NAHBPC 2012 – Crazy Canucks

I had some time to hang out with the current Bike Polo World Champions, The Crazy Canucks, while down in Milwaukee at the NAHBPC. Rory, Chris, and Alex are a great bunch of guys and I had a good time talking bikes and polo with them. This year is their first year as an EighthInch sponsored team and their first major tournament on Scramblers. So far the bikes are preforming great for them. They are strong, fast, and handle great. We hope the advantages the Scramblers are offering keeps them at the top of their game!

The guys finished the first two days of Swiss rounds with a record of 5-2-2 giving them the 7th seed for Sunday’s bracket. After shutting out The Royals in the first round the Canucks lost 3-2 to the Crusaders of Love. They got another victory in the losers bracket but eventually lost 5-4 to Manthousand to give them a 13th place finish overall. It wasn’t the finish they were looking for but they still played well. Some poorly timed mechanical issues along with a couple bad bounces didn’t help their cause. With the competition among the best I’ve seen at a major tournament there wasn’t much room for error. I’m sure the team will be able to regroup and come back strong as they prepare to defend their in title as World Champions in Geneva next month.

Stay tuned for more NAHBPC coverage featuring EighthInch teams and riders next week.

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NAHBPC 2012 – Portland United

I got the chance to spend last weekend down in Milwaukee at the NAHBPC. It was great to hang out and have some laughs with the people you normally only talk to through email. The heat was sweltering but there was more than enough water and beer to keep everyone hydrated.

One of the teams I  spent some time with was Portland United. Eric, Jason, and Arlyn have been playing together on Portland United for two years now and it definitely shows when you watch them play.  Their chemistry is great and they all play to their individual strengths. This is their first year together as part of the EighthInch team and they couldn’t be happier to be riding our Scramblers. Eric told me it’s the best polo bike he’s ever owned. The compact geometry makes it easy to maneuver in tight places and the handling is excellent. The splined crank and sprocket is stiff and responsive making it easy to accelerate and get across the court.

The team finished Saturday with a record of 6-2-1 to put them in the 6th seed going into Sunday’s tournament round. After advancing pretty far in tournament play Portland was eventually knocked out by the Guardians and took home 4th place. It was a nice improvement over last years 9th place finish and it puts them in a great spot going into the World Championship in Geneva next month.

Stay tuned for more NAHBPC coverage featuring EighthInch teams and riders next week.

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NAHBPC Begins Today

The NAHBPC begins today in Calgary. A lot of planning went into this event and it looks like they have a great location and some excellent courts to play on. Good luck to Woadie and everyone else competing this year.

With this being one of the largest polo tournaments of the season we thought we’d match it with an equally large polo sale. When you use the coupon code “NAHBPC11” on CyclingCloseouts.com you’ll receive 15% off all EighthInch polo gear! The sale includes EighthInch polo mallets, shafts, replacement caps, bar end plugs, plastic pedals, 48h Julian wheels and rims, and polo T-shirts.

 

The sale runs today through Sunday, August 7.

Photo Friday – NAHBPC’s

Here’s a few photo’s from the NAHBPC’s this last weekend. We had a great time out there and met a lot of great people. For a tournament featuring 60 teams and 6 courts it couldn’t have gone any smoother. Big thanks to Ben and everyone else who was involved in organizing it!

The EighthInch booth in all its glory

The bike rack filled up fast…

…and most of the other bikes found a home on the ground

Trek provided the shade for the weekend

The nicest Huffy at NAHBPC, although we are a little bias.

As the games intensified the crowds grew

Ben and everyone else working behind the scenes did a great job

The next generation in bike polo was already out there practicing