Lord Provost meets budding Courier Champ contenders

Lord Provost Donald Wilson chatted with two competitors ahead of the 17th European Cycle Messenger Championships hosted by Edinburgh from 15-17 June.

More than 100 couriers from across Europe and other countries including Canada, Japan and Taiwan will compete to show off their speed and skills on a variety of venues around the city, including Arthur's Seat.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson with Richard Backhouse and Eva Ballin of the European Cycle Messenger Championships  Pictured, l-r: Richard Backhouse, Lord Provost Donald Wilson and Eva Ballin.

 Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: "On behalf of the City of Edinburgh, can I extend a warm welcome to all the competitors and spectators for the 17th European Cycle Messenger Championships. As well as promoting active lifestyles and travel, Scotland's Capital boasts arguably the finest backdrop for major events so I'm sure everyone taking part will enjoy a fun and unforgettable weekend."

Eva Ballin, who has worked as a courier in Edinburgh for almost 12 years, co-organised the championships. She said: "We welcome anyone with a bike who wants to prove they can hold their own against the fittest of couriers.

"Edinburgh will be a fantastic venue for what promises to be a spectacular weekend featuring racing and trick and fun events. Every overseas courier can be sure of a warm Scottish welcome."

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