Here are the complete results from the 2016 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association survey. A couple quick facts to take away before you take it all in: 1. There will be an NAH season this year so start organizing those qualifiers. 2. We need a club to host the NAHBPC! Which club wants to take on the task? I will do what I can to help from here in Portland! Anyway… here are the results as reported by the NAH:
I saw Old Field Cycles‘ post about this bike on Instagram and I had to learn more about it. It’s not often that you see a 650b bike polo bike, and even more rare is a belt drive bike polo bike, so I felt that I had to share the future of bike polo bikes with the world.
Here are the key features as told by Justin Pogge, the frame’s owner/builder and one-man custom bicycle manufacturer known as Old Field Cycles:
Earlier this month, the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association (NAH) released a survey regarding the 2016 NAH tournament season. As any great sports organization should do, they asked the actual participants to give feed back on how the season should be structured. Players helped decide important structural questions like if the 2016 season should be 3v3 or 5v5 and if the final day of the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship (NAHBPC) should be double elimination, single elimination, or even, other.
After nearly a month of gathering data from bike polo players all over North America, the NAH is ready to go public with the results. And unfortunately, the results are inconclusive. In the craziest turn of events, every single result was a tie. WHO COULD IMAGINE?!
I was lucky enough to get my first Mosquito t-shirt at Worlds this year in Timaru. I traded Mosquito team member (and killer ref) the shirt off of his back for one of my Prospectors jerseys. If you’re not lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to get a Mosquito bike polo shirt like I was, then you should head over to the Fixcraft website and snag one of the brand new Mosquito team t-shirts. These athletic fit tees are only $14.99 and are made with 100% cotton. Pick one up HERE!
“Saudade” and “chulé”
Two great words in Portuguese that don’t have exact one-word English translations, but both apply to my great experience with the ever-welcoming São Paulo Bike Polo Club.
I went down to visit my sister who lives in São Paulo Brazil last week, and on Saint Patrick’s Day, in one of the world’s largest cities, I was lucky enough to meet up with a second kind of family, one that at first were complete strangers, but through the magic of bike polo, welcomed me and made me feel like I was família.