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2013 London Open Bike Polo Tournament

 

Now in it’s fourth year, the annual London Open hardcourt bike polo tournament will be taking place across three courts in Highbury Fields, Islington on the 23rd – 25th August.

The London Open is the biggest tournament of it’s kind in the world – hosting 82 teams from 16 different countries last year. We’re improving the tournament this year by hosting it over three days, meaning more games for more players!

 

Polo in North Yorkshire in the news

BBC News was carrying this video today about the guys in North Yorkshire blogged about a couple of days ago after they appeared in a newspaper article. I have to say I do like the look of grass polo’s rough and ready approach, lack of concern for foot-downs and the general anarchy which seems to happen on such a big pitch! The video piece focusses on bike polo as an olympic sport, as its 100 years on since bicycle polo was demonstrated as a sport in the 1908 Olympics.

ECMC bike polo video

Check out this video from Juli she made about the European Cycle Messenger Championships bike polo competition which took place a few weeks ago in Eindhoven. Watch it big for extra fun.

London Bike Polo League picking up steam

So check out the website and show some interest. The basic premise is that asside from having irreuglar tournaments there would be a constantly running leage open to any teams. The details are still being thrashed out but it all sounds promising!

26 July – Grass Polo Tournament – West London

Vintage polo bikes rescued!

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.

Sticky: Register before 10/07 for Shoreditch polo tournament

August 17th: as part of the Shoreditch Festival we will be hosting a day of bike polo compteition. Register your team now by emailing roxy@trixiechix.com (deadline 10th July, and its free!) for your chance to compete and win prizes from our many wonderfull sponsors as well as a free saddle for each rider from Brooks! Read the full details below…

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Brooks sponsor tournament! Register before July 10th!

We are very happy to confirm that Brooks will be sponsoring the 17th August Shoreditch Bike Polo Invitational. As well as supplying a range of prizes, Brooks will be giving each registered player a Brooks saddle for them to compete with on the day. Players will be given four different choices of saddle style as well as being able to choose the colour.

There is limited space in the tournament because it is taking place in the space of a day which is why it is important to REGISTER NOW (free!) by emailing roxy@trixiechix.com with your team name, player’s names and their email addresses. There is a deadline in July for registrations which we will be the 10th, best to register as soon as you can!

Further details for the day are coming soon, for now you can read the rules <a href=”http://bricklanebikepolo.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/rules.pdf”>here (PDF)</a>. Don’t forget more sponsorship for the tournament is coming from Moving Target, Hell Yeah!, Smeear, Archie’s Grobags, Fixed Gear London and Red Bull.

Dalston polo tonight


(Dalston Polo last week / Flickr)

Weather permitting people will be playing tonight, 7pm onwards in the court corner of Downham Road and Ufton Road. Map! This court has a different feel to brick lane, go down and try it out, I reckon its more fun!

Bike Snob on bike polo

Check out Bike Snob’s lexicon of cycling for this little gem…

Bike Polo: A popular ironic social pastime for members of the bike culture who might otherwise opt for adult kickball except that it does not allow them to be close enough to their bikes. In New York City, bike polo is played in a Chinatown playground, which has resulted in exchanges like the following in many of the local homes:

Mom: Hi, son. What are you doing home so soon? You finished all your homework so I said you could go play with your friends.

Son: Yes, but when we got there a bunch of big kids was already there. They said we couldn’t play because they were there first.

Mom: Big kids? How old were they?

Son: I’d say mid-20s to early 30s. They were playing hockey on their bicycles.

Mom: Those don’t sound like kids to me. You should have told them the playground is for children.

Son: We did, and they said they’d be done around 10 or 11 and we could play after that. We explained that was past our bedtime, and they said too bad, they all had graphic design jobs to get to the next morning too. But they did say if we got there at the same time tomorrow we could do “odds-evens” for it. They also said we could play if we wanted, but it looked really stupid.



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