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Unusual Sports: Cycle Polo!

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

Cycle polo is a team sport that it is played on bicycles rather than horses.

Most people own bicycles and less own horses so it makes the traditional sport of polo available to a wider group of participants and a wider group of spectators.

There are two forms of the sport:

  • Hardcourt bike polo; and
  • Grass court bike polo.

There are two versions of the grass court version of the game: the four-player and the five-player game.

The game was invented in County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1891, and today is popular in many parts of the world.

Cycle polo was officially recognised by the World Governing Body of Cycling, Union Cycliste Internationale, in 2001.

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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