The idea of Global Gutz is to have a live traffic bicycle courier race in lots of cities all over the world, starting simultaneously, e.g. at 1 p.m. in San Francisco, and 4 p.m. in New York, etc. and held over a given distance and a given amount of checkpoints in an effort to try to make race conditions as equal as possible for everyone. This way we can have a world wide competition without spending a lot of money for traveling somewhere. Everyone will just be racing in their hometown knowing that in various cities around the world there are messengers racing with or against them, and the first male and female competitors to finish will be the lucky winners.
Why is this idea so fresh? First of all, it doesn’t take much of an effort to organize. Then, everybody gets to stay home and still race in an international courier competition, and finally we all have the chance to be part of something greater than our daily strive and maybe win and be the fastest in your city or the world.
One fact proved difficult in the first global gutz: we couldn’t find a format to allow for everybody to race at a decent time (i.e. either the Australians or the U.S. west coast would have had to start early in the morning). This made us think that we should have two “time zones”