24 teams will compete for 4 spots at North American Championships in MPLS this July. Great action both days from 10am-7pm. Finals Sunday at 4pm-6pm. BYOB. We will have grills to toss food on. FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC. Located in Washington Park(40th and Vliet St) on SE corner just north of basketball courts.
HEY MBPC members! Please look at this thread and let your club rep, Capt. Jake know who you want to vote for represent us in North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association! you can send a FB message, email, or text. your choices are.
Jimmy , Louisville
Nick D, MPLS
You can choose three!
Take some time and click around. We will be adding and updating as well as we go. Let us know if something isn’t working right or there is some feature you would like to see. THANKS to Josh Busnelli at MINE MIND for the design work. He is available to help you with your Bike polo club’s site as well for a reasonable rate! PLEASE CONTACT US AT MKEBIKEPOLO@GMAIL.COM for any correspondence or questions until further notice! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
WHBPC 2010 Final Round I just got word that MILWAUKEE’s own Beaver Boys just beat Chicago’s Machine Politics in the final game in Berlin!!!! CONGRATS BOYS! We’ll post more when we know more details for now savor the flavor Milwaukee World Champions has a nice ring to it 😉
OHH YES the good ol’ fundraiser party excellent time has rolled around again…If you missed our Poker Run back in February here is your chance to contribute to the club AND have and awesome freaking time!
Race/Ride then after party!
Meet at Swinging Door Saloon Friday Aug 6th (TOMORROW!) registration begins at 6:45pm race at 7:30
Milwaukee Bike Polo themed route
There will be prizes for winner of race but if you just want to ride and have a good time you can do side events to win raffle tickets to enter in our super awesome raffle with prizes from:
Milwaukee Bike Co., Pabst, Sunrise foods, Dane Haman, COG magazine, Ella Dwyer and other local artists, Beans and Barley, also thanks for support from Riverhorse and Chris and Greg at the after party space! after party is at corner of Center and Holton starting around 930pm..if you can’t or don’t want to race meet us there to PARTY down!
THANKS TO PBR AND MILWAUKEE BIKE CO!
PARTY SHUTTLE BUS
7pm JULY 15th Bus leaves Ben’s Cycles(MKE bike Co.) on 10th and Lincoln.
Will arrive in Madison at the registration party by 9pm.
BEER PROVIDED BY PBR! SUPPORT PROVIDED BY MBC!
Your bus captain will be Kremin.
BE ON TIME! If your late that’s too bad we can not wait for you.
North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships are next weekend in Madison, WI. In preperation MBPC has already welcomed DANS TA GUEULE, PUCEAU from Paris, France and Jesse from Seattle to our home court. Today marked the first time in a long time I’ve played polo 3 days in a row. Rode the frenchies by the old Pabst Brewery and Bastille Days( a street festival in MKE celebrating French culture) and it’s mini Eiffiel Tower. Wish I had some pics to share but didn’t have the camera on board(shucks). Hugo got some video we may post at a later date.
For any others who are coming into MKE this week seems like there will be polo played everyday up until we leave for Madison….so get pyched to play on our awesome solid as F*CK court at Washington Park. Call or email any MKE bike polo player for directions but just incase…. the court is located at 41st and Vliet St. about 3 miles directly west of downtown.
photo by Kev Walsh For the second year in a row Milwaukee Bike Polo Club’s Beaver Boys Placed 2nd at the East Side Polo Invite. This years was in New York City over the last weekend in June. It was a scorcher that weekend in the 90s and it really was summertime in the city, back of your neck getting dirty and gritty. ESPI5 tried out some new rules and formats which were hit and miss. Glad they gave it a go, but would liked a double elimination (since my team consisting of exMKEan Crandal and his PDX teammate Drew lost in the single elim round). Big ups to the ladies as well, who attended the Ladies Army 2, a women only tournament that fielded women from across the continent. SPECIAL PROPS to MKE’s own Birdie Watts for getting MVP honors and MKE’s ex-player Tina Medley now residing in Austin, TX for MVP runner up!! (pictured is Birdie in her uniform, with Chandel from NYC bike polo, photo by Kev Walsh) THANKS NYC AND SEE YOU ALL IN MADISON IN ABOUT 10 DAYS for the North American Championships!
Mbpc is headed to New York yet again, For this years Espi. Boston hosted the tourney last year and Milwaukee’s own Beaver Boys took 2nd place. We are looking to take home the trophy this year.
Our dearest friend Chombo was involved in an accident a few days ago. “I woke up on the pavement, spitting out teeth and blood after clearly being unconscious for an undetermined period of time….I think I may have been sideswiped by a delivery car. I woke up alone and injured….poured peroxide on my face….I found my teeth on the ground just by simply following the blood trail….p.s. I had a helmet on!” – Chombo Chombo has no insurance and no one to sue that pants off to pay for his new grill. Please please donate some money to our injured friend, so that he may eat corn off the cob and slay goals around the world! follow the link and click donate tax deductible donation here
Congrats to the Bizzy Beaverz on their re-peat victory!
