The first London Open went off without a hitch and the LHBPA will be developing the tournament year-on-year to attract the best polo players around the world to our fair city. Thanks to everyone who made it such a success!
Sponsored by 14 Bike Co, the London Open 2010 attracted 48 teams from around the world including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. The event followed on from the huge success of the Euros in 2009 and had representation from 26 international bike polo scenes.
After two awesome days of fiercely fought games Team Smile (Seattle, USA) emerged victorious, with Machine Politics (Chicago, USA) in second place and Polosynthese (Frankfurt, Germany) in third. Team Smile now have 3 custom 14 Bike Co polo frames to take home to America, with 14 Bike Co vouchers going to the rest of the podium.
The London Open will remain an uncapped tournament for the future (hence the name). Every team will get to compete which will mean new challenges for the LHBPA as bike polo continues to rise in popularity around the world.
To get a feeling of 2010′s event, check out the many online photos, videos and conversations using the following:
- Find photos from the event on Flickr
- View the final and highlights video on Vimeo
- Take part in the chat on Facebook
Thanks go out to all the organisers, sponsors, players, referees, chefs and everyone else who made it so memorable. Special thanks also go out to:
Bill: Fundraising and Cargo bike errands, thank you.
Brendan: Courts and video, thank you.
Emmett: Fundraising, thank you.
Gabes: Scheduling and format, thank you.
Iain: Advice and templates, thank you.
Mike: Head ref and rules, thank you.
Rob: Fundraising, thank you.
Roxy: Photography and advice, thank you.
Ryan: Goal construction and bike mechanic, thank you.
Wayne: Design and mechandise, thank you.
London community: Housing, thank you.
Planning for 2011′s event will begin in January 2011, it’s going to be bigger and better!
Get in touch with Jon (Event Organiser and Association Chairman) if you’d like to be involved or have any suggestions: [email protected]