Going Going Bike

Jul 272011

Hot on the heels of the recent UK Bike Polo Championships, this weekend sees one of the highlights in the European hardcourt calendar with the London Open 2011.

Last year’s London Open attracted 48 teams from around the globe including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

Bigger and better

Jon Marshall of the London Hardcourt Bike Polo Association tells us that this year they are expecting even more teams to attend.

As Jon explains: “Bike polo has moved on from its grass roots and is now spreading rapidly. In June 2008 there were around 50 cities playing hardcourt bike polo as we now know it.  There are now over 300 cities, with an average of two new cities registering a new bike polo scene every week. London has the largest hardcourt bike polo scene worldwide with over 200 players, a Winter League and the opportunity to play bike polo any day or night of the week!”


The increasing popularity of the sport and its growth is seen no less than in the sponsors now willing to get involved as  a showcase for their brands. Messenger bag company Crumpler and icon French sportswear brand Le Coq Sportif are joined by London fixed gear/single speed bike maker 14 Bike Co as main sponsors of the event and backers of the prizes on offer for the winners.

The London Open will take place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of July on the top of Hackney Downs in London, the nearest tube is Hackney Central and the event is completely free to attend. Cheers and heckles are encouraged!

London Open 2010 Highlights from Jon Marshall on Vimeo.

See also

October date for Yorkshire’s Tour de France visit

Barclays in funding talks over Boris Bikes extension

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