Archive for July, 2008

Ramsay Bowl 2008 Promo Video

    Calgary AB. First Annual Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament. September 12-14th 2008. Be there!!!

Official Blister Resister

Bicycle Polo Gloves
USBPA equipment
bicycle polo gloves

For more info about USBPA equipment visit bikepolo.com/equipment

July 20th, 2008 NYC

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Brooms on Broome

It was hot as balls, soft pink balls.
The Pit was a bit messy for guests.
Then Parks brought out the gas powered and cleaned the court in a snap.
Jonny from Madison was around for some more games, he played on our Thursday night game too.
Markus is still around joining in on some games.
Zach is back from summer school.
A Portland CHUNK polo player was in The Pit schooling some East Coasters.
Joel from Dallas was around
And Santa ??
Of course what would polo be without bloody knees, flat tires, a cooler full of ice cold towels, and Miller High Life board shorts.

leaves in the pit

big blower in the pit

polo santa

jonny marcus in the pit

jonny inthe pit

paul high life shorts
All Photos © Doug D 2008

Sacbee.com does "urban bike polo" story in Scene/Lifestyle section

The Sacramento Bee
Sunday, July 20, 2008
A gritty cousin of the game of kings, bike polo is gaining traction
By Gina Kim – gkim@sacbee.com

Two lines of four people square off across the parking lot, each balancing on their fixed-gear bikes with only the heads of their polo mallets resting on the ground.

“Marco,” yells one side.

“Polo,” responds the other.

Then the two teams, in unofficial uniforms of cut-off jeans and T-shirts, race toward a red rubber ball in the center of the empty lot. There’s the sound of plastic against asphalt as mallets shove the ball toward one of the orange-cone goals, while the din of traffic echoes from the Capital City Freeway above.

This is urban bike polo, a game that’s hijacking empty lots, basketball courts and sometimes parking garages across the country and world……

Read the rest here

Some photos, a video, some argumentative responses in the comment section, and the obligatory branding of this as “urban” bike polo. Plus, BSNYC took note of this story and did a post about it too. He must be scraping the bottom of content barrel. I only read part of his post, not that funny.

North Side Polo Invite 2008

UPDATE:
First the new flier.
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And this, just sent in by Ange.

A few more details about the tournament:

Round robin for all of Saturday and most of sunday to give everybody lots of games.

Not only will winning teams be regonized and awarded, but there will be prizes for Best team name. MVP. Most offensive/defensive player, male and female. Sportsmanship award. Mayhem award. Maybe some others we can think up.

Already mentioned $20 a player, includes a tee and all side events.

Beer will be $3 at the evening parties.

If you smoke cigarettes, buy them at home cuz they are very expensive here. $10+ a pack. Drinking at the court is allowed (by us) but is illegal. Use provided cups.

We are hoping for a friendly tournament. All games will have a ref, you will not argue with the ref. Everyone will be a goal judge but the ref’s call is the final call.

The NSPI sponsorship has been hand picked by our club. We have gone for a homegrown/independent event with no corporate sponsorship. (you will have to buy your redbulls, sorry.)

Beau’s Beer (Ottawa)

Cyclepower (Ottawa)

TallTree Cycles (Ottawa)

Phat Moose Cycles (Ottawa)

Di’Rienzo’s (Ottawa)

Bertrands Cycles (Gatineau)

Undertheweather (Toronto)

Fabric Horse (Philly)

Trackstar (NYC)

Thank you all. See you soon.

The North Side Bike Polo Invitational
Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament
August 1st – 4th, 2008

Ottawa, Canada

For more info Mallets Of Mayhem on Myspace

The way this one works is the trophy is held by the winners for that year, and they return the next year to defend. If the champs lose, they hand over the NSPI trophy to the new champs. My team and I won last year, we have no interest in giving the trophy to anyone. But you’re welcome to try your luck. Aside from the trophy, Ottawa knows how to throw a polo tournament. All the games are played on one sizeable court in a nice park with lots of grass to chill between games. They throw great races and all the right side events. The sponsors hook it up! And if that’s not enough, last year the top 4 teams got a limo ride all around the beautiful city. Don’t miss this one.

Firrrm grip.

RESULTS:

17 teams from Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, D.C., Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver and Ottawa.

Winners – “Mother’s Baby Snakes” (Paul Zach Doug) NYC

2nd place – “Jet Lag All Stars” (Dave Adam Pieter) NYC/Van
3rd place – “Mother F*ckers Against Drunk Driving” (Brian Jonny Allen) Ottawa

Top Offensive Female (round robin) – Carole from Ottawa

Top Offensive Male (round robin) – Jonny (with no H/FROM the midwest/Ben’s brother) from Madison

Top Defensive Female (round robin) – Quinn from NYC

Top Defensive Male (round robin) – Patrick from DC

Round Robin MVP (as voted by the players) – Ben from Chicago

Playoff MVP – Dave The Hammer from NYC

Enthusiasm Award – Dumptruck from Chicago

Top Tube Protector Award – Cecily from NYC

Simpson’s Trivia Alleycat – Chombo from NYC

My Photos: HERE

Teammates

I’m still learning my new camera so Paul is a bit blurred, oh well. Jonny of Madison lines up with Paul of New York at The Pit for a pick up game.
paul and jonny play bike polo in NYC
Photo © Doug D 2008

DC polo destroys mallets

Sean in DC sent this photo.
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It took me a min to see what all was going on. Poor Scott.

Dave’s video is my favorite

ESPI Crashes
“quick vid of some full contact bike polo” as Dave puts it.

And no one cried foul on any of this. Ah, the good old days.

METAL RACE II

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METAL

Results:
1st. Jack Crank
2nd. John Prolly
3rd. Yatika Fields
4th. Doug D
5th. Adam

DFL. Danny

Long race (30miles?), super fun, blood, beer, dead people places, roadkill dismemberment, pissing pentagrams on the ground, vomiting, car parts theft, and metal mix cd’s. Thom is awesome!
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Heaven Forbid

Since my friend the bike snob is out of the office for just a bit, not that I keep up with it all that much but as a fellow blogger blah bla. Anyway. A few weeks ago I noticed that Fixed Gear Gallery added a section of blog links so I sent a friendly email asking what I can do to get a link (I haven’t heard back yet) and tonight I took another look at the FGG site. I found something a little interesting, it looks as if they are starting a clothing line called HELL YES and in a little preview of the line they have a photo of a shirt that says “HELL YES BIKE POLO”.

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Then I took a look at the submissions from the past couple days. And after looking at the Bianchi pista photos I can’t go into a long winded rant, like my snobby friend, that only people who sit at a desk all day might even consider reading to the end. And then leave the most uncompelling comments about nothing. No, I’ll keep it simple. I would like to say one thing, and I think this every time I look at Fixed Gear Gallery, please people, let me see the drive side. That’s the side with the chain and stuff.

Not one but, two in the same day. And three if you count yesterdays Merckx. Take the bike outside, turn it around, then take the picture. For the love of God!

Oh, good just as I post this I see I can hand the bitching back over to… ah about said his name. BSNYC is back.

PS. I had way too many redbulls today