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Bike Messengers x The Red Bulletin

(Article Courtesy of The Red Bulletin)

Every year, bike messengers from all over the continent gather at the North American Cycle Courier Championships to compete, carouse and commiserate. This is their story.

Hunger pangs give way to an enthusiastic greeting as Nico Cabrera is among the last to arrive at a watering hole in Milwaukee’s East Side neighborhood. He’s welcomed by a cadre of misfits whose belligerence varies — one says he’s been drinking all day — each with unkempt hair. Most of the men and women haven’t seen the likes of a straight-edged razor in years. A guy wearing a Sponge Bob shirt has a mullet that looks straight out of “Boogie Nights” and another’s beard is so biblically long, there’s reason to question if it got caught in the wheels of the bicycle he rode to Good City Brewing, parked among some 200 others outside.

All are dressed like they just raided a Goodwill store, except Cabrera, who dons the onesy of an Olympic cyclist. There’s a reason for that: He just rode the 90 miles up to Milwaukee from Chicago, where he lives.

“Biking is more than just a job,” Cabrera says. “We race our bikes on the weekend or we go on long bike rides. We go bike camping. We just generally get around our daily lives on our bicycle. It’s a big deal when it’s like, ‘Hey, I’m taking the train today.’ ”

His shoulder-length hair, trim body and regular use of words like “rad” make him a better fit for a group of surfers on the left coast, though he was raised in suburban Chicago.

Cabrera is the most recognizable among the group. He’s here for the North American Cycle Courier Championships (NACCC, pronounced “Nack”), a conclave of the best messengers from around the world, who participate in a grueling, hours-long race that calls for competitors to have marathon-like athleticism and navigating knowhow. Cabrera is the NACCC’s reigning champion and is fresh off a third-place finish at the World Championships in Montreal.

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Hilary Knight x The Red Bulletin

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Hilary Knight is leading the charge for equitable pay for U.S. women’s hockey. The fiery forward explains the importance of fighting battles for future generations.

Outside in Tampa it’s 98 degrees with nearly 100 percent humidity, but inside the Florida Hospital Center Ice hockey arena, it’s an alternate dimension. The air is crisp, with enough bite that tiny plumes of vapor appear with every exhale of breath. The entire rink reverberates as Hilary Knight slams puck after puck against the wall. You can tell she’s a pro.

At 28, Knight is arguably the best forward on the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey team — a team that captures the hearts of the country every four years during the Winter Olympics. But beyond her determination to score goals and earn medals, Knight has become a powerful advocate for promoting gender equality and a strong female body image.

Earlier this year, Knight made waves across the sports world when she and her fellow teammates threatened to boycott the World Championships over inequitable pay. After a funding agreement was reached with USA Hockey and the boycott was lifted, Knight scored the winning goal in overtime against bitter rivals Canada in the World Championship finals. It was a huge victory for women’s hockey, but Knight says there’s still a lot of work to be done.

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DAVE GROHL × RED BULL

​The Show Must Go On (courtesy of Red Bull)

  

Dave Grohl could be the world’s most zealous rock star. He never gives up, even after breaking his leg on stage. The Foo Fighter explains how he keeps the passion for his life’s work burning bright. 

In 1986, 17-year-old Dave Grohl quit school to tour Europe with punk band Scream. Since then, he has rarely been off the stage, first as the drummer of grunge icons Nirvana and since 1994 as frontman of his own band, Foo Fighters. Over the last 30 years, Grohl has sold more than 50 million albums and played thousands of shows. And don’t expect that pace to slow anytime soon. He talked to The Red Bulletin about what a 48-year-old father of three is doing still obsessing over music like a teenager. 

  

The Red Bulletin [TRB]: You broke a leg during a concert in Gothenburg in the summer of 2015 … 

Dave Grohl [DG]: I was so euphoric I lost my balance on the edge of the stage and fell into the photographers’ pit. It’s a miracle I survived the fall, actually. I could have just as easily broken my neck. 

  

TRB: And yet after a short break you got on with the concert, sitting down with your leg in a cast. Why didn’t you just call it off? 

DG: Because I can’t. 

  

TRB: What do you mean? 

