Wow, what a weekend! With 40 teams from all over Europe competing; the inaugural European Hard Court Bike Polo Championships were held in London. Held over two days – the cream of European Bike Polo competed for the title of European Champions, and some amazing prizes, including flights and entry for the winners to the World Polo Championships in Philadelphia USA this coming September!
I spent the weekend looking after a core group of volunteers, making sure gates were manned – security was..er secure, people were in the right places and things were getting done. Two 14 hour days or pure mayhem! The event ran without a hitch – largely thanks to those volunteers who endured me shouting at them – telling them to carry crap, sweet-talk local businesses into using their toilet facilities and pick up litter!
The polo I did manage to see (which wasn’t that much!) was amazing – the final came down to L’Equipe from Switzerland versus Malice – a London team who had literally fought their way to the final – the atmosphere was amazing and as the light was failing after drawing 3-3 for most of the match, L’Equipe took the match 5-3.
Prizes included – new bikes for the winners, flights to the Worlds and various other goodies donated from the likes of Shop14, Brick Lane Bikes, Brooks, Archie’s Grobags, Knog, Crumpler and too many more to mention.
All in all an amazing if somewhat exhausting weekend, I’m glad to be back in the day job today!
More pics here