Letter – Bike polo first

Re: Bike polo goes legit with tournament, May 26-June 1

Bike polo first

Re: Bike polo goes legit with tournament, May 26-June 1

Just to correct the record, bike polo did not come to Victoria five years ago.  A handful of us involved in the bike racing scene in the ’70s in Victoria invented our own game way back then. Using croquet mallets, softballs and a soccer field, we scrounged cheap frames and outfitted them with wheels that had gone through one too many races, switched brakes around to provide a controlling rear brake on the left while leaving the right free for wielding the mallets, sometimes cutting off handlebars to allow for swing through. We even played to at least one major crowd at Victoria’s Highland Games in 1974 or ’75. Today’s game is great and I look forward to the tournament, but to be sure, we were first by about 30 years.

John Luton, Victoria

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