Archive for May, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009 – Monday, May 25, 2009
Here is a brief run down of the weekend’s itinerary…
Saturday May 23rd
- Super Smash Up Alley Cart 5$
- Sign Up at Holiday Park Street Polo Rinks 3pm Race Begins at 4PM SHARP.
730 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Show at night @ Radioactive Records @ 8 PM
1930 E Sunrise Blvd # B
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
- Games and tricks
- Full contact/Regular/Doubles footdown comp!
- Quick and Dead Sprints
Sunday May 24th
- Polo Tournement Sign Up at 11AM Begins at 12:30pm Sharp. 30$ per team
-Meet at Holiday Park
730 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Monday (Memorial Day) May 25th
- Velodrome Memorial Day Kickback BBQ 12 Noon
(Helmet, track bike, no brakes required) if you don’t have any of that, it can be rented from the velodrome)
Atlantic bikes with be donating a frame and wheel set for prizes, The
skirts are also on board with helping and donating some hand sewn
goodies, Burro bags has also jumped on board with a couple messenger
bags and accessories. If you havn’t heard of them, get with it. Chicken
Death cat is donating some u-lock holsters and things of that nature.
Alley cat willl be a Mario cart themed alley cat Entitled ” Super Smash
Up Alley Cart “, so start gettin your costumes ready =P you will have
an advantage if you come dressed for the occassion!
730 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Chombo – NYC
Johnny Midwest – NYC
Jonny – Ottawa
Ian – RVA
Birdseye – NYC
Javier – Boston
Jen – Ottawa
Gus – Boston
Joe – MKE
Woody – Burlington
Joker – LA
Amanda – FL
Rory – East Van
Leon – Seattle
Cecily – ?
Chris – Lexington
Drew – one of those west coast towns
All Photos © Doug D 2009
A couple weeks ago in Boston at ESPI 4 I found this sticker on my bike. Of all the dumb shit people have tried to put on my bike at tournaments I’m surprised I didn’t just start peeling. But before I thought to take my thumb nail to a corner I read it and smiled. I heard that Leon asked Paul if I’d be mad and if he thought I’d leave it on.
Maybe Leon has more, I don’t know. But tonight I know he did play some games with us in The Pit and had some drinks at the bar after and even talked Johnny Midwest and I into an arm wrestling match.
I Polo NY
Bike Polo Tournament
June 19th – 21st, 2009
The Pit, New York City
Cecily and Fiona are putting this on and it’ll be the same weekend as the Bicycle Film Festival. Two good reasons to visit New York in the summer.
Winners, “Tuk Tuk Lady Boyz II Men” Alexis, Paul, Chris (Ottawa/NYC)
2nd, “Das Weiners” Adam, Zach, Robbie (NYC/Ottawa)
3rd, “Bonebreakers” Cecily, Fiona, Amanda, Doug
Sponsors: Bicycle Film Festival, Neighburrito, Fifocycle, Laek House, Sonadei, Outlier and all the great prizes made by the players.
My friend, past teammate and fellow Milwaukee Bicycle Co. rider, Kremin has a pretty bomber polo bike. A Milwaukee Bruiser 700. This one is baby blue like his old ride but this one looks like it’s NOT about to fall apart. And what do I see wrapped around that rear 48? Whatever it is, he rode into 2nd place at this years ESPI.
Sonadei is making the shirts for the North American Hardcourt Bicycle Polo Championship in Seattle.
This is a good company to support because they are very polo friendly and also because they donate to The American Cancer Society and The National Forest Foundation.
Back in February a NYU Journalism student contacted me about writing a story on New York bike polo. Here is what she came up with. You can see it as it was meant to be seen, photos and all, at VillageWritersProject.com
Metal clanked on metal as six bike riders sped around a street hockey court, using ski poles to hit at a tiny red ball. All of a sudden, one player swerved. As his bike crashed into the pavement, he hurled his pole into the air and cursed. The others laughed; it was just another Sunday.
Every week in Manhattan’s Chinatown, these players of bike polo – a sport resembling traditional polo with teammates atop bikes instead of horses – have gathered for pick-up games since the summer of 2006. While bike polo has been around for decades, even making an appearance at the 1908 Olympics, the NYC team of around twenty men and women say that within the biking community, bike polo is more popular now than ever before.
“You play to play,” said Doug Dalrymple. “No one’s trying to be M.V.P. No one’s trying to be the best defender.” Dalrymple, a bike messenger who first organized bikers into NYC’s bike polo team in the summer of 2006, also said, “Bike Polo is the most relaxed team sport. You just show up.”
The bike polo movement itself is relatively unknown.
Most NYC players started off as bike messengers, discovering bike polo through word of mouth. Dalrymple said modern hard court bike polo formed roots in Seattle and is popular among the biking community in cities worldwide.
In a typical bike polo game, two teams of three mounted players battle over a red street hockey ball – their aim is to hit it with a mallet — similar to a croquet mallet — through the other teams’ goal. Goals are the width of a hockey goal and are designated by two orange street cones. Games end when a team reaches five goals.
This is no sport for the timid. Players may smash into each other or ram their mallets between other players’ wheel spokes, sending players into the asphalt. There are only two rules: players can’t put both feet on the ground and must hit the ball with the short end of their mallets.
Players also say that bike polo and horse polo are completely different. You won’t find a national league, a slew of formal rules, or even uniforms in a bike polo game. Players wear whatever they show up in — jeans, sweatshirts — and ride whatever type of bike they have.
That’s something that NYU sophomore Chris Bowman loved from the start. Bowman, the youngest of New York’s bike polo players at 19 years, said, “I don’t need to go to and buy all this expensive equipment, I can go to a random dumpster and build a bike and mallets.”
Bowman also said that players craft their own bike polo mallets, often out of a ski pole shaft inserted into a head made out of roughly six inches of high density polyethylene gas pipe. Everything holds together with hockey tape.
“It’s D.I.Y. to the fullest,” Bowman said.
Although there’s no national league, teams in cities like Madison, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Chicago, sponsor tournaments each year — all of which the NYC team have traveled to.
Ken Stanek, a 32-year-old bike messenger who started playing bike polo at The Pit three years ago, coordinates NYC tournaments by finding sponsors and housing for visiting teams.
“A lot of other cities have commented that New York City is kind of like one big family and we totally are,” said Stanek. He said this is because NYC players have a unique enthusiasm: “As opposed to a lot of other cities, we can regularly get out a lot of people to play, even on a random Thursday night when it’s 30 degrees outside.”
So what’s next for bike polo? While Dalrymple said that the NYC team is more passionate than they were when Dalrymple first organized them he said, “It’s not going to become baseball, it’s not going to become football. It’s a street game.”
Sewin sent this. Bike polo is still growing in South America!
Especial PA LOS LOLOS!
invita y organiza: Pedalea! Beauchef
Cancha central del Campus de ciencias fisicas y matematicas de la U. de Chile
Beauchef nº 850 (se adjunta mapa)
Viernes 8 de Mayo, 19:50 hrs.
lleven líquidos, ya?