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Someone sent me a link to this. Many good photos. This one is from January 23, 2011 in Klosters, Switzerland. Follow the link to to see lots more.

More: Winter sports beat the blues

January 31st, 2011 The Pit

Not much polo going on this week. NYC broke the all time snow fall record for January.

And then there are our park neighbors. See this and this.

January 23rd, 2011 The Pit

Paul and Joe (SF) were at The Pit first with shovels.
I was there for that but left to watch the Flyers vs. Blackhawks game with Zach.
Later Paul had Frank draw Chicago Bench Minor Captains draft pick order out of a hat.
I remember a few names but not the full order.
I posted a thing on
The sun was out but it was super cold today.

Previously: December 20th, 2009 The Pit

They’re calling for some snow today…

Just a quick look at the weather site before I go to bed.

Wednesday is the day of the week I do doubles as a food delivery guy. Working 11am til midnight. yeah.

There’s a little hope there at 7pm.

December 20th, 2009 The Pit

By NYC standards we got dumped on Saturday night. About 10″ to a foot of snow in The Pit Sunday morning.
Thanks to the players who did the real work of getting that unwanted snow out of The Pit. The games were fun.
Ryan from FL was back in town for some icy games.
Thanks Birdseye for letting me borrow a mallet.
About â…“ of the players on court were girls.
The sun was out and the temperature was nice without much wind. If there wasn’t so much snow it would have been a perfect day.
Check out for a few more photos of the day.
I worked for over an hour by myself before Katie showed up. We had 6 shovels going sometime after 2:20pm till 3:30.
We played games to 3 points to make it seem like we got more games in and so those waiting didn’t have to wait too long.
The amount of space cleared: 96′ x approx. 40′


January 18th, 2009 NYC The Pit

Bike Polo Is Fun!!
Hardcourt Bike Polo Ben on the bridge

Hardcourt Bike Polo Frank in The Pit shovel snow

Hardcourt Bike Polo Lief and Paul reaching for ball

Hardcourt Bike Polo Ben Adam snow in The Pit

Hardcourt Bike Polo Lief in The Pit

Hardcourt Bike Polo Ben rides Grace falls
All Photos © Doug D 2009

January 10th, 2009 NYC The Pit

hardcourt bike polo eric DC chombo paul in the pit with snow

Saturday polo with snow in The Pit
All in town for some polo
Slow polo
Long shots over half the time polo
Three players foot down at a time, all the time, polo
Paul bought ice salt
I broke my phone by landing on it
Ben had some nice crashes
Kev took some photos
Talked with Eric about ideas around Montana’s suggested federation
And lots of fun games

hardcourt bike polo nick rva snow

hardcourt bike polo full court snow

hardcourt bike polo adam and dave in snow nyc

hardcourt bike polo snow tracks and nyc goal cones

hardcourt bike polo jonny hunter in the pit nyc grip and turn snow

hardcourt bike polo lief reach adam and goal in snow

hardcourt bike polo paul johnny lief nyc snow

hardcourt bike polo kevin walsh and lief on side line

hardcourt bike polo nick rva cec quinn

hardcourt bike polo ben hunter close snow

hardcourt bike polo jonny in goal snow

hardcourt bike polo tire valve cover
All Photos © Doug D 2009

New Year’s Champs in the Media

Isthmus Daily Page

Madison Bike Polo challenges NYC in New Year’s Championships

By Kristian Knutsen on Thursday 01/01/2009

Wind, ice, and snow have long been a minor deterrent for the committed squad of Madison bike polo enthusiasts who play through all four seasons. Cold conditions won’t even be a factor over this long holiday weekend, though, as the group hosts the New Year’s Championships, an indoor tournament that brings together many of the top teams from around the continent.

The championship brings together some 20 bike polo teams for three days of fierce competition in a sport that is rapidly blossoming among bicycle messenger communities and other two-wheel travel enthusiasts across the continent.

New Year’s Day is devoted to pick-up games and other informal matches, but the real action will follow over the weekend. The first stage of the tournament is a round-robin series with each team playing 6 or 7 games in the gymnasium at the Goodman Community Center, running from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, January 2. The championships conclude with a double-elimination bracket tournament, the seeding based upon the previous day’s results, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 3.

“We don’t really know what the championship is for,” says Jonny Hunter, who together with brother Ben and Kevin Walsh comprises a driving force behind the sport both in Madison and beyond, as well as one of the top teams in the country. Nevertheless, they decided to throw an indoor tournament in the middle of winter and try to attract teams from colder climes that don’t get many opportunities to play this time of year. A $1,000 reward for the winners added to the enticement.

“There are two things that are great about this,” explains Jonny. “This is the first tournament that will be held indoors in North America, and it will be the first tournament that has a cash prize.”

Indeed, there was a tremendous response, with teams from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, as well as others from Ottawa and Vancouver in Canada signing up to take on each other in the first major bike polo competition of the year. Adding to the excitement for the players, and potential winnings, is a bounty of $250 on the vaunted 2008 North American Cycle Courier Championships team from Ottawa and 2008 Cycle Messenger World Championships team New York that goes to any other team that defeats them first.

“I think we have one of the highest levels of talent in this tournament, outside perhaps of the East Side Polo Invite that’s held every spring,” declares Hunter, referring to the annual east coast tournament in which the Madison team consisting of himself, his brother, and Walsh finished third last May.

The NYC team was also taunted into participation by Madison organizers in both the name and big apple-smashing promotional poster for the tourney. “We wanted to call New York,” says Hunter. “It worked, they’re coming. Everyone’s friends, but the rivalry is fun.”

Since the tournament is being held indoors at central locations on the east side, Hunter encourages bike polo fans and those simply curious about the sport to attend the tournament, particularly on Friday and Saturday afternoons as the competition heats up in its seeding and championship rounds. Admission is free.

The New Year’s Championships is the second recent major tournament in Madison, the previous one being the 4th Biannual Midwest Bike Polo Champeenships held in May at the “Thunderdome,” the sobriquet given to the hometown court on a set of rooftop tennis courts at Reynolds Park in the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood.

“Bike polo blew up in 2008,” Hunter declares, “and in 2009 it will get even bigger. There are teams starting to play in new cities starting every week, with twice as many players on wheels as last year.”

A lot of the growth can be attributed to the growing communication between the sport’s enthusiasts, keeping in contact and up to date on competitions via Hardcourt Bike Polo and The League of Bike Polo, the latter of which is maintained by Walsh. “The amount of info about getting started is so much better now,” continues Hunter. “People can learn about what to look for in courts, bikes, and mallets. There are even people producing equipment now for bike polo, and it’s selling well. We’re even getting sponsorship offers that I never could have imagined.”

Madison remains in the thick of things, with the Hunter brothers and Walsh maintaining a prominent role in discussions over the ongoing growth and sanction of the sport. “It’s exciting,” notes Jonny, “and fun to have a voice in the process.”

Just one short year ago….

In New York this time last year we had snow to shovel before the games could start.

See you Sunday!
snow hardcourt bike polo nyc snow 1
the pit hardcourt bike polo nyc snow 2
zach brendan chombo ken paul wang birdseye hardcourt bike polo nyc snow 3
shot on goal hardcourt bike polo nyc snow 4
All Photos © Doug D 2007

Six months ago

February Polo

February Polo, originally uploaded by nycbikepolo.

Chombo playing bike polo in The Pit on Feb. 10th, 2008