Interview, Media

Messman on Four Peaks

September 17, 2013
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Matt “Messman” Messenger was one of hardcourt bike polo’s original six. Him along with five other messengers came up with the sport while waiting for deliveries at their bike courier job. Messman helped push this hobby of theirs into a sport, and because of his influence in the sport, he was in the spotlight on the show Four Peaks.

Four Peaks is a monthly show put together by the graduate Communications Department at the University of Washington. Hosted by Hanson Hosein, Four Peaks “taps into the Pacific Northwest’s rich endowment of idea generators, influential activists, business visionaries and inspired storytellers.” Hardcourt bike polo’s roots are in Seattle, Washington, while it’s branches have now reached countries all over the world; this lead Hosein and Four Peaks to reach out to Messman for an interview on the sport.

Check out the interview here:

Video

Friday Video Frenzy!

September 13, 2013
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Two great videos came our way yesterday and we feel that sharing them both will allow you to get through the last work day of the week a little easier. We have roughly 12 minutes of bike polo footage that you can use as a little break from stress or to distract you from the last TPS report of the day.

First up is a short film by Ben from Memphis of the 2012 South In Yo Mouth. Hosted by the Memphis Bike Polo Club, South In Yo Mouth was a fun one day tournament held in the parking lot of a football stadium. Check out all the fun and see if you can spot anyone from 3-2-1 Polo!

Next is a great little highlight video of the 2013 French Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. Put together by Marine Lafite, this video shows some of the amazing shots and hard crashes that made the French Championship memorable. Non-European players can use this footage to get some insight into the top French teams heading to Florida next month.

Culture, Hot Tip, Product

Fashion Forward Female Cyclists

September 11, 2013

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I recently started a part-time job as a sales associate at Chrome Industries, and on my first day I was having a conversation with one of my female coworkers about the lack of fashionable female cycling clothes. She was complaining about how Levi’s Commuter line completely skipped over the female cyclist demographic, only making jeans and jackets for men. As a male this is something that never crossed my mind; since I never look for female cycling clothes, I’ve never noticed the lack there of. Our conversation ended with me giving her a little hope. I told her about a small company out of Toronto that is looking to give women, for the first time, cycling jeans that are fashionable and durable.

RYB Denim has a simple goal: “to design a universal womens fit jean that provides comfort and durability, style and function, and is worth the value that the wearer can appreciate and then some.” Headed by NAH’s own Chandel Bodner and Modifide Bike Polo’s Steve Sal Debus, RYB Denim plans to revolutionize the cycling fashion world in the near future. Currently they’re testing denims to find the perfect mixture for their jeans, and once they do they will be embarking on an Indiegogo crowdsourcing project to help get the line started.

Head over and LIKE the RYB Denim facebook page to stay up to date with all of their latest announcements!

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Another crowdsourcing project that should be on female cyclists radar are the Cycling Chamois Panties by Urbanist. Via Kickstarter, Urbanist has been raising money to get these fashionable and practical female cycling panties on the market. They were hoping to raise $25,000 for the project and with 15 days left, they have raised over $46,000. That is nearly double their goal! To find out more info or to donate to the cause, check out the Urbanist Kickstarter page HERE.

Tournaments

Calling All Polo Ladies!

September 9, 2013
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Over the weekend, NAH and the Worlds organizing committee announced information on the first ever International Women’s Bench Tournament. The event will take place on the Sunday following the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship (October 20, 2013). Bench team General Managers have not been announced but once there are a significant number of ladies registered to play, then General Managers will be picked from that list.

To sign up for the tournament, simply fill out this registration form, HERE. Players have until September 20th at 11:59 ET to sign up, so look into airline tickets and pull the trigger on registration! There is no limit to the number of ladies that are allowed to registers, so that means everyone that registers and attends will be getting some playing time. If you want to see who is already registered, check out the players list, HERE.

I love to see tournaments that are so inclusive, it helps make players feel welcome in the sport and pushes them to do their best so that they can fit in with the rest of the players on their bench squad. Thank you NAH and Worlds committee for coming up with and executing this great idea for a tournament.

Be sure to keep checking the League of Bike Polo THREAD to stay up to date with all the developments of the tournament.

See you there!

Media, Tournaments

London Open Media

September 6, 2013

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The London Open is one of the largest annual bike polo tournaments in the World. Last year, it coincided with the world Championships so we saw the best players in the sport put together fun mismatched teams. This year, with Worlds in the U.S.A, the London Open had a little less worldly draw but Europe’s heaviest hitters were definitely in attendance.

Anymore it has become a norm to expect a live stream when the top players in the world hit the court at a tournament, and the London Open organizers made sure their tournament followed suit. If you were lucky enough to catch the live stream, you may have already experienced some of this footage, but in case you were like me and slept through the broadcast, or you just want to see the games again, here are the final two games of the tournament:

The Milky Way vs Spring Break in the Loser’s Bracket Final.

The Milky Way vs The Magic Way in the Tournament Final. Europe’s top two bike polo equipment companies put teams together and these two teams just happened to meet in the tournament final. On the line in this final was more than just tournament victory, it was a fight for pride in ones sponsor.

On top of these videos of great polo action, some heartfelt polo portraits made their way to the web thanks to Will Melling. By going HERE, HERE, and HERE you can see several photos catching the post-game passion and the mid-game rage that make hardcourt bike polo a sport that we all love.

If anyone else has any media from the London Open that they would like to share, please post it in the comments section so everyone can check it out!