Northside Regional Qualifier Photos


Hey guys, just wanted to share the photos that I took during the Northside Qualifiers, click "read more" for more!

Intro to bike polo


This Thursday July 14th at Dufferin Grove Park we're hosting an intro to bike polo evening, from 7:30pm onwards. All you need is to bring a bike, we'll have extra mallets on hand. Come early for the farmers market, and grab some good grub.

All welcome!

Bench Minor 2 in Chicago

A gorgeous court in the middle of Millenium Park? Check.
Surroundings of the some of the most beautiful cityscapes? Check.
Fifty four of the best polo players in the world? Check.

PAC designs

PAC Designs (www.pacdesigns.com) is the longest-running supporter of BPTO, kicking bags and other products down to us for lots of events. Back in the late eighties and early nineties when Pat was based in Toronto, PAC's bags set the standard for a lot of modern messenger bags.

Results from Northside Regional Qualifier

1-8 (Qualified for the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships)
1st - Dans Ta Gueule, Puceau (Kev TO / Ngaihon TO / Hugo PAR)
2nd - Rusty Nutz (Adam / John / Piet ANN ARBOR)
3rd - Woadie and the Jets (Chris ATL /Eric ATL /Woadie PDX)
4th - Sure Bud (Ace NY / Maija TO / Charlie BUFF)
5th - Dragon Army (Medic/Henry/Leon SEA/VIC/SEA)
5th - Hand Job Well (Alexis OTT / Johnny Crash OTT / Chris NYC)
7th - The Different Different Strokes (Jb / Mark / Eryn WPG)
7th - Cowpunchers (Justin CAL / Chombo NYC / Treeface CAL)

9-12 (Qualified for the NAHBPC Wild Card Tournament)
9th - Blistering Barnacles (Lewis SYD / Greg PAR / Clement GE)
9th - NAFTA (Chandel / Marco / Baby Joey PHILLY)
9th - Blue Steel (Tiff LEX / Seabass SEA / Jill PGH)
9th - Smooth Criminals (Shane TO / Allan OTT / Coach OTT)

BPTO Brooks Team Pro


For the prize table, from Hoopdriver Bicycles, and the hipsters with lasers down the street.

Sunburn free polo: Banana Boat

Thanks to Banana Boat, we have tons of sunscreen on hand this weekend.

Banana boat has also sponsored Podium, the software we're using to track the swiss rounds on Saturday. Sunburn-free polo...

Squarebuilt polo bar

Bike polo bikes keep evolving, and one of the big trends this year are the riser bars built by Squarebuilt in a basement workshop in Brooklyn NY. Lance, the framebuilder behind Squarebuilt, has kicked in three handlebars for the prize table this year. Thanks Lance!

Tournament schedule

All these locations are on the map: http://tinyurl.com/northside-2011-map

Wednesday June 29
6pm-11pm: Pickup at Scadding Court

Thursday June 30
6pm to 11pm: Pickup at Dufferin Grove Park. Farmers market from 4pm to 7pm.
Working on boards.

Friday July 1
All day: Pickup at Scadding Court (Alexandra Park), or at Dufferin Grove if it’s raining. Registration and bike-check 5pm-9pm. Swimming next door to court.


Saturday July 2
9am: Breakfast at the court, registration, bike check.
10am: Morning group (see below) swiss rounds
2pm: Afternoon group (see below) swiss rounds
7pm: Pickup or maybe a DFL tourney
9pm: Party address tbd, probably Navid's.

Sunday July 3
9am: Breakfast at the court
10am: 24 team double elimination. Finals sometime after 5pm.
3pm-7pm: Pizza from the oven at the court

Hoopdriver Bicycles, gold sponsor

We're stoked to be working with Hoopdriver Bicycles on this tournament. They've sponsored our tournaments in the past, and for this one they're getting Brooks saddles laser-engraved for the podium prize table.

Hoopdriver is home to some top-notch mechanics and they'll be court-side to represent their shop with tools and a few commonly needed parts. Megs will be there all day Saturday at the tournament while Martin holds down the shop, and Martin will be there Sunday. Feel free to leave them tips!

But you should make it a point to stop by the store on Saturday when you're not playing, cause it's closed Friday for Canada Day, and Sunday and Monday. They're at 1073 College St, just a two minute bike ride straight south from Dufferin Grove Park. Martin's got an incredible selection of parts from Brooks, Paul's, Velo Orange, Nitto, crammed into the display, and some vintage randonneurs hanging from up high.

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