Gearing up for bike polo

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BIKE polo players – who tear around concrete courts on stripped-down BMXs hammering hockey balls with makeshift mallets – have been practising in the Capital.

Around 15 members are gearing up for the London Bike Polo Open, where teams from across the country will be 
competing.

Jonas Hickson, a 23-year-old science festival worker, said: “In Edinburgh people have been playing for about three years, and going to the British championships for two years, but it was in the Olympics in the 1800s on grass courts.”