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.
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.