Cyclehawk’s Blog, reports that Copenhagen’s own Martin “Banana” Larsen has won this years Markus Cook Award. This coveted trophy is given to the most inspirational and hardworking courier of the world.
This from Joe Hendry of Mess Media.
“The International Federation of Bicycle Messenger Associations (IFBMA) is pleased to announce that Copenhagen messenger Martin â€œBananaâ€ Larsen has been awarded the 2008 Markus Cook Award. The Cook Award is presented annually to â€œto the courier who inspires and empowers the wider messenger community, the messenger that puts all of us before themselves.â€
Martin is a veteran messenger who as IFBMA president, Andy Duncan, notes â€œis â€œknown for tireless hard work, organizing messenger races and pulling people together.â€ Messenger championships all over the world have benefited from his sacrifice and dedication. From Copenhagen, Oslo and New York City to Sydney, Dublin and Toronto, Martinâ€™s influence is not only upon the Championships but also the messenger community.
Through his leadership in the IFBMA, the Copenhagen Bike Messengers Association and the Toronto Bike Messenger Association, Martin has fought to improve living and working conditions for all messengers.
At much personal and financial sacrifice, he spent much of the past year in Toronto helping to organize the 2008 Cycle Messenger World Championships. His experience, his diligent efforts and most of all his example were a gift to the city, its cycling community and its messengers. Before Martin left six months later he laid the ground work to unite the struggling community and rebuild the cityâ€™s Bike Messenger Association.
2006 Markus Cooke winner, Kevin â€œSquidâ€ Bolger lauds Martinâ€™s work at the 2002 CMWC. â€œI was blown away with dedication and attention to detail that he exhibited in producing the main event. I asked him to show me how it worked and he gave me his completed notes and instructions in a leather binder.â€ He also â€œhelped enormously with the main event. His ideas and execution were invaluable.â€
Squid echoes the entire messenger community when he says â€œI am happy and proud to be a part of awarding the Markus Cook Award to Martin ‘Banana’ Larsen!!
The award was presented to Martin in Copenhagen Saturday during a ceremony at the Track Bike Shop. Thanks to Jumbo for arranging everything and thanks to Andy Zalan for arranging the transportation of the award.”