Thursday, May 13, 2010
If you've never encountered the sport before, imagine a version of equestrian polo played with a bicycle instead of a horse.
Add to that blood, frequent crashes and a sub culture born from the urban fixed-gear bicycling community. But picture the guys who actually ride their fixed gear bikes, not the ones who just lock them up outside the coffee shop.
Bicycle polo is like fight club on wheels. Without the aggression.
Hardcourt bicycle polo, as played in Lancaster City, involves teams of 2 or 3 men who battle for victory on a tennis court. Goals are established with traffic cones set a bike's width apart from one another. First team to score 5 goals wins.
I'm hooked on this sport. We play every Thursday night and I find that if I miss a week, I get rammy and grumpy.
This video should give you a wink of an insight into how the game is played in Lancaster. It might be noted, however, that the intensity and speed of the game has picked up since I've joined the ranks.