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6th Midwest Bike Polo Champeenships
Bike Polo Tournament
May 24th, 2009
May 23rd – Gem City Massacre 6 Alleycat & Polo Friendly
May 24th – 6th Midwest Bike Polo Champeenships
Being from Dayton and learning about bike polo four years ago on the same court that this tourny will take place on is why I wont miss this one. The court in Dayton is one of the very best and I think many polo players will agree with me. It’s a full size roller hockey rink with well built boards. It’s in a nice park on a hill in the East side of Dayton know as Walnuthills.
This is the same weekend as the West Side Invite but that doesn’t matter much because the West and the Midwest are not that close. Also the Gem City Massacre race is sure to be well worth showing up a day early. This race is in it’s sixth year running, is well organized and Dayton is a fun city to race in.
See you there!
For more info Dayton Ohio Bike Polo
Winners: “Beaver Boys” Kremin, Joe, Brian (Milwaukee)
2nd Place: “Madison A” Ben H., Jonny H., Jon A. (Madison)
3rd Place” “Rampant Corruption” Ben Chicago, Lefty Joe, Matt (Chicago)
27 teams. 2 courts. 1 day. No round robin, straight to double elim.
Full sized street hockey rink with full size hockey nets. great weather.
Some words about my trip
I love New York but every time I return from Madison the first thing I think is that I can’t wait to go back.
Madison set a couple of firsts with the New Year’s Champs in Madison. First indoor hardcourt bike polo tournament to used a score board with countdown timer and buzzer. And first cash prize ($1000) to the winners. And in my eyes they got two things wrong, there were no team names and no spoke cards. But they made up for it by using only one tap out for the bracket games and having a few dozen donuts on hand for the second day. Actually, MAD Bike Polo got everything right. The organization was near flawless, they feed all the players multiple times over the weekend, lined up plenty of great sponsors, made sure everyone had places to sleep and had kegs of beer every night and other off court activities too. Nothing tops 12 hours of indoor bike polo in January.
The first day took place in the Goodman Community Center gym with 17 teams playing on a rubber basketball court with short wooden boards around the perimeter. And when the round robin was done most of us spent 2 ½ hours scrubbing the skid marks off.
The second day was outside in 30°F overcast and slight freezing rain at the famed Thunderdome. What could have been 4 tennis courts in length was shored up to be 2 ½ in length by the same boards from the day before. I know Max did a lot of work to get this done. Thanks, I’m glad so many players got to experience Madison’s home court.
I know that the Hunter Bros. et al could not have put on such a great event without the generous sponsors.
Ben’s Cycle & Milwaukee Bicycle Co.
And I want to express gratitude to TrackstarNYC for sponsoring our team by covering our $75 entry fee.
There are a lot of things about the weekend that stick out in my mind. Angelo was the only one from Ottawa to make it. I heard something about Alexis buying an Xbox instead of a flight. Ange played pretty good even though his handlebars are the goofyist thing I’ve ever seen on a polo bike. And his Steelwool 48′s look nice but I saw a ball penetrate his front wheel and score on him. Even with that he had the most saves in his bracket on Friday, so he won the best defender prize, a Demos watch. Speaking of Ange he made me laugh when he rode around the back of his opponents goal and took a wind up swing at one of the cones and sent it flying and yelled “FIX YOUR POST” as he rode back to his half. I’m not sure why he did that?
Later in the day on Friday Jill and Angelo got tangled up in a crash and Jill broke two ribs. She not only finished the game but also played the rest of her games for the day. In another game Andy of MKE and myself faced each other on the charge and my mallet rode up and got him in the hand. His hand was swelled up after just a minute and Johnny Midwest took good care of him as he does so well. Sorry about the accident Andy and I hope the Brooklyn carbon knuckle gloves fit well. I think Birdie got hurt in the first day also, and in the second day Chris R. got himself taken out and hit his head. Speaking of hitting heads, This was the first tournament that I wore a helmet and I wore it in every game. I noticed a higher number of helmets being worn and read that all future tournaments in Madison will be helmets mandatory.
