I was hijacked by The Carpenter on Sunday....he possibly had an ulterior motive...not wanting to ride an extra 35 mile round trip! ...but he wanted me to have a day off too. This is him on his "new" polo bike, the first time he has had a single freewheel one instead of fixed wheel. Both brakes work off the one lever, thanks to some ingenious metalwork.
This shows the size of the tennis court they play on. " They " being Cardiff Bike Polo (sorry for non-facebookers, but that is the only site they have at present)
The event was a celebratory tournament (well...two games!) against the Bristol group, The Severn Steelers, to celebrate a year of polo in Cardiff.
Cycle polo was invented in 1891, but was re-invented by cycle couriers in New York, so the rules have changed...and grown..since I last played in about 1969!
It is now generally played on any old bikes- cheap and fun!
The referee has to stand on a bike to see over the fencing! The goal referees stand on the wall each end.
As there is only room for three each side on the small pitch and there were sixteen riders, it was decided to change both games from six 'chukkas' of 15 minutes to an hour and a half non-stop with player substitutions so that everyone had turns and no-one got too tired!
I didn't play as I felt uneasy on a freewheel bike, found the mallet a little unwieldy and was 42 years out of practice!! I enjoyed riding round the practice court whilst the Carpenter was having his rests . Also enjoyed just sitting watching in he sun!!