Archive for July, 2008
- Calgary AB. First Annual Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament. September 12-14th 2008. Be there!!!
Bicycle Polo Gloves
For more info about USBPA equipment visit bikepolo.com/equipment
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.
All Photos © Doug D 2008
The Sacramento Bee
Sunday, July 20, 2008
A gritty cousin of the game of kings, bike polo is gaining traction
By Gina Kim – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
First the new flier.
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)
TallTree Cycles (Ottawa)
Phat Moose Cycles (Ottawa)
Bertrands Cycles (Gatineau)
Fabric Horse (Philly)
Thank you all. See you soon.
The North Side Bike Polo Invitational
Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament
August 1st – 4th, 2008
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.
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
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.
Photo © Doug D 2008
Sean in DC sent this photo.
It took me a min to see what all was going on. Poor Scott.
“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.
1st. Jack Crank
2nd. John Prolly
3rd. Yatika Fields
4th. Doug D
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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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”.
select image to see full size.
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.
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