On June 25 and 26, teams from across Europe will travel to Gravesend, Kent (England) and the Vigo Rugby Club to participate in the fifth-consecutive Bike Polo European Cup. That’s right – Bike Polo. No horses, just bikes. Guys on bikes with mallets hitting a ball into a net. Well, it’s certainly better than Quidditch.
Gareth Collins, club secretary, said: “Over the four years we have been in the cup we have got better and better. Getting the draw against Sanvic (who won last year’s competition) was a real bonus. The French have a league and play every two weeks so to get to theirnlevel is really something.” (Via The Gravesend Reporter)
And while I don’t know what theirnlevel means, you can put your worries to rest – Yes, Americans have discovered bike polo. In fact, there’s a World Championship for bike polo, too, and the reigning champions just so happen to be from these here great United States. The Beaver Boys from Milwaukee are the defending World Hardcourt Bike Polo Champions, and will look to retain their title later this summer. Highlights after the jump.
And on December 26, you can travel to any inner city neighborhoods and check out the Your Bike Polo Championship. Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all night. Tip your waitress.