Last night we decided to take part in a game or 3 of bike polo with our local MTB club The Black Canon Collective. They have decided to add polo to their roster of weekly bike related activities, and we fancied a go so headed on down to the concrete basketball court to see what it was all about.
Personally I thought that this polo-on-a-bike game would be hard to play, as I’m useless at pretty much any sport that isn’t riding a bike, especially those using some sort of stick/bat/pole, but luckily it wasn’t as hard as I thought. Learning to hit a ball was the hardest part, and remember to look up from the floor every now & again to prevent crashing into another player/the fence.
The format of the games were 10 minutes with 3-a-side teams, this is a good setup on a court of this size, and got the legs spinning as you sprinted up & down the court chasing the ball. Luckily there weren’t all that many crashes, and certainly no injuries, but definitely a whole lot of laughs.
We’re really keen to start playing polo a lot more regularly, and I’ve already started to put a bike together, although the big decision I have to make is whether I want to ride fixed or freewheel, last night I borrowed a bike with a freewheel, making it easier to cruise & not worry about pedalling, but fixed also appeals for major trackstand & backwards pedalling opportunities. Look out for lots more polo related banter on the blog from now on. We’re officially hooked!