their experience to create more cycling friendly cities around the world.
Already 6th time Ltd Velokurjers team represented Latvia, previously 3 times in CMWC in Warsaw, Chicago and Lausanne as well as Europe Championships in Stockholm and Milan.
This year Latvia was represented by 7 messengers Jānis Belecks, Pēteris Janisels, Vilmārs Vincāns, Jānis Šteins, Raitis Reinis, Jānis Andersons un Māris Jonovs.
Until now our team has been successful in cargo discipline, in 2011 European Championship in Warsaw Jānis Belecks won the race, one year later in Chicago was 6th. Good results have been achieved in main race, in 2014 in Stockholm Pēteris Janisels out of 349 participants finished 20th.
Every year apart from races other activities are organized, this year participants got the chance to try cycling routes in Chevreuse valley, as well as try the Jacques Anquetil velodrome, the five time winner of Tour de France.
During CWMC every year there is competition who will organize the championship after 2 years. This year Latvia was presented as the possible organizer of CWMC 2018 together with Switzerland and Indonesia. During the presentation teams had to present why their country is the best to host the event in 2018. The winner was the country which presentation got the most votes. The winner was Latvian team of Ltd Velokurjers.
This will be a great addition to event list of Latvia as 2018 it will celebrate it’s 100th anniversary and Riga in 25 year history of CWMC will be the 3rd city in Eastern Europe and 1st city in the Baltics to host the event.