Cambridge bike polo was founded in the winter of 2008/2009. A lot of the original members are still playing hardcourt bike polo, and our ranks have been swelled by new recruits along the way.
Bike polo was invented in County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1891 by retired cyclist, Richard J. Mecredy. He is credited with the idea of replacing polo ponies with bicycles.
Modern Hardcourt Bike Polo has its roots from the early 2000s, in Seattle, USA. Originally started by a group of messengers who had spare time in between deliveries, and due to the dot.com crisis they had quite a lot of it. They played on a basketball court opposite to where they worked and its generally accepted that’s where the basic rule set which we still use today, was developed.
Rules click below
We initially played on a basketball court in Barnwell, North Cambridge, until we managed to find our present Polo warehouse on Harvest way, Cambridge. The game has developed over the last few years, we started out playing on old road bikes with fixed gears, wearing no protection. Nowadays the game has evolved into using specialized equiptment, on purpose built bikes and playing more tactical games with far greater skill. But because of the new incarnation of this sport, there is still a fresh D.I.Y ethic that runs through everything. Being a poloist means you will be expected to build or at least repair your own bike, make your own mallet and ref games and organize and run tournaments.
Cambridge bike polo has managed to field teams competing at top European and world tournaments. Competing against the best teams, just not necessarily winning against them.