2nd place- Sharks (matt h and ben s)
3rd place- Already taken (jon A, ben h)
4th place- Madarroll (jonny h , matt l)
5th place- Wacka flacka (jake, lodi)
6th place – Space Dokken (guthrie, sean)
see Dane’s pics here
First run of club stickers are in and ready to snag up. We’re really pleased how they turned out. Thanks Zach, for taking the time and energy to get these going. Stickers measure 2″x2″ and are available now. Contact through e-mail and tell us how much you love MKE Bike Polo and we’ll be sure to send a few out to you.
The Milwaukee Messenger Invitational, in it’s 9th year, is the city’s largest alleycat. Come Friday night and expect a great time, ride the race Saturday, play a tournament Sunday. The 2v2 format was adapted last year and at least for now, is here to stay. Since most of us live in this part of town housing near the court will be abundant $20 per team
Judgment as been amended and we will be charged with trespassing on land rather than trespassing a dwelling. Our next court appearance is on May 19th and we will be pleading Not Guilty to the new charges. After this we will be meeting with the Sheriff’s department, Milwaukee County parks, and the DA to agree on a location that is suitable for both parties. The stipulation for getting the charges dismissed is we are to clean-up & repair the court that is decided “ours”. Overall we are very happy the DA has realized the importance of keeping a positive relationship between the Sheriff’s, County Parks, and MKE Bike Polo.
The purpose of government: I attended Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s town hall meeting at the Elm Grove Village Hall on Jan. 15. A man asked the congressman what the purpose of the federal government was. Sensenbrenner answered that the role of government is spelled out in the Constitution, and, he added, the Constitution also describes what the federal government cannot do. It was a concise, illuminating answer to a provocative question.
Tonight Jake ,Matt, Brian and myself went around the city looking at possible courts that we are working on with the county. It was hard to get a good feel for the courts with a 4° windchill but we did our best. Jake was
Ben’s Cycle was buzzing today with a thick group of the best Fixed Gear Frestylin’ this side of the globe has to offer. Litterally was mayhem at the shop today. I’m suprised they weren’t in the warehouse jumping off the dance floor. Tomorrow will be a whole different story.
MBPC would like to extend our congrats to everyone who recently has been elected a regional rep in NAHBP. This is a huge stepping stone for our community and an important element as we employ our newly found organization. A big thanks goes out to Kev and Ben who have committed themselves to a tremendous amount of behind the scenes work. I’m more than confident that 2010 will be a mile marker in hard-court bike polo, and the awareness of our sport will give us the backing that individual clubs will use to overcome the roadblocks that many of us have encountered. Check out www.leagueofbikepolo.com for a taste of how expansive and passionate our community really is. www.leagueofbikepolo.com is currently down for an overhaul, but you can grab your fix at www.hardcourtbikepolo.com.
Just a quick look back into last year and remembering when we successfully hosted one of the most well respected tournaments of the year. We’re currently preparing to host another tournament this year, but we’re still in the early stages. Be sure to look for a similar event in the future, as it’s a great spectator sport and it’ll get you cheering in no time. I must say, I’m looking forward to 37degree weather for polo this weekend! It’ll probably feel like spring is coming. I hope everyone will try and get outside this weekend and enjoy the warmer weather, as much as we’re going to. Also, be sure to check out other Mr. Do videos, he is the premire polo videographer in my opinion.
Local radio station did a segment on our story this afternoon. Jeff Wagner responded to the world wide media coverage and briefly told the viewers our background history and first hand account information. Soon after the listeners call in with their reactions. This aired today at 1pm. Enjoy:) http://www.620wtmj.com/ Download the podcast and tell us your thoughts, if you already haven’t already.
I just googled Milwaukee bike polo arrest and there was over 3 pages of websites with our story. There is an over whelming response from people all over the world.
I would like to thank everyone who has taken an interest in our story.
