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Le Coq and the London open.

July 20, 2011

This summer, iconic French sportswear brand Le coq sportif shall become an official sponsor of the London Open 2011 Bike Polo event. The event shall take place from Saturday 30th – Sunday 31st July on Hackney Downs, East London.

Bike polo players from around the World are invited to compete at the tournament which follows the European and World Championship tour and is the final event of the summer. Around 60 teams are expected to compete at the London Open 2011.

As an official sponsor, le coq sportif shall be showcasing a selection of L’Eroica product and vintage imagery from past cycling events within a le coq sportif area, celebrating the brands rich heritage in cycling and deep French roots. Outside, a le coq sportif pétanque court will be found along with a seated area, where event supporters are able to either relax or participate in mini games of the much loved French game of boules, which originated in Southern France back in the early 1900’s.

Last year’s bike polo event was attended by over 1,000 people, including players, supporters and families, local residents and passer-by’s. This year’s attendance is set to rise as the site increases to hold three purpose-built polo courts, marquees, a family and spectator picnic area, a range of food stalls, a secure locked bike area and referee stands.

Like bike polo? Get involved. I’m sure the Birmingham teams will be in full effect! Work permitting I’ll be there at the side lines armed with an air horn and a big set of lungs.

Le Coq Sportif.

London Hardcourt bike polo association.
Birmingham bike polo.

Wacking good

January 11, 2009


My initial intentions were to go and take some pictures of the game and maybe some bike stills, but upon my arrival and then the arrival of the others I decided to get involved.

I must admit, I was a Bike Polo hater, I thought it looked like rubbish and no fun at all. I had never considered the idea of playing bike polo before.
No thank you, not me.
Riding quickly on roads is what I like most ( although my recent race results would not indicate this ).

Bike Polo however is an awful lot of fun. I went along to the game Fin had organized for today and had a complete blast!
The memories… I can see it now, the way that tennis ball sailed into the top right hand corner off my ‘Ghetto’ mallet was like poetry in motion!

Bike polo is maybe to some a game of skill and of tactics, Certainly.
More-over you simply get to rip up and down a court with your mallet in your hand wacking a ball around the place and attempting to score some goals… Obviously with a certain amount of style and finesse!

For those that did not make it today…
If you can, you should try and make it next time.
I can see a summer of great games ahead… and hopefully next time some after game ‘refreshments’.

For info on future games go to the all new Iron Jockey Chain Breakers blog space.

Thanks Fin for the half time biscuits too!

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