Interesting Facts About Bike Polo

While bike polo may not be the world’s most well-known sport, it has slowly picked up in popularity in the law few years. This is due for a few reasons, one it requires your full body, so it doubles as a great exercise sport, it doesn’t have extensive rules that’ll take hours to memorise, and it’s not a heavily investing sport either – unless you’re playing in a team. However, you have to give people who play this spirt some serious credit as it requires intense focus to ride a bike without wobbling and properly and efficiently play the game.

If you’re wondering what bike polo is and what it entails, then you might be surprised to learn it’s an actual sport. While bike polo may not be as mainstream as football, bike polo has been around since 1891. It was created by an Irishman called Richard J. Mecredy who developed the idea of playing polo without the horses. While at first, the idea didn’t hit America, it becomes an instant hit as residents in Seattle began playing a variation of polo called Hardcourt Bike Polo, which bikes were used ad it was played on an asphalt court rather than the traditionally used grass court. Since then, which was 1999, bike polo has been around in America.

It’s a Worldwide Sport

Since bike polo is derived from regular polo, it’s no shocker that it is played across the globe. Since last year, there was a recorded number of 473 bike polo clubs in 56 counties. Each one having some kind of tournament or just playing for fun.

It was a featured sport in the Olympics

The Olympics is a sport galore for some people. Though it may be shocking to know that bike polo, which was called cycle polo was featured as one of the demonstration sports during the 1908 Olympics. During this match, Ireland managed to defeat Germany and win the gold medal. Although, the popularity of the sport declined greatly due to both World Wars occurring and wasn’t even thought of until about 72 years later.

Bike Polo Championship


Shockingly for some people, there is a championship for bike polo While this championship for hardcourt bike polo was only started in 2009, many fans of the sport, as well as players have tried to make sure that they can participate or view the action live. Teams are quailed after winning some of the pre-regionals and tournaments. Though, you may get a kick out of last year’s championship as The Beavers beat Call Me Daddy within an impressive 5-1 match.

Anyone can play, and anyone who can ride a bike and is willing to learn the rules of playing can play bike polo. There are teams of all ages, gender, and orientations who participate in bike polo. Bike polo is considered to be one of the most progressive sports around. This is why it has grown in popularity as well as with men and women across the globe.

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Sponsorship Shoutout #27: Old Field Cycles!  Q: What’s cooler than a custom-geometry, handmade bicycle?  A: NOTHING.  They’re even GINYU FORCE approved!  This weekend, you have a chance to get $100 off your very own, if ya got what it takes.  Thank you!!

Sponsorship Shoutout #26: ONE to ONE Print Shop! Your go-to shirt-maker for polo – whether for your team, event, or just ‘cus, run by polo players! Winning team this weekend will get a team shirt printed for free! You think it up, they’ll print it.

Sponsorship Shoutout #21: Pinch Flat Mfg.!  Straight outta Missoula, Jeremy hand-makes and designs the craftiest of crafts – shirts, patches, leather goods and more.  We’re very excited to have a bevy of shirts to be able to give away from him, and some GLOW IN THA DARK patches!  Praise Polo!

Sponsorship Shoutout #20: Gnomeore Crafts by Funlola Coker!  Funlola made the trophy this year and it is AMAZING.  Know what else is amazing?  All the jewelry she makes!  Seriously go check out her page right now.  IT’S THE BEST.  And go buy something when she reopens her etsy in October, or make a custom order!

Sponsorship Shoutout #19:  Memphis Made Brewing Company!  After Swiss Rounds on Saturday, head straight over to Memphis Made for some tasty local libations – drink specials for polo players!  These guys love beer, and if you do too, CHECK ‘EM OUT!  Thanks y’all!

Sponsorship Shoutouts #15-18: FOOOOOOD! So many thanks to Simply Delicious Catering, Pho Binh, The Flour Garden, and The Slider Inn for providing nourishment! Simply Delicious is bringing you a heapin’ helpin’ of one of the things that Memphis is known for, BAR-B-Q!! Vegetarian? NO WORRIES. Pho Binh makes some of the tastiest Vietnamese tofu dishes in Memphis. And perhaps you’d like some dessert from The Flour Garden, featuring Memphis Bike Polo’s own Cara Notestine! Finally, relax at the tournament afterparty at The Slider Inn featuring drink specials and slider specials for polo players!