During a Sunday pick-up game, ten members and one spectator of the Milwaukee Bike Polo Club were arrested and charged with “trespassing a dwelling” at the O’Donnell parking structure in downtown Milwaukee. Below is a first hand account: An unmarked Buick Century approached with three undercover sheriff’s deputies. The officers sprung out of the car and instantly shouted “every one come here and against the wall”. They count us out eleven then proceeded to note, “I thought there were 12” (Lodi had snuck out 5 mins before the bust). The officer then told us that we were under arrest and would be receiving trespassing tickets for $263 each. We tried to talk our way out of the situation but that lasted about 30 seconds. One by one we gave our information and received a ticket. We were then told by one of the officers that we were being detained but no is under arrest, specifically he said “if you are asked by a cop or employer have you ever been arrested say no”. We were then zipped tied and the officers explained that we would be going downtown to be processed and released and that it should not take too long, that essentially “it’s just like a speeding ticket”. This led to confusion for us since when you get a speeding ticket, you don’t usually go to jail, right? We asked about our bikes and the female officer who was calling the shots told us that they will be taken to the Wauwatosa sub-station and could be picked up the next day. For all of us, bikes are our main source of transportation and Wauwatosa is a suburb of Milwaukee, miles out from the core of the city where we all live. We pleaded with them to let us lock our bikes to a rack, no dice. The officers then proceeded to take us over to our bags while we are handcuffed and tell us to pack up. We can’t do much with our hands behind our backs so they had to pack everything for us mixing our belongings amongst the many bags. Repeatedly the officers noted “Damn, I thought this would be much easier!” and complained that they would not be able to listen to the Packer game in their warm car. We finally get our bags together and they start grabbing our bikes. Since our bikes are rather important to us, we protested with “hey we haven’t told you whose is whose yet”. The woman in charge declares “it’s freezing cold and you’re worried about bikes? Fine have it your way?”. So they gave us all a nice sticker or new spoke card identifying our bikes. The officers then threw all of our bikes in a big bus. Next, we followed our bikes into the back of the bus, which is as cold as freezer since the temperatures outside were around negative ten degrees with the wind chill (I believe the Allen Bradley tower was showing a temperature of about ten degrees without the wind chill). We sat in the bus for about fifteen minutes before moving and then we were off to the county court house. Upon arriving the female officer noted how cold the back of the bus was despite the fact that apparently she was “dying” of the heat in the front. The officers then rolled their eyes and helped us out of the bus. We are then handcuffed to a bench and are individually given a quick run through of our bags, throwing out any food and looking for weapons. Then off to the next room, where we found another bench with cuffs. We sat in this room amongst true criminals. Shoulder to shoulder with thieves, drug addicts, and prostitutes. Some of us sat waiting, chained to a bench for up to 8 hours, without knowing what the next step was going to be. I was the lucky one who got called first. They took me into a room searched, my bag, had me sign a form detailing the contents of my bag, then gave me a personal pat down search. This took about a half hour. Then off to the next room where you sit on another bench to wait and wait. Next, they call you up for a few questions, including what the highest grade in school you achieved, missing any teeth, job, tattoos, you name it. Next it’s picture time, then on to prints. Then back to the bench. Finally Brian made it through, I thought to myself, I finally have someone to talk to. At around ten in the evening (mind you we had been arrested just after five), there was a shift change, leading to an hour of officers standing around chatting and trying to figure out the situation. Then one player at time, we watched everyone get searched and make it into our room. Since our bags were so big, it took some people up to 40 minutes to be fully searched. We asked numerous people what the next for us was going to be, with some saying simply “that’s not my job” and others responding with “you’re going up stairs to a cell”. Once the officers figured out that we were there for bike polo, they laughed and said things along the lines of “I can’t believe that the sheriffs would waste everyone’s time with a book and release for a simple citation”. After a few hours they stopped laughing and were legitimately angry that we were still coming through while the line was being backed up with real criminals. Hours and hours go by and at 2:30am, I was released. I had been arrested at 5:30pm. I was lucky to be the first released, some did not make it out until 4am. In the end, four college students, four college graduates, an Artist, two bicycle mechanics and new player were arrested for the police to find absolutely nothing. No drugs were found, no warrants were issued, not a damn thing. They wasted our time and the city’s over a simple game that we are passionate about, bike polo. – Eric Kreminemail@example.com
Milwaukee Bicycle Co. just released there new mallet shafts. I’ve been lucky enough to have been using one these for just over 2 months now and I think they are definitely worth the mere $16 there asking. The first thing I noticed about the shaft was how light it is. On the site it says they way in at 195 grams and are made of S4 7075 aluminum. My past experience with a 7075 ski pole was great, It lasted me a good three summer months. So far this MKE mallet seems to be playing in a similar fashion. After about two months it currently has 2 small dents and finally last week I put a slight bend in it trying to do a wheely shot. (I whiffed and nailed my chain ring) There are several scratches in the paint where the dent and bend is so it looks like I hit in that same spot quite a few times before then. After I switch the worn out head this will continue to be my go to mallet.
Last night we played polo and on the way home the Allen Bradly tower read 3 degrees. luckily we found a new some what heated spot to play the location will reamain undisclosed. photo by V’ron.
Now that its winter we have a few months off of traveling and playing in “big” tournaments. Which means we all have some time to experiment with our equipment. I wanted to stop faster and burn through less tires so I came Ben Schultz in Chicago showed me the problem solvers piece and with some help from drew at the shop I came up with the noodle. The noodle allows me to use the U brake with out running the cable through my fork. I take my fork off when I ever I pack my bike up to put on a plane so it’s clutch that the cable runs this way. I played a few games of pick up the other night and so far I like it a lot.