The Ben, Jonny, Kev team made a spectacle of themselves by playing their indoor games in bib shorts only. Dumptruck hung out in a bath robe. Julie is bike polo’s #1 fan and stood in the cold for hours to watch a bunch of dum-dums hit a ball around. Birdie screened a whole bunch of one of a kind t-shirts. I bought a good one and thanks again for picking me up at the airport. Joe, Jake and I got cozy in the back seat while Birdie got out of doing 77mph in a 65. Jake finally got a Milwaukee Pologuard as a prize, now he can stop bitching about not having one. He and his teammates Kremin and Joe also get to split the $1000 first place prize. Philly/NYC won nice jeans from Context for 2nd place. For 3rd, NYC won hand made leather hip polo bags made by Sarah Gagnon. Jon A. won a new Milwaukee Bicycle Co. 48 spoke wheel set for best offensive player/most goals scored in the round robin. Lots of people went home with bags of Just Coffee.
And as a few friends pointed out after my team was knocked out of the bracket, some other teams were going to keep playing to see who wins. It was a little unusual (with exception of NACCC 08′) to be watching a final. But one of the things I learned is that it’s nice to win third place and then be able to cheer for a team in the final game. I also learned that all signers of the Constitution have a street name in Madison.
It’s too bad my team and I did not get to play the winning MKE team. In the first day we were both the undefeated teams in our groups, and didn’t meet in second day. I remember the first time I played MKE in the NSPI 07′ and it was their first small ball tournament, we walked on them but I knew that after a few months of playing bike polo Little Beirut style MKE would be a force in polo. Good job you guys, I knew you could do it!
Photo © Doug D 2009
Whatever turns your crank
It’s not difficult to spot a bike polo player. Just look for the red knees.
It’s not difficult to spot a bike polo player. Just look for the red knees.
The North Side Bike Polo Invite, part of the 4th annual Capital Punishment bicycle-courier festival, wraps up today at Ev Tremblay Park on Beech Street. It’s being hosted by The Mallets of Mahem, the 30-member Ottawa bike polo club.
The best way to describe the sport?
“It’s like hockey on bikes,” said Doug Dalrymple, who came up from New York with 16 other players to compete in the tournament.
Teams of three compete on a basketball court, navigating their bikes with one hand, swinging home-made mallets at a small orange ball with the other. Two pairs of pylons, one at each end of the court, serve as goals. The first team to score five wins.
There are no official rules, though etiquette is appreciated. If your foot touches the ground, referred to as dabbing, you should tap your mallet on the pylon attached to the chain-link fence before returning to play. Body checking is allowed, but deliberately crashing into an opponent is frowned upon. Throwing your mallet at a player is also a no-no.
Brian Whitmore, an organizer of the event, has been playing bike polo for about three years. To be good at it, he says, you must be agile on a bike and quick with a stick. And if you’re afraid of injury, you might want to try water polo instead.
“I’ve broken my right hand three times,” said Mr. Whitmore.
The competitors don’t wear helmets or knee pads, or any other type of safety equipment. A female member of The Mallets of Mahem dislocated her shoulder earlier this year. Someone else pulled an arm muscle. But for the most part, the players say, you just get a few scrapes and bruises.
Teams from the U.S. and Canada are competing in Ottawa this weekend. The prizes aren’t large, mainly bicycle equipment, but many of the best North American players are here. Hot spots for the sport include New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Vancouver.
Most competitors in the tournament are bicycle messengers, such as Martha Esme, from Ottawa. She started playing last year.
“It looked novel,” she said.
A.K. Walls, who plays with Ms. Esme on the Wheelzebub team, says having superior bike-handling skills is the key to being good at the game. That’s why couriers make up the bulk of the players.
“It’s second nature for us to be on a bike,” he said.
First and second place at the Gem City Massacre 5 Bike Polo Tournament
Zach, Brett, Andy, Doug, Elton, Joe
Photo courtesy of daytonohiobikepolo
No names, no order, no large images, I’m still working on it so give me some more time.
All Photos © Doug D 2008
Ottawa Wins NACCC Bike Polo Tournament!!!!
