Ok the weather is good so unlike Dalston polo last night, this will happen.
7:30 onwards in Vauxhall Park, in the corner there is a court…
Formerly Brick Lane Bike Polo
Put it in your diaries now, the next big London bike polo tournament will take place on August 17th 2008 in conjunction with the Shoreditch Festival and the Tour de Shoreditch. We are sorting an exciting new court which should be a great improvement on the Brick Lane area. The festival organisers are expecting around 5000 people to show up to the event so it will be a great showcase for polo.
If you are interested in taking part, post here to register your teams interest (or if you dont have a team to find other people who are in the same position). We also need volunteers to help out, leave a comment or post on that thread.
More details soon!
Oakenden Pedallers (who came and battled to the final in the polo championship we hosted last year in East London) are now hosting the first leg of the European bike polo cup in Kent in June. There are three other legs to the cup held in Scotland and France.
Oakenden Pedallers Bicycle Polo Club has the pleasure in inviting your team to the 1st leg of the Bicycle Polo European Cup being held at Vigo Rugby Club near Wrotham in Kent, England on 7th and 8th June 2008.The event will be run using the International 5 player rules. The minimum number of players in a squad will be 5, the maximum 10 (only 8 may be named per game).
If you are interested in entering a team drop them a message for more info at http://www.oakendenpedallers.co.uk before the 19th of May.
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…
Kind of. Cycle polo was featured at as a demonstration sport in the London 1908 Summer Olympics. Ireland won. That;s about as much info as I can dig up, if anyone has any more please let me know!
I went a bit mysteriously quiet, mostly because I haven’t been down to polo in a while due to other things happening. However its still happening and getting even better with the weather warming up towards summer. Check the fixed gear forum for word on improving the polo court with walls.
Work is also ticking over on another polo tournament or two this summer. Watch this space!
Coming up, after the success of the championship we held in London as part of the Bicycle Film Festival last year, the Manchester lot are trying their hand at putting on a tournament.
It didn’t take long, in fact just over 6 months for South London to catch on. Couple of days ago around 10 people met up in a South London car park to play, I think they were moved on by police but found somewhere else floodlit to get a few games in. This is great news for hard court polo and everyone should get down there to check it out next time they play, which is I don’t know when yet.
On Saturday night expect some action packed roller racing around Waterloo courtesy of Rollapaluza, this is the big xmas party and I’m guessing the last one of the year? Its in association with the LondonFGSS forum and lots of forum goers will be there as well as other, perhaps non-internet people. Sponsorship comes from all corners including Smeear. All the juicy details can be found here but what you need to know is: Saturday 15th December – Waterloo Action Centr, 14 Baylis Road SE1 7AA, 7pm – 2am – £5 in and 2 to race. There’ll be beer, food and music so come down and check it out.
Last thing is about Ryan and his favourite Mercedes. MT has more details, and its pretty outrageous if you read it through, not only does R have to pay for the guy’s windscreen but the driver is not being held responsible for hitting his bike and R has to foot the guy’s bill for his bumper as well. The fund to help him out is nearing its target and t-shirts can now be bought online.
And its the first time I can remember that polo hasn’t really happened. Last Sunday a bunch of people showed up at different times but there was no play. Possibly because mallet numbers are down after a bunch of breakages (get making people!) or perhaps because of the night before? Either way this Saturday everyone will be there, hopefully with some new mallets.
Last Saturday night as the MASH London première at the London FGSS headquarters just off Brick Lane. I only managed to pop in for about half the film and then had to rush off, but for what it was, it was good. Check out other people’s reactions here.
More news on the efforts to help out Ryan – while some people have asked whether the tshirts are lacking in taste – they have been selling like hot cakes and a fair bit of cash has been raised for him. You can now order the t-shirts online but for those of you in London why not pop down to the John Snow this Friday (7th) for the Italian Job Alleycat, all proceeds from go to the Ryan fund again and no doubt it will be lots of fun – 8:30pm.
While we are on the subject of buying stuff you will be glad to know you can now purchase Smeear’s fine hattish goods in Cavendish Cycles – 136-138 New Cavendish Street W1W 6YD.