December 6, 2010
I think the first time I ever heard of bicycle polo was back in 1989 at Fat Tire Bike Week in Crested Butte, where I watched a match in action. At the time, I figured the players were just a bunch of Colorado crazies that included more than a few equestrian wannabes who had decided to settle for two wheels rather than fork out the bucks for four legs and one horsepower (and a big pickup truck and a horse trailer and ...)
In recent years, the venues for this cyclo-variation on the “world’s oldest team sport” have been making the switch from large grassy fields in the great outdoors to hard-surfaced floors in the smaller indoors. Consider a story that appeared in the November 28, 2010 Los Angeles Times, where it’s written: “... the 'hardcourt' style — played on hard surfaces rather than grass — has become popular only in the last decade, beginning with rough-and-tumble games among bike messengers.”
Photo from BikePortland.org's Flickr photostream.
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