DG: It’s down to my punk-rock past. In the old days, musicians were constantly breaking their nose on stage, getting electric shocks or falling flat on their face when they stage-dived. No one would have dreamed of canceling a gig because of it. You just rocked on! I internalized that philosophy—you just grit your teeth and get on with it. 

  

TRB: OK … but doing a whole European tour with a broken leg? 

DG: It soon became clear after the accident that I wasn’t going to be able to stand at the mic or sit in a wheelchair with a guitar for two hours. So a technician and I designed a throne that was also a guitar stand and a smoke machine. It meant I was able to do the remaining 50 concerts of the tour. Later, Axl Rose had a similar accident, and he asked me if he could borrow the throne for some Guns N’ Roses shows. 

  

TRB: Have you patented the throne?  

DG: People really did ask me if I wanted to do that, but it would be absurd for someone who had broken their leg to have to ask my permission in order to continue their tour. 

That kind of attitude will never make a good businessman of you. Hip-hop artists such as Jay-Z or P Diddy would monetize it … 

  

Like everything they touch, because that’s their main motivation. And that’s OK because they come from a world where it’s about survival. And you only survive if you earn money. The more the better. 

  

TRB: What’s wrong with having some healthy business acumen? 

DG: Nothing, but it’s never been my approach. I may not come from a rich family but I’ve never had to worry about survival. In that sense, fun has always been the priority for me, along with things that help me move forward as a person and as a musician. I don’t need even more money, cars and gold chains—they don’t make you happy. And I’d rather be happy than stinking rich. OK, I might be rich, but I don’t stink. 

  

TRB: You wanted to reward yourself with a longer break after the tour. How come you’re now releasing a new album much earlier than planned? 

DG: At first I was really enjoying the time off, but then my daughters said, “Dad, why are you hanging around the house the whole time?” They didn’t like the idea of me always wanting to do stuff with them. So I started writing new songs. In six months I had enough material, and I didn’t want to hang around for ages, so I rounded up the band. Most of the guys were still on vacation. They were pretty surprised. 

  

TRB: So even after 30 years in the music business, you still can’t just switch off for long? 

DG: I think that’s why I’ve made it as far as I have: because I’m crazy about music— in a good way. After all this time, I still can’t get enough of it. If I just sat around at home pursuing odd hobbies, Foo Fighters wouldn’t be on album number nine, and we certainly wouldn’t be playing such big venues. You only get out of life what you’ve invested in it. 

  

TRB: Where would you draw the line between having a positive obsession with music and being a workaholic? 

DG: Before my music career, I did all sorts of crap jobs. It was music that gave me prospects and made a better life possible. Music is the love of my life; if I’m not doing something with music for a couple of days, I immediately get a negative conscience. In my first few months off, I was flirting with the idea of directing a film. But it felt weird right from the get- go, because I couldn’t be as enthusiastic about any film project as I am about Foo Fighters. It felt so much more like work, and that’s never been the case with music. I never have to look for inspiration with music—it’s just there. 

  

TRB: How do you maintain that passion for work? Do you have any tips? 

DG: The key is to do something fulfilling, for which you get respect. If you don’t find that in your day job, you need to look for another outlet. That could be theater, dance, sport, some nerdy hobby, whatever. Do what’s fun, and enjoy life—that’s all I’m doing. I play music with my friends and that gives me the energy to drive the kids to school, go grocery shopping and pick up the dog crap in my garden. 

  

TRB: Your 8-year-old daughter, Harper, went on stage with you recently as your drummer. Would you say she’s following in your footsteps? 

DG: Harper did great, didn’t she? Especially as she’d only been playing for two weeks by that point. She said to me, “Dad, can you give me drumming lessons?” I put on an AC/DC record and showed her a simple rock rhythm. She had to struggle through that before I taught her “We Will Rock You” by Queen, and she got that. When she came to see me at the Foo Fighters concert in Iceland, I asked her if we should do it on stage and she said yes straight away. It was magnificent! 

  

TRB: Can we expect to see a family band soon—The Grohls? 

DG: I hope my three daughters will play together someday. But for now they’re more into arguing with each other—and it’s constant. 

  

TRB: Would you like a son? 

DG: I’m not sure about that. The thing is, would he be like me? That could be quite a nightmare—a rebellious, uncontrollable child? No thanks. 

  

Foo Fighter’s new album, “Concrete and Gold” is out now; foofighters.com 

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