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Louisville Bike Polo Derby Debauchery

It seems appropriate that one the very weekend of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville that a few dozen players from around the mid-section of the country converged to play the ancient game of polo. So we were on bikes, and the only horse that I saw all weekend was constructed of paper-mache, but the goal was lots of polo with friends and there was no doubt that everyone was able to play as much as they could possibly desire. I pulled into the derelict parking garage that hosts Louisville Hardcourt a few nights per week at roughly 9:30 pm Friday night, and managed to play pick-up until roughly 3 am, with others staying until the birds were chirping. Saturday saw a double elimination tournament culminating in the final game with paper mache horses attached to each bike, with the usual suspects from Milwaukee taking the crown against a team from Atlanta. Of course, this was followed by more pickup on the outdoor tennis courts that the city has leased to the local polo club until dark when the prizes were given away at some bar we made a quick appearance at before making our way to even more pickup in the garage, yet again to the wee hours. Summer weather on Sunday brought even more pickup, along with a sunburn. Perhaps the most polo I’ve played in a given out of town weekend, the weekend was a success in my book even if the promised debauchery never made it past the polo court. Thanks to our hosts for the killer weekend, I left thinking of polo and late night Batman and perhaps bringing some ear plugs for my next trip to the fine state of Kentucky.

Click through for a gallery of images from the weekend on the court.

9 Comments

  1. TomMay 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Great photos. What are the heavy-duty gloves some of the participants are wearing? They look armored.

  2. jerkMay 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    what kind of asshole plays polo on a pinnarello?

  3. jimmyMay 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    yeah, we totally shit the bed on the whole bringing planned debauchery to fruition… we’ll make up for it come halloween

  4. jimmyMay 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    @jerk, there’s a razesa on the same team, they’re from atlanta. they do things different in the south…

  5. bradMay 18, 2011 at 4:02 pmAuthor

    Those guys on fancy bikes from Atlanta definitely do things differently… and really, really well. Pinarello guy’s playing style was awesome to watch. He totally wiped the court with me playing pickup.

  6. ShaneMay 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Oh what a sexy time I missed. Seems like yinz had fun!

  7. chrisMay 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    sorry. I’m the jerk on the pinarello. somebody has to do it.

  8. TerryMay 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I kind of feel sorry for the guy with the red ear. You ought to let him ride the Pinarello for a little bit.

  9. 2011 Travels in Pictures | random precision photoJanuary 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    [...] May – Louisville Went to Louisville for the Derby Debauchery Polo Fun Time Tournament and played with a couple of natives as I traveled solo, on a longer roadtrip than just this weekend. Good times for sure. Posted a web gallery at Urban Velo. [...]

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