16-18th July is when the Europe’s best Hardcourt Bike Polo team will be found. Hosted by Geneva this should be one hell of a tourney. For more info click here.
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Holy Crap!!!! Not very long now to see whos gonna top the tourney that’s happening in Karlsruhe in a couple of weeks.
Lets hope someone from London brings home the trophy.
Results from last weekend:
1st : FGF (Marc, Laurent, Yorgo) Paris/London
2nd: DTGP (Hugo, Pierre, Guthrie) Paris
3rd: La Schmoove (John, James, Matt) London
words from John of la schmoove:
“What an amazing weekend!
Met Mr Brown at Victoria coach station late on Friday night. Took the redeye which got us into Paris at 7am. Put the bikes back together and headed into the city. Thank god JB had his GPS with him because the combination of no sleep and a new city would have been interesting.
Found Agata’s place and proceeded swiftly to the nearest coffee and croissant establishment for polo fuel.
11am and get a text from Golden Wheeel to say his train has pulled in. Once Mat has joined us and we feel slightly human again we roll down to the court via Cyclops where we are met by the sight of an alley cat check point and bump into Mark (FFF).
The court at Palais de Tokyo is great. Views of the river and the Eiffel Tower, nice size, square. fast.
The surface is very slippery as JB finds out again and again and again.
A good afternoon of sun soaked throw ins and we are done, grab some food and hit the hay.
The tournament starts at the sociable hour of 11am. There’s a great turn out of teams, 16 in total.
La Schmoove start well, for three guys who haven’t played together before we hold our shape well and show good organisation. Three comfortable wins (5-0, 5-1, 5-1) see us through to the first of our semi finals against The Fabulous Greek Fuckers. It was a hard fought game with some truly fabulous goals. Yorgo was on fire! (i think its the Parisian air) The crowd were cheering for the home team and we had a couple of goals disallowed. (the ref was swayed by the home support for sure (smiley face)2 – 5 but we all know it was really 4 – 5.
We drop down into the losers bracket for our second Semi final against DTGP. Again, hard fought but these guys are good. 1 – 5.
So, we lose against to the two teams that are in the final, we can all live with that and be happy that we fought hard and gave 100%.
Thankyou to everyone who helped make the tourney run smoothly. Agata for putting us up. Paris for your hospitality and a superb weekend of polo.
My writing skills cant really do it all justice.
I ache all over (smiley face)”
Heres a little film too:
Bike polo in Guangzhou, China…
Tags: sweden, zurich
Got this email a little while ago…
Hello European Bikepolo Teams
We’re glad to invite you to the first European Hardcourt Bikepolo Showdown. The Tournament will take place on the 18th of october as a part of the Bicycle Film Festival in Zurich. We have confirmed registration form all over Switzerland, Germany and the U.K. Of course the main challenge will be to beat the current european champion Team Basel. We will play in a big warehouse so you dont have to worry about weather and temperature. Besides Polo and the Movies there will be other Bike Messenger related stuff going on all over the weekend. So we promise that the journey to Switzerland will definitely be worth it. If you’re interested in entering the Bike Polo Tournament please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register. More Info and a flyer will be up soon. Check back on fahrradkurier.ch for updates!
This looks good, and playing in a big warehouse sounds like fun, more info on http://bikepoloshowdown.wir24.de.
And if you fancy more European polo action check out Sweden on 14/09 for the Swedish Open Cycle Polo Championship more info http://club.kometbicycles.se/.
Tags: ecmc, eindhoven, polo, video
Tags: bike polo, paris, pignon fixe, polo, tour eiffel
Yorgo (who kicked us off playing polo in London this time last year) seems to have done it again in Paris:
We just started playing Polo in Paris, and it’s fucking awesome!!! We found the BEST spot ever. An empty fountain at the Palais De Tokyo, the contemporary art museum/skate spot on the banks for the Seine River, almost in front of the Eiffel tower. Big flat walled surface, no hassle from other users, central, stunningly classy, toilets and bar nearby, tricks area, chill-out zone, etc…
Tags: budapest, hungary
Jack of the wonderful bike show sent me the passage below the other day. I think it quite aptly captures the mood of polo today….
[The year is 1933 and Leigh Fermor is an eighteen year old, walking across Europe. He is staying with some Hungarian nobility in a big house near the border with Slovakia]“Great wings formed a courtyard and, from a terrace leading to a ceremonial door, branching and balustraded steps descended in a sweep. As I was crossing this place d’armes, several people were coming down the steps, and one of them was Count Józsi. Forewarned by Lászlo, he spotted me at once. He waved a greeting and cried, “You are just what we need! Come along!” I followed him and the others across the yard to a shed. “Have you ever played bike-polo?” he asked, catching me by the elbow. I had played a version of it at school with walking sticks and a tennis-ball on the hard tennis-courts; it was thought rather disreputable. But here they had real polo-sticks cut down to the right size and a proper polo ball and the shed was full of battered but sturdy machines. Józsi was my captain, and a famous player of the real game called Bethlen had the rival team; two other guests and footmen and a groom were the rest of the players. The game was quick, reckless and full of collisions, but there was nothing to match the joy of hitting the ball properly: it made a loud smack and gave one a tempting glimmer of what the real thing might be like. I couldn’t make out why all the shins weren’t barked to the bone; nor why, as one of the goals backed on the house, none of the windows were broken. The other side won but we scored four goals, and when the iron Maltese Cats were back in their stands, we limped back to the steps, where Countess Denise and her sister Cecile and some others had been leaning on the balustrade like ladies gazing down into the lists.”(Patrick Leigh Fermour’s ‘Between the Woods and the Water’)
Incidentally, they are still playing polo in Hungary:
I thought I had a website for them at some point but can’t find it, check out this instead http://alleycat.hu
Tags: bike polo, pakistan, palin
This is from one of Michael Palin’s ponce around the world TV shows, playing in sand looks interesting. Check out the spoke cards though.
Apparently there’s proposals to get rid of the concrete court people play polo on in NYC, they are asking people to sign a petition against the planned conversion of the space into pa dog toilet as they say its the best place to play polo in the area.