5th Floor BiciPolo Of Fresno,
Is a motley group of individuals that have come together for the enjoyment of sport. I have been involved with the group for a bout 8 months, in that time the group has varied from week to week and month to month. Although, there is a consistent core of about 5-10 players, what draws me is that inclusion is very much part of the club. The invite goes out on Mondays and Thursdays, everyone is welcome to play or watch, from teens on their bmx bikes to seasoned riders on road bikes, or even drive up to the court , plenty of parking available.
Polo can be very fast and accidents do happen form time to time, so protective gear is highly encouraged, but not enforced. It is not unusual to see road burns, scrapes and an occasional fracture, noting serious during my tenure. The group is highly competitive, but after crashes and accidents play may stop and confirmation of player well-being will occur before resuming play. Sportsmanship is not always easy, but the group does an excellent work of self policing.
5th Floor BiciPolo of Fresno and Fresno Bike Polo are more than just polo players. Polo is a community, part of the larger bicycling community of Downtown Fresno, Tower Distric and Generally Fresno as a whole. Players, Spectators and friends organize and join cycling events like Critical Mass at the end of every month, BikeHop during Arthop. TacoTuesday, and many other community based cycling events. Participate in local cycling events, as athletes, organizers, volunteers, and supporters. Support their friends and cycling buddies whether its a cycling, running event or other sporting event. If you see a cyclist on the road, please be mindful and share the road. He\she may be commuting to and from work, enjoy a leisurely ride through town, training for their next event, be part of a community ride like BikeHop.
Lastly, it has been my pleasure to have been part of this polo group for the last 8 to 12 months. From the night that I was invited to snap some pictures about a year ago to now being part of the Polo experience.