London’s second polo tournament this year and the return of the Bicycle Film Festival annual tournament will take place this year in the City of London, check out the court location.
Its time to register if your team is interested, there’s no cut off date this time but the sooner the better. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your team name and players. Several teams are already confirmed including the Fabulous French Fuckers who took the last tournament by storm.
The date is October 5th, entry is free, lots of prizes and organised half time entertainment. After party at the Electricity Showrooms in Hoxton Square.
If you aren’t playing polo on Sunday check out the cycle picnic in London Fields.
One of the organisers sent this message:
Not sure if you know about this, but we are helping organise a cycle event in London Fields on Sunday afternoon. Its aimed at upright lady cyclists, but of course all cycle tribes are welcome. Fixies may be particularly interested in our cinema tent. The guys from Magnificent Revolution are powering the projector and Ray Pascoe has put together a little programme of rare vintage cycle films for us. Its going to be really special! If you’d like to pop down after bike polo you’re all welcome to join us.
I’ve always wondered what was going on with the ancient polo bikes which were rotting away at Herne Hill Velodrome. They had been used for grass games in the past but recently we have heard nothing of them. So it was great to here that Rollapaluza CC has recently purchaed the 11 reminaing bikes and now plans to totally overhaul them so they can be used once again!
Apparently they need quite a lot of work on them so any donations of time and spare parts (26″ wheels!) would be much appreciated. The aim is to get them fixed up and suitably stored at Herne Hill so we can eventually play some grass games.
A few more details on London FGSS and photos from Flickr.
While there are no shortage of bike polo videos on YouTube and Vimeo, I haven’t come across anything which documents the ‘sport’ in any proper way. There are a couple of news reports out there which have given a bit more info than the person standing at the side of the court with a camera phone approach, but perhaps its time for a ‘proper’ film about bike polo?
Rapha are hosting a roller racing competiton this Saturday, 17th November on Old Street. According to them themselves:
The evening will feature a four-way clash between teams of bicycle couriers, cycle journalists, media folk and a ‘dark horse’ Dutch team made up of unnamed riders. The 500 metre sprints will be staged in a boxing ring, pitching rider against rider for added intensity and drama. The night also includes a ‘Have-a-Go’ Race: the chance for anyone to test their skills on the rollers with the best times going through to a final on the main stage.
Last time, back in February, this took place at Shoreditch Town Hall and was great fun. I liked what they were aspiring too, it was just a shame the music sucked – where was the big band?
Anyway this time round its at The Classic Car Club (what’s Rapha’s thing with classic cars?!), 250 Old Street EC1. Tickets are £10 on the door or £8 in advance from the Rapha site. Apparently some of the money is for charity. See you there!
For more (and cheaper) roller racing check out Rollapaluza.
Last Sunday’s polo was wonderful, despite the onslaught of cold winter there was a great turnout – see it in Robb’s photos.
Yorgo just came back from Tokyo and brought this with him…
The basic idea is that – Pista + Sumo = PISUMO:
- you create a big circle of riders holding their bikes (6-7 meters wide)
- then 2 riders at each time get into the circle
- 3 laps in one direction, then START!
- from then it’s like footdown (whoever touches the ground first loses), but with only 2 people.
- you make sumo noises
- If you exit the circle you’re out
See Robb’s photos again for an idea of what it looks like on Brick Lane or watch this…
Anyway see on Sunday and I hear there is going to be a barbecue so bring food to grill!