Friday, June 29, 2007

What's this all about?

What is Rollo?
It's bicycle polo played on children's sized bikes with 16" wheels or smaller (AKA a "16"). Two teams of Players use mallets (similar to croquet mallets) of their own making to hit a ball around a concrete court and attempt to score goals against one another. Games are more playful than physical but can be very competitive. Invention of Rollo is credited to the Zoobombers out of Portland, OR.

What is Mini-Cross?
Well for the purposes of our event it is a cyclocross race wherein riders use the same 16s to pedal their way around a dirt/grass course. A group of riders compete against each other and the first to complete a set number of laps first wins. There are also several obstacles and hazards which riders must navigate every lap around the course. Crashing is a high probablility so pads and helmets are reccomended.

What is SPROING?
SPROING (also known as whiplash) involves two riders on 16s with a length of rope and bungee/inner tubes tied between them. The riders pedal in opposite directions as quickly as they can. The bungee stretches tight and eventually one, or both, of the riders is pulled from their bike. The last rider to put a foot down wins.

What is Jousting?
Are you serious? You want to know what jousting is?!

What is Mini-Bike Bowling?
It's an all-against-all competition where riders on 16s pedal within a set circle and attempt to knock over water bottles by hitting the Rollo ball into them using their Rollo mallet. Water bottles may not be knocked down any other way, and the shot must be made within the circle. The first rider to knock down any three water bottles wins. Only one ball is used however and putting a foot down results in riding in a complete circle outside of the circular playing field. This is a serious game of skill.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Schedule of Events

Here it is, the official Schedule of Events for Bruised By Bike (some times are subject to slight changes. Those of you on Zoobomb Time, please show up early). Maps, directions, and more exact locations to follow.

7-6-07 Friday
8:30 PM - Mystery Ride. Mini-bike friendly. Meet on the hill @ Gasworks Park.

7-7-07 Saturday
All Events @ Judkins Park
11:00 AM - Mini-Cross Registration & course opens.
11:30 AM - Mini-Cross Race
12:00 PM - BBQ! BYOB/M/V (should continue through the day)
1:00 PM - Bowling (have your mallets ready)
2:00 PM - Rollo Tournament Team Registration
2:30 PM - Rollo Tournament
6:00 PM - Jousting and SPROING (no tourney, but challenge your friend!)
7:00 PM - Performance by The Brakes, and a very Special Guest
7:30 PM - FINAL Rollo Match (awards ceremony for all events to follow)
Onwards to the After Party at the Mapleleaf Underground

7-8-07 Sunday
10:00 AM - Brunch and Minibike Dock Jumping @ Greenlake (exact location TBD)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Just an update on prizes to wet your appetite a little. We'll have custom-made medals for 1st. and 2nd place teams in the Rollo tournament (yes, they're awesome, and yes, you'll want one), plus a brand new mini-bike for the top individual scorer. There will also be prizes for the winners of mini-bike bowling plus a brand new mini bike for 1st place. And we have trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in Mini cross and a brand new mini-bike for 1st place!

That's 8 medals, 6 trophies, 3 brand new minibikes, and grips of other prizes including bicycle parts, custom stem pads, and tons more. Plus I haven't even mentioned the extra special bonus prizes to be revealed on game day. If the three minibikes that are up for grabs aren't motivation enough, then we'll just have to keep collecting prizes!

Mini-Cross Flyer!

Check out the all new mini-cross flyer! I test rode the course earlier this week. It's going to be brutal! Get some good riding legs under you, 'cause you're going to need them!

Larger Flyer Here.
And here's a link to a black and white flyer if anyone likes making photocopies.
Black and white

The Brakes!

Get ready for a very special performance by The Brakes at Bruised By Bike. Vancouver's own all-male mini-bike dance team. Why is it that Canadians kick so much ass?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

We've got less than one month left until Bruised By Bike explodes all over Seattle!

A couple of important announcements:

1. We will have a very special performance by The Brakes straight outta Vancouver, BC. Ladies, hold on to your panties.

2. If you're traveling to Seattle from somewhere else and need a place to stay, please let me know by posting a comment to this blog. We've got several houses offering people floor space and couches!

3. A location for the main events has been selected! Stay tuned for directions and maps, and schedule.

4. There are going to be some SWEET prizes and awards up for grabs! We've got mini-bike parts, stem pads, trophies, spoke cards, medals, at least one whole pimp-ass mini-bike, and the pile o' prizes keeps growing...

The biggest emphasis will be on the Rollo Tournament, the Mini-Cross Race, and Bowling. So form your teams, hone your skills, and get ready...