Brian, Alexis, and Robbie (That’s What She Said) take the prestigious title of North American Bike Polo Champions at the 2008 Chicago NACCC. Kings of the sport, I respect Ottawa players the most (ever since seeing them win ESPI I in 2005) and they deserve the win, but did not go undefeated. Phillys Mark, Montana, and Alex (Hoagie Rollers) did fight out of the losers bracket to meet That’s What She Said in the final. And that game went up to 4 – 0 Philly!! Then Ottawa brought it back to 4 – 4 !!!! after a few more minutes of top notch play Philly won!!! forcing a Final, Final. This next game started and during most of it I was helping others chase two thieves who stole a bike and bag and ran off. I did get back in time to see Brian score a beautiful game winning goal. Way to go man and congratulations!
I want to thank all of Chicago Bike Polo, everyone who had a hand in this event did a super job. There is no doubt that this was the largest bike polo event to date! And it was excellent!
For me this whole weekend was great, so many friends and new faces. I got to relax in the shade, as Johnny bandaged my head, (thanks Johnny, thanks Lee). Everyone was great to let me take their photo. I think there were only 5 people I missed, out of 34 + teams (please give me some time to work on them, I will post them all). Thanks to Lucky for a personalized custom Mallet (I still need your address). Thanks to the Hunters for giving me a sample of the “Mid-West Red”. Thanks to Wil Mills of La Carrera Cycles for flowing me some clothing. I’m not sure of his name but the mechanic who set up a work shop at the courts, that was very generous thing to have all those spare tubes available for free and lending tools for two days. Just awesome, Thank You.
So Many Sponsors and tons of prizes. If you guys want to take the time to send a thank you to the people who gave products as prizes I think that would be a really good thing! Thanking the small companys that give to the bike polo events can go a long way. I want to list a few of the sponsors.
2008 North American Bike Polo Champions: “That’s What She Said” (Brian, Alexis, Robbie) Ottawa
2nd Place: “Hoagie Rollers” (Montana, Mark, Alex) Philly
3rd Place: “East Vanier” (Jen, Martin, Pieter) Ottawa/East Van
MVP: (highest goals per game avg.) Drew of Portland
35 teams with players from Ottawa, East Van, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philly, St. Louis, Madison, Seattle, Richmond, Lexington, New York City, Columbia, Minneapolis, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Orlando, Dayton, Portland, and Cleveland. 20 cities!!
2 days, 2 courts. 10 min games in round robin and bracket games up to the semi-finals. 15 min semi. un-timed Final. All games first to 5 points.
The 2008 North Side Polo Invite Bike Polo Tournament in Ottawa, Canada. Hosted by The Mallets Of Mayhem, enjoyed by all.
All Photos © Doug D 2008
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
Follow me on a journey…
We left New York around 8pm Friday and got to Toronto about 5:30am Saturday morning. Good thing we had Red Bull as a sponsor.
After about an hour of sleep we all got to the island and the polo area looked like this for the next two days.
This is my friend Nick from Dayton, he stood still while I took his photo.
The heads running the CMWC said everybody had to wear helmets.
Some bike polo was played, some people got schooled. By Jen.
But while some people played polo, some other people just hung out.
This is Zach. As it was raining I had time to remember that if our team name wasn’t Doug and the Darlrymple’s it was going to be Zach and the come guzzlers.
This was cool. As it was raining the courts steamed and a bunch of people took pictures, I did too.
When it stopped raining this guy got out there and swept the water off the court. I just kept taking pictures.
This is Graham. Somebody told me he threw a race once.
And of course what would a CMWC be without a race. Here is Shino killing it, nobody around.
Actually, Shino is a pretty good looking dude. Here’s a better look.
Style? Yes. Good looks? you be the judge.
Here’s Austin racing for Brooklyn Machine Works and King Kog.
Here’s another NYC messenger, Jersey Dan. He’s riding for Six Racing. fast and for himself!
This is a DC courier and bike polo player. Everything I’ve ever heard about Bruce points to him being damn fast.
I don’t think they had six hundred and sixty six racers, but who better to bear racer number 666. Lucas Brunelle everybody.
After the race we got back to polo but the 5 hour break in tournament play made it a little hard for some to remember how to do things. Here’s Ben Hunter doing it all wrong.
One more photo of bike polo just for good measure. Ben, Kev and Tucker.
OK, That was great but to read and much better report check out Mess Media’s CMWC 2008 report.
All Photos © Doug D 2008