Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bike Polo - New Urban Cycling Sports

Bike Polo - New Urban Cycling Sports

Bike polo started out as another urban sport, but is now one of the most popular cycling sports in America. Bicycle polo can be traced back to 1891, when Irish cyclist Richard J. Mecredy first came up with the crazy idea of riding the bike with one hand and holding a polo mallet in the other. Back then, it was played on grass, just like horse polo, and it wasn’t until the last decade that bike polo started being played on hard surfaces. Bikers first started competing in Bike Polo games in cities like New York, Chicago and Seattle, but thanks to the Internet, it quickly spread to other US cities, and is now a regimented sport, with a clear set of rules and its own championship.

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