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.

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.

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.

Surly Bikes

by Kevin Walsh


Big thanks to Surly Bikes for stepping up and becoming a major sponsor of the Midwest Bike Polo Championships 8 in Minneapolis.

Surly calls Minnesota its home and we are proud to have this local company behind us. Surly is also home to the Steamroller, 1×1 and Karate Monkey. Bikes built with toughness and versatility in mind. Bikes a lot of us use for polo.

We couldn’t be more proud to fly their banner.

A big thanks to the all the other companies that have been so generous towards MWBPC8. Look for a sponsor page soon!

Midwest 7 Highlights

Highlights from the 7th Midwest Bike Polo Champeenships, held in Columbia MO, November 7-8, 2009. Chicago’s ‘Machine Politics’ took home the Jenny Cup. Runners Up were Milwaukee’s ‘Beaver Boys’ & ‘Hot Sauce Enema’ followed by 4th place Madison.

MWBPC8 Save The Date: May 22-23, 2010

Oh hello. Minneapolis Bike Polo is proud to present the Midwest Bike Polo Championships 8, to be held the weekend of May 22-23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More details will be forthcoming shortly, but we expect this to be one of the most widely attended and fun tournaments for players of all levels. We look forward to seeing you all in May!