Archive for March, 2008
I have no idea, all I know is polo bikes take a beating.
All photos © Doug D
Writing about my first tournament made me think about my first time to play polo. These photos are a couple weeks after that but close enough.The street hockey rink in Dayton, Ohio is maybe the best court I’ve ever played on. I miss the non-stop rough house play and the rounds of full contact foot-down in between games. Rules were rare and blood was expected.
All photos © Doug D 2005
East Side Polo Invitational 3
Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament
April 26-27, 2008
This is the updated flier.
dcfixed.com for more info.
Last year it was in NYC .
ps. you’re already invited.
Saturday night will be a polocat.
REGISTRATION FEES are set at $30 for each team of three (no exceptions).
Winners, “Banned in DC” Paul, Zach, Doug (NYC)
2nd, “Hoagie Rollers” Alex, Mark, Montana (Philly)
3rd, “Gordon is the Biggest and the Fastest and the Strongest” Kevin, Ben, Jonny (Madison)
Top Prize was three custom “Super Pro” messenger bags by Bailey Works.
23 teams with players from DC, Ottawa, Philly, South Jersey, NYC, Baltimore, Madison, Chicago, Milwaukee, Richmond and (any I forgot?)
Timed games played to 5 points. Round robin first day, followed by double elimination finals. In the rain.
So this has nothing to do with polo but there was a race the other day and I got this shot of Crihs of 6Racing as he rolls into the finish. Second place ain’t bad.
Staten Island Advance
Thursday March 13, 2008
by Jodi Lee Reifer
photo by Nicholas Fevelo
Daylight savings is nice.
Perfect weather considering that it was dumping rain and huge winds last night.
Good to have guests in The Pit.
Brian of Ottawa, Gus of Boston, Kevin of Madison. Thank you, Good games.
The big question of the day was how to make it fair for everyone when 20+ people are throwing in at the same time? Your guess is better than mine.
Thank Halston for the group photo.
And did I mention that I’m going to Maui for 2 weeks?
Hardcourtbikepolo.com is now on auto-pilot
All Photos © Doug D 2008
In the 2008 Toyota ad they are playing on grass.
As a side note, months before the Toyota ad came out I remember seeing a listing on craigslist regarding someone wanting to photograph people playing bike polo in the LA area for a Toyota ad. It said they would pay $800. Now, I don’t know if these guys got paid that much or not. Just something to think about.
Victor, long time NYC bike messenger and race organizer, is crowded with racers as he hands out manifests for Monster Track 8, a fixed gear brakeless only alleycat held in New York City Feb.17th 2007.
The start took place at The Pit.
The next day polo took place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn along with the side events.
That was last year. This year Monster Track (main race) has been cancelled. The side events will still take place but who knows what that means. Polo and the velodrome racing are at the same time but miles apart. And is this famous race a thing of the past…
Only time will tell.
All photos © Doug D
Today at work I had a minute to sit and I saw a New York Post on the counter so I flipped through it to kill some time between runs. I learned that The U.S.P.A. won in court today against RL Polo in a debate over logos. This battle on the legal court has been going on since at least 2001 . The Associated Press also did a story on the matter.
I don’t know all the details but I like that those who play the sport won.