Bike Polo for Beginners

Ramon broke a stick.

Want to play hardcourt bike polo but are worried about playing catch up with regular players? Well have I got a deal for you.

What: Bike Polo practice for new players and those who wish to hone their skills

Where: Corcoran Park in south Minneapolis (near 21st Ave and Lake St.)

When: Saturday April 3rd 1pm to 2pm

What to bring: A bike that you don’t mind getting scratched, a helmet, you, your friends and a sense of adventure.

We’ll supply the mallets and balls. If you don’t have a bike that you can throw into the mix you may be able to borrow one to mess around on. Questions? Leave a comment or drop and email.

Minneapolis Bike Polo in the Star Tribune

Stephen Regenold of gearjunkie.com came by last week to check out bike polo and write an article for the Star Tribune. We were really excited to show him what hardcourt bike polo is all about.  A feature article in the Star Tribune will expose bike polo to a large audience.

Its online now and will appear in the Monday, 03/29, edition of the paper. I can’t wait to pick up the print edition and see if there are any more photos.

Click through to read the entire article.

A ball bounces, tires skid and a polo match is set in motion. It is 4 p.m. on a recent Wednesday at McRae Park in south Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Ranked America’s #1 Bike City

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The May 2010 issue has one of those annoying “which city is the best” bullshit lists. Except this one is different. Because for once, Minneapolis got its due. According to Bicycling Magazine Minneapolis is the #1 Bike City in the country.

Poloists Bjorn and Landon even met the author and showed him around the city one of the days he was visiting this January. Our burgeoning bike polo scene got a mention too. This is a really great article that does well highlighting the many different stripes Minneapolis has to offer.

digital copy is available to preview before the hard copies are printed. Every few pages it will prompt you to subscribe but simply entering an email address will let you advance through all 12 pages of text.

More than enough reason to stay an extra day or two when you come to Minneapolis in May for MWBPC8.

March Sunshine

Its been a warm March here in Minneapolis. A majority of days have been warmer than average and if we go six more days without snow this will be the first March on record. Records dating back to 1840.

This past Sunday Matt Sepeta a friend and roommate of Jonny Freewheel came down with his camera and came up with some stellar photos. Check out this gallery of 70+ photos on his web site.

Check out a few of my favorites from the set below.

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Minneapolis Bicycle Polo Inc.

Too Legit for Polo
I’m proud to announce that our club is officially a Minnesota Non-Profit Corporation, making it the first in North America to incorporate (to our knowledge)! Our President is Kat, Landon is the Treasurer and I am a non-titled board member. We organized the corporation so that we could accept checks from sponsors, process MWBPC8 registrations on-line, write checks to vendors, and pursue partnerships to create a dedicated, polo-specific court in Minneapolis. Pending federal 501(C)3 status will mean that sponsor contributions are tax-deductible.
Although the fees seem a bit much, the process is pretty straightforward—as long as you’re willing to read a lot of statutes and have arguments with your friends about Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, board membership, and banking institutions. If anyone out there is interested in incorporating their club, drop us a line and we’d be happy to answer questions. Same goes for anyone who want to donate to the club or sponsor the MWBPC8. Think we’re sell-outs? Trash talk accepted below!

Update: London Hardcourt Bike Polo Association claims the World’s First on this one.

Polo in Garfield Park, Chicago

Minneapolis Bike Polo had a great time playing non stop polo in Chicago. Saturday was a little rainy but that didn’t stop 40 some people from running non stop games for 7+ hours.

Sunday was sunny and beautiful. Thanks to everyone that converged for Chris’ birthday weekend. Minneapolis had a blast thanks in part to Rob’s excellent hospitality.

Can’t wait to bring all these players to Minneapolis in May for the Midwest Bike Polo Championships.

The Two Wheeled Way

The 2 & 21 blog created this wonderful info-graphic on Minneapolis cycling culture and its amenities. When you come to Minneapolis for the 8th Midwest Bike Polo Championships come early and stay late. You won’t be sorry.

Jump over to 2and21 and view it full sized with annotations and explanations.