Archive for October, 2007

London’s Halloween Alleycat

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Writing of alleycats – check out this archive of ye olde London alleycat fliers. I like old stuff.

 

NYC polo tournament weekend

Last weekend. While we were gearing up for our London tournament they already had it going on in Manhattan. Last Saturday saw the first day of their polo themed weekend of events. Check here for a report on day 1 of the Los Marcos Polo Weekend. I’m yet to find anything covering the whole weekend, but there’s a bit on their myspace. Oh and flickr has some for you.

 

World Hard Court Bike Polo Championships – Toronto June 2008

This is the info out there so far, who’s going?

Since CMWC 2003 in Seattle the messenger version of bike polo has been taking over the world. There are bragging rights from the east side, west side, north side and south side. Now it’s time to find which side will be World Champions.

CMWC XVI presents a complete World Championship Bike Polo Tournament. The winners will be declared the 2008 World Hard Court Bike Polo Champions.

The 6 tennis courts at Hanlan’s Point on the Toronto islands will be transformed in to 2 large fenced-in bike polo courts side by side that are surrounded by the main race course. We expect polo to be a popular event with spectators so there will be bleachers around the polo courts. Qualifying games will take place all day Saturday at the same time as qualifying for the main race. Polo players will be assigned earlier race qualifying time windows so that they may complete their race before their bike polo games.

The tournament will require extra organization which means that Teams will have to pre-register to enter the polo tournament. The complete details will be announced in a later update and will be prominent on the CMWC 2008 website. (cmwc2008.com)

The polo finals will take place on Sunday after the main race in front of what’s likely to be the largest crowd in hard court bike polo history. Toronto is a hockey crazed city that will appreciate the fast hard court action of “hockey-on-bikes.” We’re going to treat you like the pros you are as the finals will be filmed and include live play by play commentary.

The full results

Here we go. 12 teams registered on the day:

1. Further to Fall (London)
2. Oakenden Pedallers
3. Oakenden Invicta
4. Oxford Supernova Society
5. Oxford Terrible Freewheelers
6. Whitechapel Rippers
7. Manchester Dropouts
8. Brick Lane Hackers
9. Trojan Whores
10. Brick Lane Slappers
11. Zombie R.M.Y.
12. Fixed Gear London

Round 1
1. Oakenden Pedallers – beat – Further to Fall
2. Oxford Terrible Freewheelers – 5 – Manchester Dropouts – 1
3. Zombie R.M.Y. – 5 – Brick Lane Slappers – 0
4. Oxford Supernova Society – 5 – Fixed Gear London – 0
5. Brick Lane Hackers – 3 – Trojan Whores – 5
6. Whitechapel Rippers – 5 – Oakenden Invicta – 1

Round 2
7. Manchester Dropouts – 3 – Oakenden Invicta – 0
8. Oakended Pedallers – 5 – Oxford Supernova Society – 3
9. Oxford Terrible Freewheelers –  5 – Torjan Whores – 1
10. Zombie R.M.Y. – 4 – Whitechapel Rippers – 3
11. Brick Lane Hackers – 0 – Manchester Dropouts – 3

Round 3
12. Oakenden Pedallers – 5 – Oxford Terrible Freewheelers – 2
13. Zombie R.M.Y. – 5 – Manchester Dropouts – 1
14. Manchester Dropouts – 5 – Oxford Terrible Freewheelers – 3
15. Zombie R.M.Y. – 5 – Oakenden Pedallers – 4

So…
3rd place – Manchester Dropouts
2nd place – Oakenden Pedallers

The winners of the First Annual Bicycle Film Festival Polo Championship….
Zombie R.M.Y.

Top 3 teams got some great prizes, and they deserved them after some really exciting games. We hope everyone had a great time!

Tournament a big success!

Yesterday it happened. We had been preparing it for several weeks and luckily the sun was out and so were the crowds. Throughout the afternoon several hundred people stopped by the polo court on Brick Lane to watch, play and help out with the First Annual Bicycle Film Festival Polo Championship.

Twelve teams entered. London, Manchester, Oxford and Kent were all represented and all the teams played some great polo. However at the end of the day it was home favorites The Zombie R.M.Y. who knocked out all the other teams to claim the title of first champions of the tournament which will definitely be happening again. Second place went to the Oakenden Pedallers. Third, <s>I can’t remember</s> The Manchester Dropouts. I’ll find the results and write up all the games later. The top 3 teams one some great prizes from our sponsors – Scream Couriers, Brick Lane Bikes, Smeear, Carhartt (thank you all!).

Preparations on the court had been happening right down to the lats minute with a group of volunteers hanging around the court till 3am the night before plugging gaps in the fence and building a makeshift barrier to separate the crowds from the action. We weren’t sure until we saw on Sunday morning the amount of people who turned up that the whole thing was going to work. But I think everyone can agree it definitely did.

Oxford Cycle Workshop set up shop in one corner of the court. Fixed Gear London ran a tricks competition with some great prizes (they also brought down a giant frame made out of scaffolding). Smeear hats were also on sale. There was free beer from Brick Lane Bikes. The Spokes performed between rounds.

One frame snapped, at least 3 mallets were broken and who knows how many wheels bent out of shape.Photos – badtmy, agata, slamm, me, mjs110, arsen design, astrozzack, Roxy, more soon…

The tournament was part of several days of events which made up the London leg of the Bicycle Film Festival. It kicked off on Wednesday with an art show then there were 2 days of films, an alleycat, loads of parties and ended on Sunday with the polo. You can read more about all he stuff you missed here.

Incidentally NYC were also having some sort of polo competition this weekend, but I haven’t found any info on it yet.

Polo Championship – 21st October 2007

Polo flierThe first annual Bicycle Film Festival Polo Championship is coming to London!

On the 21st/10/2007 players from around the country (and abroad) will converge on the court at 11am (corner of Brick Lane & Shacklewell Street E2) for a day of competitive games with lots of prizes to be won.

Full size flier, registration info and lots more after the jump…

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Saturday racing: Alley Nhatt



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